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January 2016

The Fellowship in Radical Doing is back! Apply to the 2016 cohort by January 28th

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***Update: By popular demand, RADIUS is hosting an info session for all those interested in applying to the 2016 Fellowship cohort. Lead Educator Tamara Connell and Operations Manager Maggie Knight will share more information about the program, answer your questions, and help you figure out if this is the right fit for you. Tuesday, January 26th, 5-6pm; RADIUS, The AMP, #90-425 Carrall St (mezzanine level). RSVP here and invite your friends on Facebook. (Please note that you are welcome to apply without attending the info session. You are also welcome to email Tamara with your questions at tconnell[at] if you can’t attend in person.)***

Once a year, the RADIUS Fellows program opens applications to bring together a cohort of emerging Radical Doers from the SFU community and the Lower Mainland. We are looking for the next generation of untamed social entrepreneurs and innovators who are early on their changemaking journey, demonstrating remarkable accomplishment and a relentless dedication to creating positive, sustainable impact in all they do.

You are a Doer. An Explorer. And you want to accelerate your development as a changemaker with a community that inspires you.

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Welcome! Tamara Connell joins the RADIUS team as our new Lead Educator

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The RADIUS team is delighted to welcome Tamara Connell, our new Lead Educator.

DSC04413Tamara comes most recently from The Natural Step Canada, where she held the position of Director of Sustainability Learning Programs. She has more than 10 years’ experience teaching, designing, and facilitating engaging learning opportunities, including several years as the Program Director of the Master in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) Program in Sweden.  She has stewarded about 250 talented graduates through their studies in Sweden, and has taught around the world, including in Canada, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, France, China, and on the Peace Boat’s 74th global voyage. She is a certified professional coach, has a vast appreciation for and interest in personal development, creativity and innovation, and group dynamics.

Tamara will lead our 2016 Fellowship in Radical Doing and support curriculum development and facilitation across RADIUS’ work. She’s already hit the ground running, and she’s with us full time starting in February. We know you’ll join us in giving Tamara a big RADIUS welcome!


Meet the 2016 Social Innovation Activators: Amar, Christine, & Zoya

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RADIUS is proud to announce the 2016 Social Innovation Activators: Amar Badh, Christine Dyson, and Zoya Jiwa. RADIUS launched the Social Innovation Activators program this year to bring together three emerging SFU changemakers who will help understand, shape, and activate a stronger social innovation community, engaging all faculties on all SFU campuses. The following students were selected due to their proven accomplishments and exceptional potential.

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Amar Badh

Amar’s first foray into Social Innovation came with him building homes in Fiji for impoverished families. There he was inspired to begin his journey towards creating change in the world by creating sustainable and inclusive communities. An example of which was his team’s project for Change Lab where they focused on creating sustainable transportation options for people living in and around Vancouver. A Joint Major in Molecular Biology and Business Administration, Amar combines his training as a scientist and the creativity and empathy of a marketer to conceptualize and drive tangible solutions to wicked problems. Read More

SFU Student Social Innovation Fund supports Life & Love After HIV

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The SFU Student Social Innovation Fund, a collaboration between RADIUS and Embark, provides project funding of up to $1000. The next funding deadlines are January 12th and February 16th.

The first funded project for our 2015-6 funding cycle is Life & Love After HIV, a project that brings together SFU researchers and community activists striving to normalize sex and intimacy for women after HIV. Through positive and respectful research, support, education, and advocacy that moves beyond an emphasis on safe sex and embraces the possibility of fulfilling sexual experiences and relationships, this project is a social movement to support the realization of sexual health and rights among women living with HIV everywhere.

The project team writes:

Sexuality and relationships are a fundamental part of being human and living a full life for many individuals. A diagnosis with a chronic illness such as HIV can have a significant impact on sex and intimacy. Over 17.5 million women globally and 16,600 in Canada are living with HIV. While women who are taking HIV medications are essentially non-infectious and can expect a normal life expectancy, recent research by the SFU-affiliated Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS) has shown high rates of sexual inactivity and dissatisfaction among women living with HIV in Canada as well as significantly lower overall quality of life compared with the general population of women. This is related to the fact that HIV remains highly stigmatized and criminalized in society, creating barriers to dating, disclosure, and the pursuit of love. The time for change is now.

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