The end of the year is a busy time.
With wrap-up, looking ahead, looking back, and bewilderment that it’s already the holidays, it’s easy enough to feel somewhat disjointed. So taking a moment to pause, how did we do over the past 12 months?
Our goals in 2016 included:
- Pilot and test activities (possibly labs) that are likely to contribute to greater institutional and systemic change in higher education.
- Bring together groups and individuals based on the work they’re doing to learn from and with each other.
- Provide support and opportunities (seeding) to increase the capacity for and receptiveness to social innovation in higher education.
- Support on campus culture shifts that seek to enhance community well-being.
Assuming different roles, we’ve seen progress in a number of ways. As a
convener, we’ve hosted dialogues, like our Pre-Indigenous Innovation Summit Dialogue where we discussed Indigenous innovation in Canadian higher education. As an advisor, we’ve provided guidance to our student-led hackED team who ran roundtables at over 10 campuses. And as a partner, we worked with Cities for People to launch the Civic Innovation Awards, supporting community/campus collaborations.