OCAD U receives $250,000 to develop Art & Design Social Innovation Zone

 

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 5:00am

(Toronto—November 6, 2014) The McConnell Family Foundation has selected OCAD University (OCAD U) to be a recipient of the RECODE Catalyst fund, dedicated to activating social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education across Canada. 

RECODE provides social innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities to college and university students, so that they may become drivers of progress and change.

RECODE will:

  • Support the development of campus-level social innovation and social entrepreneurship ‘zones’, along with business, community and public sector partners.
  • Operate a national challenge and collaboration platform open to all post-secondary faculty and students in Canada.
  • Advance society’s ability to address social and environmental challenges through collaboration and innovation across disciplines, sectors and institutions.

OCAD U’s new Art & Design Social Innovation Zone will launch student-centred social entrepreneurship programs spearheaded by the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and through the curriculum via entrepreneurship courses. It will do so in conjunction with OCAD U’s Digital Media Research & Innovation Institute’s expansion of social innovation research capacity. Programming will include partnerships with OCAD University’s commercialization hub, the Imagination Catalyst, and build a network of community partners. This network will explore system models for mobilization, positive change-entrepreneurship, learning opportunities and participatory engagement processes — with the goal of uncovering untapped ideas, interests, resources and opportunities; and establishing programs and services needed to drive social innovation and launch social enterprises.

“It is an honour to receive this grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to benefit and serve our students, and network of partners, and to be part of this remarkable platform dedicated to catalyzing social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education across Canada,” said Monica Contreras, Director, Digital Media Research & Innovation Institute. “OCAD University will expand its role as an adaptive change agency and a hub of creative social enterprises ready to tackle society’s greatest challenges.”

To learn more about the initiative please visit www.re-code.ca or join the conversation on Facebook (LetsRECODE) and Twitter @LetsRECODE #LetsRECODE.

About the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization based in Montréal that supports Canadians in building a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable and resilient society. For more information, please visit: http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca.

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Friday, November 7, 2014 - 5:00am

(Toronto—November 6, 2014) The McConnell Family Foundation has selected OCAD University (OCAD U) to be a recipient of the RECODE Catalyst fund, dedicated to activating social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education across Canada. 

RECODE provides social innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities to college and university students, so that they may become drivers of progress and change.

RECODE will:

  • Support the development of campus-level social innovation and social entrepreneurship ‘zones’, along with business, community and public sector partners.
  • Operate a national challenge and collaboration platform open to all post-secondary faculty and students in Canada.
  • Advance society’s ability to address social and environmental challenges through collaboration and innovation across disciplines, sectors and institutions.

OCAD U’s new Art & Design Social Innovation Zone will launch student-centred social entrepreneurship programs spearheaded by the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and through the curriculum via entrepreneurship courses. It will do so in conjunction with OCAD U’s Digital Media Research & Innovation Institute’s expansion of social innovation research capacity. Programming will include partnerships with OCAD University’s commercialization hub, the Imagination Catalyst, and build a network of community partners. This network will explore system models for mobilization, positive change-entrepreneurship, learning opportunities and participatory engagement processes — with the goal of uncovering untapped ideas, interests, resources and opportunities; and establishing programs and services needed to drive social innovation and launch social enterprises.

“It is an honour to receive this grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to benefit and serve our students, and network of partners, and to be part of this remarkable platform dedicated to catalyzing social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education across Canada,” said Monica Contreras, Director, Digital Media Research & Innovation Institute. “OCAD University will expand its role as an adaptive change agency and a hub of creative social enterprises ready to tackle society’s greatest challenges.”

To learn more about the initiative please visit www.re-code.ca or join the conversation on Facebook (LetsRECODE) and Twitter @LetsRECODE #LetsRECODE.

About the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization based in Montréal that supports Canadians in building a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable and resilient society. For more information, please visit: http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca.