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WE’RE HIRING: RADIUS General Manager

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Are you an operations wizard with serious project management chops and a desire to build and implement gorgeous systems for an organization doing good work in the world? 

We’re looking for a highly skilled and organized leader to join our team as the RADIUS General Manager!

View the full posting here see competition #645, with separate links to application instructions and full job description

Interested parties, apply by 4:30 pm PST on November 6, 2017.

Adam Kahane in Vancouver – Collaborating With The Enemy

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As a leader today, we know you face complex, multi-faceted challenges that require you to collaborate with diverse actors. To achieve systemic change and make a real impact in your community and around the globe, leaders cannot simply preach to the choir—we must learn to work effectively with people we don’t necessarily agree with, may not like, and often don’t trust.

In his new book, Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, Adam Kahane tackles this challenge of creating across diversity.

On October 12th, RADIUS SFU and SFU Innovates are excited to present Adam Kahane in downtown Vancouver for a keynote lecture based on this best-selling new book.  Tickets are available now.

Having worked alongside highly heterogeneous systemic change teams all around the world for 25 years, Kahane has learned that collaboration is becoming increasingly necessary and also increasingly difficult. He has also learned that the conventional models of collaboration, which focus on agreement, certainty, and control, are becoming obsolete.

The last time Adam Kahane was in town, the event sold out in moments. If you had the pleasure of attending that lecture, you know why! You won’t want to miss this chance to learn from one of the best. Tickets are $20 and you can purchase your ticket now.

Making this event accessible is important to RADIUS. If you would like to attend and cost is a barrier, please send an email to

Raincoast Books will be on site with copies of all of Adam’s books, including his new best-seller, Collaborating with the Enemy.

RADIUS Ventures’ Health Promotion Focus: Different Branches

By | RADIUS Ventures, Slingshot Accelerator | No Comments

Since we announced our focus on health promotion and $25K equity investment in every venture that successfully completes the Slingshot Accelerator, we’ve had a number of inquiries about the scope of our health promotion focus. These are great questions which we hope to shed light on with this post. Here are some areas, or “branches”, encompassed in our shift towards supporting health promotion-focused entrepreneurs and ventures with innovative business models. Note that this list is not exhaustive. If you think your venture could be a fit for one of our programs, apply by June 30th!

Prevention and early detection of lifestyle-based chronic diseases

Included under the health umbrella are ventures promoting positive habit formation – whether in relation to food and nutrition, physical activity and exercise, respectful use of addictive substances, or another area of healthy living. Extensive consultations with leading Canadian health experts highlighted the prevalence of lifestyle-based chronic disease in Canadian populations; you can read more about those consultations here.

Mental health

Ventures creating valuable tools and resources for individuals living with mental health conditions are invited to apply to one of our Ventures programs. These can include learning tools, symptom management products and systems, support for medication compliance and/or compatibility, assistance with social integration and other meaningful interventions pertinent to persons living with mental health conditions.  

Addictions and the opioid crisis

Ventures doing meaningful work to mitigate the staggering effects of BC’s ongoing opioid crisis are strongly encouraged to apply for RADIUS’ Slingshot Accelerator. The present crisis is, in large part, affecting the province’s most vulnerable groups. Ventures working on innovating safer methods of opiate consumption, systems level responses to the overdose crisis, emerging overdose prevention technologies and other meaningful interventions pertaining to safe drug consumption are welcome to apply.

Remote access to public health services

If your venture is working on improving access to public health services for individuals who have traditionally experienced limited or poor access to these services, you are wholeheartedly encouraged to apply to one of our programs. This can include access to tele-health services, remote diagnoses, improved access to prescriptions and medications or any other meaningful interventions that increase access to health services for traditionally underserved populations – whether for geographical, social or economic reasons.

As mentioned above, these are just a few possible areas encompassed by our focus on health promotion. If you think your early stage venture might be eligible for one of our programs, apply by June 30th or shoot the RADIUS Ventures team an email at if you have questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Three Projects Awarded SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Funding

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The SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Fund is a joint initiative of RADIUS and Embark Sustainability that supports radical change endeavours with social and environmental impact at their core. The Fund allocates sums ranging from $200-$1000 to SFU graduate and undergraduate student social innovators.

Three remarkable student initiatives were awarded funding in the fourth and final round of the 2016-17 Seed Fund. Read about them in their own words below:

Virtual Reality (VR) as an Ethnographic Medium

This virtual reality (VR) project introduces K-12 classrooms to faraway countries, customs and people via “virtual field trips” in order to increase empathy, awareness and understanding of other cultures.

About Rachel
Rachel Ward is a PhD student in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University. As a member of SIAT’s Making Culture Lab (MCL), Rachel strives to develop new digital methods in the field of cultural anthropology.

Find Rachel’s project online:

Voices Against Extremism

Voices Against Extremism aims to promote diversity and inclusion by giving everyone a voice and hosting events that bring people of different backgrounds together. We believe in the power of art and storytelling as a way to bring attention to the issue of radicalization and extremism.

About us:
We are a team of current and formed Simon Fraser University students standing up against extremism and radicalization. We want to bring people together and show we all have more in common than we think.

Find Voices Against Extremism online:
Instagram: @voicesagainstextremism

Project S.A.V.E.

Project S.A.V.E. aims to integrate writing instrument recycling programs into major education establishments in Metro Vancouver. Partnered with Staples, we strive towards recycling and reusing stationary wastes to divert them from our landfills. Additionally, we educate and inspire students to start incorporating waste reducing methods into their daily activities for a more sustainable lifestyle.

About us: 
Project S.A.V.E. is comprised of SFU undergraduate students who are passionate about environmental sustainability. We are determined to make a positive change in this world by educating and promoting new methods of recycling.

Find Project S.A.V.E. online:

We wish all three projects the very best and look forward to hearing about their learnings along the way!

SFU Changemakers are in Oxford for the Global Challenge Finals!

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After rising to the top of the Simon Fraser University and Canadian national rounds of the Oxford Global Challenge, a team of SFU undergraduates – comprising Change Lab alumni Alec Yu and Iman Baharmand (Faculty of Science) and Kimberley Venn (Beedie School of Business) – are headed to the Saïd Business School to compete in the Global Challenge Finals! The team, accompanied by RADIUS Co-Director Shawn Smith, will be competing with thirteen other finalists from institutions around the world in front of an international panel of judges.

We caught up with the SFU team before they set off for Oxford to ask what they had learned as undergrads that had allowed them to succeed as changemakers. Here’s what they had to say:

Iman Baharmand | We are usually encouraged to ask questions but I think we are naturally scared to question our own decisions. The most important thing I learned as an undergrad is that you will have days when you doubt yourself and ask if ‘this’ is even something you want to pursue. But you shouldn’t neglect these thoughts – you should acknowledge them, reflect on them and talk about them with people who are close to you!

Kimberley Venn | I think the importance of recognizing strengths and weaknesses and knowing when to ask for help is underrated in the innovation process. What I have learned in my undergrad experience is that change can’t be made alone. Being a part of interdisciplinary teams and reaching out to others allows us to develop areas we lack knowledge, create friendships, and in the end, become better innovators.

Alec Yu | It really helps to be a jack-of-all-trades, or to work with a close-knit interdisciplinary team, or both. Stagnant and inefficient systems are often deeply rooted within organizations or societies, and it takes expertise in fields that may seem disparate at first to have the leverage to accelerate change.

The RADIUS community wishes Alec, Iman and Kimberly the best of luck in the Global Challenge Finals on May 1st! We look forward to following their remarkable achievements as they continue with their academic and professional journeys.

The Fall semester of Health Change Lab – an interdisciplinary, once-in-a-degree studio course that allows students to develop practical solutions to real-world challenges – is currently accepting applications. Learn more here.

We’ll laugh, cry and cheer with these FAILURE WAKE speakers!

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FAILURE WAKE – RADIUS’ celebration of audacious entrepreneurial attempts gone wrong – is back for its fourth year! Brave entrepreneurs will once again take to the stage to share stories of valour and calamity, chutzpah and disappointment, lessons learned and ventures lost. Mistakes and failures will be aired in an Irish wake style celebration. We’ll laugh; we’ll cry; we’ll dust ourselves off and try again.

In anticipation of this exciting event, we’re delighted to introduce our four brave speakers and ultra-charismatic MC.


In 2012 Rick Havlak (top left) launched Vancouver’s only urban homesteading store. He envisioned a brick-and-mortar space where people of all backgrounds could come together to learn how things are made, think more deeply about consumption, and buy supplies for cheese-making, beekeeping, pickling, soap making, growing veggies, and more. First as Homesteader’s Emporium and then as Homestead Junction, Rick and his team hung out their shingle for nearly five years before closing the physical store in February of 2017. In the wake of this, Rick and his remaining staff are evaluating whether the brand has legs for educational events and e-commerce.

Len Laycock (top middle), serial entrepreneur, award winning marketing executive, sustainable business consultant and green product designer will share stories and learning from Upholstery Arts’ Black Swan Event – its impact on his newest green venture, and aligning business practices with positive economic, environmental and social outcomes.

Emily Lycopolus (top right) is the owner of Olive the Senses, a luxury olive oil and vinegar tasting room and shop in Victoria, BC, Canada that offers the finest fresh premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars from all over the world. She is also the founder of This Table Collective (, an online food community that sources artisanal food products, shares recipes and artisan stories, and supports food-focused charities. Emily lives in Victoria with her husband, Steve, and their pug, Cedrik. She can most often be found at local markets, in her kitchen creating and testing new recipes, or mingling in her store with her loyal customers.

Allanah Mooney (bottom left) has over twenty years’ experience in storytelling,strategy, and social change, including ten years in the NHL with the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. She owns Lionheart Productions Inc. Lionheart works on large issues based film campaigns. Lionheart specializes in multiplatform, short-form content. Allanah produced a multi-film health and safety campaign for Teck Resources. Teck recently had their safest year on record and has reduced injuries by 50% since the campaign started. Allanah’s background includes international film campaigns in China and India. Her work has been translated into seven languages. Allanah is currently based in Calgary, AB and works as a consultant for Anstice Communications. She is also developing a documentary mental health series “Making a Comeback” designed to destigmatize mental health and promote innovate treatments.

Mike Rowlands (MC)
President & CEO at Junxion Strategy. Director at Hollyhock, and Social Venture Network. Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RADIUS. Philosopher. Advisor. Official Failure Wake limerick writer.


Tickets to FAILURE WAKE typically sell out, so get yours fast! Your ticket includes entrance, a free drink, appies, and a chance to meet and mingle with an impressive community of social entrepreneurs. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Click here to purchase your ticket at the price point that best suits you.

May 4th | RADIUS Presents the 4th Annual Social Venture FAILURE WAKE

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Failure happens. It is the fertile soil in which new ventures grow. It’s the master class in the school of entrepreneurship. But it’s really hard to talk about.

Now in it’s fourth year, the RADIUS Failure Wake is an always sold out celebration of audacious entrepreneurial attempts gone wrong.

The evening will feature three stories from brave entrepreneurs, a lightening round of audience lessons learned, and an Irish Wake style celebration to help put this all firmly behind us.

Mistakes and failures will be aired. We’ll laugh. We’ll cry. We’ll dust ourselves off and try again.

Your ticket includes entrance, a free drink, appies, and a chance to meet and mingle with an impressive community of social entrepreneurs.

Purchase you tickets here before they sell out!

concAUCTION: Ask. Source. Connect.

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RADIUS is pumped to announce the third annual concAUCTION event!

The RADIUS Fellows cordially invite you to mix up your Tuesday night and join us for an experiment in connecting and celebrating.

Whether you’re looking to share ideas, offer support, deepen your network or just partake in the party, you’ll want to be there.

Purchase tickets here. 

Advance tickets $10-$30
Doors at 6pm ~ Action at 6:30pm
Tasty finger foods will be provided
Refreshments will be available (Cash only)

The Asks: Our Fellows will be making asks of the crowd. They are each working on something to make the world more awesome – a project, a venture, an initiative, a conference. Whatever it is, that something needs someone or something to make it more awesome – an introduction, a piece of advice, a link, a fresh idea or maybe even a collaborator.

Asks are only 60 seconds! This will be an enticingly fast and fun evening, where you’ll want to hold onto your hats but not your business cards.

This event takes place on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

The venue is certified accessible and has one gender-neutral bathroom.

A Storyteller’s Tale: RADIUS Fellows alumnus Brielle Morgan’s media journey

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RADIUS Fellow Brielle Morgan is one of the producers of an ambitious nation-wide story collecting initiative to engage communities in deep listening.

Brielle Morgan, a journalist and graduate of Simon Fraser University and Carleton University, has reported stories from around the world, spanning from Canada’s far North to East Africa. After working for more “traditional” media outlets for a few years, she felt a growing misalignment between the work she was doing and the work she wanted to pursue.

Brielle joined the RADIUS Fellowship program during its inaugural year with hopes of meeting a community of like-minded individuals in addition to sourcing support for her story collecting initiative, The Grandmother Project. Inspired and touched by the stories that poured out of her grandmother after just a few thought-provoking questions, Brielle worked with radio producer Angela Johnston, to launch the project. Together they aimed to encourage young people to engage more frequently in sharing thoughtful conversations with their grandmothers.

The Grandmother Project evolved into Storywise, an audio recording project that invites people to sit down one-on-one to listen to each other, to swap stories in a designated space, and to honour each other’s experiences in a memorable way. Participants – whether friends, family or curious strangers – receive keepsake recordings of their conversation. With permission, some talks are edited into short stories to share with the broader community.

At the Al Etmanski’s book launch event, attended by the RADIUS Fellows, Brielle was introduced to Erin Millar, Editor-and-Chief and CEO of Discourse Media, an independent journalism company dedicated to in-depth reporting on complex issues facing Canada and the world. The two saw alignment in the journalistic work they each wanted to pursue, and a few months later Brielle joined Discourse as Reporter and Producer. Part of Brielle’s new role was take what she learned from her experience with Storywise and apply to Discourse’s community engagement strategy.

This past March, Storywise organized an event series called The Big Listen, inviting individuals to bring a friend or family member and honour each other by asking questions about a meaningful experience. In partnership with the Vancouver Public Library, they recorded conversations in the newly refurbished Inspiration Lab at the Central Public Library.

Storywise co-founders Brielle Morgan (left) and Angela Johnston (centre) with Vancouver Public Library Inspiration Lab staff members Simon, Mark and Sam

In the first weekend alone, twenty-two people took part in sharing their stories with a loved one. Themes such as living with mental health, immigration struggles, and changing shapes of families in modern society emerged from the conversations.

A specific story that stood out to Brielle was a conversation between a five-year old boy and his parents (names withheld as per the family’s request). The boy described the people who lived in this uniquely imaginative solar system that lives in his mind. Fascinated by the details in the preschooler’s story, the parents continued to ask questions, exploring his world. Here is a short clip from that conversation:

Taking what she has learned from Storywise, Brielle has applied her learnings to a new project to engage communities across the country in deep listening and story sharing.

Starting this year, Brielle and the Discourse Media team will be working with the newly created non-profit Challenge for Change (C4C) to vision, design and execute a story collection project inspired, in part, by Storywise. C4C has launched with the support of Inspirit Foundation, the MacMillan Family Foundation and the National Film Board, adding capacity for large-scale events, short film and animation adaptations of audio stories, digital archiving, and collaborations with schools.

The RADIUS Fellowship program granted Brielle the opportunities to pitch, receive feedback, fine-tune, and walk away with a stronger and more impactful vision of her project. From what she terms her “tumbleweed of connections,” she was exposed to a journalism venture that aligned with her values, came across an opportunity to envision a nationwide story collection project and “feels more optimistic and excited” about the future of journalism in Canada.

Brielle Morgan with Storywise participant Elaine Benson

If you would like to learn more about The Big Listen and the upcoming Challenge for Change project, be in touch with

Sonam Swarup joined Discourse Media as a Marketing Coordinator and was one of the 22 RADIUS Fellows in Radical Doing in our second cohort. For more information on the RADIUS Fellowship in Radical Doing, click here.

Four Projects Awarded SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Funding

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The SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Fund is a joint initiative of RADIUS and Embark Sustainability that supports radical change endeavours with social and environmental impact at their core. Funding amounts ranging from $200-$1000 are currently available for SFU graduate and undergraduate student social innovators. The deadline for the current round of funding – the last of the 2016-17 Seed Fund – is April 17, 2017 – apply now!

Four remarkable student initiatives were awarded funding in the third round of the SI Seed Fund. Read about them in their own words below:

Soap for Hope

Soap for Hope  is a non-profit social enterprise that collects and sanitizes gently used bar soaps from hotels and upcycles them into liquid hand soap. Partnered with Mission Possible and Hope for Freedom, we work towards providing wages and transitional work opportunities to marginalized individuals who help with production, all while diverting reusable materials from the waste stream.”

About the team:
The Soap for Hope team is comprised of SFU students that come from diverse backgrounds. Ranging from first-years to near graduates, we utilize our unique experiences to innovate creative solutions.

Find Soap for Hope online:
Twitter: @soapforhopeSFU
Facebook: /soapforhopeSFU
Instagram: @soapforhopesfu

Bright Ideas

At Bright Ideas we implore high school students to pursue their entrepreneurial idea, make a tangible difference in their community and to learn about the business world. Bright Ideas aims to showcase the diversity of our community, empower our youth, foster creativity and emphasize teamwork, all in a professional and engaging program.

About the team:
The program is run solely by SFU students beginning from the creation of the curriculum to the facilitation of every workshop. Each group of high school students will not only be mentored by industry professionals from the community and Beedie Alumni but will also be paired with an experienced Enactus SFU mentor throughout the program for guidance.

Bright Ideas is holding their Spring 2017 Final Showcase on April 1st – visit the Facebook event page to learn more or register here.

Find Bright Ideas online:

Team Phantom

Our mission is to inspire the innovators of next-generation electric vehicle technology. By building a Formula SAE Electric race car, we aim to provide SFU students with tangible experience in technical design and leadership. We strive to shape the story of sustainable transportation, a vital component of building vibrant communities and combating climate change and pollution.

About the team:
Team Phantom is an interdisciplinary group of over fifty committed SFU students across all faculties. We believe strongly in experiential learning, collaboration, and innovative design.

Find Team Phantom online: 


Refresh collects and utilizes excess food products and turns them into a variety of enjoyable culinary delights. The goal of the program is to provide an alternate future for excess groceries to prevent food wastage.

About the team: 
The Refresh team consists of 15 SFU undergraduate students who all share a passion for helping their community.

Find Refresh online:

We wish all four projects the very best and look forward to hearing about their learnings along the way.

Do you need funding to get your idea off the ground? Visit the SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Fund page for deadlines, eligibility, and more!

SVI Vancouver | Discounts & scholarships available for RADIUS cohorts & alumni

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The good people at Hollyhock are offering RADIUS members and alumni a 20% discount to attend the Social Venture Institute Vancouver (SVI) from April 19-21, held at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver.

About Social Venture Institute Vancouver

SVI Vancouver is an amazing opportunity to connect with business leaders and social entrepreneurs for an intensive, interactive inquiry into the day-to-day challenges of running a socially conscious enterprise. The SVI community is notorious for supporting one and other. RADIUS loves SVI and we are excited to be able to connect you with this community!

Discount code for RADIUS Members

Current participants in a RADIUS program and alumni are invited to apply as a RADIUS Alumni (there’s an option to indicate that on your SVI application) and you’ll be sent a discount code.

And a full scholarship to SVI Vancouver too

What’s more, RADIUS also has a pair of full paid scholarships for the conference. In order to apply for one of these, fill out this short application form.

Spotlight on “Move your Mood” & “Leefy” | A look back at Trampoline 3

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The latest cohort of social entrepreneurs to participate in RADIUS’ Trampoline Business Model Validation Program recently delivered their final presentations. Under the leadership of sessional instructor Greg FitzGerald, the cohort of fourteen entrepreneurs (across ten ventures) met every Thursday for eight weeks to test alignment in three major areas:

  • The Problem: Is the venture focused on addressing a real, meaningful, and impactful problem?
  • The Solution: Is the proposed solution viable and effective in addressing the problem without creating new ones?
  • The Entrepreneur: Are you the entrepreneur or team to move this project forward? 

A diverse set of amazing ventures came through the program in its latest iteration. Two of these projects shared the common element of utilizing a games-based approach to improving mental health in children: Dr. Randall Gillis’ “Move your Mood” game and Nicholas Cheung’s “Leefy”.  We interviewed both to learn more about the problems they are solving and the impact of the Trampoline Program on their journeys. Read More

Meet the winners of the Oxford Global Challenge at SFU

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The Oxford Global Challenge is a unique competition focused on understanding social problems before trying to solve them. SFU is participating in the 2017 Global Challenge along with other top schools from around the world.

On February 17, 2017, shortlisted teams from the SFU round of the Global Challenge delivered their presentations for a panel of judges at the RADIUS Hub. Of the teams that presented, one winner and two runners up were selected. The winning team, in addition to receiving a $1000 cash prize, will be travelling to Calgary on the weekend of March 24, 2017 to pitch in the Canadian final of the Global Challenge. Each of the runners up were awarded a $500 prize. Read about the winning team and runners up below:

WINNER | HealthShare

Team Members
Alec Yu, Iman Baharmand, Kimberly Venn

“Our team is investigating current problems, solutions, and gaps within solid waste management in Vancouver hospitals. We highlight the interplay between hospital practices, government/health authority policy, and private companies. Inspired by our own experiences in Vancouver hospitals, we saw an opportunity to combine our abilities as social entrepreneurs and aspiring physicians in tackling a comprehensive topic. By providing a thorough analysis of diverse stakeholders in this issue, we are driven to illustrate actionable gaps that improve patient care nationwide.”

Visual Map | Report | Bibliography

RUNNER UP | On Assistance, Can Work: Employment and Income Generation in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Team Members
Kim Mackenzie, Anna Migicovsky

“Our team has worked on this issue (employment, income generation and income assistance in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside) in various capacities in the Downtown Eastside community and are passionate about innovative solutions to poverty and unemployment. Anna brings her experience running an employment program in the neighborhood, and Kim brings her policy and research knowledge to create a community-academic partnership. This research draws on many ideas that have come out of the LEDlab, both from our own work with the lab and that of others.” All of the graphics for this project were created by Andrea Robertson of Hypsypops Design Co.

Visual Map | Report | Bibliography


Team Members
Khayla Almonte-Davila, Katie Mai, Fehintola Okunubi

“Post migration trauma is a commonly under-looked but important risk factor of poor refugee mental health. With Canada receiving such a large influx of refugees, we found it important to understand the resettlement process to learn how to support the refugees’ journey to Canada.” SFU International provided an additional $500 prize to the REACH team for their work on refugee related issues.

Visual Map | Report | Bibliography

The Global Challenge at SFU is delivered in partnership with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at The University of Oxford, RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation the Trico Charitable Foundation and SFU Student Engagement and Retention.

RADIUS Spring Workshop Survey

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RADIUS is planning a workshop series for spring 2017 and we want your input!

We want you to have an opportunity to share your thoughts with us regarding the types of workshop programming that would best support your professional and personal development needs. Specifically, we want to know about your preferences in terms of the content, structure, price point and scheduling arrangements for our spring workshop series. Got five minutes?

Fill out the survey below or open it in a new window by CLICKING HERE.

We appreciate your input!

Meet the 2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Award Winners

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The 2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Awards are a celebration of the province’s extraordinary young leaders and innovators. RADIUS had the pleasure of co-presenting this year’s awards with the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. A diverse array of individuals with a variety of project types were nominated from around the province. The panel of social innovation experts tasked with reviewing the nominations and selecting the winners had their work cut out for them!

Ultimately, from a large and impressive collection nominations, twelve winners emerged. It is our honour to share their names, faces and stories with you now… Read More

Summer 2017 – Change Lab International: Ecuador

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Change Lab is going international! 

Want to spend your summer in South America learning Spanish and creating a sustainable social venture? Change Lab International: Ecuador combines three unique components – study, design, and travel – to explore social venture design from a global perspective.

RADIUS, in partnership with Insight Global Education, SFU’s Beedie School of Business, and Impaqto Quito, is excited to present this unique opportunity for current students to collaborate and innovate in one of Latin America’s most entrepreneurial economies and one of the most biodiverse countries on earth: Ecuador!

The program is open to undergraduate students of all backgrounds, and runs from late May to mid-August, 2017. No previous experience or education in business is required to thrive in this program. Gain career-relevant experience, travel, study, and explore South America – all while earning credits towards your degree!

Learn more here.

Volunteer with RADIUS | Slingshot Perks Program

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RADIUS is currently accepting applications for a smart, savvy volunteer to help build out the Perks Program for participants in our Slingshot Accelerator program.

The Perks Program provides complimentary or discounted access to productivity tools, point-of-sale systems and cloud services for ventures in the RADIUS Ventures Accelerator program Slingshot. We already have relationships with a number of providers. Your job is to build on that to develop a fully formed Perks Program. This is a part time volunteer opportunity reporting to the RADIUS Ventures Program Strategist.

The right applicant is excited to work pretty independently as part of the Ventures team, has a working knowledge of best practices and useful tools for early stage ventures and is interested in building relationships with RADIUS team, service providers and a community of social entrepreneurs.

The duties of the volunteer are as follows:

  • Research perk programs offered by other accelerator programs; understand best-practices; and make recommendations on how the program should be structured
  • Based upon the value offering of the Slingshot program as a whole, identify gaps and value-adds that could be provided by perk providers
  • Add to compiled list of potential perks and tools to ensure we have a comprehensive list of target offerings
  • Build relationships and programs with service providers to understand if they have an accelerator partner program or provide discounted pricing to early stage businesses
  • Conduct conversations (involving the RADIUS Ventures Program Strategist when relevant) to understand what potential partners would be able to provide and what they would expect to receive from RADIUS
  • Package the program and ensure that ventures are able to understand and access what is available to them

To apply, please send an email expressing your interest, along with your resume, to Rebecca Konsolos (rkonsolos[at] with the subject line “Perks Program Volunteer Application”.

Start date: immediately
Duration: three months (exact hours and duration are flexible)

The 2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Awards

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Do you know an exceptional youth social innovator in British Columbia? 

RADIUS and the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation are partnering to deliver the 2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Awards!

The awards will celebrate the accomplishments and leadership of remarkable youth in British Columbia who are tackling tough social issues and creating positive, lasting change for the province. If you know a changemaker under 30 who fits this description, you can nominate them here [closed]. If that changemaker is the person in the mirror, then feel free to self-nominate!

Nominations will be reviewed by a diverse panel of social innovation experts. They will be looking for a clear vision and direction, evidence of a creative approach to problem-solving, and demonstrated growth and impact of nominees’ projects. Nominees’ social innovations can address but are not limited to community development, social entrepreneurship, public health, Indigenous peoples, arts and culture, the environment, and education.

The 10 selected finalists will each receive $1000 in prize money and be invited to accept their award at the BC Summit on Social Innovation in Vancouver on February 8, 2017. Travel and accommodations will be covered for finalists living outside of the Lower Mainland. In order to be eligible, nominees must be residents of British Columbia and must consent to the information they provide potentially being shared with the public.

Learn more here, or submit a nomination now![closed]


LEDlab is Hiring!

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The Local Economic Development Lab (LEDlab) – a joint initiative of RADIUS and Ecotrust Canada – is hiring for a great new Project Manager position!

LEDlab partners with community organizations to explore innovative ways to build a more vibrant and inclusive local economy in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. We are seeking a highly organized relationship-builder, storyteller, and project manager to lead LEDlab’s 2017/18 cohort of innovative projects, and to help tell and share stories of impact from the lab and its community partners.

The Project Manager will…

  • Assist in scoping 2017/18 projects,
  • Recruit, manage, and mentor a team of graduate student Project Coordinators,
  • Manage LEDlab website, and lead digital storytelling through blogs and newsletters,
  • Maintain and grow LEDlab relationships and collaborations with inner city networks,
  • Support program administration, and
  • Support in activating knowledge mobilization events and workshops.

The ideal candidate…

  • Is passionate about advancing equity and diversity in our cities, as well as in the social innovation space.
  • Is comfortable working in a community setting, with a high degree of self-awareness.
  • Has strong consulting and customer service skills.
  • Is able to listen to the needs of others and frame opportunities around them.
  • Facilitates generative and impactful small group meetings.
  • Can manage and mentor a team of 4-5 Project Coordinators.
  • Is an experienced storyteller, excellent writer and editor, and creative in their approach to knowledge dissemination both online and offline.
  • Is comfortable working in WordPress, Campaign Monitor, and can learn new digital tools as required.
  • Has an understanding of social innovation labs, and design thinking methodology.
  • Has relevant experience in economic development, poverty alleviation, entrepreneurship, or urban (economic) planning.
  • Enjoys working in independent, highly dynamic situations with multiple stakeholders and deadlines.
  • Is organized and detailed oriented.
  • Is thoughtful, tenacious, and has a sense of humour!

Bonus Skills Wish List:

  • Social enterprise development, entrepreneurship
  • Experience in the Downtown Eastside (DTES)
  • Graphic design

For more information including application instructions, download the full job description.

[CLOSED] We’re Hiring: RADIUS Ventures Program Manager

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RADIUS seeks a creative, analytical, and agile entrepreneur and educator to join our team as the RADIUS Ventures Program Manager. Reporting to the Co-Director of RADIUS (Ventures) and working closely with the rest of the RADIUS team, the Program Manager will help to shape and deliver RADIUS’ incubator and accelerator programs for “Radical Doers”.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on Monday January 16th, 2017 (see application details below).

RADIUS delivers cohort-based programs to Radical Doers at various phases of exploration, launch, and growth. All of our programs are dedicated to…

  • creating peer-based learning and ‘doing’ environments,
  • developing Doers’ personal vision and leadership,
  • bringing Doers from broad perspectives and backgrounds into the innovation and entrepreneurship community, and
  • cultivating connections between the Radical Doers we work with and the broader ecosystem of partners, mentors, investors, lenders, learned ones, and other kick-ass doers.

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