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Update on Canada Day at the Ashoka U Exchange

March 30, 2017

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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New Report: Insights & Observations at the Intersection of Higher Education, Indigenous Communities & Local Economic Development

January 23, 2017

“How can social enterprise be implemented within the Indigenous world view of economy? Why aren’t Indigenous people leading the conversation?”

These questions (and many others) were raised during our November 7th pre-Indigenous Innovation Summit dialogue on supporting Indigenous social entrepreneurship. We invite you to read our post-dialogue report, which includes discussion notes, insights, observations, and suggestions for next steps.

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Watch! Writing for the Web

December 15, 2016

Did you miss our December 14 webinar on Writing for the Web with writer Dave Lank? Catch up and check out the recording below.

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C2UExpo Community Jam:

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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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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