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Resources for Schools: Building Social Infrastructure

September 8, 2017

How can we increase the impact of our institutions to better strengthen our communities?

In our new discussion paper we explore how higher education institutions can harness and leverage their assets (financial, physical, relational, research and education) to build social infrastructure that will positively impact communities and advance societal well-being.

Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities was commissioned by RECODE and Simon Fraser University for a recent roundtable dialogue of 19 university presidents held during the C2U Expo in Surrey, BC.

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Meet RECODE’s New Social Innovation Fellow

September 7, 2017

We are pleased to welcome our newest team member, Jennifer Lockerby. As a RECODE Fellow, Jennifer will focus on building student facing initiatives (including the Map the System Challenge); strengthening relationships between RECODE partners; and exploring ways to create shared tools and resources that help post-secondary institutions increase their community impact. Connect with Jennifer at jlockerby@mcconnellfoundation.ca.

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Field Notes: NEW Lessons from the RECODE Network

September 6, 2017

In our latest round of Field Notes from RECODE schools and partners, we share lessons and on-the-ground stories from UBC, Trico Charitable Foundation, RADIUS SFU, Georgian College, and Ryerson University.

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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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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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