Social Innovation Lab
Located in the DARE District at Algonquin College is the new Social Innovation Lab (find us here). The Lab is a key element of Algonquin College’s response to a 2017 report published by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s RECODE initiative and Simon Fraser University entitled: Maximizing the capacities of advanced education institutions to build social infrastructure for Canadian communities. (read it here)
The Social Innovation Lab's work revolves around the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The lab provides opportunities to the Algonquin College community to engage in social innovation practices that work toward the global goals. Check out this video made by a team of 4th year Nursing students as they discuss the SDGs at Agonquin College
Student Voices - SDGs At Algonquin College
SLiDE's favourite Sustainable
- 1 No poverty
- 2 Zero hunger
- 3 Good health and well-being
- 4 Good education
- 6 Clean water and sanitation
- 11 Sustainable cities and communities
- 14 Life below water
The inaugural program of the Social Innovation Lab is SLiDE (Service Learning in Design & Engineering) and is intended to harness the talents of Algonquin College students from the Schools of Media and Design and Advanced Technology. SLiDE provides support to community-based organizations (service agencies, charities, non-profits, social enterprise, etc.) in the area of digital technology.
The SLiDE program partners include representatives from IBM Centre for Advanced Studies, Impact Hub Ottawa, Centre for Social Enterprise Development(CSED), Ottawa Community Foundation, Carleton University and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. The SLiDE program was established in part through a grant from the College and the Community Social Innovation Fund funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(2018-2020).
Special thanks to the organizations that have supported the
Social Innovation Lab hiring students at a living wage
Special thanks to our amazing partners for making all of this possible
(including our friends at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies)
This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanity Research Council of Canada.