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.
March 30, 2017
Last week in Calgary, along with the Trico Charitable Foundation, the Alberta Treasury Branches, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, we were pleased to host the Canadian Final of the Global Challenge. This unique challenge, turns the traditional business pitch competition on its head by rewarding presenters for their knowledge of a problem and not their proposed solution.
Congratulations go out to the winners of the Canadian Final: Mount Royal University and Simon Fraser University! Our panel of international judges had a difficult choice to make and ultimately rewarded MRU’s Braden Etzerza for his work on food-security in fly-in communities in Northern BC, and the SFU team for their project on reducing the volume of medical waste generated by Canadian Hospitals. A special congratulations to Braden for also winning the people’s choice award.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.