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Become a RADIUS Fellow – APPLY NOW!

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The RADIUS Fellowship is Metro Vancouver’s preeminent professional development opportunity for top emerging social innovators from across the region. During the intensive 4-month experience Fellows build relationships with their peers, develop personally and professionally, and tap into the broader social innovation and social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Applications for the 2018 Fellowship are open until November 4.
The cohort meets weekly from February 6 to May 29, 2018.

What do Fellows say?

 I was challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone many times, but from that learned in ways I never would before. – 2017 Fellow

 The RADIUS Fellowship changed my life. It came to me at a time when I was stuck both personally and professionally… I feel ready, and set with the right tools to grow personally and begin a meaningful career. I no longer feel stuck.  – 2016 Fellow

 I felt the connection I developed within the Fellowship program firmly reintroduced me to a professional network here in Vancouver.  – 2015 Fellow

 I looked forward to working out of the co-working space, which was always buzzing with awesome changemakers.  – 2017 Fellow

The RADIUS Fellowship Program Details

Fellowship weekly sessions consist of a mix of facilitated learning experiences, dialogues with guests, and social activities. Sample topics of focus include social innovation, design thinking, personal leadership and engaging stakeholders in your work. Fellowship perks include access to a professional coach, membership at the RADIUS co-working space, and access to the broader RADIUS network through events, meet-ups and personal introductions.

Learn more about the specifics of the program, and apply here.

Are you a RADIUS Fellow?

Fellows are doers, explorers, innovators and changemakers. They are local leaders invested in Metro Vancouver communities. They have relentless dedication and an early track record building solutions in support of a more just, resilient and sustainable future. They are early in their professional careers, dedicated to learning and growing, and passionate about contributing to a strong community of social innovators.

Apply now!


Get in touch! Shoot an email over to the Fellowship Program Manager, Tamara Connell if you have questions about the experience and whether it’s right for you – tconnell[at]

Welcome new Change Lab Instructors!

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The first-ever Civic Innovation Change Lab is set to be offered during the Spring 2018 term. This cohort of students will be the 10th SFU Change Lab cohort, joining alumni from across various faculties and departments at SFU.

To match the fantastic calibre of students who take the Change Lab programs, we scoured the city for interested Instructors with the most impressive and relevant skill sets, attributes, and charm. After an extensive process, we’re thrilled to be able to officially welcome Jeremy and Tara to the Change Lab team:

Jeremy Stone

Jeremy has 15 years of community economic development experience with various urban and rural communities in the US and Canada. He specializes in economic resilience, microfinance, social enterprise, and gentrification. Jeremy has a BA in Anthropology and a Master of Public Administration from New York University, focusing on International Economic Development.

Tara Mahoney

Tara Mahoney is a PhD candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Using practice-based research, her work examines how amateur cultural and media production operates as a form of participatory politics in contemporary society. She is also the creative director of Gen Why Media, a non-profit creative agency focused producing public art, media and events for social issues.

We’re already getting our hands dirty finalizing planning for the Spring and can’t way to deliver this first of its kind program in Vancouver.

SFU Change Lab – An overview

Change Lab programs have been running at SFU since 2011. These unique, once-in-a-degree studio programs are intensive opportunities to hone your skills at developing practical solutions to real-world challenges. Over the course of a term, student groups work to explore and specify a user-identified problem, ideate, prototype and test possible solutions, and finally construct a business model around the proposed solution.

Sessions are a mix of hands on workshops, coaching by instructors and experts, limited content lectures, guest speakers, and open work time in teams to go out into the community to learn and test.

The fall 2017 Health Change Lab cohort is currently in session, and the spring 2018 Civic Innovation Change Lab is accepting applications until October 15, 2017.

The Civic Innovation Change Lab

Civic Innovation Change Lab is the newest addition to the Change Lab portfolio. Civic Innovation refers to a method that improves the lives of citizens, the functions of cities, the practice of citizenship, or the state of community affairs. This course weaves together advanced knowledge in Civic Issues, Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, with the core practices of Dialogue, Design Thinking, and Business Model Development to allow students to become capable of producing impactful social innovations in cities.

The Civic Innovation Change Lab is a 9-credit experience co-hosted by SFU Beedie, RADIUS SFU, CityStudio Vancouver, and SFU Semester in Dialogue. Local partners include the City of Vancouver and a network of leading community organizations. Change Lab is generously supported by Scott Shaw and SFU Innovates.

Please join us in welcoming Jeremy and Tara to the Change Lab team!

For SFU students interested in taking this unique experience during the Spring 2018 term, please learn more about the opportunity and apply by October 15th.

Fellows showcasing the characteristics of a 21st Century leader

Thought Leadership: Building your leadership capacity by building your inner capacities

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At RADIUS, we have the hypothesis that we can play a meaningful role in shifting towards a more just, sustainable and resilient economy. The RADIUS Fellowship in Radical Doing is one of our programmatic interventions towards this desired outcome. The Fellowship brings together a cohort of radical doers, 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. We meet weekly over the course of 4 ½ months, and work towards three concurrent goals:

  •      Personal leadership development
  •      Project development
  •      Network development

Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing some of our thinking behind each of those three developmental areas. This week, I begin with reflecting on the first goal listed above, personal leadership development.

“The success of an intervention depends on the interior state of the intervener.” –Bill O’Brien

Personal leadership development for changemakers

This quote was introduced to me in 2011 by three students of mine in the Master’s in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) Programme, and it’s forever impacted the way in which I think about and structure my leadership development. It illuminated the distinction between the inner space of a changemaker – an intervener – and the more visible, tangible actions taken by that changemaker. If you’ve been introduced to the iceberg model or Integral Theory, you’ll be familiar with this focus on the interior as distinct (yet connected) to the exterior, visible actions one takes.

So what DOES it take for emerging changemakers to make successful, positive interventions in society? How does one build and maintain personal resiliency, strength, and wisdom in the face of all the challenges barraging us today?

Much of the past decade of my career has been devoted to helping foster increased confidence and competence in sustainability and social innovation leaders. Early in this journey, I admittedly built programming from a sensed place more than from any kind of framework. Then in 2011, these three aforementioned students (Christopher Baan, Dana Pearlman, and Phil Long) embarked on a thesis that asked, “If our work requires us to motivate and assist others in making transformational change towards a more sustainable society, what are the inner capacities that are needed to allow for our success?” Their five month long thesis culminated in the production of a model and practice guide called The Lotus, and it has since deeply informed my thinking and design of leadership sessions, including that of the RADIUS Fellowship. Read More