RADIUS is excited to welcome David Herrera to the team as Program Design Lead to support the scoping and design of our Economic Renewal Lab.
“I’m from the coast of Ecuador and grew up on the land of the ÉPERA people. My family fled as economic and political refugees to Tkaronto and now I reside on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
My work centers around community building with a focus on economic and social justice. I sit on the board of VALU Co-op, a unionized workers co-operative with a mission to transform labour practices within the arts and cultural sector.
Over the last 10 years I’ve worked with the BC NDP, the Federal NDP, and OneCity Vancouver with a focus on engaging people on policies that impact them.
I’m leading the Program Design for the Economic Renewal Lab and I’m excited for its focus on a just recovery. Whenever I’m not nerding out on politics, you can catch me riding my bike, cooking and community organizing.”
The Economic Renewal Lab is a capacity building, advocacy, innovation, and research platform with the ultimate goal of ensuring the economic crisis and recovery narratives reflect a shift towards investing in and prioritizing social and community outcomes. It is envisioned as being co-created and co-governed with new and existing social economy actors contributing insight, resources, and networks. Together, we will work on building justice, equity, and inclusion in BC’s social economy, creating demonstration projects that showcase new ways of approaching economic challenges, and building collaboration and innovation capacity across the social economy sector.