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Celebrating 5 years of SSE-O

August 4th, 2017

The School for Social Entrepreneurs – Ontario (SSE-O) recently celebrated 5 years of activity by organizing a retreat to reflect about achievements and challenges of the past five years and think about what’s next the next five years. As usual, SSE-O assembled a highly diverse and inspiring group of people and with support from the BMW Foundation was able to hold the retreat on Wasan Island in Muskoka’s Lake Joseph. Two years ago a similar retreat also organized by SSE-O on Wasan Island resulted in founding the League of Intrapreneurs Canada.

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SSE-O Retreat Wasan 2017

Wasan is a wonderful place where nature’s beauty and superb place-making, reflected as much in the design of the common spaces as in the quality and talents of the Island’s staff, creates ideal conditions to detach from daily tasks and engage in deep reflection and meaningful conversations. During the retreat SSE-O also tested new tools including a practice of Unlearning and the CPS method to explore if these could be used more broadly in the future. But the most valuable outcomes (aside from the action plan) were in the new friendships made and the inspiration gained.

Happy 5th Anniversary SSE-O. We are looking forward to your next achievements.

Studio Summit #2

July 6th, 2017

In August 2014 Studio Summit 1, an invitation-only gathering, was held at the Studio of the Copenhagen Business School. Its participants focused on exploring the studio educational methods, defining their essential components, and discussing studio pedagogy for business, engineering and science education.

Building on that successful event the Resilience Design Lab at OCAD University in collaboration with Autodesk is organizing Studio Summit 2 with the theme “Moving Studios into the Digital Age”. A strong Program Committee, whose member details can be found here, is guiding the Summit’s program.

Summit Studio 2 will not involve the traditional 20-minute monologues of other conferences. It is structured rather around a series of interactive sessions, a few panels, and technology demonstrations in a studio environment. The Summit is hosted at the brand new Autodesk Maker Space in the MaRS Discovery District.

To be considered for an invitation you must submit a half-page here describing what value you will add to the topic of the summit. Upon acceptance you will be given the password to register and pay the event’s fee of CA$ 395.00.

 

 

 

The Clean50 Awards

July 6th, 2017

Canada’s Clean50 Awards offer annually recognition to Canada’s leaders in sustainability for their contributions over the prior two years. Nominations are collected year round until Canada Day each year, reviewed, and then honourees for three different types of awards are announced each September: Clean50 Individuals, Clean50 Emerging Leaders, and Clean50 Top 15 Projects.

The Clean50 Individual awards – or just the Clean50 are selected from 16 diverse categories that transcend numerous industries, academia, different levels of government, thought leaders, and advocates, and are based on accomplishments delivered over the prior two years.   The leader in each of the 16 categories is also declared to be part of the Clean16, depicting those 16 Honourees as the top contributor in their respective categories.

It gives us great pleasure and pride that our own Nabil Harfoush has been nominated to the Clean50 of 2017 and is now on a shortlist of 72 names out of over 500 nominated.

Graduation of Social Intrapreneur Fellows

March 11th, 2017

The School for Social Entrepreneurs Ontario (SSE-O) in collaboration with the League of Intrapreneurs Canada (of which we are proudly a co-founder) co-designed the Social  Intrapreneurs Fellowship to provide social intrapreneurs with the tools, network, and confidence to make social change at their workplaces in government, non-profits, and companies. 

Last month, the 2016-2017 cohort of Social Intrapreneur Fellows completed their fellowships. To celebrate this great accomplishment as these fellows embark on a new adventure SSE-O is organizing “Fellow-bration”, a celebration of the graduates 6-9 pm on Tuesday March 28th at the Centre for Social Innovation Annex.

You can register here.

The gathering will be an opportunity to learn more about the League of Intrapreneurs Canada’s ambitious plans for the future, and find out how you can get involved.

Open Government Partnership Workshop

February 27th, 2017

The government of Ontario is inviting stakeholders in the Open Government movement from the public and civil society to the Implementation Phase of the Open Government Partnership Commitments. These are:

  • Strengthen Ontario’s commitment to making government data open by default by adopting the International Open Data Charter.
  • Increase opportunities for young people across Ontario to share ideas for government programs and services by developing a digital engagement tool
  • Create an open government training program for staff across the Ontario Public Service to help government continue to find new ways to boost openness and transparency

The purpose of the event, which is in a workshop format, is to engage in dialogue on Ontario’s Open Government Partnership commitments and to contribute to a pan-Canadian conversation on Open Dialogue and Open Data.

The workshop will also be a space to set the stage for the co-creation of our deliverables.

The first workshop took place on February 21, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Ontario Trade & Investment Centre at 250 Yonge Street. It was attended by about 30 participants from civil society, business, academia, and government.

 

League of Canadian Intrapreneurs – An Update

February 20th, 2017

In September of 2015 we reported on our participation in founding the League of Intrapreneurs Canada (LOI). It’s time to report on the progress since then. One of the observations was that intrapreneurs were feeling isolated and frustrated. As a first measure to address this issue founding members of the LOI (such as the School of Social Entrepreneurs-Ontario and OCAD’s Resilience Design Lab) hosted gatherings of intrapreneurs. The purpose was to strengthen network links and show intrapreneurs that they were not alone and that many are facing similar challenges.

The next step was to start thinking about supporting intrapreneurs, particularly in the public sector, by providing adequate training and tools. While the School of Entrepreneurs (SSE-O)  is focusing on the training aspect, we are collaborating with the Resilience Design Lab (R-Lab) on developing and testing tools, including processes for visualizing complex data for decision support, and methods for influencing organizational behaviour. We’ll be reporting in future blogs on some of those tools and methods.

2nd Global Social Intrapreneurship Summit

September 19th, 2015

An invitation-only event, The Global Social Intrapreneurship Summit convenes changemakers from around the world to identify ways to strengthen the social intrapreneurship field and movement. This year’s Summit is being held October 1st in Valle de Bravo, Mexico – tapping into the incredible energy and momentum for intrapreneurship in Latin America. Chryssa Koulis from the School of Social Entrepreneurs – Ontario will be representing the nascent League of Intrapreneurs Canada. A number of local Canadian launch events are planned to take place coinciding with the Mexico event.

Intrapreneurship – Big Initiative from a Small Island

September 19th, 2015

Wasan Island is a small island in lake Rosseau in the heart of Muskoka. It is privately owned by the Breuniger Stiftung, a German non-profit organization. It offers leaders in civil society, politics, culture and business the opportunity to retreat to a peaceful and beautiful environment in order to develop their thinking, networks, and initiatives. Access is by invitation only. Read the rest of this entry »

OCAD’s Yogya Team Competing in Hult $1M Prize

April 9th, 2015

The Yogya team of students of the Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFI) program at OCAD University is still competing to reach the finals of the $1Million Hult Prize. They are determined to help bring Early Childhood Education to 10 Million children in urban slums. Yogya means worthy as in “every child is worthy”. The team has engaged in the Hult on-line challenge and have put their project up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. They need this seed money to prototype their solution and field test it. Now it’s a race against time. If they reach their goals in number of funders and in amount funded, they will get into the finals of the Hult Prize competition. Indeed, it is a project worthy of support. Please contribute what you can!

Hult 2015 – $1M Prize Competition

March 13th, 2015

This global competition is organized by the Hult Prize Foundation, a not-for-profit organization aiming at solving the planet’s biggest challenges with innovative ideas implemented through sustainable start-up social enterprises. Annual Hult Prize winners get USD1 million in seed funding to make their ideas reality. Although it was originally conceived to attract “the world’s brightest business minds”, it is seeing increasing numbers of multidisciplinary teams participating, including from many design schools.

This year’s challenge is about early childhood education in urban slums for children aged 0-6 years. The objective is to reach 10 Million children within 5 years. The competition is staged first at local and regional levels around the world. The six regional finalist teams attend in July and August a six-week program at the Hult Accelerator at the Hult Business School in Boston. They then compete in the global finals in an event attended by President Clinton where the winning team will be selected.

This year two teams from OCAD University’s Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFI) masters program participated in the local competition with about 22,000 submissions globally. The two teams moved to the regional finals.

Team Msana to Shanghai

 

 

 

 

Team YOGYA to San Francisco

 

Two OCADU teams at the Regional Finals

 

 

 

 

 

One team from the part-time SFI program team is currently in Shanghai while the other team from the SFI full-time program is currently in San Francisco. Each of them will be competing with about 250 regional candidates. We wish them both the best of luck!