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Thursday, November 20 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
#CKX Solutions Lab: Designing and Prototyping for Change

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Have you considered who you’re actually thinking about when designing and implementing a solution to a challenge? 

Many existing products and services in public and social systems are often designed to fit the the institutions and the providers, but what about the end users? Design thinking begins with the context and needs of the end user in mind. Prototyping allows us to iteratively learn by doing - an essential approach for solving complex challenges where there are no straight-forward or proven answers. 

In this session, we will design and prototype interventions for users in three challenge areas (Housing, Food Security and Youth Employment) using tools adapted from IDEO.org and Nesta (UK). You’ll have a quick hands-on learning experience in designing and prototyping interventions for the three challenges areas, working from the intervention points identified in previous CKX Solutions Lab sessions.

Our Challenge Area Hosts for the CKX Solutions Lab are: 
  • Housing: Evergreen CityWorks, an initiative of Evergreen that is exploring solutions to smart city building, including affordable, sustainable housing solutions.
  • Food Security: The Stop, a community food centre that strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality.
  • Youth Employment: Engage Learning, an organization that uses technology to develop training, communication and performance support for a number of applications.

Important Participant Information:

  • For each of the CKX Solutions Lab sessions, participants will apply one PSILab (Public and Social Innovation Labs) process or tool in a hands-on exploration of three complex community challenges: Housing, Food Security and Youth Employment.
  • Participants may choose to attend these CKX Solutions Lab sessions because they are interested in working with a specific PSILab process or tool, are engaged in one or more of the specific challenge areas, or both.
  • Participation in previous CKX Solutions Lab sessions is not a pre-requisite to attend this session.  


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Maya Borgenicht

Evergreen CityWorks
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Claire Buré

MaRS Solutions Lab
Claire Buré is a social scientist specializing in user research and process design. She loves bringing diverse groups of people together to uncover challenges and build solutions for concrete outcomes. Claire has conducted research with the International Development Research Centre... Read More →
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Rachel Gray

Executive Director, The Stop Community Food Centre
I have been the ED at The Stop since 2012. Prior to that I worked for many years in the area of youth homelessness, most recently collaborating on best practices and capacity building as the Director of the National Initiatives Program at Eva's Initiatives. I have worked in government... Read More →

Robert Plitt

Acting Executive Director, CityWorks, Evergreen
Robert leads the CityWorks Lab and citizen engagement practice focusing on multi-sector collaborations, change theory methodologies and collective impact. He has worked for two decades in co-creating transformative city-focused projects. He led the green design process during the... Read More →
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Joeri van den Steenhoven

MaRS Solutions Lab
Joeri is a longtime social innovator fascinated by our society’s transition towards the knowledge society. Being a systems thinker, he likes to work on wicked problems and find innovative solutions with others. Joeri co-founded Kennisland, one of the leading change labs in the... Read More →

Thursday November 20, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
CBC - Room B (Main Floor Conference Suite) CBC Broadcast Centre

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