LEDlab’s 3 Year Impact Report
We are delighted to share our 3 Year Impact Report! Some of the highlights of our third year and our impact over three years are included below, please have a look through to learn.
In the final year of our planned three-year initiative, LEDlab leveraged our graduate student internship program to incubate service design innovations with organizations in the Downtown Eastside community that act as intermediaries and networks: Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association, EMBERS Eastside Works, and Buy Social Canada.
Outside of our annual cohort program, LEDlab worked with a wide network of civic and community partners to identify barriers and potential solutions for systemic innovation. In our final year, we focused on knowledge mobilization as a means to create and share tools and frameworks for collectively addressing systemic challenges.
Our knowledge mobilization efforts focused on two goals:
- Mobilizing solutions that address systemic causes of poverty in the DTES
- Advancing social innovation and systems change theory and practice
To support the first goal, LEDlab was active in the BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultations. We submitted a white paper, Pathways Out of Poverty: Social Hiring and Income Assistance, which examined the effects of existing income assistance policies and legislation on social hiring and employment in the DTES. We also collaborated with Urban Core and Exchange Inner City on a Policy Position Statement and presented to the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
To support the second goal, LEDlab convened a series of workshops on systems change, with support from Vancouver Foundation, which was attended by over 40 inner city organizations and residents.
Over three years, LEDlab’s key activities resulted in the following outputs and outcomes: