Youth

Art as an agent of transformation for youth — Interview with Phyllis Novak and Rudy Ruttiman of Sketch

SKETCH, based in Toronto, is a community arts enterprise engaging diverse young people, ages 16-29, who navigate poverty, or live homeless or on the margins. The ultimate goals are to transform lives and communities. This interview with founding artistic director, Phyllis Novak, and executive director, Rudy Ruttiman, has been edited for length and readability. Can […]

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Join McConnell Foundation to help make a difference in Canada

The McConnell Foundation is currently recruiting a Program Officer to join its team in Montreal on a full-time, permanent basis. The successful candidate would be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and a portfolio of grants related to our strategic orientations, including our focus on building a low-carbon economy in Canada.  As […]

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Accelerate action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals : ESDC launches call for proposals

The Government of Canada launched a call for proposals on an ongoing basis under the Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program for 2019-2020 to support and leverage the work of stakeholders furthering Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Organizations interested in receiving up to $100,000 in grant funding for one-year projects aimed at building awareness, increasing […]

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What is Social Infrastructure and what does it mean to me?

If you’ve been following the work of Re-Code over the last few years, you’ll likely know that ‘Building Social Infrastructure’ has been the organizing framework for much of our work. Broadly speaking, social infrastructure is the set of organizational arrangements and investments in society’s systems, relationships, and structures that enable us to create a more […]

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Catalyst: FitSpirit

Changing the rules of the game to empower young women Too many girls are dropping out of sports programs at an early age. Sports and recreation programs, including high school-based physical education (PE) classes, can help girls develop a lifelong love for physical activity and an overall sense of wellness. However, many of these programs […]

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Catalyst: posAbilities

“Retrofitting” social services for greater inclusion What’s at stake? Research shows that people who belong to social networks experience higher levels of confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Social networks provide practical and emotional support for people and allow them to experience a sense of opportunity and reciprocity in their communities. Social participation is key to […]

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Why do Canadians need to go all the way to Boston to connect?

By Danica Straith, Ashoka U, Chad Lubelsky, Re-Code and Jen Lockerby Earlier this month, some 800 social impact educators, students and administrators gathered in Boston for the Annual Ashoka U Exchange. United in the belief that post-secondary has been and continues to be a force for positive change in the world, this event showed us how we can […]

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Building Reconciliation Forum 2017: 3 Lessons Learned

By Jennifer Lockerby, McConnell Re-Code Fellow At the third annual Building Reconciliation Forum, hosted by the University of Manitoba, Indigenous people and settlers discussed progress, possibilities and challenges for reconciliation in post-secondary education. First, I would like to thank the people who welcomed me, a settler, as a visitor to Treaty One territory. By extension, my […]

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Concordia University’s Recipe for Local, Sustainable Campus Food

This article was originally published les Affaires on June 22, 2017. Read the original article here. In 2015, Concordia University changed food services providers, putting an end to a 13-year relationship with Chartwells. Concordia had officially joined a growing list of Quebec and Canadian institutions opting to use their purchasing power to encourage more sustainable […]

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12 Lessons Un-Learned for 2017

As a foundation dedicated both to reconciliation and the practice of social innovation, McConnell believes that individuals and institutions must develop the capacity to unlearn. In 2017, as Canada marks its sesquicentennial, many Canadians struggle to square the revelations uncovered in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission with national myths about the moral virtue of Canadians. […]

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