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Call for Vendors: Communications Contract for the Guelph Lab

The Guelph Lab is inviting proposals from experienced communications vendors who can create content and populate a website for the Lab. This work involves two primary tasks: creating new content about the Lab and its projects; and selecting and populating a simple, off-the-shelf website.

Vendors interested in this project should submit:

Trusting Residents: How building trust and sharing power can generate value for a community

Guelph Lab Facilitator Sam Laban wrote a piece in the newest issue of Municipal World (March 2019). In ​Trusting Residents: How building trust and sharing power can generate value for a community​, Sam discusses what happens when municipalities entrust groups of residents with the management of public spaces or infrastructure. These experiments, he suggests, often dramatically improve or regenerate public spaces.

The Sandbox is Recruiting Early-Stage Social Entreprises

CESI and the John F. Wood Centre are inviting expressions of interest from community organizations looking to launch (or grow) an early-stage social entreprise in Guelph-Wellington to participate in the upcoming cycle of the Sandbox program. The Sandbox pairs interdisciplinary teams of students with community organizations in order to grow their entreprise, supported by seed funding, training and mentorship.

Upcycle Kitchen: a Creative Approach to Food Waste Reduction in Guelph

What happens to all the ugly fruits and vegetables? The sad reality of the Canadian food industry is that we waste $31 billion in food annually, often times because products don’t live up to the cosmetic standards of grocery stores. This food waste has negative economic, ethical, and environmental outcomes and is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. So, what can you do with malformed but still fresh food? There are many things you can make with ugly produce – tomato sauce, canned fruit, soup and dip mixes – the possibilities are endless!

The Impact Factor: Sharing a Black Past

Impact is at the core of the partnership between the Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) and the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI). What started out as a targeted collaboration for an on-campus project spread like wildfire, initiating a web of activities and relationships that are sparking social change.

Hiring graduate students for immigration research: Apply by February 19

CESI and the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership are seeking one or two graduate students with excellent research and writing skills for 5-week part-time (around 10 hours per week) work opportunities. Students will conduct qualitative research on the services provided to international students to help them transition to permanent residents. Tasks might include literature reviews and scans of existing programs and services, stakeholder interviews, data analysis and report writing.

Negotiating the boundaries of an urban classroom: experiences in engaged learning

Melissa Tanti, Coordinator of Community Engaged Learning with CESI, recently published Creating a contact zone: Negotiating the boundaries of an urban classroom. In this co-authored journal article, she reflects on her experience teaching a community engaged learning course in humanities at Ryerson. She raises critical questions about the role of instructors, and describes her efforts to foster students' self-development by anchoring their learning in community engagement.

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