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January 2017

Summer 2017 – Change Lab International: Ecuador

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Change Lab is going international! 

Want to spend your summer in South America learning Spanish and creating a sustainable social venture? Change Lab International: Ecuador combines three unique components – study, design, and travel – to explore social venture design from a global perspective.

RADIUS, in partnership with Insight Global Education, SFU’s Beedie School of Business, and Impaqto Quito, is excited to present this unique opportunity for current students to collaborate and innovate in one of Latin America’s most entrepreneurial economies and one of the most biodiverse countries on earth: Ecuador!

The program is open to undergraduate students of all backgrounds, and runs from late May to mid-August, 2017. No previous experience or education in business is required to thrive in this program. Gain career-relevant experience, travel, study, and explore South America – all while earning credits towards your degree!

Learn more here.

Volunteer with RADIUS | Slingshot Perks Program

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RADIUS is currently accepting applications for a smart, savvy volunteer to help build out the Perks Program for participants in our Slingshot Accelerator program.

The Perks Program provides complimentary or discounted access to productivity tools, point-of-sale systems and cloud services for ventures in the RADIUS Ventures Accelerator program Slingshot. We already have relationships with a number of providers. Your job is to build on that to develop a fully formed Perks Program. This is a part time volunteer opportunity reporting to the RADIUS Ventures Program Strategist.

The right applicant is excited to work pretty independently as part of the Ventures team, has a working knowledge of best practices and useful tools for early stage ventures and is interested in building relationships with RADIUS team, service providers and a community of social entrepreneurs.

The duties of the volunteer are as follows:

  • Research perk programs offered by other accelerator programs; understand best-practices; and make recommendations on how the program should be structured
  • Based upon the value offering of the Slingshot program as a whole, identify gaps and value-adds that could be provided by perk providers
  • Add to compiled list of potential perks and tools to ensure we have a comprehensive list of target offerings
  • Build relationships and programs with service providers to understand if they have an accelerator partner program or provide discounted pricing to early stage businesses
  • Conduct conversations (involving the RADIUS Ventures Program Strategist when relevant) to understand what potential partners would be able to provide and what they would expect to receive from RADIUS
  • Package the program and ensure that ventures are able to understand and access what is available to them

To apply, please send an email expressing your interest, along with your resume, to Rebecca Konsolos (rkonsolos[at] with the subject line “Perks Program Volunteer Application”.

Start date: immediately
Duration: three months (exact hours and duration are flexible)

Meet the 2017 RADIUS Fellows in Radical Doing

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We’re delighted to present our third cohort of RADIUS Fellows! Once a week from now 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 changemakers from a diversity of fields including mental health, education, filmmaking, urban sustainability, youth engagement, and refugee resettlement. They have studied at SFU, across the country, and around the globe – gaining degrees in everything from business to political science to art. You can read more about this exceptional group of people in their own words below.

The Fellowship program is made possible by funding from the SFU Sustainability OfficeRECODE,  SFU Innovates, and the Vancouver Foundation.

Learn more about the RADIUS Fellowship program here. Read More

The 2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Awards

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Do you know an exceptional youth social innovator in British Columbia? 

RADIUS and the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation are partnering to deliver the 2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Awards!

The awards will celebrate the accomplishments and leadership of remarkable youth in British Columbia who are tackling tough social issues and creating positive, lasting change for the province. If you know a changemaker under 30 who fits this description, you can nominate them here [closed]. If that changemaker is the person in the mirror, then feel free to self-nominate!

Nominations will be reviewed by a diverse panel of social innovation experts. They will be looking for a clear vision and direction, evidence of a creative approach to problem-solving, and demonstrated growth and impact of nominees’ projects. Nominees’ social innovations can address but are not limited to community development, social entrepreneurship, public health, Indigenous peoples, arts and culture, the environment, and education.

The 10 selected finalists will each receive $1000 in prize money and be invited to accept their award at the BC Summit on Social Innovation in Vancouver on February 8, 2017. Travel and accommodations will be covered for finalists living outside of the Lower Mainland. In order to be eligible, nominees must be residents of British Columbia and must consent to the information they provide potentially being shared with the public.

Learn more here, or submit a nomination now![closed]


LEDlab is Hiring!

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The Local Economic Development Lab (LEDlab) – a joint initiative of RADIUS and Ecotrust Canada – is hiring for a great new Project Manager position!

LEDlab partners with community organizations to explore innovative ways to build a more vibrant and inclusive local economy in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. We are seeking a highly organized relationship-builder, storyteller, and project manager to lead LEDlab’s 2017/18 cohort of innovative projects, and to help tell and share stories of impact from the lab and its community partners.

The Project Manager will…

  • Assist in scoping 2017/18 projects,
  • Recruit, manage, and mentor a team of graduate student Project Coordinators,
  • Manage LEDlab website, and lead digital storytelling through blogs and newsletters,
  • Maintain and grow LEDlab relationships and collaborations with inner city networks,
  • Support program administration, and
  • Support in activating knowledge mobilization events and workshops.

The ideal candidate…

  • Is passionate about advancing equity and diversity in our cities, as well as in the social innovation space.
  • Is comfortable working in a community setting, with a high degree of self-awareness.
  • Has strong consulting and customer service skills.
  • Is able to listen to the needs of others and frame opportunities around them.
  • Facilitates generative and impactful small group meetings.
  • Can manage and mentor a team of 4-5 Project Coordinators.
  • Is an experienced storyteller, excellent writer and editor, and creative in their approach to knowledge dissemination both online and offline.
  • Is comfortable working in WordPress, Campaign Monitor, and can learn new digital tools as required.
  • Has an understanding of social innovation labs, and design thinking methodology.
  • Has relevant experience in economic development, poverty alleviation, entrepreneurship, or urban (economic) planning.
  • Enjoys working in independent, highly dynamic situations with multiple stakeholders and deadlines.
  • Is organized and detailed oriented.
  • Is thoughtful, tenacious, and has a sense of humour!

Bonus Skills Wish List:

  • Social enterprise development, entrepreneurship
  • Experience in the Downtown Eastside (DTES)
  • Graphic design

For more information including application instructions, download the full job description.

Speed Friending & West Coast Woodpickers Awarded Social Innovation Seed Funding

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The SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Fund is a joint initiative of RADIUS and Embark that supports radical change endeavours with social and environmental impact at their core. Funding amounts ranging from $200-$1000 are currently available for SFU graduate and undergraduate student social innovators. The deadline for the current round of funding is February 6th 2017 – apply now!

The Social Innovation Seed Fund Committee recently awarded funding to two exciting new student initiatives: Speed Friending and West Coast Woodpickers!

Read about both projects in their founders’ own words below:

Speed Friending events will gather people together in central community locations to complete speed rounds of meeting and connecting with each other through a series of activities and conversations.  The purpose of these events is to connect people from different backgrounds (intergenerational, cultural, socioeconomic) to form valuable friendships and engage people who may not normally have the opportunity to interact with one another in a meaningful way.

Ashley Kwon, the founder of the Speed Friending events, is an SFU Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology graduate student and she works full-time in health promotion for a local health authority.

West Coast Woodpickers is a start-up project dedicated to upcycling unused wood materials into beautiful, west-coast souvenirs. We hope to provide a sustainable, locally-made, and locally-sourced alternative for intrepid adventurers and tourists looking for a memento of their visit to the beautiful west coast of British Columbia!

Michelle Chen and James Wiltshire are graduating students within the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University, with an affinity for sustainability and a love of woodworking.

Find West Coast Woodpickers online on Facebook, Twitter and their website (in progress). Read More