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August 2017

RADIUS & RECODE present Daniela Papi-Thornton in Vancouver – September 21, 2017

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In partnership with McConnell‘s RECODE program and SFU Innovates, RADIUS SFU is hosting systems change leader and educator Daniela Papi-Thornton for a pair of workshops on September 21st at two of SFU’s downtown campuses.

Former Deputy Director of the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Daniela is an outspoken voice in the fields of social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education. If you’ve caught her most recent TedX Talk, you’re probably as excited as we are that, as part of a cross-Canada tour, Daniela is offering two sessions on Systems Change Leadership for the Vancouver community:  

Attend a Systems Change Leadership workshop with Daniela

For students, changemakers and innovators | Systems change leadership is a critical capacity to develop as a social innovator or entrepreneur. This talk will provide insight and guidance useful for changemakers and innovators seeking to drive systems change.
Join us at for this free event at the Segal Graduate School of Business (Room 1400) from 5-6:00pm. RSVP.

For social impact educators | Educators interested in incorporating systems change leadership into their classes, accelerators, or social entrepreneurship offerings are invited to join this workshop. Daniela will introduce system change leadership tools including the Impact Gaps Canvas and will explore ways to incorporate this work into existing programs.
Join us for this free event at RADIUS SFU from 6:30-8pm on Sept 21. RSVP.

The Impact Gaps Canvas is used by schools around the world as part of Oxford University’s Map the System Challenge. For schools interested in joining the Map the System Challenge, Daniela will also share more information on how to get involved.

RADIUS SFU is excited to be partnering with McConnell’s RECODE program to bring this opportunity to the Vancouver community. Both events are free, but space is limited so please RSVP to join an event.

 

SFU Students: Apply Now for the Entrepreneurship and Changemaking Activators (E&C) Program!

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We are excited to announce that RADIUS SFU and Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection have joined forces to launch the new Entrepreneurship and Changemaker (E&C) Student Activators Program!

This paid opportunity brings together six students from a variety of faculties to support student engagement in a broad suite of changemaking opportunities at SFU, from promoting experiential learning opportunities like Change Lab, CityStudio and the Charles Chang Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, to designing and hosting workshops.   

Given that SFU was recently designated as one of just over 40 Ashoka Changemaker Campuses in the world, we are eager to activate student voices to build the momentum of SFU’s diverse ‘changemaking’ initiatives, where creative approaches are taken to addressing social, economic and environmental problems. The Changemaker Campus designation was a rigorous process conducted by Ashoka U, a global leader in social entrepreneurship. It recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to social innovation through their research initiatives, their curriculum design, and their vibrant changemaking communities.

This program is supported by SFU Innovates and the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship.

We invite SFU students from all faculties to apply by September 12th, 2017 at 11:59PM.

You are:

  • A current SFU student with an expected graduation date no earlier than Fall 2018;
  • Passionate about social impact, innovation, entrepreneurship, and envision yourself as a changemaker;
  • An emerging student leader from any faculty with proven results and achievements;
  • Excited to help build a stronger entrepreneurial and changemaking ecosystem across SFU’s campuses;
  • A team player willing to work with a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Committed to learning how to present changemaking opportunities to your peers and to the broader community;
  • Willing to learn, take risks, make mistakes, and try novel approaches to problems.
  • Curious about and dedicated to continuous learning, personal development, and self-reflection.

You will:

  • Promote entrepreneurship and changemaking opportunities at SFU, including class presentations, tending booths, and attending events;
  • Coordinate and host events, such as workshops and speaker series;
  • Help with social media and branding of SFU as an Ashoka Changemaker Campus and the Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection program;
  • Be active on all three campuses over three terms;
  • Attend E&C Activators team meetings up to twice per month; and
  • Act as an ambassador on behalf of the SFU changemaking community, including RADIUS and Venture Connection, fulfilling your leadership role as a student changemaker.

Value to you:

  • A $4,000 stipend
  • Access to professional development (e.g. via workshops, coaching, etc.)
  • Profiles on RADIUS SFU and Venture Connections websites, newsletters, and blogs
  • A fun and engaging year connecting SFU students with an amazing array of opportunities

Time Commitment: 6-8 hours/ week
Timeline: October 2017 – September 2018
Application Deadline: September 12th, 2017 @ 11:59PM

How to Apply

To apply, send in your resume and cover letter in one file to Zoya Jiwa at zjiwa@radiussfu.com by September 12th at 11:59pm with the subject line “Application: E&C Activators.”

In your cover letter, please concisely address the following in no more than two pages:

  • What are you studying at SFU, and what is your expected graduation date (semester / year)? How did you hear about this opportunity?
  • Which campus(es) are you based at most often?
  • Why are you the right person for this program? What relevant experience makes you a good fit?
  • What are two of your proudest achievements, and why?
  • Imagine: You return to campus in 10 years. What has been the impact of your involvement?

All applicants will be notified of their application status by Monday September 25th.


About SFU Innovates

SFU Innovates is a university-wide strategy that builds on our dynamic culture and seeks to strengthen SFU’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship.

About the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship

The Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship works to make SFU a global leader in entrepreneurship, providing unparalleled opportunities for SFU students.

About RADIUS

RADIUS (RADical Ideas, Useful to Society) is a social innovation lab and venture incubator at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. We develop and deliver cohort based programs to build the capacity of Radical Doers and to cultivate their projects and ventures in service of systems change. We are working towards a transformed economy that is dynamic, just, sustainable, and resilient. Read more about our work.

About Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection

Founded at SFU Surrey and serving all three SFU campuses, Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection supports SFU ventures from initial idea validation through to operating businesses. Services of the program include mentorship, office space, networking opportunities, internship/co-op terms, competitions, educational workshops and speaker events. Since 2008, the first-of-its kind, innovative, and groundbreaking program has engaged over 6000 participants, provided mentorship to over 200 student teams, and business development services to over 170 early-stage startups. Read more about their work.

About the Charles Change Institute for Entrepreneurship

SFU Innovates is a university-wide strategy that builds on our dynamic culture and seeks to strengthen SFU’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

 

Student Blog | Weekend Journey Through the Quilotoa Loop

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Guest blogger Shanae Atkinson is a student in the Summer 2017 semester of Change Lab International: Ecuador – a unique, interdisciplinary program in global social entrepreneurship delivered by RADIUS, the Beedie School of Business, Impaqto Quito and Insight Global Education

Last weekend four of us went on a 2 day trek in the Andes called the Quilotoa Loop. We had planned to walk 3 portions of the trail, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, we left later in the day and ran out of daylight. Instead of hiking from Sigchos to Isinlivi, we took an unofficial taxi in the form of a pickup truck.  It was really fun to see the locals who were also using this mode of transportation. There was this cute elderly lady who stood up and waved at passerby’s for a good long portion of the journey.

We ended up arriving just in time for dinner at the nicest hostel on the loop, Llu Llu Llama. Even on such short notice they were able to find us rooms and serve us dinner, despite our dietary restrictions (2 vegetarians and 1 vegan).

Luckily for us, their power had gone out earlier in the day, so spa time had been postponed until after dinner! After a fairly long day of travel, albeit in vehicles, the jacuzzi was very welcomed.

The next morning, we packed up before 8 am and headed out right after breakfast. We were the first group to leave the hostel, but because we got lost, we were quickly overtaken by the others.

The first part of the journey was absolutely beautiful. We descended into a deep valley with large vibrant green hills surrounding it. We walked past many farms as we trekked alongside the river. A horse even tried to gnaw on my arm. We crossed the river on the best giant log bridge I’ve ever seen. Some of us also crossed a rotting suspension bridge for fun! But soon we were faced with the knowledge that everything that goes down must come back up. In this case, at a very steep grade. The resulting exertion as we climbed out of the canyon made the previous part of the trek seem like a cake walk in comparison.

Once out of the canyon, we were met with an absolutely amazing view of the valley. The rest of the journey to Chugchilán proved to be far less difficult, though also less interesting. Having walked 12.4 km by this point, we were delighted to reach the hostel and take a nap. The slight increase in elevation from Isinlivi to Chugchilán created a large change in temperature and we were pleased to find that Cloud Forest Hostel had warm fluffy sheets and many blankets to keep warm. The following morning, we were nearly the last to leave the hostel, as many of our friends had cheated and eaten breakfast early. We began with a quick descent into a valley followed by an even faster ascent out of the valley leading us to a farm. The owners of the farm seemed pretty used to this situation and very quickly sent two adorable small children to guide us to the rest of the trail. We unloaded much of our candy onto the children to express our gratitude (only partially because it was heavy and we didn’t want to carry it).

Next, we took a bit of a wrong turn, but thanks to the wonderful locals who didn’t get angry when we were trespassing (by accident), we were quickly given the right directions and sent on our way (once again parting with the heavy candy). The next part of the hike was a slow climb up many switchbacks to the rim of Quilotoa- where we were met with an absolutely phenomenal view and a great sense of fulfillment. I highly recommend this hike as it allows you to visit areas that would otherwise be very nearly inaccessible and to see the agricultural practices of the Andes. We saw cows, sheep, the occasional goats, and some alpacas or llamas, I’m still not sure which. We met a friendly donkey who used its body to do the equivalent of “YOU SHALL NOT PASS” when they could get some great neck rubs from us. All in all, a great experience!

Welcome the Health Change Lab 2017 Cohort!

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Health Change Lab is a once-in-a-degree immersive experiential learning course. Undergraduate students from a variety of academic disciplines – including Interactive Arts and Technology, Health Sciences, International Studies, Kinesiology, Behavioural Neuroscience, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Business – come together to form interdisciplinary teams. Together, they investigate a local social problem, build a business model to creatively respond to it, and pitch their ideas to community influencers – all in just 13 weeks.

Hosted by RADIUS SFU, the Beedie School of Business, and SFU Health Sciences, Health Change Lab students collaborate with program partners such as Fraser Health and the City of Surrey on issues that are pertinent to Surrey. Students learn about social entrepreneurship, systems thinking, determinants of health, personal development, and effective team dynamics (to name just a few topics covered). Experienced instructors Shawn Smith (BUS), Tamara Connell (BUS), and Paola Ardiles (HSCI) leverage their networks to bring in mentors and partners who specialize in chronic disease prevention, food security, active transportation, design thinking, prototyping, storytelling and presentation skills. Health Change Lab is one in a series of Change Lab courses, including Change Lab Ecuador and an upcoming Civic Innovation Change Lab in Spring 2018. Change Lab programs are generously supported by Scott Shaw.

Without further ado, meet the Fall 2017 Health Change Lab Cohort! We are so excited to work with these emerging changemakers.

Demetra Barbacuta

Demetra is a fourth-year student obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences, an intended minor in Legal Studies, and a certificate in Health Ethics. She loves helping others, which has driven her to pursue a career in healthcare. She hopes to work within health policy, coming up with innovative health solutions to pressing challenges. Demetra is excited to learn about social entrepreneurship and how the power of new ideas can tackle current health issues; she believes that the young minds of today contain so many ideas that can create a social impact. In her downtime, Demetra likes to hike, tap dance, and occasionally binge-watch a good show on Netflix.

Benta Cheng

An avid enthusiast of ideas, people, and sunny days, Benta is looking forward to unearthing thoughtful and enriching conversations with her Health Change Lab peers this fall. She is currently pursuing a BSc in Health Sciences with a concentration in Population and Quantitative health. Benta’s academic interests lie within (but are certainly not limited to) the global burden of HIV/AIDS on youth, and GIS and its application in epidemiology and access to health services.

TK Chisvo

TK is a business student with a passion for social entrepreneurship. He enjoys collaborating with students with diverse experiences to tackle problems that are evident in today’s world. TK looks forward to bettering his understanding of the issues affecting the health sector in British Columbia and furthering his knowledge on social entrepreneurship. He also looks forward to working with students and faculty to create innovative and sustainable solutions that will be efficient and effective.

Nazanin Boroumandzad

Nazanin Boroumandzad is a 2nd Bachelor Degree student at the school of Interactive Art and Technology at SFU. As a computer engineer with a passion for design, she is enthusiastic to learn about and work within intersecting fields such as health care and business during Change Lab. Nazanin is excited to explore and ideate creative solutions to promote community health in the city of Surrey with her peers.

Dion Chong

Dion is a fourth-year International Conflict & Security major with a Development & Sustainability minor. He’s had the opportunity to work in the healthcare sector and in health promotion across Canada, as well as in youth livelihood promotion in Francophone West Africa. With a passion for challenging social inequality, particularly for minority and marginalized populations, Dion is looking forward to the exchange of ideas and perspectives with the diverse group of students in this fall’s Health Change Lab cohort.

Katie Fajber

Katie is a fourth year Health Sciences student with a particular interest in social justice within public health. She was introduced to the idea of business as a way to intervene in health issues after interning at a small social enterprise in Kolkata, India that used a business model to support survivors of human trafficking. Katie is excited to work closely with a diverse group of students and professionals to build healthier communities.

Katrina Jang

Katrina is a fourth-year Health Science major and hopeful Kinesiology minor who loves to explore the intricacies of health and environment. After several years studying health sciences, including a year working abroad in the township of Mangun, her interests have gravitated towards: immersing herself in different cultures and perspectives; improving health accessibility in marginalized communities; and deciphering how diseases spread. She is excited to take away a business lens from Change Lab that she can apply to everyday life and health, as well as work with her peers and within the community.

Cody de Leijer

Cody is currently the President of Enactus SFU: a student-run non-profit organization that sees local challenges as opportunities to innovate and implement creative solutions. He has a passion for environmental and social sustainability throughout business. Cody is most excited to learn about the challenges facing our local community, collaborating with his peers on potential solutions, and implementing that those solutions to create a positive impact in the community.

Helen Huynh

Helen is a Business and Interactive Arts & Technology student with a concentration in Media Arts. Her involvement with the 2016 Oxford Global Challenge (now renamed ‘Map the Systems Challenge’) paired with her interest in mental health and public health persuaded her to apply to Health Change Lab with hopes of learning more about health care barriers in the community.  She is excited about the new learning environment that the program will provide and hopes to work with her peers to build tangible interventions that could serve the city of Surrey.

Kirsten Hinlopen

Kirsten is a Business Administration student, and is also completing a minor in Biomedical Physiology. She is most excited to learn about how she can combine her two interests in response to community health challenges and is also very excited to be working with like-minded individuals the Health Change Lab. Normally, people find her hanging out in her favourite room of any home – the kitchen! Kirsten loves spending time with her family and friends, preferably surrounded by some delicious food and fresh air.

Jesika Kula

Jesika Kula is a second-year SIAT student who volunteers her time serving as the Creative Director of the MetamorepHIIT Fitness Society: a non-profit organization that provides free fitness to the community. When she’s not volunteering, she enjoys travelling, hiking and working part-time as a lifeguard. Jesika is looking forward to participating in this years SFU Health Change Lab cohort, as she’s interested in learning hands-on approaches to addressing health issues within the city of Surrey.

Stephanie Lam

Stephanie Lam is entering her 4th year in the Faculty of Health Sciences in September. As the President of UNICEF SFU and Project Pulse Vancouver, she has a passion for humanitarian efforts that foster education among young people. In her free time, Stephanie likes to get involved with medical research and staying active. Stephanie is most excited to learn about the different ways business and entrepreneurship could be used to create positive change within health care.

Sophia Knowles

A creative, driven, and people-oriented individual, Sophia is most in her groove when collaborating with others who also intend to build healthier and more environmentally sustainable communities. Four years into her degree in Health Sciences, Sophia’s studies have been complemented by recent project development and management in clinical and academic research, outdoor, and classroom settings. Sophia looks forward to developing practical strategies in Health Change Lab that work towards one of her guiding beliefs: that the most effective and meaningful change is led by those directly affected. When Sophia is recharging, you’ll most likely find her holed up with her sewing machine or running one of her favourite mountainside trails.

Zeen Liu

Zeen has been an undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University since 2012. He is studying Kinesiology as his major. Throughout his degree, he has been helping people achieve their health and fitness goals in a variety of settings, including: rehabilitation, occupational support, performance, and general population. He currently works for the SFU Recreation Centre as a weight room supervisor and personal trainer. Zeen is looking forward to taking his kinesiology knowledge into to Health Change Lab to further his ambition of improving the physical and mental health of individuals on a community level.

Emma McFarlane

Emma is entering her fifth-year of undergraduate studies at SFU. Beginning her post-secondary education at Western University, she has woven her way through various areas of study, creating a unique collection of interests and skills. Now a declared Health Science and Business Administration student, Emma is excited to work with the diverse backgrounds of other students and their communities to explore social change in Health Change Lab. She hopes to one day play an influential role in developing public health projects and sees this opportunity as an incredible starting point. Born and raised on Vancouver’s North Shore, Emma loves to enjoy all her beautiful backyard has to offer and works hard to take any opportunity possible to see more of the world.

Josh McGee

Josh is a UX (User Experience) designer who has a passion for human-centered design: a process that starts with a specific group of people and ends with new solutions that are tailored to suit their needs. Josh enjoys discovering pain points through research, empathy, and countless different approaches and frameworks. He looks forward to Health Change Lab being multi-disciplinary. With this, he will get to see how students from different academic backgrounds tackle similar problems. He believes this will push him to develop new skill sets that he can later apply to future projects.

Henry Tran

Henry is in his fourth-year at SFU studying towards a major in Behavioural Neuroscience and a minor in English. This summer, he is doing an Undergraduate Student Research Award with Dr. Chris Kennedy from the Biology department. Outside of school, he works with the BC Cancer Agency and Royal Columbian Hospital supporting two projects: one for the Hereditary Cancer Program, and another for the Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Quality Improvement Project. Aside from all of that hustle and bustle, Henry is looking forward to learning about social entrepreneurship – and hopefully, be able to develop and implement a project with his peers that could create social change in the city of Surrey.

Wendy Zhang

Wendy is a fourth-year student at SFU studying Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She is interested in biotechnology and pharmacy, and she hopes to bring a technical laboratory perspective to Health Change Lab. She is excited to learn about ways that students with interdisciplinary ideas and perspectives can come together to address challenging, systemic problems in the community.

Monique Sekhon

Monique Sekhon is pursuing her undergraduate studies in Population & Quantitative Health Sciences at SFU. Throughout her degree so far, Monique has gained many skills and has had the opportunity to conduct research and other work in interdisciplinary teams. Monique hopes to bring to her ideas, her experience in social enterprise, and her recognition of intersectional socioeconomic factors to the Health Change Lab. She is keen to work alongside current and future leaders in the health care field!

Nathan Lam

Nathan Lam is a fourth-year student at SFU’s School of Interactive Arts & Technology finishing his degree in design. He has worked in the industry as a User Experience Designer and understands the importance of looking beyond solely technological design to address real human needs and problems. He is passionate and driven by the interdisciplinary path he has taken, and he aspires to be a mentor to others inside and outside of his industry. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge, his unique perspectives, and his expertise with his peers in Health Change Lab this fall.

Nancy Nguyen

Nancy is a fifth-year Health Science student interested in health policy, community engagement, and working with marginalized communities to improve health and well-being. She is most excited to work collaboratively with other students and stakeholders to implement ideas that could address real-world challenges in the Surrey community.

Sustainability, Transparency and Accountability in the Souvenir Shop Industry: What does it all mean?

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About this time last year, I was strolling down Water Street on my way back from work, with tourists mingling around me. It was hard to miss the shopping bags they carried – and equally hard to not imagine what they’d purchased. Clothing. Gifts. Souvenirs.

Something to remind them of their visit to Vancouver, Canada, a city that welcomed more than 16 million visitors last year alone (Tourism Vancouver, 2016).

Our idea for Woodpickers did not begin then, but in 2015 as an SFU Change Lab project called Wood Source Co-op, where myself and three other interdisciplinary students teamed up to reduce landfill wood waste by connecting material users with suppliers to strengthen the circular economy in Strathcona, Vancouver. Our project inspired me to apply what I’ve learned to Woodpickers.

Now two years later, my partner James and I are excited to combine our love for the environment as SFU Faculty of Environment grads with our shared experience in tourism, retail, woodworking, and design, to introduce a line of sustainable souvenirs into the Vancouver tourism market.

We’re motivated by the lingering questions that keep us up at night:

What if souvenirs could be more than just a keepsake or a product?

What if souvenirs, and their make, can be more transparent and accountable to the environment around us?

What if souvenirs could be tools of dialogue to discuss “hot” topics like climate change and environmental conservation by transcending borders, culture, and countries?

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