In keeping with its passion for “inspiring community conversations for sustainable change,” the Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) is hosting its first CommUnity Innovation Lab (CIL) in Kamloops, BC February 3rd to 5th at Thompson Rivers University.
Wherever you call home, and whatever your passion, CIL will help you get informed, connected, and inspired so you can get busy making your community healthier, happier, and more prosperous!
What is CIL?
CIL is a community-inspired conversation that will help participants explore and then drive positive change in Kamloops and beyond. In a step-by-step process, they will get ready, informed, connected, inspired, and organized before getting busy making their communities healthier, happier, and more prosperous!
Why is CIL unique?
CIL combines best facilitation and public engagement tactics with emerging social learning, social innovation, and collective impact tools to stimulate multi-sector conversations that inspire actionable change. To set the stage for those conversations to unfold, dozens of community leaders in Kamloops collaborated to set the overarching themes and related topics shown below that will be explored during CIL.
HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT: Environmental Protection, Climate Action, Zero Waste, Smart Growth.
HEALTHY PEOPLE: Social Resources, Food Security, Sustainable Mobility, Cultural Abundance.
HEALTHY ECONOMY: Local Economy, Resilient Economy, Clean Industry, Entrepreneurial Opportunities.
What can you expect?
Pre-event fact-finding activities will help you prepare for your lab experience. Pre-lab workshops and tours will also increase your understanding of community sustainability and, therefore, improve lab outcomes. Keynote presentations and walk-about table talks will then help prepare you for the final planning session, during which you’ll create action-maps to drive specific sustainability efforts in your home, organization, or community.
What is the story behind CIL?
FOF hosted its first few Building SustainABLE Communities (BSC) conferences in Kelowna with the aim to enable multi-sector conversations about environmental, social, cultural, and economic issues. Since then, ‘sustainability’ has evolved from being a general concept to being a specific call to action for individuals, organizations, and communities. To that end, FOF reformatted and rebranded BSC as a CommUnity Innovation Lab, which is designed to help participants deliver actionable, measurable, and replicable change.
Mission #1 accomplished!
In September 2014, a dozen people from all sectors met with FOF in Kamloops to talk about the lab and how it could help accelerate sustainability efforts in the host community and beyond. The core planning team was born.
Mission #2 accomplished!
In October, about 60 community leaders gathered to envision the lab’s focus. They answered questions like: What does community sustainability look like? What actions would accelerate the move toward community sustainability? How can we take meaningful and productive action together? The outcomes identified Healthy Environment,Healthy People, and Healthy Economy as the three overarching themes and related sub-themes.
Mission #3 accomplished!
A series of multi-sector workshops held in November 2014 further defined the themes and breakout topics and identified local organizations and experts who would help inform and guide lab conversations. The resulting framework is shown above.The CIL program continues to evolve as we confirm speakers and topic experts for each breakout to ensure meaningful and productive conversations.
Mission #4… underway!
In concert with its community partners, FOF is promoting CIL to local government folks; business people; nonprofit and community groups; TRU students, faculty, and staff; and citizens who are interested in learning about and contributing to community well-being. CIL is also being promoted to municipalities, regional districts, and First Nations throughout BC, as well as other universities and trade associations such as the Local Government Management Association, Planning Institute of BC, and Public Waste Association of BC.