21st Century Education for Community Wellbeing

Responding to 21st century social challenges, requires an education fit for our times – one that’s rooted in new ways of thinking, doing and learning. There is a transformation afoot, with schools having bold visions for change. They are becoming vital social innovation hubs for surrounding industries and communities.

As a funder, capacity builder and convener, Re-Code supports the capacity of schools to weave social innovation tools and practices into the very fabric of campus and community culture. To be successful, deep collaboration that spans organizations, institutions, disciplines and worldviews is a must. Through working groups and national gatherings, we bring together individuals to learn from each other and amplify their impact.

With these efforts, we hope to see broader funding and policy changes in post-secondary education, a “recoded” student experience fit for our times, and the transformation of campuses into pillars of their communities.

Focus Areas

Universities and colleges are increasingly active in building a resilient, just and sustainable world by infusing social innovation practices into campus culture.

Research and teaching have been at the heart of the post-secondary system for the last 600 years. More recently, universities and colleges have become increasingly active in building a resilient, just and sustainable world by infusing social innovation practices into campus culture. At the same time, students are demanding an education that supports them in making a meaningful difference in the world.

Through funding and convening, Re-Code supports schools in mapping and broadly sharing with them the current landscape of social innovation tools ( change labs Change labs take a systems approach to problem-solving, convening diverse teams to experiment with alternative solutions to real-world challenges., experiential education programs Experiential education programs: educators connect students' in-class learning with hands-on, real-world experiences to increase their skills, knowledge and capacity to contribute to their community., incubators Incubator: program or initiative providing financial, technical and/or coaching support to help nurture and grow young businesses. and accelerators Accelerator: an organization that offers start-up enterprises a range of support and funding opportunities, typically through intensive short-term programs., social innovation curriculum, and change competitions). Our aim is to help foster relationships between social innovation trail blazers, influencers, administrators, faculty, and policy makers in order to increase the early adoption of social innovation practices across the post-secondary sector.

Equipping students with the collaborative skills, systems perspective, mindfulness, social innovation experience and networks to address social challenges is critical.

Research and teaching have been at the heart of the post-secondary system for the last 600 years. More recently, universities and colleges have become increasingly active in building a resilient, just and sustainable world by infusing social innovation practices into campus culture. At the same time, students are demanding an education that supports them in making a meaningful difference in the world.

Through funding and convening, Re-Code supports schools in mapping and broadly sharing with them the current landscape of social innovation tools ( change labs Change labs take a systems approach to problem-solving, convening diverse teams to experiment with alternative solutions to real-world challenges., experiential education programs Experiential education programs: educators connect students' in-class learning with hands-on, real-world experiences to increase their skills, knowledge and capacity to contribute to their community., incubators Incubator: program or initiative providing financial, technical and/or coaching support to help nurture and grow young businesses. and accelerators Accelerator: an organization that offers start-up enterprises a range of support and funding opportunities, typically through intensive short-term programs., social innovation curriculum, and change competitions). Our aim is to help foster relationships between social innovation trail blazers, influencers, administrators, faculty, and policy makers in order to increase the early adoption of social innovation practices across the post-secondary sector.

Equipping students with the collaborative skills, systems perspective, mindfulness, social innovation experience and networks to address social challenges is critical.

Equipping students with the collaborative skills, systems perspective, mindfulness, social innovation experience and networks to address social challenges is critical. Student values are shifting. More and more young people are looking for educational experiences and careers that provide them with the opportunity to make a difference and contribute to society. There is a strong demand for work-integrated learning that includes community service learning, social entrepreneurship and international experiences.

Re-Code supports schools in providing opportunities for students to learn about — and experiment with —social innovation and entrepreneurship. This is facilitated through experiential, cross-curricular and multi-disciplinary learning on campus, as well as online learning platforms, student clubs, conferences and competitions, exchanges and events.

Post-secondary schools have taken up the challenge to address Canada's most critical problems by better using school resources to positively impact communities.

Post-secondary schools have taken up the challenge to address Canada’s most critical problems by better using school resources (financial assets, human capital, and capacities for knowledge creation and mobilization) to positively impact communities. This is an emergent field of practice, with many centres, institutes, and departments established over the past few years. Yet, they remain largely disconnected.

The challenge for schools is to formalize and sustain these initiatives. They need to share and recognize their achievements, break down siloed activity, and connect initiatives more deeply within their institution. By supporting schools to consolidate, scale and share best practices, Re-Code hopes to see increased community partnerships and relationships across the post-secondary sector that result in enhanced community wellbeing.

How We Support Change

Funder

In November 2014, Re-Code provided 19 grants to 26 schools to support the development of their on campus social innovation and social entrepreneurship initiatives. To learn more about these schools

In November 2014, Re-Code provided 19 grants to 26 schools to support the development of their on campus social innovation and social entrepreneurship initiatives. To learn more about these schools visit Re-Code’s On Campus section.

Strategic Learning Partner

We work closely with schools and partners to map the current landscape of social innovation tools and approaches. Through this effort we aim to understand best practices and surface learnings

We work closely with schools and partners to map the current landscape of social innovation tools and approaches. Through this effort we aim to understand best practices and surface learnings that will contribute to broad institutional change.

Convenor

Re-Code convenes national and regional gatherings to bring people together from across sectors and institutions to learn from each other, breakdown silos, and jointly think and act critically on how

Re-Code convenes national and regional gatherings to bring people together from across sectors and institutions to learn from each other, breakdown silos, and jointly think and act critically on how to solve our toughest challenges.

Capacity builder

We work with schools and partners to provide expertise and coaching through online resources, webinars, national competitions (the Global Challenge, Civic Innovation Awards), student-led roundtables (hackED), and by commissioning research

We work with schools and partners to provide expertise and coaching through online resources, webinars, national competitions (the Global Challenge, Civic Innovation Awards), student-led roundtables (hackED), and by commissioning research and publications.

Recent Funding & Investments

Simon Fraser University

Re-Code funding to support the development of on campus social innovation and social entrepreneurship initiatives and activities.

$ 205,000

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Pond-Deshpande Centre, University of New Brunswick

Re-Code funding to support the development of on campus social innovation and social entrepreneurship initiatives and activities.

$ 500,000

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Mount Royal University

Civic Innovation Award Winner

$ 20,000

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Concordia University

Funding will support the launch of CoLab and Data Studio, as part of an ambitious project that mobilizes Montreal postsecondary institutions to help the city meet its SDG targets and [...]

$ 1,000,000

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