The Social Impact Lab Fort McMurray

United Way Launches Social Impact Lab in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo

Welcome to The Social Impact Lab Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo, a community-driven initiative proudly nurtured under the Government of Alberta's Creative Partnership program and operated by the United Way of Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo. Rooted in the dynamic spirit of innovation within our resilient community, The Social Impact Lab FMWB reflects our commitment to shaping our own future. From the historical investments in oil sands technology to today's dedication by a new wave of visionaries, the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo community has navigated complex social, political and economic forces to forge a community defined by resilience, sustainability, and inclusivity.

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Join Inspire: Transformative Learning for Changemakers

Embark on a transformative learning journey with Inspire, a course designed for those eager to drive innovation and make a lasting impact. Inspire is not just a course; it's your gateway to becoming a change maker, entrepreneur, or social innovator in our community. Through our human-centered design process, you'll learn to navigate the intricacies of innovation, testing and iterating ideas to find the sweet spot for impactful change. From funding avenues like venture funding to private or corporate philanthropy, we equip you to take your project to scale. Be part of this impactful journey. Sign up for Inspire today and choose the course that fits your passion – whether you're an individual eager to learn, a team ready to collaborate, or multiple teams working together for lasting change. Join us in shaping a future where innovation meets impact. Sign up today and be the change you wish to see!

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Responsible Disruption: A Podcast on Design for Social Change

Explore the fascinating world of social innovation and design with Responsible Disruption, The Social Impact Lab's podcast. Immerse yourself in the realm of responsible disruption as we navigate ambiguity and uncover how design can drive positive social change. The podcast takes you on a journey of discovery and conversation, featuring interviews with leading social innovators and designers, along with in-depth discussions on the design process and its real-world applications. Providing valuable insights and inspiration, Responsible Disruption is a must-listen for anyone passionate about creating positive change. Our storytelling extends beyond the ordinary, shedding light on impactful Social Impact Lab projects like the "Pay What You Want" market. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting, tune in to explore the transformative power of design in shaping social impact.

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The Story of Co-Design in Other Communities

If you're eager to explore the process and outcomes of community co-design projects that are unfolded in other communities, you're in the right place. Click here to delve into the inspiring stories of collaborative initiatives where communities, much like ours, have come together to shape their own destinies.

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Land Acknowledgement

United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo recognizes that we live, work and serve communities on Treaty 8 territory, the ancestral and traditional land of the Cree, Dene, and Métis people. We honour and acknowledge the Indigenous ancestors who marked these lands for generations and whose languages, histories and cultures continue to influence our vibrant region. Together may we all be stewards of the land.