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Changemaking in the community

Connect. Network. Build knowledge. Create social impact. Inspire student learning.

Are you a community member and want to get involved with the Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation (CCSI)? Your connection to changemaking starts now! Here are some ways you get can started.

Social Enterprise Network of Central Ontario

Ready to build a flourishing enterprise?

Social Enterprise Network of Central Ontario (SENCO) is an initiative of CCSI.

SENCO inspires, connects and equips the community to engage in diverse, social purpose business models to impact cultural, environmental and social shifts.

We work within the footprints of Georgian’s seven campuses to build the capacity of students, entrepreneurs, economic development intermediaries, policy makers and community leaders to create positive social impact.

Changemaker in Residency Week

Looking for an inspiring space to meet and host creative collisions? 

Changemaker in Residency Week (CRW) brings together students, faculty, staff, partners, educators, community members and organizations to explore changemaking and social innovation. Innovate together on the positive change we would like to see!

CRW happens every semester – fall, winter and summer. The week contains highly participatory workshops that encourage discussion and local collaboration around the United Nations sustainable development goals.

ChangedIT! workshops

Bring Georgian’s signature ChangedIT! workshops into your classroom, event, community or organization

Every workshop is designed to be highly participatory and can be offered as a virtual, social distanced in-person or hybrid experience. We also offer a range of asynchronous resources for the self-directed learner.

Our CCSI workshops can support:

  • team-building
  • ideation and brainstorming
  • action research and program debrief
  • professional development and capacity building

We also offer:

  • customized workshop design and facilitation
  • train the trainer programming
  • mobile micro-learning courses

If you are interested in exploring our catalogue of ChangedIT! workshops, please send us an email with your event or organizational needs.

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#ChangeTheNow movement

Be part of a global community of changemakers

#ChangeTheNow is a global movement about how to bring together the diversity of socially focused people and inspire them through changemaking engagements. The key activity of the movement is a social hack, conceptualized as the changemaker challenge.

The #ChangeTheNow changemaking challenge is oriented towards students (kindergarten through to postsecondary), faculty, teachers, staff and community partners. It allows everyone to co-design ideas for green and just futures. It encourages participants to envision, create and enact activities and programs that will help tackle a wicked community problem and result in increased well-being.

To learn more about how to bring #ChangeTheNow to your school, institution, organization or community, please visit the #ChangeTheNow website.

Champion change through research

Have a community-based research project?

Do you have an idea for a project, but you’ve been too under resourced to take it on or don’t know where to start? Let’s tackle it together!

Georgian spans a unique rural, non-urban, seven-campus footprint. We have partnerships and collaborations with many regional community groups and organizations, making us the perfect partner for applied social innovation research.

Interested in collaborating? Email us to get in touch.

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Co-create with us!

Let’s work together on building beneficial partnerships for social good

CCSI believes that people are innate changemakers, invested in supporting student learning through the development of social entrepreneurial skills and mindsets. This results in innovative, transformative, positive social change. This is made possible in collaboration with our many community partners.

We work closely with community partners to share knowledge and determine gaps in services. We then use the enthusiasm, creativity and innovation of student-led projects to provide changemaking opportunities for community partners that may otherwise be lacking resources to fill.

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Contact us

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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.

Email: CCSI@georgiancollege.ca

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