10 weeks, 10 ideas

In April, we moved into a social housing complex in Burnaby, BC. We wanted to get beneath the labels - disabled, immigrant, poor, senior - and learn how to reduce isolation & increase belonging. The kind of belonging that propels people forwards, rather than keeps people stuck. Over 10 weeks, we collected 50 stories and co-developed 10 ideas for new services, policies, and neighborhood networks. In the Fall, we’ll start testing & tweaking.

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Read all about it

We didn’t want to write a boring report. So we made a newspaper, The Idea Press. Download your copy. Read profiles of the people we met. Explore our ethnographic methods. Feel our emotional journey. Wade into our ethical quandaries. Dive into 5 of our 10 ideas.

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Kudos

Mark loves maps. His biggest passion is traveling. But he graduated from vocational college without a job or a roadmap. He’s been stuck in the same day program for 13 years learning to cook spaghetti over and over again. See how Kudos gets Mark out into the community, going on experiences, earning badges, and sparking new forms of work.

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Coach in Your Corner

George does not know how to start and end conversations to make friends and build intimate relationships. He does not find social skills classes useful. They are held in meeting rooms, with PowerPoint presentations. Watch how Coach in Your Corner helps George to bust this barrier in real time and real context.

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Curio

Fern spends 9 hours a week with her outreach worker, Jania. They talk about the weather, and do errands. Explore how Curio helps Jania and Fern to have a different conversation, and add new input into their pipelines.

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Nok Nok

What does Mad Men and chicken curry have to do with neighborhood connections? Read how Nok Nok brokers surprising, 1:1 exchanges between people living near each other.

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Critical Learning & I-Ethno

Jo has been a life skills worker for a year. She knows what bad practice looks like, but she doesn’t really know what good practice looks and feels like. Read how Critical Learning Reports and I- Ethno shift the way Jo approaches her work.

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Ready for prototyping

Our hunch was that a 10-week Starter Project could build the momentum to move from ideas to actual new services and policies. And that’s exactly what’s happening. Thanks to our partnership with PosAbilities, Simon Fraser Society for Community Living, and the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, we’re getting ready to make and test 2 of the 5 ideas. Which ones do you want to see live?

ArticleSummer Session: Prototyping Learning

by Sabrina & 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

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  • learning
  • prototyping
  • social inclusion
  • burnaby

ArticleBurnaby Summer Update

by Jonas, August 9, 2014

This summer, we've been testing Learnaby. A TV & podcast series with episodes from our 10-week starter project. Turns out a lot of our assumptions about what would make a good episode have been wrong. Read on

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  • social inclusion
  • learning
  • social isolation

ArticleView the Burnaby Starter Project presentation

by Yani, August 9, 2014

Curious about the Burnaby Starter Project? Watch this 20 minute introduction. Read on

  • tags:
  • film
  • approach
  • social inclusion
  • social isolation

ArticleRead The Idea Press, Watch the Greg & Fay film

by Yani, July 7, 2014

Hot of the presses! Get a copy of the newspaper we made to capture what we learned in Burnaby. Watch a short video of Fay and Greg, neighbours who taught us the real meaning of isolation and disconnection. Read on

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  • social inclusion
  • belonging
  • Canada
  • results
  • report

ArticleSee our ideas, animated

by Yani, July 7, 2014

Watch our animated shorts of Kudos, Curio, and Coach in Your Corner. Three of 10 ideas that came from our Burnaby Starter Project. Read on

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  • social isolation
  • belonging
  • ideas
  • visualization
  • Canada

ArticleWas our hunch correct? Lessons from Canada

by Sarah, July 7, 2014

We've just finished up 3 months of immersive fieldwork in Toronto, and Burnaby. Testing a hunch about how to move from on-the-ground work to systems change. Read what we learned. And what we'll do differently. Read on

  • tags:
  • methodology
  • social innovation
  • belonging
  • Canada

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

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  • methodology
  • team
  • burnaby
  • social inclusion
  • belonging

ArticleWe were featured in The Tyee

by Dan, July 9, 2014

Want to read how others' describe our Burnaby project? Here's your chance! Read on

  • tags:
  • social isolation
  • belonging
  • social inclusion
  • Canada

ArticleHear our team reflect

by Yani , May 10, 2014

We tried a new way of documenting our personal reflections this week: short videos, Big Brother style. Have a look. Read on

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  • process
  • burnaby
  • team
  • social inclusion
  • belonging

ArticleWe're calling the Burnaby Starter - the Me, Us & Them Project

by Sarah, April 17, 2014

Because we're exploring how people construct their sense of self, versus other. And the ways in which the labels attached to us influence who we are and what we can become. How can we sort and support people in very different ways? Read on

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

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  • burnaby
  • social inclusion
  • belonging
  • learning
  • methodology

ArticleDebriefing Wall

by Jonas, May 10, 2014

Check out the major themes emerging from Week 4 of our Burnaby project - and how we tried to design a new kind of reflective experience for ourselves, and our Debriefing Team. Read on

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  • methodology
  • social inclusion
  • burnaby

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

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

ArticleMeet the Apprentices!

by Yani, April 16, 2014

Film-maker & connector Laura's, Teacher & social services manager Janey's, Designer & Language arts tutor Sabrina's first four days as the Burnaby Apprentice Team... Read on

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  • burnaby
  • team
  • social inclusion

ArticleBurnaby Brief

by Sarah, February 19, 2014

Read about the people, the neighborhood, and the partners behind the Burnaby Starter Project. Read on

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  • burnaby
  • Disability
  • connectedness

ArticleWhat hunches will we test in Burnaby?

by Sarah, February 19, 2014

We've got lots to learn in Burnaby. We're going to be testing hunches about the size & structure of teams. About methods. And about our business model. Read on

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  • hunches
  • burnaby

ArticleHow We Looked For Teammates!

by Jonas, February 19, 2014

We've now recruited a great group of apprentices, debriefers, and advisors for our Burnaby Starter Project. Have a read of our recruitment materials. Read on

 

Q & A Got questions?

What is the status of the Burnaby project?

We spent April until June living at 7575 Kingsway doing ethnographic fieldwork. Over July and August, we are packaging up the stories to use as teaching materials. And we are getting ready for prototyping! In September, we'll be back on-the-ground to bring to life some of the ideas. We're still negotiating which ideas... Stay tuned!

Who is on the Burnaby team?

Our team is made-up of five full-time members: Sarah Schulman, Jonas Piet, Muryani Kasdani, Janey Roh, and Sabrina Dominguez. With part-time support from Laura Cuthbert. Janey is seconded from PosAbilities. Laura is seconded from Simon Fraser Society for Community Living. Sabrina is a Vancouver based social designer. 

How are you paying for the Burnaby project?

The first phase of the Burnaby Project was funded using our new business model. We invested our own time and resources, and received in-kind support from our project partners. The next phase of the Burnaby Project - prototyping - will pool funds from multiple organizations and funders. We're negotiating all of that now...