Programs Overview

Our Goal

Our programming centres on the belief that the future requires a transformed economy that is dynamic, just, sustainable, and resilient. 

From our position within an academic institution, we acknowledge that we continue to benefit from oppressive systems. We desire to use this power we hold to challenge the status quo. We don’t have all the answers but believe a transformed economy will be built by community-led solutions and the redistribution of leadership.

To get there, we hold space for programs and processes to address deep-rooted societal challenges.

What We Offer

  • Social innovation lab expertise
  • Capacity building programs
  • Connecting community to pave the way for transformative ideas to create systemic change
  • Incubation and mentorship support
  • Funding

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Social Innovation Labs

RADIUS labs are multi-year commitments working in reciprocal relationships with communities most impacted by the challenges being addressed. Our labs aim to build shared power to influence unjust socioeconomic systems, advance the solutions prioritized by community, and co-identify and advance interventions for broader change. Our labs are social, experimental, systemic, and equity-centred.

Our Labs are Social: They are designed to create a space to convene various groups of impacted communities and other stakeholders. They are a place to activate the collective intelligence, creative capacity, and leadership potential of all in the system. 

Our Labs are Experimental: They are a place for experimentation; therefore, we need to let go of the need to control outcomes, encourage different ways of tackling issues outside of the traditional methods, and recognize that the work is emergent. 

Our Labs are Systemic: They actively seek transformative systems change rather than providing band-aid solutions within the status quo. Understanding that decisions can have implications on the whole system, whether culturally, politically, in legislation, or economically, helps address complex issues equitably. Labs explore multiple systems, communicate understanding, and allow for the identification of knowledge gaps, intervention points, and insights.

Our Labs are Equity-Centred: They intentionally involve and engage with impacted and historically marginalized community groups to problem solve. They follow a reciprocal and relational process in which the lab team builds relationships with purpose instead of extracting knowledge and information. Labs aim to move beyond tokenism, both in terms of how the team is in relationship with the community and its internal staffing and operational structure. This is not ticking a checkbox of appearing equitable but rather putting effort into ensuring the different people involved feel included. We use a Liberatory Design framework for many of our labs, which offers creative problem-solving processes based on equity, humility-building, integrating history and healing practices, addressing power dynamics, and co-creating alongside community.

RADIUS is currently running labs in the following thematic areas:

Health Promotion

Health Promotion Lab

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First Peoples Enterprise Acceleration

First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program

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Refugee Livelihood Lab

Refugee Livelihood Lab

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Equity-Centred Accelerator

Equity-Centred Accelerator

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Professional Development

RADIUS Fellowship

The RADIUS Fellowship is a premier professional development opportunity for emerging social innovators in Canada. The Fellowship aims to create a space for self-inquiry, personal and professional development, and relationship building whereby Fellows leave with a deepened capacity to affect mindful, positive differences in the system(s) they’re working in, all while being supported by an enhanced network of collaborators.

RADIUS Fellowship

RADIUS Fellowship

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SFU Student Opportunities

RADIUS equips SFU students to become effective agents of social change. We offer hands-on experience, tangible skills, and interdisciplinary teamwork required for students to thrive as changemakers.
 
Our student opportunities range from curricular to community-based, local to global, and financial.
 

Change Lab

Change Lab

RADIUS leads SFU's Change Lab, a hands-on, cross-discipline undergraduate course that equips students to build interventions to pressing social challenges
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Social Innovation Seed Funding

Social Innovation Seed Funding

A partnership with Embark Sustainability offers up to $2,500 in funding to innovative student-led initiatives with social, economic or environmental impact at their core.
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Charles Chang Certificate

Charles Chang Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Student Internships & Work Experience

Student Internships & Work Experience

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Map the System Challenge

Map the System Challenge

Map the System The Map the System Challenge invites students from all faculties to explore, research, and present a social challenge they deeply care about.
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