Join us Wednesday May 17 at 12pm EDT for a webinar with the Local Economic Development Lab‘s (LEDlab) Program Manager Kiri Bird, where she’ll share the details of their Mitacs partnership and funding model.
The LEDlab is a three-year university-community partnership modeled on social innovation labs around the world. This ‘think and do’ initiative is concentrated on understanding the conditions required for inclusive and sustainable economic development in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and building ground up solutions engaging stakeholders from across the system.
LEDlab leverages a Mitacs Accelerate Research Grant to incorporate 30 living wage, four-month, full-time graduate internships over three years. Graduate interns provide actual human capacity, research and prototyping support to under-resourced community organizations to advance innovative ideas. We use a cohort model for projects, students, and community partners to develop shared skills and knowledge, collaborate, and change the economic system in support of the local community over time.