Changemaker in Residency Week

Are you a changemaker? Absolutely! This event is your opportunity to learn how.

Hosted by the Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation, Changemaker in Residency Week (CRW) brings together students, faculty, staff, partners, educators, community members and organizations to explore changemaking and social innovation, innovating together on the positive change we would like to see.

Happening the week of Nov. 14 to 18, CRW will be held in a hybrid format for the very first time!

Top reasons to attend Changemaker in Residency Week

Choose your own changemaking adventure alongside diverse people, organizations and projects that will inform and inspire you around the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals.

Participate in a variety of engagements:

  • Interactive virtual workshops – Learn how to communicate ideas in a virtual environment
  • Community conversation sessions – Learn how to listen and discuss powerful topics
  • Networking opportunities – Find future employers, or find future employees
  • Guest speakers – Be inspired by changemakers who are creating change in our communities

Changemaker in Residency Week is open to everyone, from anywhere. You don’t have to be a member of our Georgian community to participate!

Some of the topics you’ll explore:

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Visual thinking for social innovation
  • Building empathy in virtual collaborations
  • Exploring social purpose as part of the future of work
  • New leadership models
  • Mobilizing community conversations
  • Social enterprise

Amplify key changemaking mindsets

EmpathyAbility to be aware of and understand other’s perspectives and guide actions to contribute to the good of all
CollaborationAbility to thrive in a team and mobilize around an issue or opportunity
New leadershipShifting leadership so that every individual is an initiator in the goal
Changemaking in actionAbility to participate in a process that creates value to society rather than private individuals

Explore the 2030 agenda

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action plan to enable flourishing individuals, cultures, economies and communities. It seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom through people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.

At its heart are the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – 17 goals with calls to action to address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

Amplify changemaker skills and mindsets around SDGs

Changemaker in Residency Week from Nov. 14 to 18 will focus on SDGs 4, 8 and 10:

  • 5. Gender Equality
  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 10. Reduced Inequalities
  • 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

In today’s world, we are all interconnected. Problems and challenges like pov­erty, climate change, migration or economic crises are never confined to just one country or region.

Nearly two in 10 people reported having personally experienced discrimination on at least one of the grounds established by international human rights law.

Businesses are engines for job creation and economic growth and foster economic activity through their value chain. Decent work opportunities are good for business and society. Companies that uphold labour standards across their own operations and value chains face lower risk of reputational damage and legal liability. Instituting non-discriminatory practices and embracing diversity and inclusion will also lead to greater access to skilled, productive talent.

Ashoka U changemaker college

Canada’s first and only changemaker college

Georgian is the first college in Canada designated a changemaker college by Ashoka U for its role as a leader in social innovation and changemaking in higher education.

The designation falls under the Changemaker Campus program, which recognizes more than 40 colleges and universities globally that have embedded social innovation and changemaking into their culture, programming and operations.

Connect with us

Get in touch with our team and let’s start making change today!

Barrie Campus
Community Impact Lab (room A216)
Hours: Tuesday, noon to 4 p.m.

Orillia Campus
Community Impact Lab (room A105)
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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