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Changemaking and social innovation in teaching

Changemaking and socially innovative teaching are aimed at helping students gain the knowledge, skills and mindsets that will allow them to create positive change in their communities. The cornerstones of changemaking include the following pillars: conscious empathy, collaborative teamwork, shared leadership, and practising changemaking. 

Changemaking in teaching and learning

Changemaking and socially innovative teaching are aimed at helping students gain the knowledge, skills and mindsets that will allow them to create positive change in their communities. In order to determine how to make change, students first need to be equipped to identify where problems exist and determine where inequities and injustices lie.

Given that students surveyed in 2010 had declined in their ability to empathize by an estimated 40 per cent from their counterparts 20 to 30 years previously (Konrath, 2010), something needs to change. The cornerstones of changemaking include the following pillars:

  1. Conscious empathy
  2. Collaborative teamwork
  3. Shared leadership
  4. Practising changemaking

For more information on how you can embed changemaking, social innovation or social entrepreneurship into your courses, check out the links and the content available in our Changemaking and Social Innovation Microsoft Teams channel.

For pedagogy support and ideas, contact Tracy Mitchell-Ashley. For a list of campus activities and changemaking tools you might engage with, you can reach out to the Centre for Changemaking an Social Innovation.

Upcoming events

Changemaker in Residency Week - Nove 8-12, 2021

Changemaker in Residency Week – Nov. 8 to 12

It is time to bring our Georgian community together again to explore changemaking and social innovation, with a particular focus on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals – goals designed to help transform our world. The week-long series of virtual, interactive events is open to students, employees, educators and community partners from anywhere!

Hosted by the Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation (CCSI), in partnership with Co-operative Education and Career Success, Changemaker in Residency Week will feature virtual workshops, compelling conversations, networking opportunities, and various guest speakers.

“We have some great new workshops that share knowledge and resources around community activism and social enterprise,” says Nicole Norris, Manager, CCSI. “In addition, participants will learn more about what changemaking is, be inspired by what others are doing, hear about cool tools they can use, connect with local employers, and network with like-minded people!”

Start your Changemaker in Residency adventure

Workshops and videos related to the week will be posted on our Changemaking at Georgian YouTube channel.

Email us at [email protected] for more information.


With #ChangeTheNow, we believe small acts can lead to big change and grassroots efforts can turn into large scale movements. We believe that together, students’, educators’ and communities’ ideas can spark innovations that make our region greener, healthier, safer, stronger and more inclusive! Will you join us in creating the positive change we need to see?

#ChangeTheNow is a social movement based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals that faculty can integrate as a teaching and learning activity, assignment or large project.

Join the community!

Image of MS Team for Changemaking/Social Innovation Community of Practice at Georgian College.

The Changemaking/Social Innovation Community of Practice Microsoft Teams channel is focused on exploring ways to embed and scale changemaking and social innovation in our classes and across our institution in order to support students as they acquire skills, attitudes and mindsets suited to the 21st century including empathy, resilience, teamwork and collaboration, systems thinking, new forms of leadership and a global mindset. Through the Microsoft Teams channel, we hope to create and curate resources to and share best practices for incorporating more effective outcomes into our courses. We will work to discover alternative assignments that will engage our students and see how the language of changemaking can relate to our classes.