Archive for: Research + Writing

Framework for Interdisciplinary Collaboration at Richardson College for the Environment

Title: Framework for Interdisciplinary Collaboration at Richardson College for the Environment
Project Scope:
Location/Year: Winnipeg, Manitoba. 2013
Collaborators: Terry Duguid

Summary:

Working as a Research Assistant at the University of Winnipeg, I was engaged as a consultant to propose a framework for spurring greater levels of interdisciplinary collaboration and community-based research at the Richardson College for the Environment. The framework presented below is based on the Constellation Model for Collaborative Social Change pioneered by the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment, and Tonya Surman, Director of the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto:

Inspired by complexity theory, the constellation model emphasizes the role of small, self-organizing action groups working together on a particular task or issue. The model is distinguished by three features: Constellations, a Stewardship Group, and a third-party Secretariat.

Constellations take the form of clusters of activity in which partners voluntarily participate. They can be formal projects, opportunistic initiatives or working groups. Clusters become active when a group of partners decides to work on a particular issue. When there is low energy or declining opportunity, a constellation can become inactive without impacting negatively on the overall partnership. Constellations flow from opportunism, not from a rigid strategic plan. This makes it possible to balance the interests and needs of each group within the broader goal of highly productive collaboration. (Excerpt from the model)

Urban Idea White Paper

Title: Urban Idea White Paper
Location/Year: Winnipeg, 2012
Role: Research, writing, design

Summary:

The Urban Idea White Paper was commissioned by the Winnipeg Arts Council (WAC) to provide a body of research, analysis and recommendations to help WAC explore options and make informed decisions about the future of the Urban Idea Centre.

Over the course of three months I consulted with dozens of Winnipeggers, including former Urban Idea board members, respected colleagues in the fields of art, architecture, design, and community development; reviewed archival materials about Urban Idea; considered the historic, organisational, cultural and policy context framing the discussion about the future of Urban Idea; and finally extracted insights and synthesized lessons into a framework and recommendations that the Winnipeg Arts Council and others can use to unlock hidden opportunity, promote citizen engagement in city building, and spark urban innovation in the years ahead.

Read the Urban Idea White Paper


COLAB: A Change Lab for Markham

Title: COLAB: A Change Lab for Markham
Project Scope: Strategic Plan for an inter-departmental collaboration and innovation lab for the City of Markham. Developed and as the final project towards post-graduate studies at the Institute without Boundaries.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Writer, editor. Developed the Old Kennedy Road case study, strategic design direction.
Collaborators: Asma Khanani-Caporaletti, Dana Seguin, Nikki Hsiao Chi Shih, Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez

Summary:
The 2012 City Systems team proposed a forward looking strategy for its client partner the City of Markham. Students proposed COLAB, a laboratory for inter-departmental collaboration and problem solving within the municipality. COLAB draws on the resources of the municipality, the dynamism of the private sector and the wisdom of the community to research, design, develop and prototype innovative solutions for 21st century urban challenges. In this proposal, students demonstrate the usefulness and suitability of the “change-lab” model for confronting complex urban-scale issues by highlighting the year’s work, explaining the key insights that lead to this proposal, and outlining the requirements, processes and strategies necessary to establish COLAB within Markham. Two case studies are presented as models illustrating how a functioning COLAB would use design innovation to tackle small and large scale main street revitalization.

Photography by Nikki Shih

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Design and Layout by Nikki Shih

Manitoba Social Innovation Stories Project

Title: Manitoba Social Innovation Stories Project
Project Scope: A blog and online conversation about social innovation in Manitoba’s non-profit sector. http://socialinnovationmb.tumblr.com
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Project Coordinator; Writer; Editor.
Collaborators: Canadian Non-Profit Innovators Network, Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations

Summary:
The Manitoba Social Innovation Stories Project was an initiative of the Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations in partnership with the Canadian Non-Profit Innovators Network. This network is made up of a number of non-profit sector organizations across Canada who are each exploring the role of social innovation in the non-profit world through a different lens. In Manitoba, our contribution to this national conversation paid special attention to the ways in which non-profits are doing innovative work around inter-generational cooperation. As the Winnipeg regional coordinator for the Canadian Non-Profit Innovators Network, I was responsible for overseeing a web-based project to engage leaders in Manitoba’s non-profit sector in a conversation about social innovation. I planned and developed a blog to publish stories about Manitoba-based social innovations, interviews with non-profit leaders and I contributed essays with commentary and analysis.

Reflection Paper

Whitehorse Foodbank Fundraising Strategy

Title: Whitehorse Foodbank Fundraising Strategy
Project Scope: A fundraising and communications strategy designed designed for the Whitehorse Foodbank.
Location/Year: Whitehorse, 2010
Role: Project lead; Graphic Design

Summary:

This communications strategy was developed as part of my final project in the Multimedia Communications program at Yukon College. Students partnered with a non-profit organization in the community to design a comprehensive communications strategy. I partnered with the Whitehorse Foodbank and created a promotional campaign to help them with their 2010 fundraising campaign. The campaign strategy developed a post-card mail out with messaging encouraging the public to consider an annual donation amounting to 33 cents/day. The design used typographic and visual language of the old style grocery store and product branding.

1-6. Illustration by Matthew Carreau

Client Situation Analysis

Old Kennedy Road Revitalization Strategy

Title: Old Kennedy Road Revitalization Strategy
Project Scope: A strategic revitalization proposal for Old Kennedy Road in Markham. Developed as part of the Main Streets of Markham international design charrette, and submitted as a case study for the COLAB project.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Team leader, facilitator; Strategic design direction; Designer, plan illustrations
Collaborators: Matteo Boldrin, Matteo Casaburi, Hiu Chan, Micheline Ferguson, Troels Kobberoe, Kimberlyn Lei, Stuart McPherson, Marianne Metairie, Kristian Pal, Natalie Pozzan, Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez

Summary:
The Old Kennedy Road Revitalization Strategy is an innovative proposal that presents a new model for main street revitalization in Markham. The strategy outlines a phased redevelopment plan for Old Kennedy Road that engages community, repairs and restores local ecosystems, and promotes research and commercial opportunities in the “green economy.”

PROJECT VISION: Old Kennedy Road presents Markham with an opportunity to build a model sustainable community while establishing the infrastructure to enable the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies, products and services that will position Markham as a leader in the emerging “green technology” sector.

1. Map by Matt Carreau; 2. Rendering by Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez & Angelica Ramos Saavedra; 3. Rendering by Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez & Stephen Tiao; 4. Map and text by Matt Carreau.

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Major Research Project

Title: Major Research Project
Project Scope: A summary of design research insights gathered by students in the first semester at the Institute without Boundaries.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Contributing writer
Collaborators: Asma Khanani-Caporaletti, Dana Seguin, Nikki Hsiao Chi Shih, Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez

Summary:
The 2012 City Systems team proposed a forward looking strategy its client partner the Town of Markham. Students proposed COLAB, a laboratory for inter-departmental collaboration and problem solving within the municipality. COLAB draws on the resources of the municipality, the dynamism of the private sector and the wisdom of the community to research, design, develop and prototype innovative solutions for 21st century urban challenges. In this proposal, students demonstrate the usefulness and suitability of change labs for confronting complex urban-scale issues by highlighting the year’s work, explaining the key insights that lead to this proposal, and outlining the requirements, processes and strategies necessary to establish COLAB within Markham. Two case studies are presented as models illustrating how a functioning COLAB would use design innovation to tackle small and large scale main street revitalization.