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

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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.

Building an Inclusive Open Government

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With an increase in access to technology, there’s a growing movement for democratizing access to data. Part of that shift has been a call for open government — making government data more accessible and involving citizens in decision-making. To explore the benefits of open government to the world of social impact, we sat down with five passionate public servants leading this work.

The 3 Hidden Benefits of Coworking Spaces

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Surveys have shown that workers are spending more time than ever in their co-working spaces, and it seems like shared offices are popping up everywhere across Canada. But with more options than ever, coworking office owners need to do more in order to forge connections and spark innovation in new ways. We dive into several methods leading coworking initiatives are using to bring innovation to new faces in new places.

The World Is Becoming Increasingly Polarized. Here's How Citizenship Can Combat It.

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Divisive forces are tearing the fabric of our society. We see stories daily about people being pitted against each other. Democracy is in a period of fragility, with online disinformation increasingly polluting our public square. The solution? We must practice active citizenship and create inclusive spaces where we all belong.

Innovation Policy Needs, Er, Some Innovation

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If society wants innovation to tackle major social and environmental challenges, we need to proactively shape innovation policy to accomplish those goals. However, Canada's bifurcated social innovation and mainstream innovation approach lags behind its international peers for building bold mission-oriented interventions our circumstances require.