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Five Projects Award Social Innovation Seed Funding

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The SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Fund is a joint initiative of Embark Sustainability and RADIUS that supports thoughtful change endeavours with social and environmental impact at their core. The Fund allocates sums ranging from $200-$1,500 to SFU undergraduate and graduate student social innovators. Applications for the 2018/2019 year will re-open this fall.

Five remarkable initiatives were awarded funding in the fourth round of the 2017-2018 cycle. Read about them below!

CARESEL

Founded by a team of Health Change Lab students, CARESEL is a toolkit that empowers teachers to incorporate the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) component of the new BC curriculum with pick-up-and-go lessons tied into subjects that they already teach. CARESEL allows teachers to choose the grade that they teach (ie. Grades 4-7) and the subject in which they want to promote SEL (ie. English, Science, Social Studies, or Math). They then receive activities to facilitate with their students that meet the BC curriculum requirements by merging the BC core competencies with some form of the SEL core competencies. This allows teachers to teach familiar activities that meet curricular requirements while integrating SEL, providing them with support and a way to incorporate new requirements during existing class time.

Sinulkhay & Ladders


Developed by Michelle Nahanee during her MA in Communications at SFU, Sinulkhay and Ladders is a giant 8-ft board game that promotes the Squamish practice of Chen chen stway (holding each other up) while calling out neocolonial scenarios of oppression. Its purpose is to provide a framework for developing decolonizing practices for working better together. The focus of the game is bettering Indigenous to non-Indigenous relations in professional settings, making sure we are holding each other up and not sliding down the double-headed serpent, called ‘Sinulkhay’ by Squamish.

Learn more about Michelle’s workshop trainings by visiting the Decolonizing Practices website. Also, check out this Eventbrite page for upcoming Decolonizing Practices workshops in July and August.

Tumblershare

Tumblershare is a program that aims to reduce coffee cup waste on SFU campuses through a tumbler membership service. Currently being piloted at Renaissance Coffee at SFU Burnaby, Tumblershare participants pay a $10 deposit fee for a membership card. When they visit Renaissance Coffee for a hot drink, they can exchange their card for a tumbler for their coffee or tea. Once they are finished their drink, they simply return the tumbler to the cafe and receive their membership card back.

SonoRail


When a team of Mechatronics Engineering and Business students collaborated on a project, SonoRail was invented. SonoRail is a robotic device that allows sonographers (medical professionals performing ultrasounds) to remotely control an ultrasound machine. Sonographers commonly experience Work Related Muskuloskeletal Disorders (WRMSD), including carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder capsulitis, due to repeated application of force and sustained pressure in administering these medical tests.  The SonoRail team seeks to prevent sonographers from having to sacrifice their health in order to support their patients. They are developing a device that will be comprised of two main components: an arm holding an ultrasound probe that will be controlled via a remote, and a remote control that the sonographer can use that simulates their wrist motions with the probe and the physical sensations of moving the probe.

Böues

Co-founded by 2018 RADIUS Fellow Larissa Chen and her business partner Delara Tabari, Böues is a personal care brand dedicated to creating natural body care products that work. Böues  challenges existing products on the market that typically involve unnecessary chemicals, single-purpose usage, and excessive packaging. The Böues team didn’t want to use these products for themselves or see their family and friends use them. With health-conscious hygiene practices and sustainability in mind, they discovered a natural alternative: upcycling leftover beeswax and raw honey into bath and body products. Through in-person sales and digital marketing campaigns, Böues also educates people on the importance of being mindful of the impact of daily hygiene products on ourselves, our communities and our ecosystem. Stay up to date with Böues by following them on Instagram: @bouesofficial.

We’re Hiring! | Communications, Engagement & Recruitment Officer

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Join the RADIUS team!  

RADIUS is looking for a media savvy, outgoing communications professional to join our team as RADIUS’ new Communications, Engagement and Recruitment Officer! The successful candidate will work closely with RADIUS’ General Manager, Directors and program leads to develop an ongoing communications, engagement and recruitment strategy, aimed at achieving RADIUS’ recruitment, community growth and retention goals and establishing RADIUS’ brand and thought leadership presence.

Interested? Check out the Job Posting and apply by Monday, July 16th!

From Makerspace Prototypes to Mental Health Research: An interview with student changemaker Benta Cheng

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Recent Health Change Lab alumna, Benta Cheng, sat down with Zoya Jiwa from the RADIUS team to share how her program experiences inspired her to participate in the Map the System Challenge: an international research competition that asks students to think differently about social change. The team registration deadline for Map the System is Monday January 22nd. Find details here!

ZJ: How did you hear about Change Lab, and what inspired you to apply?

BC: When I first heard of Health Change Lab (HCL), it was from a friend and alumnus from the HCL cohort a year prior. From our discussions, I immediately understood that HCL would be a breath of fresh air from my typical undergraduate lectures. In partnership with Fraser Health and the City of Surrey, HCL brings together students from different faculties to define and propose prototypes to address a community problem within the Surrey context. I was drawn to the program since it seemed experiential, challenging, and most importantly, like it would be an opportunity to consolidate my learning into a community based project with an interdisciplinary team of students. After four years as a Health Science student, I was excited to work alongside students from other faculties, all bringing their own perspectives and strengths. The mention of “Change” was also both exciting and humbling—to think that I would be able to work with closely with a community to instill positive change through a capstone project left me eager to apply and begin.

ZJ: What were your expectations going into the program?

BC: As the semester progressed, I uncovered surprising discrepancies from my initial impressions. The ‘Change’  in Health Change Lab was referring to positive change within myself. The professors wanted to see us growing fast and failing fast. Unconventionally, failing and respectful conflict was encouraged and not looked down upon. My peers and professors created such a safe space for me to improve my public speaking, learn to give constructive and respectful criticism, build effective business skills, and so much more. My classmates supported one another through our prototyping and pivots as we navigated our respective problem areas. Overall, I quickly came to understand that the magnitude of my self-improvement and growth would determine my success in the course.

ZJ: Sounds like a transformational realization early on in the program! Who was on your team?

BC: My team consisted of an International Studies student, an IAT student, and two Health Sciences students (including myself). Although our angles were different, we came together with an initial passion for youth mental health.

ZJ: What idea did you start with, and what ended up being your final project?  

BC: After numerous expert and user interviews, coupled with mind maps and root cause analyses galore, we realized there were a number of seemingly indirect but effective approaches to support young people as they grappled with becoming an adult, navigating their life post-secondary school, landing that first job, among other struggles!


Our final prototype was a Maker School for youth adults to engage with one another and with mentors through future-ready skill building. The Maker School idea is a union between a traditional Makerspace and a youth-centered education space. This space wouldn’t just be for hobbyists, but also for young people who wanted to try their hand at making things in a low-commitment space. 

ZJ: Wow, what a journey! What was it like to present your final project and wrap up the program?

BC: During our final presentation, each team proudly presented their final prototypes in front of a panel consisting of business professionals, City of Surrey representatives, and Fraser Health delegates. As nerve-wracking as it was, seeing the final product and how far we had all come in the semester was extremely fulfilling.

During our last class, there was a sense of melancholy as we sat in a circle with our instructors watching Space Kittens on YouTube and feasting on potluck food. One by one, we shared our final thoughts about the course and how we’ve changed and grown. There were tears, laughter, and lots of hugging. It was an honour to how my peers were actively working on and overcoming their deepest struggles. I mean, was this course hard? Definitely. My head was in a cloud the whole semester and I never felt like I was on stable ground. However, I truly believe that every undergraduate student should experience something like this. You won’t regret it.


ZJ: In what ways
did the lessons you learned in Health Change Lab inspire you to register for Map the System?

BC: Besides introducing and instilling the mental tools necessary to understand and navigate a problem area, the interdisciplinary nature of Health Change Lab also introduced new perspectives to understanding the system where the problem lives. Now, when I look at a problem, instead of feeling “stuck” or overwhelmed, I can unpack and dive deep into potential solution areas, and that is extremely exciting.

ZJ: What is your team researching though the Map the System Challenge? 

BC: This is very preliminary, but our team is exploring mental health outcomes (whether this is self-perceived or by clinical diagnosis is still in question) in children of first generation immigrants living in the Greater Vancouver area. This problem space is important to me, firstly, because I am a child of two immigrant parents, but also because of the conversations I’ve had with people in my community about the unique set of struggles they face with respect to family cohesion, cultural displacement, and internalizing the struggles of their parents. My team and I are looking forward to learning more about this population.

ZJ: What advice would you offer other students who are curious about changemaking at SFU?

BC: To any student who wants to engage in changemaking, you’ve already taken the first step through being curious! There are many opportunities to engage in changemaking at SFU if you look for them. In fact, every year (every month, even!), more opportunities become available. Reach out to people you admire – they could be professors, peers, or just someone you define as a changemaker. Most people are very open to coffee or a phone call.  Since you’re here, check out the RADIUS website! Finally, don’t be afraid to seek experiences offered from other faculties as well.


A warm thank-you to Benta for sharing her experiences! We wish her team all the best with participating in the Map the System Challenge.

Map the System Challenge 2017-2018: Register by January 22nd!

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After winning both the national and global competitions last year, SFU is participating in the annual Map the System Challenge (formerly the ‘Oxford Global Challenge’) along with other top schools from around the world! Unlike most business and case competitions, Map the System is focused on deeply understanding social problems before trying to solve them. Register your team now to participate around an issue you care about! 

  1. What is Map the System?

An initiative of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford, Map the System encourages students and educators to think differently about social, environmental, and economic challenges by mapping out the landscape of current problems and solutions while identifying missed opportunities for change. In teams of up to five people, SFU students and recent alumni choose a problem space to thoroughly research on a systems level. Then, they present their findings to their peers, community members, and influencers.

  1.  What problem should I or my team work on?

Any problem you are passionate about, whether it’s a local or global issue – all the better if you have already been working on something! You can take a look at some of the research focus areas from last year’s international competition.

Last year, the successful SFU team won both the national and global Map the System Challenge competition with their extensive research project about solid medical waste from Vancouver hospitals. Check out their final pitch at the global finals!

  1. Do I need a solution idea for my problem?

Nope! You just need a thorough understanding of the problem and current gaps or opportunities. A helpful framework to start with is Daniela Papi-Thornton’s Impact Gaps Canvas, which offers a comprehensive approach to mapping out a social problem.

  1. Who is eligible to apply?

Individuals or teams of up to five people. You must have at least one SFU student (undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral) OR a recent alumni (i.e. within 1 year of the registration date, January 22nd, 2018), and may include community members.

  1. How do I apply? What’s the timeline?
  • November 16th, 2017: Map the System Info Session for SFU students, alumni, and community interested in Map the System.
  • January 22nd, 2018: Complete the short registration form; all SFU teams are required to complete this quick registration form to confirm their involvement and chosen problem area.
  • January 27th, 2018: Problem Mapping 101 – a workshop hosted in collaboration with UBC. Present your problem space and research ideas to peers and community experts, and receive feedback and connections to deepen your work. Register here!
  • March 26th, 2018: full submission for the SFU local competition round, including three documents, to present your findings: a visual map or other creative representation of the issue; research analysis (max. 2000 words); and a bibliography of resources.
  • April 11th, 2018: SFU-wide competition for top 8 teams. The winning team from this round will move on to the national finals.
  • May 4th-5th, 2018: Map the System National Finals, hosted by SFU at the Segal Graduate School of Business.
  1. What can we win?

Prize money, trips to Oxford and the Emerge Conference 2018, access to further funds and support, fame and glory, and the opportunity to learn about a problem you’re curious about. SFU will provide at least $1,000 for the top SFU individual or team, and $500 for two runners up.

  1. What support is there from SFU?

We’re hosting several workshops for participants in the Map the System Challenge prior to the March 26th, 2018 final project submission deadline (see timeline above). We will do our best to support and advise teams with narrowing down their problem area, sparking community connections to experts in their chosen fields, 1-on-1 coaching, and offering presentation guidance. Sign up for our mailing list to register for our next workshop on January 27th, 2018.

Additionally, there are already lots of great resources available by the global host, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford.



More questions? Check out the Map the System FAQ first! Should you have further questions, feel free to contact Amy Farahbakhsh at afarahba[a]sfu.ca. To receive updates about Map the System, you can sign up for our mailing list.

The Map the System Challenge at SFU is coordinated by RADIUS SFU and Student Engagement and Retention at SFU with support from the SFU Alumni Association and SFU Innovates. This opportunity is offered in partnership with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at The University of Oxford, RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and the Trico Charitable Foundation.

Health Change Lab Retreat: Moving from Individual Interests to Interdisciplinary Collaborations

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Applications are NOW OPEN for Health Change Lab, co-hosted by RADIUS, SFU Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Beedie School of Business,

By Health Change Lab alumna Stephanie Lam

It has hardly been one month since the Fall 2017 semester has started, and being enrolled in Health Change Lab has already inspired professional, academic, and personal development for my classmates and I. Initially, I felt anxious about my ability to be in an interdisciplinary and self-directed program. Nevertheless, I approached the term with excitement and hope to see what the semester would contribute to my learning journey. When the Health Change Lab cohort attended our first team retreat at Camp Alexandra, my nerves were immediately eased.

Following an early morning drive to White Rock, I arrived feeling calmed by the serene environment of Crescent Beach. From the start, it was clear that the retreat was designed to provide opportunities for peers to bond through a series of activities and workshops while providing a safe space to learn about ourselves.

At the beginning of the retreat, we all gathered around a fire pit. Upon the request of our instructors, each student brought an object that represents our motivation behind why we are interested in social change and community health. One by one, we presented our objects and dug deep to share the emotional and inspirational stories behind our current goals and future ambitions. As we sat around in a circle, it was amazing to see where all of my fellow classmates came from. As an interdisciplinary group of 21 individuals with varying backgrounds, it was amazing to see and feel that we were all connected as students who aspire to create positive change for the people around us.

Alongside sharing our personal objects and motivations, another challenging but illuminating activity was called the Super Social Vision Portal, which took place on Crescent Beach itself. As we walked along the sandy beach and took in vast views of the sea, we engaged in an activity that helped us practice deep listening, idea flow, and envisioning of our futures. Our instructor asked us to situate ourselves one year from now, as if we could time travel to September 2018. We spoke to 3 different partners about how and what we wanted our year to look like. The only catch was that we had to talk to each partner for 5 minutes, and they weren’t allowed to say or acknowledge anything that we said. Not only was it difficult for a group of young students to speak for 5 minutes straight about their futures, but talking to someone who couldn’t respond to us or offer feedback was interesting to say the least. This activity allowed me to fully engage and listen to my partner’s words. I couldn’t interrupt, share my thoughts, or lead the discussion towards a different trajectory. Instead, I discovered how important it is  to let people be in flow with their thoughts and ideas to engage in genuine and authentic conversations. The activity taught me a valuable lesson in improving my listening skills with my colleagues, friends, and family.

I look forward to the upcoming months, where I will collaborate with my fellow student changemakers to explore and propose interventions to improve community health within the City of Surrey!

 

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 community@radiussfu.com.

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

SFU Students: Apply Now for the Entrepreneurship and Changemaking Activators (E&C) Program!

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We are excited to announce that RADIUS SFU and Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection have joined forces to launch the new Entrepreneurship and Changemaker (E&C) Student Activators Program!

This paid opportunity brings together six students from a variety of faculties to support student engagement in a broad suite of changemaking opportunities at SFU, from promoting experiential learning opportunities like Change Lab, CityStudio and the Charles Chang Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, to designing and hosting workshops.   

Given that SFU was recently designated as one of just over 40 Ashoka Changemaker Campuses in the world, we are eager to activate student voices to build the momentum of SFU’s diverse ‘changemaking’ initiatives, where creative approaches are taken to addressing social, economic and environmental problems. The Changemaker Campus designation was a rigorous process conducted by Ashoka U, a global leader in social entrepreneurship. It recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to social innovation through their research initiatives, their curriculum design, and their vibrant changemaking communities.

This program is supported by SFU Innovates and the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship.

We invite SFU students from all faculties to apply by September 12th, 2017 at 11:59PM.

You are:

  • A current SFU student with an expected graduation date no earlier than Fall 2018;
  • Passionate about social impact, innovation, entrepreneurship, and envision yourself as a changemaker;
  • An emerging student leader from any faculty with proven results and achievements;
  • Excited to help build a stronger entrepreneurial and changemaking ecosystem across SFU’s campuses;
  • A team player willing to work with a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Committed to learning how to present changemaking opportunities to your peers and to the broader community;
  • Willing to learn, take risks, make mistakes, and try novel approaches to problems.
  • Curious about and dedicated to continuous learning, personal development, and self-reflection.

You will:

  • Promote entrepreneurship and changemaking opportunities at SFU, including class presentations, tending booths, and attending events;
  • Coordinate and host events, such as workshops and speaker series;
  • Help with social media and branding of SFU as an Ashoka Changemaker Campus and the Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection program;
  • Be active on all three campuses over three terms;
  • Attend E&C Activators team meetings up to twice per month; and
  • Act as an ambassador on behalf of the SFU changemaking community, including RADIUS and Venture Connection, fulfilling your leadership role as a student changemaker.

Value to you:

  • A $4,000 stipend
  • Access to professional development (e.g. via workshops, coaching, etc.)
  • Profiles on RADIUS SFU and Venture Connections websites, newsletters, and blogs
  • A fun and engaging year connecting SFU students with an amazing array of opportunities

Time Commitment: 6-8 hours/ week
Timeline: October 2017 – September 2018
Application Deadline: September 12th, 2017 @ 11:59PM

How to Apply

To apply, send in your resume and cover letter in one file to Zoya Jiwa at zjiwa@radiussfu.com by September 12th at 11:59pm with the subject line “Application: E&C Activators.”

In your cover letter, please concisely address the following in no more than two pages:

  • What are you studying at SFU, and what is your expected graduation date (semester / year)? How did you hear about this opportunity?
  • Which campus(es) are you based at most often?
  • Why are you the right person for this program? What relevant experience makes you a good fit?
  • What are two of your proudest achievements, and why?
  • Imagine: You return to campus in 10 years. What has been the impact of your involvement?

All applicants will be notified of their application status by Monday September 25th.


About SFU Innovates

SFU Innovates is a university-wide strategy that builds on our dynamic culture and seeks to strengthen SFU’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship.

About the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship

The Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship works to make SFU a global leader in entrepreneurship, providing unparalleled opportunities for SFU students.

About RADIUS

RADIUS (RADical Ideas, Useful to Society) is a social innovation lab and venture incubator at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. We develop and deliver cohort based programs to build the capacity of Radical Doers and to cultivate their projects and ventures in service of systems change. We are working towards a transformed economy that is dynamic, just, sustainable, and resilient. Read more about our work.

About Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection

Founded at SFU Surrey and serving all three SFU campuses, Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection supports SFU ventures from initial idea validation through to operating businesses. Services of the program include mentorship, office space, networking opportunities, internship/co-op terms, competitions, educational workshops and speaker events. Since 2008, the first-of-its kind, innovative, and groundbreaking program has engaged over 6000 participants, provided mentorship to over 200 student teams, and business development services to over 170 early-stage startups. Read more about their work.

About the Charles Change Institute for Entrepreneurship

SFU Innovates is a university-wide strategy that builds on our dynamic culture and seeks to strengthen SFU’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

 

Sustainability, Transparency and Accountability in the Souvenir Shop Industry: What does it all mean?

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About this time last year, I was strolling down Water Street on my way back from work, with tourists mingling around me. It was hard to miss the shopping bags they carried – and equally hard to not imagine what they’d purchased. Clothing. Gifts. Souvenirs.

Something to remind them of their visit to Vancouver, Canada, a city that welcomed more than 16 million visitors last year alone (Tourism Vancouver, 2016).

Our idea for Woodpickers did not begin then, but in 2015 as an SFU Change Lab project called Wood Source Co-op, where myself and three other interdisciplinary students teamed up to reduce landfill wood waste by connecting material users with suppliers to strengthen the circular economy in Strathcona, Vancouver. Our project inspired me to apply what I’ve learned to Woodpickers.

Now two years later, my partner James and I are excited to combine our love for the environment as SFU Faculty of Environment grads with our shared experience in tourism, retail, woodworking, and design, to introduce a line of sustainable souvenirs into the Vancouver tourism market.

We’re motivated by the lingering questions that keep us up at night:

What if souvenirs could be more than just a keepsake or a product?

What if souvenirs, and their make, can be more transparent and accountable to the environment around us?

What if souvenirs could be tools of dialogue to discuss “hot” topics like climate change and environmental conservation by transcending borders, culture, and countries?

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RADIUS Ventures: Building Your Powerful Network

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“Build a strong network” is advice that many entrepreneurs often receive, but how do you go about actually doing this? For starters, you can apply to the RADIUS Slingshot Accelerator program. Building strong networks is goal across all RADIUS programs – and a program highlight for entrepreneurs in the Slingshot Accelerator.

RADIUS takes a network entrepreneur approach to the ventures in our programs. It’s a term borrowed from the Stanford Social Innovation Review to describe a kind of entrepreneur that “expands far beyond the boundaries of their own organization, supporting peers and partners across sectors to solve the problem.” We immerse every innovator and entrepreneur in a supportive network of cohort peers, and a broader network of experts, advisors, partners, funders and clients.

A Cohort to support you

Entrepreneurs in both the Slingshot Accelerator and the Trampoline pre-accelerator program benefit from participating in a cohort-based educational series focused on building leadership capacity, management skills and business acumen. Through the series, the cohort builds bonds of trust and comradeship. Entrepreneurship is about hard skills – but it’s also about your capacity to persevere through inevitable challenge. The strength of your network is a key determinant in your capacity to successfully navigate those challenges

A Team of Program Delivery Partners

The Slingshot Accelerator provides ventures with the opportunity to connect and work with best-in-class Program Delivery Partners. Ventures will tap into the passion and business expertise of Partners including (list and link to three partners), who will provide in-kind services and facilitate sessions and workshops throughout the program.

An Advisory Board and mentors

More than 30 mentors support RADIUS ventures through the mentor network. Areas of expertise include branding, strategy, design thinking, entrepreneurship, sales, and more! Each venture in the Slingshot Accelerator has a dedicated advisory board and the opportunity to seek 1-1 guidance with select mentors in the pool. Mentorship has repeatedly been identified as one of the highest predictors of success in accelerators – we’ll work with you to build the mentor network you need.

An Entrepreneur in Residence in your corner

Entrepreneurs in the Slingshot Accelerator will benefit from one-on-one support from our seasoned entrepreneurs-in-residence, Donovan Woollard and Mike Rowlands.

Donovan Woollard is a Co-Director of RADIUS and oversees the Ventures program. Donovan spent four years as founding COO with Offsetters, Canada’s leading carbon management firm, where he built a 24-person team with a blue-chip list of clients and partners. He has also worked for Vancity, BC Hydro, and Ecotrust, and continues to help launch and grow responsible business initiatives with his company Transom Enterprises to.

Mike Rowlands is President & CEO of Junxion Strategy. In addition to leading Junxion and working with RADIUS, he’s an Executive Producer of the annual Social Venture Institute, Director of the Social Venture Network and serves on the Board of Directors of Hollyhock. As a B Corp Ambassador, helping to accelerate the growth of that community of responsible businesses.

A collection of Perks to make business better

New to the Slingshot Program this is year, the Perks Program builds you network by connecting you with complimentary or discounted access to productivity tools and softwares including  Clausehound, a legal tool geared towards entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses, and Sage Accounting, an accounting and bookkeeping software.

A Network to support and amplify your work

At the end of the day, it’s about building your business alongside a supportive community that can celebrate your highs and lift you up from your lows. The Stanford Social Innovation Review suggests that the “potential for impact increasing exponentially when leaders leverage resources of all types—leadership, money, talent—across organizations and sectors toward a common goal”– we couldn’t agree more.  

As a community of communities, RADIUS understands what the power of networks for entrepreneurs – and now we want to help grow yours!

Apply for Slingshot or Trampoline Today!

Welcome to the RADIUS team, Zoya & Marissa!

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We’re growing! 

RADIUS is thrilled to welcome two new wonderful members to our team: Marissa Lawrence (left), First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program Manager, and Zoya Jiwa (right), Program Coordinator – SFU Programs & Fellowship.

Welcome aboard Zoya and Marissa! Read about them in their own words below:

Marissa Lawrence

Marissa comes to RADIUS with a rich background of designing and convening community-bridging intercultural dialogue and education programming on topics ranging from democratic engagement, economic opportunity, to reconciliation. Over the past few years, Marissa worked with Reconciliation Canada where at a senior management level, developed and maintained strategic partnerships with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, organizations and businesses and managed the design and delivery of national public programming. She has a passion for developing and nurturing community connections and new relationships and thrives in meaningful community engagement.

With a background in communications, dialogue and mindful facilitation, Marissa is inspired to incorporate the process of action-oriented dialogue into all facets of her work.

Zoya Jiwa

Zoya’s journey with RADIUS began in 2015 as a participant of the inaugural RADIUS Fellowship in Radical Doing, where she launched As We Are: an online fashion blog and community that shares the stories of people who are facing health challenges with courage and with style. Through her personal experiences with chronic illness, Zoya recognized that focus is often placed on living a vibrant life “when you are feeling better.” In response, has she created a positive and inspiring platform that encourages people to celebrate and embrace who they are, as they are, in this moment.

With interests in human-centred design, social systems thinking, and community program development, Zoya is excited to support early stage changemakers in developing their ideas that foster more just, sustainable, resilient communities.

Alongside her involvement with RADIUS and As We Are, Zoya is wrapping up her undergraduate degree at SFU, holding a major in Sociology and certificates in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Community Development. Zoya is a three time TEDx speaker, the recipient of the 2015 SFU Terry Fox Gold Medal and Prize, and the recipient of the 2016 YWCA Metro-Vancouver Young Woman of Distinction Award.

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 brielle@discoursemedia.org.

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.

Join our Team: Seeking a RADIUS Program Coordinator

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RADIUS seeks an organized, creative, and diligent Program Coordinator to support our suite of programs for SFU based changemakers and our RADIUS Fellowship Program.

Reporting to the SFU Programs and Fellowship Manager and working closely with the rest of the RADIUS team, this role will play an integral role in supporting a number of key initiatives for early stage changemakers.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on April 7th (see application details below).

About RADIUS Social Innovation Lab & Venture Incubator

RADIUS delivers cohort-based programs to Radical Doers at various phases of exploration, launch, and growth. All of our programs build from a core focus on:

  • developing personal leadership,
  • creating peer-based learning and doing environments,
  • 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.

Job Description: SFU Programs and Fellowship Coordinator

The SFU Programs and Fellowship Coordinator will provide support to the following program areas:

  • SFU Changemaker Campus process
  • The RADIUS Fellowship
  • External training programs delivered by RADIUS
  • SFU student focused programs run by RADIUS including:
    • SFU Change Lab – a flagship studio program for SFU students interested in working deeply with community build social venture responses to pressing social challenges.
    • SFU student Social Innovation Activators program, working with a team of students to identify and respond to opportunities for advancing the social innovation at SFU.
    • The Student Social Innovation Seed Fund: in partnership with Embark, this program provides small grants for student social innovation initiatives across SFU.
    • Competitions, events and workshops supporting the advancement of social innovation and changemaking at SFU.

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • program promotion and recruitment
  • supporting participant screening and intake processes
  • program delivery coordination (securing speakers, coordinating content, etc)
  • co-chairing the Seed Fund selection committee
  • coordination and production of related events
  • metrics tracking and reporting
  • day to day meeting planning, logistics
  • writing and communications related to programs, including report production
  • meetings with program stakeholders and coordination of related networks
  • on an ad hoc basis and coordinated within work plan, supporting other RADIUS initiatives

Are you our SFU Programs and Fellowship Coordinator?

The ideal candidate is likely early in their own career as a Radical Doer and will:

  • see themselves as a change maker
  • be excited about creating opportunities for students, learnings and early career radical doers to thrive and grow
  • have experience working with students in a university or related learning environment
  • be comfortable meeting respectfully and effectively with people in a variety of positions of influence, from first year students to those leading change from various positions within and outside the university
  • have a clear track record of delivering projects on time and with strong outcomes
  • work well in a self-directed fashion and be comfortable making decisions, and responding to emerging opportunities and a changing environment
  • be motivated to help build a transformed economy, one geared to be both inclusive and innovative, and one that is more just, sustainable, resilient and healthy
  • be a strong writer and communicator, in person, on social media, and in more formal written reports
  • be comfortable giving, receiving and asking for feedback and;
  • be comfortable with performing a variety of logistical and planning tasks within their role, from taking minutes, to planning event and meeting logistics, and processing paperwork

Strong assets include:

  • familiarity with RADIUS SFU programming models
  • experience as a facilitator
  • networks in social innovation and entrepreneurship either at SFU or in the broader community
  • comfort with the language, approaches and mindsets of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • experience as a changemaker or entrepreneur

Contract and Compensation

This is a 1 year contract position with a 3 month mutual assessment for fit, and projected to be renewable pending funding. RADIUS is a living wage employer and the compensation range for this role is from $40,500 to $50,500 commensurate with experience.

RADIUS strives to build a team that reflects the diversity of the communities we work in, and encourages applications from traditionally under-represented groups such as women, visible minorities, First Nations, people identifying as LGBT*QI, and people with disabilities.

How to apply

To apply, send your resume and cover letter in one file to Tamara Connell at tconnell@radiussfu.com by April 7th at 11:59pm with the subject line “Application: RADIUS Program Coordinator.”

In your cover letter, please concisely address the following in no more than two pages:

  • Why are you interested in the position?
  • Why do your experience and skills make you a good fit?
  • What would be the one question you would ask to better understand whether this job is a fit?
  • Tell us about a time you built something awesome (program, project, event, organization, etc!).

We thank all applicants for their interest in joining the RADIUS team. We expect to hold interviews between April 11th and 24th.

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.

Join the RADIUS Ventures Service Partner Network!

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Image: Slingshot 3 venture Zero Wast Market holding a pop-up shop at Patagonia.

Are you or your organization interested in supporting social businesses in Vancouver? RADIUS Ventures is focused on finding and amplifying top emerging impact ventures. The RADIUS Ventures Service Partner Network gives you an opportunity to make a significant impact on social entrepreneurs and the trajectory of their ventures. 

Wondering what that looks like?  Here’s an example:

One of the ventures from our third Slingshot cohort, Zero Waste Market, teamed up with interior design firm service partner ZAS Architects to build out their first brick and mortar store. “We’ve been working with them for just under a year,”  Zero Waste Market founder Brianne Miller shared with us. “It’s been a great opportunity for us to work with partners that are well established and looking to get more involved in the community and build new expertise.”

The motivation for ZAS Architects to work on this project – in addition to their interest in supporting emerging talent – was to create a case study on green building to present to their team. Green building and interior design is seen as a growth area for the firm and, according to Brianne, “ZAS has helped us with everything from doing the architectural drawings of our space to design consultation and working with us to incorporate elements of brand into our store design”.

If this sounds like an opportunity that you or your firm would like to pursue, keep scrolling to learn more about the RADIUS Ventures Service Partner Network.

The RADIUS Ventures Service Partner Network

Our ventures tap into the passion and business expertise of our service partners. The RADIUS Ventures Service Partner Network is a network of organizations and individuals looking to support impact-focused businesses in Vancouver. There are three tiers of partners in our network: Program Delivery Partner, Service Contributor, and Perks Provider. By sharing their time and knowledge, our service partners make a significant impact on the entrepreneurs in our programs and meaningfully influence the trajectory of their ventures.

Service Partner Tiers Description
Program Delivery Partner Program Delivery Partners provide in-kind services to RADIUS Venture program participants in addition to facilitating program sessions on topic areas of expertise. Program Delivery Partners provide a minimum of five in-kind hours of service per program participant and facilitate a minimum of two program sessions per cycle.

Our existing Program Delivery Partners include:

Service Contributor Our Service Contributors come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and pledge an average of 10 to 15 hours over the course of a year. Service Contributors provide a 50% discount on their rates to program participants and work with the participant to coordinate project scope, estimated number of hours, and expectations of the engagement.
Perks Partners  Perks Partners provide complimentary or discounted access to productivity tools and softwares, point-of-sale systems and cloud services, etc. for ventures in the RADIUS Ventures programs.

Joining the RADIUS Ventures Service Partner Network

By joining the RADIUS Ventures Service Partner Network, you and your organization will be able to meaningfully impact social businesses, tap into the RADIUS network of changemakers and be showcased on our website and via our social media channels.

Interested in joining the RADIUS Venture Service Partner Network as a Service Contributor? Please take 15 minutes to fill out our Service Contributor Survey on behalf of yourself or your organization. We will ask you to provide a bit of information about yourself and your organization, the skills and services that you would be able to provide, any past CSR initiatives or work experience you’ve had with impact-focused companies and 1-2 professional references. If your organization is selected to move forward, we will ask that you share 2-3 typical projects that you or your organization can deliver on, with the estimated number of hours to complete each and the number of hours you would be able to pledge to our program participants.

Interested in in joining the RADIUS Venture Service Partner Network as a Program Delivery Partner, Perks Partner or Mentor? Get in touch here

RADIUS Ventures Community Health Survey

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RADIUS Ventures wants to know what community health means to you.

RADIUS Ventures is exploring a new focus area in community health and we’re looking to you – our community – to help us chart this path.  What aspects of community health do you feel are important, and who is doing valuable work in these areas?

We’ve created a short, nine question survey to allow you to have input and share your perspective with us. You won’t need more than 10-15 minutes to fill it out, and you’ll be helping us better understand our community’s priorities.

Click here to get started!

 

2017 RADIUS Fellows Retreat Recap

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Guest blogger Erin Brown-John is a communications professional, community builder, thereminist and member of the 2017 RADIUS Fellowship in Radical Doing. The following article is a re-post from Erin’s website, eebeejay.com.

On February 4, 2017 my RADIUS 2017 Fellows cohort braved the blizzard to arrive at Camp Alexandra for our program’s opening retreat. This was a chance for us to unplug from our daily lives, get to know eachother and work on setting some personal goals for our time in the Fellows program.

Once we were assembled it didn’t take long for us to skip to the good stuff: who am I? How did I get here? What difficult decisions have I made in my life? Each exercise throughout the weekend was an opportunity to reflect on our experience by sharing it with others.

I really enjoyed getting to know people and appreciated how the tasks we were asked to do were very purposefully meant to get us to explore different ways of telling our stories than many of us are probably used to. The more conversations I had, the more I realized that there are a lot of similarities between us. It might be a bad breakup, or getting fired from a job, or something as random as having a crippled waterfowl as a childhood pet. So rarely in everyday life do we get the chance to focus on other people for long enough to discover the things we have in common.

I was surprised to learn that two thirds of our group identified as introverts. It definitely didn’t feel like it. The lodge was humming with energy and early on we were already having conversations about how well the group gelled and what kinds of wizardry must have taken place in the selection process to make that happen.

But perhaps this was just because we’d spent a long time at the outset coming to a consensus about community guidelines that would enable us to be an open and supportive group. The list we arrived at was rather extensive and emerged out of deep discussions about listening well, showing respect for others’ viewpoints, creating space, expressing radical candour, and hugging consentually.

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Amplifying the Millennial Voice on Housing in Metro Vancouver

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Housing & Affordability: Tired of talking about it yet?

You can’t get through a conversation in Vancouver without housing or affordability coming up. With a steady stream of news articles, stories, research and reports creating buzz, it’s been a hot topic in Vancouver and continues to dominate Vancouverites’ concerns.

Millennials and younger generations are being disproportionately affected by astronomical costs of living. With more millennials living at home than ever before and millennials spending more of their income than almost any other age group on housing costs, we need to find solutions to make housing in particular more affordable.

There has been lots of talk about millennials, but has there been much dialogue with or by millennials?

Go to any open house or community consultation, and millennials are often largely underrepresented. How do the voices, desires, and needs of millennials get heard if they aren’t at the table or don’t show up to where it matters? And more importantly, how do we create productive, solution-oriented conversations if this voice is missing at the table?

That’s where the 30Network comes in. Read More

Rent a Hot Desk at the RADIUS Hub!

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Looking for a beautiful, community-oriented workspace in downtown Vancouver?

RADIUS is expanding our commitment to developing social innovation in Vancouver by offering accessible workspace to individuals and ventures who are building solutions in support of a more just, sustainable and resilient society. Located at the Charles Chang Innovation Centre, within Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, RADIUS serves as a hub for entrepreneurial education and acceleration – building a network of ventures, programs and people embedded within the university and the social innovation ecosystem.

Rent a RADIUS Hot Desk

RADIUS currently has a limited number of Hot Desk Memberships available for social entrepreneurs and innovators who are interested in joining our community. All RADIUS Coworking Members are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Access to the Hot Desk Bar for 10 days per month during operating hours
  • 2 hours per month of free meeting room bookings per Coworking Membership plan
  • Additional meeting room bookings at an accessible hourly rate
  • Spontaneous use of small break out rooms & lounge space
  • Priority reservations & discounts for public facing events
  • Offers with community partners including MODO car-share
  • Secure bike lock up & shower facility
  • Use of the kitchen & lounge
  • Good coffee & good company

Download the Membership Agreement today, or email community[at]radiussfu.com to learn more.

RADIUS Innovation Hub: A workspace for rent and a community to join

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By Tovah Paglaro, RADIUS General Manager. Photo by Jackie Dives

The RADIUS Innovation Hub is open and ready to welcome you.

RADIUS now offers shared workspace for social innovators and social entrepreneurs in our beautiful new space at 308 West Hastings.

Housed at the Charles Chang Innovation Centre, within Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, RADIUS serves as a hub for entrepreneurial education and acceleration – building a network of ventures, programs and people embedded within the university and the innovation ecosystem.  

RADIUS isn’t just a workspace or an accelerator – it’s a community. We believe that a powerful network is a key ingredient for the success of early stage innovators and entrepreneurs. That’s why we are excited to expand our commitment to the development of social innovation in Vancouver, by offering accessible workspace to individuals and ventures that are building solutions in support of a more just, sustainable and resilient society.

RADIUS Membership Benefits

All Radius members – who are participating in a cohort or join through membership – are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Access to the space during operating hours
  • Free meeting room bookings per membership plan
  • Additional meeting room bookings at an accessible hourly rate
  • Spontaneous use of small break out rooms & lounge space
  • Priority reservations & discounts for public facing events
  • Offers with community partners including MODO car-share
  • Secure bike lock up & shower facility
  • Use of the kitchen & lounge
  • Good coffee & good company

Three ways to join the RADIUS community through membership to the Innovation Hub:

HOT DESK MEMBERSHIP: Gives members access to the hot desk bar 10 days per month during operating hours, with two hours of meeting room booking and accessible rates for additional requests.

PART TIME DESK MEMBERSHIP: Provides members with a dedicated desk that is shared with one other member, more access to meeting room bookings and unlimited access to the space.

FULL TIME DESK MEMBERSHIP: Members have their own desk and their own home within the RADIUS Innovation hub, available month to month or on six-month terms.

Join the RADIUS Community

Download the Membership Agreement to find the membership plan that meets your needs. To inquire about availability or booking, please contact community@radiussfu.com.

Thought Leadership: Key Ingredients for Fostering Community

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By Tamara Connell, Lead Educator, RADIUS

In last month’s blog, Jennifer McRae described the genesis story for the RADIUS Fellowship in Radical Doing. In it, she shared detail about what drove her to dream, pitch and then build the Fellowship.

For the past several weeks, our team has been working to compile the outcomes report for the 2016 Fellowship cohort. In it, we discuss the Fellowship programming and the results in our second year. We share what we know works, what we’ve learned about how to do things better, and what we’re bringing forward into the 2017 Fellowship cohort – which will be accepting applications from Nov. 1-26, 2016.

Download the 2016 Fellowship in Radical Doing Outcomes Report

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The Fellowship Builds Impactful Community

Time and again, what we hear from Fellows is their gratitude for the community established through the Fellowship. Seventy-one percent (71%) of the 2016 Fellows reported at least one new collaboration within the cohort. The depth of friendships increased significantly, and when asked “To what degree did you expect to remain in touch with some of your cohort members?” 95% selected ‘Absolutely!’ and the other 5% selected ‘Very Likely’. Below are some quotes from 2016 Fellows:

fellows-quotes-3So how does this sense of community get built? What conditions foster the bonds that bring individuals to feel that after just a few months they have developed friendships which will last a lifetime?

Today we focus on three key elements which we feel contribute to the success of the Fellowship’s effort in building a supportive community within BC’s emerging social economy leaders:

  1. Inviting diversity
  2. Working in circle
  3. Sharing joy, pain, and everything in between

Inviting Diversity

When we use the word diversity at RADIUS, we refer specifically to diversity of lived experience. Sometimes lived experience is diverse because of our skin color or our family’s heritage. Sometimes our experiences are shaped by the situations that brought us to Canada, by our family unit structure, by our access to resources, by our gender conformity, by our sexual orientation, or by our ability to fit (or not) into some amorphous set of assumptions about what it is to be ‘normal’ in our society.

Within the RADIUS Fellowship, we do our best to draw a diverse group of Fellows into each cohort. We’ve experimented with a pay-what-you-can model to make the program accessible regardless of financial means. We offer our sessions in the evenings to allow Fellows the ability to continue day-time jobs. In our application review process, we aim to uncover the personal stories leading to ignited changemakers. We look for a multitude of perspectives around certain issues. We actively seek to invite diversity into the cohort.

In these, and other ways, we seek to ensure the  program is accessible to a large number of individuals.

Diversity is a valuable ingredient to community-building because it offers the chance to hear new perspectives, lean on different areas of expertise, reach new networks, and broach challenging topics.

Working in Circle

A substantial amount of literature has been written by leading practitioners about the power of circles. Circles  – simply meeting in chairs formed in a circle, with limited or no furniture in the middle – offer the chance for everyone to be seen and heard. It creates a level field where each individual is as important as every other. It removes a common, often unconscious, tendency to hide ourselves from behind our desks, our podiums, our walls.

Circles offer the invitation for complete and transparent participation, setting the stage for vulnerability and deeper human-to-human emotional connection.

Every single Fellowship session starts in circle, and in most cases is completed entirely in circle. This simple commitment for enacting a form that represents the community we seek to create is a key ingredient in building the community in cohort that is foundational to the impact of the Fellowship.

Sharing joy, pain, and everything in between

Fellows are continually invited to share. They share their recent successes, their challenges, their needs, and any other updates. We invite people to check in from where they’re at. Sometimes this means we can celebrate together; yet other times we mourn, we mobilize, or we offer our input.

The role of normalizing vulnerable sharing begins with the facilitator, and emerges as a collective responsibility as we all hold the space together for various highs and lows. This allows us to step fully into empathetically listening, authentically communicating, and doing our utmost to help one another succeed.

Ultimately, sharing is about trust. We build community in cohort by building trust and accountability to support one another in the difficult work of being a chnagemaker.  

By incorporating these and many other design elements, the RADIUS Fellowship successfully hosts the space for incredible and talented ‘radical doers’ to show up fully, push themselves, and support one another in the challenging adventure of fostering positive societal change.

The RADIUS Fellowship in Radical Doing is open for applications between Nov. 1 and Nov. 26, 2016. The 2017 Fellowship will run from February to June. Sign up to our newsletter to receive updates. 

Read more about our first two cohorts of Fellows here, as well as the outcomes report from the inaugural (2015) cohort.apply-now-button-big