MRU is among RECODE’s round one funding recipients. Read on below to learn more about social innovation and social entrepreneurship activities and programs happening on MRU’s campus.
Mount Royal University’s RECODE work is lead by the Institute for Community Prosperity in partnership with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Design4Change, Enactus MRU and the Students Association of MRU, along with various other faculty, student and external community partners.
Institute for Community Prosperity
The Institute for Community Prosperity connects learning, research and change leadership to build community and strengthen the common good, and focuses on the areas of social innovation, community investment, philanthropy, and community change leadership. LEARN MORE.
Campus-Wide Changemaker Roadmap
“Mount Royal University is currently engaged in a large-scale collective impact initiative to support the creation of a campus-wide culture of changemaking, where learners from across the institution are inspired and empowered to create meaningful change in partnership with local and global communities. We are employing a methodology called “Integral Strategy Mapping” that has been used in a wide range of settings such as food security, innovation, energy, and healthcare, for example. This process has moved us beyond coffee meetings and committee work towards greater alignment to a shared vision and a commitment to action.
While the artifact—the roadmap—is an exciting representation of our work together, this powerful—and, at times, very messy—community-wide process of dialogue and engagement has yielded the greatest benefits in the form of increased trust between previously siloed groups and meaningful cross-campus connections. The process counterbalances differences that can come into play around a table that includes the head of the faculty association, deans, associate vice-presidents, students, faculty, alumni, institute directors, and others and provides a forum for meaningful dialogue. Finally, differences in language that exist between departments, e.g. “activist” in social work vs. “social entrepreneur” in business, can be surfaced and a common language found. In this way, people can become reoriented to their common—higher—purpose. “
The Social Innovation Hub is a new MRU initiative that will bring together a diverse group of individuals working within social innovation. These individuals and organizations will co-work, and co-locate in this shared space alongside MRU student and faculty changemakers, in which they will work, gather, learn, mentor and form a community.
Click here to learn more and download a backgrounder on the Social Innovation Hub.
Through a variety of events, the Institute brings changemakers and local leaders together to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and encourage a healthy debate with the goal of improving communities—both locally and abroad. UPCOMING EVENTS.
Concentration in Managing for Social Innovation (in development) – The Institute is working with the Bissett School of Business to create a nine-course concentration to enable students to pursue their passion, whether that means starting their own social enterprise, or leading social initiatives from within existing organizations.
Pathways in Community Leadership (in development) – The Institute is working with the Students Association of MRU (SAMRU) to promote a series of program paths in community leadership for students in any degree-track program, matched to their specific learning needs within that program.
Minor in Social Innovation and Nonprofit Studies – Designed for students who want to lead innovation and social change in all sectors.
Minor in Social Innovation & Nonprofit Studies – Co-op Work Term – A three term co-op program (in Canada or abroad) available to students pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Community Investment Professional Extension Certificate – Launched in 2015, this certificate provides those working in community investment with a professional development opportunity designed to inspire creative thinking and strategic actions as facilitators of community prosperity.
Community Prosperity Student Research Award
Providing a collaborative research experience for up to ten Mount Royal University students annually in any degree-track program.
Campus Transformation Challenge (previously the Brain Drain for Social Gain)
Organized by three student clubs (Enactus MRU, SAMRU’s Centre for Student Initiative, and CIS3), the Campus Transformation Challenge is MRU’s new annual student social innovation tournament.
Developed and delivered by the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the JMH Venture LaunchPad was created to help MRU’s most entrepreneurial students launch their own ventures.
Vivacity (previously the First Energy Capital Making Waves Challenge) is a 24 hour challenge that engages students of different disciplines across MRU to convert unused, derelict or abandoned spaces in Calgary into spaces that have environmental, social or cultural value.
Research & Resources
Understanding Social Innovation
REPORT: Where to Begin: How social innovation is emerging across Canadian campuses offers a deep dive into models of social innovation hubs across North America. Authors: Scaled Purpose (2016).
Watch our webinar with Scaled Purpose and MRU on the Where to Begin findings.
STUDENT REPORT: Brewing Innovation: Modelling Opportune Dynamics for Social Innovation in Calgary’s Brewing Industry takes a comprehensive look at the various dynamics by which socially purposed breweries create social value in a traditionally capitalist market. Author: Zak Ismail (2015).
PRESENTATION: Demystifying Social Innovation. Authors: James Stauch, Jill Andres (2015).
REPORT: If You Don’t Like the Weather: 2015 Environmental Scan of the major current socio-economic trends and developments, at local provincial, national and international scales. Authors: James Stauch, Jill Andres, Lesley Cornelisse and Pat Letizia (2015).
Social Enterprise in Canada
Research Partnership: Social Enterprise Sector Survey (SESS) — a long-term research project, started in 2009, in collaboration with Simon Fraser University, to measure the size, scope, and scale of social enterprises across Canada.
Case Studies: Three Social Enterprises in Western Canada. Case studies profiled are the Namgis First Nation, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton and Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research. Authors: Jill Andres, Peter Elson, Peter Hall.
Research Report: Social Enterprise Legal Structure: Options and Prospects for a ‘Made in Canada’ Solution canvasses social entrepreneurs and social economy experts with respect to the prospects and potential drawbacks associated with pursuing a separate legal structure for social enterprise in Canada. Authors: Sean Markey, Stacey Corriveau, Michael Cody and Brendan Bonfield (2011).
Media & Features
Top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top change coming to campus
Mount Royal University News, January 11, 2016.
A shifting sector: emerging trends for Canada’s nonprofits in 2016
The Philanthropist, January 4, 2016.
Calgary app-makers pioneering the new wave of online giving
CBC News Calgary, Dec 20, 2015.
$6M food bank donation has charities cheering
CBC News Calgary, Dec 12, 2015.
‘Changemaker in Residence’ works with Mount Royal University business school to challenge new ways of thinking
The Calgary Journal, May 26 2015.
Can Alberta Become a Social Innovation Leader?
New Scoop, February 17, 2015.