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Social Change Innovations in Post-Secondary Institutions

January 29, 2019

RECODE and UpSocial undertook a global scan to search for examples from institutions that had transformed their internal practices, to create enabling conditions for increasing social impact. Read about this project and its value to your work and your school

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Societal Transformation Lab (s.lab) – an invite to Canadian Groups

November 29, 2018

by Kelly Hodgins

Program Officer, McConnell Foundation

  The Presencing Institute is about to launch a new educational program called s.lab. s.lab is a four-month web + in-person program that supports teams across the world to create systemic social change. In short, s.lab does for teams what Theory U does for individuals. This new program stems from the recognition that one of the most fundamental challenges in leadership is for an individual to be able to activate the whole ecosystem around a problem, in order to advance an issue. The s.lab process facilitates this ecoystem leadership. Like us at McConnell, the Presencing Institute is focused on what they can do to accelerate large-scale change in key issues facing our time — urgently. Recognizing the many complex, entrenched problems our partners are working on, we see the s.lab as having great […]

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Map the System 2019: Get Involved!

October 9, 2018

We are pleased to invite Canadian higher education institutions to participate in the 2019 Oxford Map the System Challenge.

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Meet RECODE’s New Program Officer, Kelly Hodgins

October 5, 2018

The RECODE team is pleased to welcome Kelly Hodgins to a new role as Program Officer.
Familiar to many in the RECODE Network from her time at the University of Guelph, Kelly brings to RECODE “on the ground” perspectives and experiences from her time managing social innovation programs at Guelph.
Kelly has a strong track record of community impact and supporting student changemakers, and we are excited for her to apply her knowledge-mobilization and relationship-building skills across RECODE’s activities.

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Charting a Path for Social Purpose Finance and Administration: A CAUBO and RECODE joint project

October 4, 2018

How can higher education finance and administration leaders contribute to their institution’s social ambitions? RECODE and Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) are collaborating on a national initiative to support post-secondary institutions across Canada in exploring emerging trends and expectations in social purpose administration. The partnership draws upon RECODE’s insights and networks in advancing community-centered solutions and CAUBO’s mission to enable excellence in Canadian higher education administration. This initiative stems from broader research RECODE and Simon Fraser University pioneered last year on the roles post-secondary institutions can play to enhance community well-being – including and beyond their primary mandates of teaching and research. This concept–known as social infrastructure– is described in their report, Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education […]

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Mount Royal University wins top spot at the University of Oxford’s international Map the System competition

June 6, 2018

Last weekend, three teams represented Canada on the global stage at the Map the System final in Oxford, UK. Map the System is a competition run by the University of Oxford that encourages a systems-change approach by asking participants to gain an understanding of a social or environmental issue and its connecting factors. The teams from Simon Fraser University (SFU), Royal Roads University, and Mount Royal University (MRU) were the top entries in the Canadian finals co-hosted by the RECODE initiative of the McConnell Foundation and the Trico Charitable Foundation last May. Out of fifteen schools presenting at Oxford, the SFU and MRU teams advanced to the top six. Roisin Dillon, a nursing student from Mount Royal University, researched the […]

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Results of the 2nd Canadian Edition of Map the System 2018

May 8, 2018


  Last weekend, RECODE and the Trico Charitable Foundation co-hosted the second Canadian edition of Map the System in partnership with the Skoll Centre from the University of Oxford. Map the System is an ‘alternative’ challenge where post-secondary students are tasked with taking a systems approach to social change by demonstrating their understanding of a social or environmental issue. For the 2018 Canadian edition, the top teams from 14 universities and colleges from Newfoundland to BC met in Vancouver to present their findings. A special thank you goes out to Simon Fraser University Student Engagement and Retention and RADIUS for welcoming us to their downtown campus and helping to organize the event. Highlights 1. For the first time since the competition’s inception, we had the pleasure of […]

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Join RECODE and Ashoka Canada at the pre-conference networking session! 

January 24, 2018

Are you attending the 2018 Ashoka U Exchange in Boston this April? RECODE and Ashoka Canada are co-hosting a day of networking, relationship-building, and sharing promising practices in advancing social innovation in Canadian post-secondary. Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm | Location TBD We invite you to contribute to the agenda design here. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP with Jennifer Gammad Lockerby at jlockerby@mcconnellfoundation.ca. For any questions, email Danica Straith at dstraith@ashoka.org.

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Resources for Schools: Backgrounder on Social Procurement

December 12, 2017

Social Procurement benefits both the community and your institution, and it’s easy to implement. Interested in further building social infrastructure on your campus, but not sure where to start? Social procurement allows institutions to mobilize their purchasing power and decisions to increase community well being. In our latest resource for post-secondary institutions, we discuss social procurement strategies and how you can implement it at your school. The Social Procurement 1-pager is a follow-up document to the Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities report. Download the 1-pager

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The Canadian Edition of Map the System: Round Two Kicks Off

October 31, 2017

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by Jennifer Gammad Lockerby

Social Innovation Fellow, RECODE

After a successful year running the 1st Canadian edition of Map the System (formerly known as the Global Challenge), RECODE and the Trico Charitable Foundation are bringing the challenge back to Canada for another round. We are excited to announce that 18 Canadian universities and colleges registered for the 2018 challenge – nearly double the number of schools registered in 2017.

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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

Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Duncan, Calgary

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