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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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Watch! Webinar with Vancouver’s LEDlab: Leveraging Mitacs Partnerships for Social Change

May 18, 2017

Did you miss our May 17 webinar with Vancouver’s LEDlab on Leveraging Mitacs Partnerships for Social Change? Catch up and check out the recording below.

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Webinar with Vancouver’s LEDlab: Leveraging Mitacs Partnerships for Social Change

April 12, 2017

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.

About LEDlab

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.

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Introducing Field Notes: Our partners share lessons on recoding higher education

Field Notes is a visual reflection of the learnings from schools and partners, and a glimpse into a much larger story of what’s happening on campuses across Canada. We hope that these lessons resonate with the work you’re doing and contribute to the learnings of the network as a whole.

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​Highlights from the Canadian Final of the Global Challenge

March 30, 2017

Last week in Calgary, along with the Trico Charitable Foundation, the Alberta Treasury Branches, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, we were pleased to host the Canadian Final of the Global Challenge. This unique challenge, turns the traditional business pitch competition on its head by rewarding presenters for their knowledge of a problem and not their proposed solution.

Congratulations go out to the winners of the Canadian Final: Mount Royal University and Simon Fraser University! Our panel of international judges had a difficult choice to make and ultimately rewarded MRU’s Braden Etzerza for his work on food-security in fly-in communities in Northern BC, and the SFU team for their project on reducing the volume of medical waste generated by Canadian Hospitals. A special congratulations to Braden for also winning the people’s choice award.

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Update on Canada Day at the Ashoka U Exchange

Last month at the Ashoka U Exchange in Miami, RECODE and Ashoka Canada hosted the second annual Canadian Network Day. The Exchange is the largest gathering of social impact educators in the world (over 700 attendees) and with 10% of attendees and multiple workshops and panels featuring Canadian examples, there was a strong Canadian presence.

In keeping with RECODE’s spirit and practice of experimentation, the first half of this year’s “Canada Day” day was devoted to a workshop on Indigenous Reconciliation. Over the course of the morning we saw a deep appetite for entering and learning how to navigate the Reconciliation space, and we also recognized the relatively few pathways or access points to do so. Participants came away with an increased understanding of their role in Reconciliation and some tools to set the stage to hold a similar conversation at their home institutions. Thank you to Reconciliation Canada for leading the workshops. More information about their work can be found here.

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Registration is Open: Join us in Calgary for the 1st Canadian Edition of the Global Challenge

February 23, 2017

Tackling our most complex global challenges requires an understanding of both the root problems and their wider context.

On March 25th from 3:30pm – 7:00pm, join us at the Hotel Arts in Calgary for the first ever Canadian edition of the Global Challenge competition, where teams from Canadian post-secondary institutions will compete for two spots at the Global Challenge final in Oxford, England, and other prizes.

Come mingle, network and cheer on the final four teams as they present to an international panel of judges, plus cast your vote for the crowd favorite (who’ll receive a $1000 prize).

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

September 09, 2017 at 12:30 PM

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