We're delighted to introduce:

Kudoz. Not your everyday disability day program: hundreds of splendid experiences hosted by passionate locals. Check out Kudoz's website for updates: www.kudoz.ca

The Fifth Space. Not another toolkit or training: 20% team time for ground-up social research & development.

ArticleA new place to call homepage.

by Laura, December 1, 2015

It's official. Kudoz is moving from prototype to start-up. Check out our new website: kudoz.ca Read on

ArticleField of View

by JaneyRoh , November 3, 2015

On the second day of our Team Induction Week, we learned about prototyping, had a conversation with Mentionmapp, and discussed the Kudoz Theory of Change. Read on

  • tags:
  • team
  • methodology
  • theory of change

ArticleThe Golden Snitch

by Laura , October 27, 2015

Laura's reflection on Team Induction Week. What it means to start at the end. Read on

  • tags:
  • theory of change
  • methodology, change mechanisms

ArticleMeet the team

by Yani , October 27, 2015

We kicked off our Induction Week with team members and partners from BC and ON! Read on

  • tags:
  • team
  • methods
  • Canada

ArticleHow design thinking can inform your pedagogy

by , October 5, 2015

For most of my life, despite myself, I realize I’ve held the notion that school should be tough and boring. Seeing education as a prototyping process has finally allowed me to have fun, to enjoy, to go on tangents, to push my dubious creativity. Read on

  • tags:
  • education, learning, pedagogy, design

ArticleRevamping Kudoz: Prototype 2

by Andie , October 3, 2015

We're never finished prototyping. That's what I'm learning as we get ready for hitting the Kudoz restart button in November. Read on

  • tags:
  • cognitive disability
  • prototype
  • systems design

ArticleSharing the Fifth Space Experience

by Sarah, September 9, 2015

Watch Wendy, Bobae, Krista, Lisa Joy, and Janey share their experiences of Fifth Space at RDS4, a Design Symposium on Systems Change in Banff, Canada. Get the practitioner (rather than academic) perspective on design. Read on

  • tags:
  • systemic design
  • Disability
  • fifth space

ArticleRead: 9 months, 7 solutions

by Sarah, July 29, 2015

Read our latest publication packed with stories of how we went from 3-months of research with a team of six people to 9-months of prototyping with teams of forty people. 7 solutions have emerged along with the beginnings of a social R&D infrastructure between social sector organizations. Read on

  • tags:
  • prototyping
  • social R&D
  • social innovation

ArticleHow to measure impact: our reflections and presentation from LabWorks 2015

by Satsuko , July 20, 2015

We presented out latest work at LabWorks, the annual gathering for practitioners working in innovation units in and with governments & nonprofits. Find our reflections from the conference (how can we make the insightful side conversations become the main event?) and our presentation here. Read on

  • tags:
  • social labs
  • social innovation
  • outcomes
  • measurement
  • data
  • Kudoz
  • prototyping
  • grounded change

ArticleKudoz Badging Ceremony 2015!

by Sarah , July 13, 2015

We wrapped up the trial period of Kudoz with a Badging Ceremony to celebrate our amazing Kudoers, Hosts, family members, caregivers, and staff members. Tons of things learned, and planned for the next stage. Read on

  • tags:
  • Kudoz
  • adult learning
  • badge
  • recognition
  • day program alternative
  • community inclusion
  • Canada
  • grounded change
  • Disability
  • prototyping

ArticleKudoz TV, Episode 5: Behind the scenes

by Jonas, July 7, 2015

Go behind-the-scenes with the Kudoz team and watch what it really looks like to prototype a new solution from the ground-up. Read on

  • tags:
  • prototoyping
  • co-design
  • social R&D

ArticleKudoz TV, Episode 4: Learning for Two

by Sarah, June 6, 2015

Cassandra reviews footage from her stunt experience with Ben, and reflects on what makes a really great learning experience for two. See what Ben can learn in just one hour. Read on

  • tags:
  • prototyping
  • Disability
  • learning
  • Kudoz

ArticleFalling Up

by Laura , June 26, 2015

I wanted to write something super honest, humble about our progress, share the process, and beyond—but I keep restarting it, feeling lost for words. Until I asked myself, "How are you feeling? No really, how are you doing?" Read on

  • tags:
  • Kudoz
  • transition
  • prototyping
  • sharing
  • blog
  • Disability
  • sector
  • non for profit
  • vancouver
  • Canada
  • Laura cuthbert
  • lauracuthbert
  • burnaby
  • yvr

ArticleFifth Space TV, Episode 4: The Pitch

by Sarah, June 6, 2015

Wendy and Sherri dive into idea generation, where they have to suspend judgement just long enough to come up with many possible solutions to their problem: living transitions for individuals with a cognitive disability. Watch as they pitch their first idea. Read on

  • tags:
  • prototyping
  • human resourcing
  • idea generation
  • Disability

ArticleKudoz TV, Episode 3: Host Party

by Sarah, May 20, 2015

Find out why Diana, Patrice, Hemant, Holly and Jessica are joining Kudoz as hosts. Experience hosting is a new role we're prototyping with 60+ community members, small business owners, and freelancers. Get a glimpse! Read on

  • tags:
  • prototyping
  • co-production
  • co-design
  • Disability

ArticleKudoz TV, Episode 2: Ben visits the Palace

by Satsuko, April 11, 2015

Watch as the Kudoz prototype unfolds, and Ben goes on his first experience at Sophie's Pet Palace. Read on

  • tags:
  • Kudoz
  • film
  • prototype

ArticleKudoz TV, Episode 1: Meet Ben

by Satsuko, April 1, 2015

Watch as Ben learns about Kudoz; and Kudoz learns about Ben. Find out what Ben chooses as his first Kudoz experience! Read on

  • tags:
  • Kudoz
  • film
  • prototype

ArticleI'm getting older, and I'm getting dumber

by Laura , February 28, 2015

Each day after daycare, my Mum would arrive just before closing, tell me to gather my things, and ask me the same question, “what did you… Read on

  • tags:
  • Kudoz
  • theory of change
  • learning
  • Disability
  • Canada
  • vancouver
  • burnaby
  • outcomes

ArticleTeaching ethnography

by Sarah, February 15, 2015

We think the best way to teach ethnography is to get out of the office, and do it. But, how do we help teams prepare to observe with equal parts intentionality and improvisation? Check out our online tutorial. Read on

  • tags:
  • ethnography
  • social sciences
  • prompt books

ArticleScheduling Change

by Satsuko , February 11, 2015

Reflections from ethnographic observations of the scheduling systems at our Burnaby partner agencies. We’re learning everything we can about staff scheduling because the success of Kudoz depends on it. Read about our early insights and hunches! Read on

  • tags:
  • business ethnography
  • prototyping
  • behaviour change

ArticleWe hired!

by Sarah, March 2, 2015

We found 5 awesome folks to join our Kudoz and Fifth Space Prototypes. Learn more about the kinds of design, social science, and journalism roles we have on prototyping teams. Read on

  • tags:
  • social innovation
  • jobs
  • co-design

ArticleEpisode: 6 girls and a guy

by Sarah, January 18, 2015

If this week we're a reality show, here's all the drama you would have seen.... As we enter into our 9th week of prototyping, and add two new team members into the mix. Read on

  • tags:
  • team dynamics
  • theory of change
  • prototyping

ArticlePrototyping Week 5

by Sarah, December 7, 2014

10 days on an R.V and 143 conversations later, read what we're doing, asking, and experiencing as part of the Kudoz / Fifth Space prototype. Read on

  • tags:
  • prototyping
  • social inclusion
  • team dynamics
  • outreach

ArticleA new kind of prototyping

by Sarah, November 24, 2014

Read about our Kudoz and Fifth Space prototypes in British Columbia. Not only are we prototyping a new service, we're also prototyping a new kind of partnership, resource base, and scaling strategy. Read on

  • tags:
  • vancouver
  • social inclusion
  • prototoyping
  • capacity building
  • Disability
  • experiential learning