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February 2017

RADIUS Spring Workshop Survey

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RADIUS is planning a workshop series for spring 2017 and we want your input!

We want you to have an opportunity to share your thoughts with us regarding the types of workshop programming that would best support your professional and personal development needs. Specifically, we want to know about your preferences in terms of the content, structure, price point and scheduling arrangements for our spring workshop series. Got five minutes?

Fill out the survey below or open it in a new window by CLICKING HERE.

We appreciate your input!

2017 RADIUS Fellows Retreat Recap

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Guest blogger Erin Brown-John is a communications professional, community builder, thereminist and member of the 2017 RADIUS Fellowship in Radical Doing. The following article is a re-post from Erin’s website, eebeejay.com.

On February 4, 2017 my RADIUS 2017 Fellows cohort braved the blizzard to arrive at Camp Alexandra for our program’s opening retreat. This was a chance for us to unplug from our daily lives, get to know eachother and work on setting some personal goals for our time in the Fellows program.

Once we were assembled it didn’t take long for us to skip to the good stuff: who am I? How did I get here? What difficult decisions have I made in my life? Each exercise throughout the weekend was an opportunity to reflect on our experience by sharing it with others.

I really enjoyed getting to know people and appreciated how the tasks we were asked to do were very purposefully meant to get us to explore different ways of telling our stories than many of us are probably used to. The more conversations I had, the more I realized that there are a lot of similarities between us. It might be a bad breakup, or getting fired from a job, or something as random as having a crippled waterfowl as a childhood pet. So rarely in everyday life do we get the chance to focus on other people for long enough to discover the things we have in common.

I was surprised to learn that two thirds of our group identified as introverts. It definitely didn’t feel like it. The lodge was humming with energy and early on we were already having conversations about how well the group gelled and what kinds of wizardry must have taken place in the selection process to make that happen.

But perhaps this was just because we’d spent a long time at the outset coming to a consensus about community guidelines that would enable us to be an open and supportive group. The list we arrived at was rather extensive and emerged out of deep discussions about listening well, showing respect for others’ viewpoints, creating space, expressing radical candour, and hugging consentually.

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Amplifying the Millennial Voice on Housing in Metro Vancouver

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Housing & Affordability: Tired of talking about it yet?

You can’t get through a conversation in Vancouver without housing or affordability coming up. With a steady stream of news articles, stories, research and reports creating buzz, it’s been a hot topic in Vancouver and continues to dominate Vancouverites’ concerns.

Millennials and younger generations are being disproportionately affected by astronomical costs of living. With more millennials living at home than ever before and millennials spending more of their income than almost any other age group on housing costs, we need to find solutions to make housing in particular more affordable.

There has been lots of talk about millennials, but has there been much dialogue with or by millennials?

Go to any open house or community consultation, and millennials are often largely underrepresented. How do the voices, desires, and needs of millennials get heard if they aren’t at the table or don’t show up to where it matters? And more importantly, how do we create productive, solution-oriented conversations if this voice is missing at the table?

That’s where the 30Network comes in. Read More

Meet the 2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Award Winners

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The 2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Awards are a celebration of the province’s extraordinary young leaders and innovators. RADIUS had the pleasure of co-presenting this year’s awards with the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. A diverse array of individuals with a variety of project types were nominated from around the province. The panel of social innovation experts tasked with reviewing the nominations and selecting the winners had their work cut out for them!

Ultimately, from a large and impressive collection nominations, twelve winners emerged. It is our honour to share their names, faces and stories with you now… Read More

Why CityHive? | The power & potential for youth to transform cities

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Guest blogger Tesicca Truong (@TesiccaT on Twitter) is the co-founder of CityHive, a recent recipient of RADIUS and Embark‘s SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Fund. The 2016-17 cycle of the Seed Fund is currently open, with the next deadline coming up on Feb. 6th – apply now

When I was young, my neighbourhood underwent major redevelopment. High-rises, condos, parks, and playgrounds started to replace the home I knew. Everything changed so quickly, and there was little that the residents of our neighbourhood could do about it. Though I love Joyce-Collingwood, it was the process – how exclusive it was to the residents in the community – that bothered me. As a kid, I was powerless to stop it.

Though I am older now, that sense of intergenerational injustice in the planning and design of our spaces has stuck with me.

Why don’t young people have a say in the important planning decisions that affect their lives and cities? What possibilities are being missed every day because young people are excluded from the conversation? What harm is done? What message are we communicating to the next generation when we silence their voices?

It was these same questions that led me to come together with a group of youth when I was 15 years old, and organize a city-wide forum called Plan-It Earth (pun very much intended). The event brought together youth from across the City of Vancouver to learn about issues of urban sustainability. More importantly, youth were asked to design their ideal city, and present those ideas in the form of Co-Design drawings to planners and city decision makers. This was the critical piece. My peers were becoming more informed, but, they were also being given the opportunity to act on their newfound knowledge.

The forum was by no means a perfect solution, but it represented the first of my many iterations to address this sense of deep-rooted injustice. The Plan-It Earth forums grew to become the Vancouver School Board Sustainability Conference, currently in its fifth year. Read More