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Resources for Schools: Backgrounder on Social Procurement

December 11, 2017

Social Procurement benefits both the community and your institution, and it’s easy to implement. Interested in further building social infrastructure on your campus, but not sure where to start? Social procurement allows institutions to mobilize their purchasing power and decisions to increase community well being. In our latest resource for post-secondary institutions, we discuss social procurement strategies and how you can implement it at your school. The Social Procurement 1-pager is a follow-up document to the Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities report. Download the 1-pager

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The Canadian Edition of Map the System: Round Two Kicks Off

October 31, 2017

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by Jennifer Gammad Lockerby

Social Innovation Fellow, RECODE

After a successful year running the 1st Canadian edition of Map the System (formerly known as the Global Challenge), RECODE and the Trico Charitable Foundation are bringing the challenge back to Canada for another round. We are excited to announce that 18 Canadian universities and colleges registered for the 2018 challenge – nearly double the number of schools registered in 2017.

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Sign up for the Map the System Challenge

September 8, 2017

Build your social impact career, compete with students from across Canada, and win a trip to Oxford

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Resources for Schools: Building Social Infrastructure & Retreat Report

How can we increase the impact of our institutions to better strengthen our communities?

In our new discussion paper we explore how higher education institutions can harness and leverage their assets (financial, physical, relational, research and education) to build social infrastructure that will positively impact communities and advance societal well-being.

Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities was commissioned by RECODE and Simon Fraser University for a recent roundtable dialogue of 19 university presidents held during the C2U Expo in Surrey, BC.

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Meet RECODE’s New Social Innovation Fellow

September 7, 2017

We are pleased to welcome our newest team member, Jennifer Lockerby. As a RECODE Fellow, Jennifer will focus on building student facing initiatives (including the Map the System Challenge); strengthening relationships between RECODE partners; and exploring ways to create shared tools and resources that help post-secondary institutions increase their community impact. Connect with Jennifer at jlockerby@mcconnellfoundation.ca.

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Field Notes: NEW Lessons from the RECODE Network

September 6, 2017

In our latest round of Field Notes from RECODE schools and partners, we share lessons and on-the-ground stories from UBC, Trico Charitable Foundation, RADIUS SFU, Georgian College, and Ryerson University.

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New Changemaker Campus Designations!

September 5, 2017

Congratulations to Simon Fraser University, Mount Royal University & Georgian College

Three Canadian schools have recently joined Ashoka U’s global network of Changemaker Campuses. RECODE grantees, Simon Fraser University, Mount Royal University and Georgian College received the coveted international designation, affirming their work as leaders in social entrepreneurship and social innovation education.

The designations reflect their commitment to addressing local and global challenges through dynamic community partnerships, social innovation programs and offerings, and investment in students, faculty, and staff as drivers of change.

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REGISTER: Cross-Canada series of talks and workshops on System Change Leadership with Daniela Papi-Thornton

August 30, 2017

We are thrilled to announce a free workshop series hosted by Daniela Papi-Thornton, author of heropreneurship and former deputy director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

In September, Daniela will be undertaking a cross-Canada series of talks and workshops on System Change Leadership. These will be free sessions for those who are interested in fostering system change leadership through their classes, accelerator programs, or social entrepreneurship offerings. It will be for educators, students, and those working to advance social innovation at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

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RECODE Social Innovation Fellowship – Posting Update

August 8, 2017

Many thanks to all the Social Innovation Fellow applicants and to our network for sharing the opportunity! We were fortunate to receive 99 applications from talented and dynamic individuals.

The posting is now closed and our selection process completed. Stay-tuned, we’ll announce our new RECODE Social Innovation Fellow in the coming weeks.

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RECODE is Hiring!

July 7, 2017

We’re searching for the next RECODE Social Innovation Fellow to join the team. This one-year, paid, full-time fellowship is a unique learning opportunity to be a key part of a systems change initiative in higher education, while gaining hands on experience working for a leading Canadian philanthropic foundation. The RECODE Fellow will work closely with schools and national organizations, supporting their capacity to integrate social innovation tools and practices into campus and community culture.

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