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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.

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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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  • Profile picture for Shantel Williams
    posted in "Inclusive Design and Mobility Challenge – SDG #11" 2022-11-18 07:41:38 -0800 complete_your_hcdt_stage_prototype_test_reflection_105

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might the prototype & test stage help you with overcoming a fear of failure or challenging your assumptions about what is ‘right’?

    Shantel's Answer

    Failing is apart of everyday life. Failing doesn't mean we can't achieve our goal, it means we are learning. experience by experience. Testing should lead to one or two, or maybe even 5 failed attempts.

  • Profile picture for Shantel Williams
    posted in "Inclusive Design and Mobility Challenge – SDG #11" 2022-11-18 07:38:53 -0800 _complete_your_hcdt_stage_ideate_reflection_105

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might ideation help you develop your active listening skills to brainstorm and reflect on ideas effectively with your team?

    Shantel's Answer

    the ideate stage allows us to work together and brainstorm different ideas but also individually. Its great for expanding ideas and building off other ideas. As I look at it, the more ideas built together the better the vision.

  • Profile picture for Destiney Colyer
    posted in "Inclusive Design and Mobility Challenge – SDG #11" 2022-11-18 07:24:01 -0800 complete_your_hcdt_stage_prototype_test_reflection_102

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might the prototype & test stage help you with overcoming a fear of failure or challenging your assumptions about what is ‘right’?

    Destiney's Answer

    In this stage it helps us understand the risks and the successes that can come out of this idea. Our team learned that even with the Prototype and Testing stage our idea will not be perfect even after testing it over and over.

  • Profile picture for Jermaine James
    posted in "Well Being Challenge - SDG#3" 2022-11-18 06:25:30 -0800 complete_your_changemaker_in_residency_week_reflection_93

    🤔 Reflection question

    What session inspired you the most during Changemaker in Residency Week, and why?

    Jermaine's Answer

    In all honesty, the first 2 sessions were quite engaging and informative as I gained an additional perspective into CRW 6.0 as well as how to effectively navigate projects and connecting with others. I didn't get to all the sessions I had reserved because of conflict with time and assignments but I was able to get a time in the World Café which is a unique way of introducing different cultures to each other and working effectively together.

  • Profile picture for Jithin John Paul
    posted in "Inclusive Design and Mobility Challenge – SDG #11" 2022-11-17 13:58:47 -0800 _complete_your_hcdt_stage_ideate_reflection_86

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might ideation help you develop your active listening skills to brainstorm and reflect on ideas effectively with your team?

    Jithin's Answer

    Throughout the ideation stage, we came up with numerous ideas that we had not previously considered. It helped us improve our active listening skills because I had to listen to my team's thoughts and thought process when coming up with this idea. We then each contributed to that idea to make it stronger and more effective. Our team struggled with the Ideation stage, which required intense brainstorming to come up with different ideas and how each idea might fit in the ideate canvas. However, it aided us in thinking differently and coming up with new solutions to the problem. We listened to and discussed each other's ideas as we worked through the ideate template, and it was a great way to boost our team's active participation.

  • Profile picture for Jithin John Paul
    posted in "Inclusive Design and Mobility Challenge – SDG #11" 2022-11-17 13:37:04 -0800 _complete_your_hcdt_stage_define_reflection_86

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might you explain the value of you having a systems-thinking mindset when attempting to define and understand a complex problem?

    Jithin's Answer

    Systems thinking is a problem-solving technique that looks into the connections between organisational functions. Systems thinking is useful because it allows you to predict the consequences of a potential change. Bringing them to the surface, making them explicit, testing and improving them so that we become less and less wrong over time. And the benefit is that it is becoming more effective.

  • Profile picture for Andrea Cox
    posted in "Inclusive Design and Mobility Challenge – SDG #11" 2022-11-17 07:25:59 -0800 _complete_your_hcdt_stage_ideate_reflection_103

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might ideation help you develop your active listening skills to brainstorm and reflect on ideas effectively with your team?

    Andrea's Answer

    The ideate stage allowed us to expand on our ideas as well and really brainstorm and expand on existing ideas. My team and I have always participated in active listening. Through active listening, we have been able to build on each other ideas which allowed us to build a much stronger vision for our project.

  • Profile picture for Naz Bell
    posted in "Inclusive Design and Mobility Challenge – SDG #11" 2022-11-17 07:25:42 -0800 _complete_your_hcdt_stage_ideate_reflection_104

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might ideation help you develop your active listening skills to brainstorm and reflect on ideas effectively with your team?

    Naz's Answer

    I think that ideation helps with developing active listening skills by forcing us to acknowledge many different ideas and perspective that maybe we wouldn’t have before, or that maybe we only skimmed over before. It takes active listening skills towards your teammates and toward issues within the community to generate and organize many ideas and perspectives within a certain amount of time and then to also put those thoughts onto paper. The ideation stage clarified creative confidence which was a large part of completing our ideation stage. My team found that it was easy to bounce our ideas off of each other because we knew that there was no judgement and no wrong answers and that the more ideas we had the better. This builds an effectiveness within teams that will strengthen brainstorming and reflection.

  • Profile picture for Destiney Colyer
    posted in "Inclusive Design and Mobility Challenge – SDG #11" 2022-11-17 06:31:01 -0800 _complete_your_hcdt_stage_ideate_reflection_102

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might ideation help you develop your active listening skills to brainstorm and reflect on ideas effectively with your team?

    Destiney's Answer

    throughout the ideation stage my team and I gathered to brainstorm multiple different ideas. it was a struggle for my team and I to come up with new ideas and how to fit those ideas into the ideate canvas. We listened to one another and let everyone speak their own ideas as we filled in the template which turned into a great way to improve the teams active listening skills.

  • Profile picture for Sachu Joseph
    posted in "Inclusive Design and Mobility Challenge – SDG #11" 2022-11-17 06:30:52 -0800 _complete_your_hcdt_stage_ideate_reflection_108

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might ideation help you develop your active listening skills to brainstorm and reflect on ideas effectively with your team?

    Sachu's Answer

    Throughout the ideation stage, we developed many ideas that we had not previously considered. Because I had to listen to my team's thoughts and thought process when coming up with this idea, it helped us enhance our active listening abilities. We then individually contributed to that idea in order to make it stronger and more effective.

  • Profile picture for Jeen simon
    posted in "Inclusive Design and Mobility Challenge – SDG #11" 2022-11-17 06:25:10 -0800 _complete_your_hcdt_stage_ideate_reflection_107

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might ideation help you develop your active listening skills to brainstorm and reflect on ideas effectively with your team?

    Jeen's Answer

    Our team struggled with the Ideation stage, which included intense brainstorming to find different ideas and how each idea might fit in the ideate canvas. However, it helped us in thinking from a different perspective and come up with new ideas to solve the problem. We listened to and discussed each other's ideas as we completed the ideate template, and it was a great way to improve our team's active listening skills.

  • Profile picture for Victoria Correia
    posted in "Inclusive Design and Mobility Challenge – SDG #11" 2022-11-17 06:10:34 -0800 _complete_your_hcdt_stage_ideate_reflection_106

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might ideation help you develop your active listening skills to brainstorm and reflect on ideas effectively with your team?

    Victoria's Answer

    Through out the ideation stage we brainstormed different ideas that we had not thought of before. This helped us develop our active listening skills because I had to listen to my teams ideas and there thought process when coming to this idea. We then we each added on parts to that idea to make it stronger and more beneficial.

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  • Profile picture for Jermaine James
    posted in "Well Being Challenge - SDG#3" 2022-11-14 12:48:45 -0800 complete_your_hcdt_stage_ideate_reflection_93

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might ideation help you develop your active listening skills to brainstorm and reflect on ideas effectively with your team?

    Jermaine's Answer

    It brings me to a place of reflection in how I approach a situation as well as being very mindful of my own biases whilst appreciating the diversity and capabilities of my team.