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ArticleWho should hold the risk in public and social innovation?

by Jesper Christiansen & Sarah , October 18, 2015

Jesper Christiansen of Mindlab and I explore what words like collaboration and partnership mean in the context of our work to shift systems and outcomes. Read on

  • tags:
  • partnership
  • risk
  • social innovation
  • public innovation
  • collaboration

ArticleInside or out? IWF vs. Mindlab

by Jesper Christiansen & Sarah , October 1, 2015

Jesper from Mindlab did an immersive residency with us for three weeks. Read our 'opening statement': what does a public sector lab have to learn from a small start-up - and vice versa? Read on

  • tags:
  • social labs

ArticleSummer Session: Prototyping Learning

by & Janey Roh , September 8, 2014

How do you share 10-weeks of insights? We spent the summer meeting frontline staff, supervisors and managers trying to answer: What concepts from our Burnaby Starter are staff excited to learn about? What formats appeal most to them? How can they apply learning to their everyday practice? Look and listen to what we made. Read on

  • tags:
  • learning
  • prototyping
  • social inclusion
  • burnaby

ArticleA day in the team's life

by Stephen D'Souza , May 17, 2014

As I walked in the door of suite 303 for the first time I was overwhelmed with the feeling of frantic creativity. The walls are filled wi… Read on

  • tags:
  • methodology
  • team
  • burnaby
  • social inclusion
  • belonging

ArticleMargo's Visit

by Margo Fryer , May 12, 2014

We welcomed Margo Fryer, founder of the UBC Learning Exchange and Advisory Team Member, to our studio-apartment in Burnaby. To get behind all the fancy rhetoric and see what we're really about. Read her three take-aways. Read on

  • tags:
  • burnaby
  • social inclusion
  • belonging
  • learning
  • methodology

Article5 Takes on Week 3

by Sabrina Dominguez , Janey Roh , Sarah , Jonas & Yani , May 4, 2014

It's the end of Week 3 of the Burnaby Starter Project. Read Jonas reflect on how to meet people; Yani reflect on how to design visual prompting materials; Sabrina reflect on what those materials told us about Dan; Janey reflect on doing dinners from a system's perspective; and Sarah reflect on how to balance team priorities. Read on

  • tags:
  • burnaby
  • belonging
  • social inclusion
  • methodology
  • ethnography
  • team

ArticleSpread and Scale: What and How?

by Sarah , Anna Lochard & Jesper Christiansen , April 18, 2014

In our third installment of Debate Writing, Jesper (Mindlab), Anna (27 Region) and I explore our versions of spread and scale. We agree in spreading processes, rather than scaling products. But how do we actually do that? Read on

  • tags:
  • debate
  • methodology
  • spread
  • scale
  • collective impact
  • Mindlab
  • 27 Region

ArticleAre we 'using' users?

by Jesper Christiansen , Anna Lochard & Sarah , March 17, 2014

Here's the second installment of debate writing. Where we look beyond the rhetoric of co-design, participatory policymaking, and user-centered design to ask ourselves the thorny, ethical question: how are we instrumentalizing citizens? Read on

  • tags:
  • methodology
  • user-centered
  • debate
  • social sciences

ArticleSocial Sciences in Action

by Jesper Christiansen , Anna Lochard & Sarah , March 8, 2014

Three social scientists walk into a pod.... That was the set-up for our first session of Debate Writing. Between MindLab and La 27 Region. Read our responses to the prompt: How do we put social sciences in action? The first in a series of 3 pieces! Read on

  • tags:
  • debate
  • social sciences
  • methodology

ArticleThat's Interesting! Why? Reflections from a Social Worker

by Carita Oosterbroek , March 8, 2014

Carita is the social worker on our Apeldoorn Starter Project team! Here she shares her reflections. In Dutch. What was it like to eat McDonald's late at night? To share something about her own family with women? To re-think the role of social workers? Read on

  • tags:
  • domestic violence
  • team
  • apeldoorn
  • social work

ArticleFeminist redesign?

by Joanne Cave , February 20, 2014

What does it mean to make policy that is woman and family-centred and trauma-informed? What about relations of power and control, particularly for women in precarious circumstances? Read on

  • tags:
  • methodology
  • feminism