ReMaking a Living

Peterborough, Ontario has the highest unemployment rate in the region. The reasons are well documented, but what's an alternative economy look like? ReMaking a Living is all about collecting stories of people with bullshit or non-existent jobs in order to generate ideas for new networks, services, and policies that move them closer to where they want to be. 

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ArticleBehind the scenes, with the team

by Natalie, October 26, 2015

How do we generate ideas from the ethnographic stories collected? Read on

  • tags:
  • methods
  • unemployment
  • idea generation

ArticleIntroducing...

by , October 13, 2015

We’ve taken on some new team members on the ReMaking a Living Project for an intensive apprenticeship, to help us generate 10 fresh ideas… Read on

  • tags:
  • unemployment
  • ethnography

ArticleWhen team falls apart

by , September 21, 2015

Recently, half of ReMaking a Living’s team of two decided to leave the project. Read about what we learned when a team falls apart. Read on

  • tags:
  • team
  • team dynamics

ArticleDesigner? Apply for 6-week role in Peterborough

by Sarah, September 9, 2015

Get your hands dirty. Apply for a short Design Apprentice Role in Peterborough, Ontario. All so we can re-imagine supports for discouraged workers. Read on

  • tags:
  • unemployment
  • discouraged worker
  • designer

ArticleCan we debrief?

by Yani, August 14, 2015

Natalie and Gillian hold their first Debrief Session to get critical perspectives on their ethnographic stories of 'discouraged' workers. Find out what their debriefers said. Read on

  • tags:
  • methodology
  • employment
  • Canada
  • ontario

ArticleTell us about your non-existent job

by Yani, June 23, 2015

“I’m personally responsible for the mass murder of forests in printing resumes to look for work,” exclaimed one young man his twenties. He had stopped looking for conventional work. Read about what 20 people told Natalie and Gillian about their lousy, crappy, or non-existent jobs. Read on

  • tags:
  • recruitment
  • ethnography
  • unemployment
  • ontario

ArticleSneaker cleaning and watermelons: stories from the shelter and food cupboard

by Yani, July 10, 2015

Natalie and Gillian were trying to find discouraged workers. So they set-up a free shoe-cleaning booth and traded watermelons for stories. People offered up plenty of stories of frustration, persistence, and loyalty around employment and finding work. Read on

  • tags:
  • recruitment
  • ethnography
  • unemployment
  • ontario
  • Canada

ArticleFinding the discouraged, Day 1

by Sarah, June 7, 2015

How do you find the folks who are missing from the official statistics? That's the first challenge in the Peterborough Starter Project, where we are coaching a team to meet people in lousy, bullshit, or non-existent jobs. All so we can re-frame the problem of 'discouraged workers' from their perspective. Read on

  • tags:
  • recruitment
  • ethnography
  • unemployment
  • problem framing
 

Q & A Got questions?

This is an IWF 'coached by' project. What does that mean?

That means that the Starter Project is led on-the-ground by another team, in this case Natalie Napier, Gillian Turnham, Lisa Murray, Lucas Barrie from the Community Opportunity and Innovation Network. We're providing immersive learning experiences, access to our materials, feedback, and regular coaching. We're also testing how to build capacity in different ways so that ethnographic methods can spread.