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February 2016

SFU Innovates: Social Innovation Speaker Series hosted at SFU’s Beedie School of Business

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Last month, we introduced you to our social innovation activators, Amar, Christine, and Zoya. They’ve teamed up to host a 3-part speaker series for students and changemakers across SFU.

Social innovation. Social Entrepreneurship. Changemaker. Sound interesting but not sure what these mean or how to get involved? Can individuals like you really help solve tough social problems? Can entrepreneurship create positive change? How do you start?

This March, join RADIUS and partners for a three-part speaker series to jump into these questions and leave inspired to take action. Part of SFU Innovates, each session will include inspiring speakers, tangible local examples, and an opportunity to build your skills as a social changemaker.

Part 1: March 3rd – What is Social Innovation? Learn about innovative ways to address stuck social problems.


Part 2: March 10th – What is Social Entrepreneurship? Using entrepreneurship to help build a better society.


Part 3: March 17th – Now what? Learn about how and where can you get started at SFU.

Find out more and get your ticket now!

Meet the 2016 RADIUS Fellows in Radical Doing

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We’re delighted to present our second cohort of RADIUS Fellows, who are kicking off their sessions this Tuesday. Every week until June, this band of Radical Doers will gather together, connect with mentors and coaches, and strengthen their skills for creating impactful innovation.

This cohort brings together innovators leading upcycling and permaculture initiatives, pioneering new learning platforms, translating the Haida language, building cooperatives and social enterprises, and creating social commentary through photography and film.

They’ve studied at SFU, across the country, and around the globe, gaining degrees in everything from political science to engineering to cancer research. They’re working with organizations like Kudoz, the Binners’ Project, Renewal Funds, the Vancouver Economic CommissionThe Wellbeing Project, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and SFU Vancouver. Read on to read more about them in their own words! Read More

Join us! Potluck Cafe Society launches new employment platform for Downtown Eastside residents

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Knack collaborators

Knack matches employers with trained workers desiring casual or part-time work

Potluck Café Society has launched a new employment platform for Downtown Eastside residents. Developed in partnership with RADIUS SFU and Ecotrust Canada’s joint initiative LEDlab, Knack expands Potluck Café Society’s social impact hiring model.

“We’ve seen firsthand how successful the model has been with Potluck,” says Colin Stansfield, Executive Director of Potluck Café Society. “We started this initiative because we can see how an expanded model would benefit businesses and DTES residents alike.”

Knack overviewKnack offers a series of free weekly workshops to people who face barriers to traditional employment. The workshops teach eight fundamental ‘soft’ skills developed from Work BC guidelines and consultations with employers.

Workshop participants earn ‘badges’ that indicate a proficiency in a particular skill. The program will provide a reference to participants once they have earned all eight badges. Those who complete the workshop series then gain access to a pool of opportunities with businesses looking for part-time or casual employees.

“We’re currently running our third series of job training workshops,” says Knack program coordinator Anna Migicovsky. “Participant who have gone through the Knack workshops are currently employed at social enterprises like Sole Food Farms and Hives ”

Knack is currently looking for more businesses to join their social-impact hiring platform. Read More