The human experience is at the core of everything we do. We gain insights from those directly impacted by a social issue, and we bring those insights into the Lab to inform a process of co-creation with people who have the means, knowledge, and influence to affect real change. Inspire is a program that equips individuals, organizations, and those collaborating at systems level with the tools, skillsets, and mindsets to practice design-thinking in their own context. We start with insights from those directly impacted by a social issue or within an inequitable system. Then, we take participants through the human-centered design process and address the underlying cause of social issues in a collaborative and transformative manner. Lastly, we build concepts that are tested and iterated to find the sweet spot for change and to test viability for scaling. Our goal is to surface ideas and deliver innovative solutions to citizens and communities.
Based on research into successful organizations that have engaged in lasting community innovation work, the primary focus of community co-design has been shifting mindsets and building capacity in communities across Alberta. The aim is to empower community members to forge new relationships and adopt sustainable ways of working that extend beyond our involvement.
We are collaborating with local social impact community champions in communities across Alberta who will partner with The SIL AB team to co-design the innovation process. We prioritize relationship building while also encouraging champions to reach beyond their familiar circles and involve up to 40 community members as participants in the community co-design sub-labs. The goal is to identify and validate potential solutions to community problems together and develop capacity in individuals and their organizations to work together to address future challenges their communities may face.
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