Beyond Borders of the Refugee Livelihood Lab is an applied learning experience that takes place over the course of 5 months. The program is for change-makers, new and experienced leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are passionate about breaking through boundaries to create practical solutions for refugee livelihoods. Our cohort of 20 participants will radically reimagine and prototype ventures that enhance refugee social and economic inclusion in Surrey, BC.
Beyond Borders will be facilitated in English with interpretation supports as required. There will be a participation fee for those who have institutional support, and a scholarship program available.
Participants will receive support and training in systems thinking, user-centered design, ideation and prototyping in order to co-create new ventures. Together we will:
Map the exisiting system, sensing and exploring with new tools, new eyes
Re-imagine refugee social and economic inclusion in Surrey beyond survival, transforming limiting structures towards a life of meaning
Break down boundaries between people with access to institutional power and people with the power of lived experience being a refugee
Address challenges which may include credential recognition, poverty, trauma, English acquisition, transportation, reactive funding cycles & systemic discrimination
Draw on opportunities including a growing refugee youth population who believe they can make a difference, cultural pride and identity, existing skills, desire to contribute, and expanding markets in Surrey.
Go beyond what is known, cope with the uncertainty, let wise solutions emerge, and then act fast to put practical initiatives on the ground
Applications are now closed for the 2018-2019 Beyond Borders cohort. If you’re intersted in participating in the future, please check back for updates on the next application period.
Can you answer YES to these questions?
Ultimately, we are looking for ‘social entrepreneurs without portfolio’; these are people who are willing to dream big, try new things, and experiment to bring an idea into fruition. These people are do-ers with an innovative mindset, who are not afraid to fail fast, and who see value in collaboration.
Participants of this program will benefit from:
We invite people with different experiences and perspectives to apply including people
with lived experience as refugees and other racialized newcomers who are: leaders;
entrepreneurs; academics; students; settlement workers (both frontline and
/management); advocates; policy makers; employers and business service leaders;
and others who see refugee economic and social inclusion as central to their work.
If you have questions, email Camille Dumond, the Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.