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States of Change’s Learning Festival Weekly Digest: Unconventional cooperation is the future

Why It Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic and the global protest against racism and police brutality are demanding deep changes to our political and social systems. The Learning Festival, from States of Change, is sharing lessons on how to make this kind of change happen, from public innovation thinkers and actors around the world. In week one, we learned that now is the time to harness unconventional ways of working together, from collaborating with political enemies to closing down defunct organizations.

How an art installation changed the mental models of addiction

Why It Matters

Governments of all levels have struggled to address the high rates of opioid misuse and addiction and the startling number of opioid-related deaths in Canada. There are innovative approaches gaining traction that could hold the key to making advancements in communities.

Then & Now: How Kitchener’s Blue Box Program Launched Modern Day Recycling

Why It Matters

Recycling has been seen as the perfect solution to our wasteful woes. But as news of plastic waste issues take over headlines, journalist Bill Bean dives into this through a historical look at the origin of Canada’s innovative household Blue Box Program — and how it continues to evolve today.

Episode 2: Moving from an Individual to a Collective Worldview with Indy Johar

Why It Matters

Climate change, poverty, hunger, division — these global challenges are all symptoms of a larger root problem, says Indy Johar, co-founder of Dark Matter Labs. To solve them, we need to move in a meaningful way from an individual worldview to a collective one.

The Importance of Treaty Training for Indigenous Youth

Why It Matters

There is an increasing knowledge gap between emerging Indigenous leaders and the treaty negotiators who came before them — a gap that can be hard to close due to a culture of oral knowledge sharing and the situational nuances that can play out in negotiations. How can we bridge the gap between those with lived experience and those who have grown up with treaties already in place?