“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela

“The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city.”   

– David Harvey, Economic Geographer, City University of New York

Our Global Community

creates spaces, online and in-person to share research, child and youth-friendly participatory Sustainable Development Goal tools, and stories of transformative placemaking through human-centred design. We utilize in-person connect and networking coupled with technology that brings us together to make integrated solutions that promote spatial justice. People powered transformative solutions are critical to our concept and models globally. Please review this interesting article on an inspiring project in Berlin. https://www.shareable.net/holzmarkt-berlin-balancing-creative-freedom-economic-survival-and-bottom-up-urban-development/

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

― Barack Obama

Our Theory of Change

The steps below exhibit the process in which the Global Community Lab follows in order to create sustainable community-centred solutions relating to the development of space.

Dissemination of applied research on Human Centred Design solutions that integrate global goals, address climate change with and for children. Using this knowledge-based, the Global Community Lab facilitates open opportunities for diverse actors to share their experiences in relationship to space for the creation of solutions.  This can include panel discussions, exhibits, Practical Urbanism Planning Studios, internships, podcasts and story telling.  

In response to the facilitated labs, model and pilot innovative integrative responses to settlement challenges in varied regions including the Fraser Valley, global informal communities and refugee settlements.

Design a supported learning channel with training modules and research tools for students, policy-makers, and development actors to learn about how to facilitate Global Community Lab spaces and case studies.

Policy Change through advocacy and messaging that informs stakeholders and decision makers on spatial injustice and need for sustainable and equitable community planning that listens to children.

Let’s make something beautiful together.

When we have to think strategically, we also have to accept our complicity. If we are not exterior to the problem under investigation, we too are the problem under investigation. Diversity work is messy, even dirty, work.”

― Sara Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life