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C2UExpo Community Jam:

December 15, 2016

Are you part of an innovative partnership between communities and campuses to create smart and caring communities?

Perhaps you are working with aboriginal communities, creating spaces for young people to thrive in your city or linking philanthropists with innovative community research. If you are, then you don’t want to miss the C2UExpo 2017 Community Jam taking place May 1-2, 2017.

Hosted by Simon Fraser University—in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, RECODE, the City of Surrey, and Vancity—the Jam is an interactive two-day learning exchange focused on creating a lasting legacy among communities and campuses building smart and caring communities.

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Join us February 28 & March 1 in Miami!

Are you attending the Ashoka U Exchange in Miami this upcoming March?

Like at last year’s Exchange conference, we’re hosting a pre-conference gathering for Canadians and you’re invited to join.

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Join the Pathways Canada Cohort

In partnership with VentureWell and the Deshpande Foundation, we’re inviting emerging post-secondary leaders with a strong institutional commitment to the integration of innovation and entrepreneurship across their campus, to apply for the inaugural Canadian cohort of VentureWell’s Pathways program.

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Short survey: Maximizing the Capacity of Higher Education in Service of Community

December 7, 2016

Share your thoughts!

Along with The Pond-Deshpande Centre and hackED we’ve been taking a course led by The Academy for Systems Change called Systems Thinking for Social Change, with the goal of gaining insight into the post-secondary education (PSE) landscape to address critical societal challenges facing Canada.

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NEW DISCUSSION PAPER: Canadian Universities and Colleges supporting Indigenous entrepreneurship

November 29, 2016

On November 7, just before the Indigenous Innovation Summit, we gathered thirty Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders for a pre-conference dialogue on providing social entrepreneurship learning opportunities to Indigenous post-secondary students.

At the gathering, we discussed the ideas and findings from our new discussion paper—stay tuned for our meeting report.

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RECODE WEBINAR: Writing for the Web

Join us Wednesday, December 14 at 12pm (EDT) for a RECODE Webinar with freelance writer Dave Lank to learn strategies for effective online writing.

As most of us increasingly engage with content using our smartphones, the way we consume information has changed drastically in only the last few years.

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Ashoka U Commons – Now Accepting Applications for January cohort

November 24, 2016

Join the January cohort!

Ashoka U Commons is a virtual accelerator for individuals working to develop social innovation education on their campus. Participants in the Commons collaborate with peers from across the field of higher education who are working toward similar goals. Experience Coaches will guide and support participants in developing and advancing specific objectives in each of our six Cohorts:

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Getting to Maybe: A Social Innovation Residency


Social innovation skills are needed now more than ever to tackle the urgent challenges of our times. Complex problems confront individuals and communities in many different sectors. Whether your concerns lie with culture, climate, industry, justice or policy, creating the change we need in the world depends on gaining knowledge and finding new approaches.

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RADIUS SFU Opportunities: Fellowship & Trampoline Program

RADIUS Ventures’ Trampoline Market Validation — Apply Before Dec 11

RADIUS Ventures’ Trampoline Program is accepting applications until Dec 11. Trampoline is a validation stage program for new and emerging impact ventures. Over eight weeks, Trampoline gives first time entrepreneurs the skills they need to test and refine their business model. Coming out of the program, participants will be confident that their plan can address a real problem with a viable market-based solution. First time social entrepreneurs, SFU students with a social impact project, and existing social ventures with a new product offering are encouraged to apply to Trampoline before December 11, 2016.

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Letter in response to “Positioning Canada to Lead: An Inclusive Innovation Agenda”

November 9, 2016

In early October, in collaboration with post-secondary institutions, thought leaders, and partners, the following letter was sent to the Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism; and the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. We invite you to read on and join the conversation.

Dear Ministers Bains, Chagger and Duncan,

We are writing in response to your call to action for
Positioning Canada to Lead: An Inclusive Innovation Agenda and specifically your question:”How do we work together to better equip our young people with the right skill sets for the economy of the future?”

The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is a private foundation that works in Canada on systemic social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. Through granting and investing, convening, and co-creation with grantees, partners and the public, including the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, as well as the undersigned colleges, universities, national charities, and the Royal Bank of Canada we support social innovation and social finance initiatives aligned with our mission.

Students graduating from our post-secondary institutions will inherit some of the most complex challenges our society has ever faced. They need academic and hands-on skills, collaborative capacity, critical knowledge, global perspective, and a drive to serve the common good.

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Upcoming Events:

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

September 09, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Duncan, Calgary

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