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An Invitation to Join #ChangeTheNow

In 2018 Georgian College, Canada’s first Ashoka Changemaker College, wanted to know if they could mobilize students from kindergarten to Post Secondary into a movement, effectively building a region of Changemakers. It was from here that #ChangeTheNow began.

Do Good to Do Well

#ChangeTheNow was created on the beliefs that small acts can lead to big change and collaborations can turn into largescale movements. We believe together students’, educators’ and communities’ ideas can spark systems shifts that make will make our communities greener, healthier, safer, stronger and more inclusive!

Will you join us in creating the positive change and contribute to 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals?

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Join a Community of Changemakers

When you join #ChangeTheNow, you will enter into a global community of virtual changemakers, championing real-life positive social change in their local communities. Your goal will assemble an #ChangeTheNow Innovation Team and then chart your own changemaking journey, in bringing a social innovation idea to life.

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    answered "How might you explain the value of you having a systems-thinking mindset when attempting to define and understand a complex problem?" 2022-03-13 19:41:39 -0700
    From my point of view, it is all about going into the roots of the problems. For example, the main stakeholders for my complex problems are the aboriginal communities and the government. So there is a reason why aboriginal communities are treated inequally since the beginning. Government’s power control their visibility and credibility and giving minimum space for aboriginal communities in their own land. It is important to define and understand the complex problem because it is the only way we can find sustainable and efficient solutions that are accurate with the situation.
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    completed "HCDT Stage: Define" in the #CTN Community Network 2022-03-13 19:09:35 -0700
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    answered "After learning about how to Empathize with the people affected by your SDG’s social issue - Tell how you might apply empathy to working with the members on your CTN Innovation Team?" 2022-03-13 19:09:20 -0700
    Choosing to connect with their situation with my feelings toward it. To dig deeper on the problem, feel for others and to not rely onto the surface of the problem but rather see the bigger picture. Also, my opinion and experience is nothing like what they feel and think so zero judgement but listening the other and understand their truth as they feel it, I think this is important.
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    completed "HCDT Stage: Empathize" in the #CTN Community Network 2022-03-13 18:58:08 -0700
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    completed "HCDT Stage: Empathize" in the #CTN Community Network 2022-03-06 13:15:33 -0800
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    2022-03-06 13:15:23 -0800
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    answered "What session inspired you the most, and why?" 2022-03-06 13:15:14 -0800
    Empathize stage because even if you can relate to a situation, it doesn’t mean you know the whole story.
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    answered "After completing CTN, what new awareness do you have for yourself (ME) and your community (WE) and what is one action you might take to continue to explore it?" 2022-01-20 20:23:27 -0800
    Being part of #CTN helped me recognize myself as an agent of change. (ME) Understand my strengths and weaknesses and learn how to strengthen the development of a project through the strengths of my workmates.


    (WE) We have the potential to change society, to identify problems, and seek possible solutions. The hardest part is that it is not an easy process, it is a process that requires a series of tools that not everyone has. However, the irony is that these tools are only possible to acquire when you are really interested in generating a changing project. It is a feedback process: you develop projects based on your knowledge, but at the same time the projects give you knowledge that you did not have previously.


    My last reflection is related to the interest, and de deeper interest. At the beginning, we were hundreds of students interested in social innovation. But in the end, we were just a few students. The track is long and hard, and just the people who want to change the world can finish it.
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    completed their ME=WE Reflection 2022-01-20 20:12:33 -0800
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    tagged "HCDT Stage: Prototype & Test" with
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    answered "How might the prototype & test stage help you with overcoming a fear of failure or challenging your assumptions about what is ‘right’?" 2022-01-20 20:05:28 -0800
    It is very easy to understand errors as failures. However, when a social innovation project is advancing, discovering errors provides the opportunity to improve the final result.


    A project that has no errors, is a project that quite possibly is not attacking the real problem. The initial errors discovered from prototypes and iterations show that the project is on the right track and, that the tactics used, although are not the most appropriate, are aligned with the problem to be solved.
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    completed "HCDT Stage: Prototype & Test" in the #CTN Community Network 2022-01-20 19:59:24 -0800
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    tagged "HCDT Stage: Ideate" with
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    2022-01-19 03:09:23 -0800
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    answered "How might ideate help you develop your active listening skills to brainstorm and reflect on ideas effectively with your team?" 2022-01-19 03:09:14 -0800
    When you are working in a team, it is very important to listen to the ideas of others, in addition to making observations about the whole. Active listening is a really useful skill in brainstorming and reflection.


    This makes you stand back from specific elements and see everything as a whole. It allows you to correct, rethink, reorganize or merge the ideas of yours and your colleagues.
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    completed "HCDT Stage: Ideate" in the #CTN Community Network 2022-01-19 02:54:24 -0800
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    answered "How might you explain the value of you having a systems-thinking mindset when attempting to define and understand a complex problem?" 2022-01-19 02:17:32 -0800
    The systems-thinking mindset is a really useful tool when you are facing a complex problem because normally the things that come to mind are the symptoms of the problem. However, identifying the causes requires a deeper understanding of the issue and requires actively engaging the affected community to understand the roots of the problem.


    In addition, the systems-thinking minset is very important to foresee the possible impacts when implementing a project and minimize them so as not to create a bigger problem.
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    completed "HCDT Stage: Define" in the #CTN Community Network 2022-01-19 02:11:46 -0800