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The Citizen Action Lab

Supporting the citizenship of people with disabilities

Citizen Action Lab

Citizen Action Lab_logo blue-02Skills Society is continuously finding ways to foster relevant creativity in our day-to-day work in order to achieve better quality outcomes for the individuals we serve. The Citizen Action Lab is a think tank for discovering innovative ways to connect people with disabilities to meaningful citizenship roles and employment.

Using “social lab” and “design thinking” processes, five mobile teams help foster ideas and action that lead to better quality of life for people with disabilities. Through this process Skills Society helps people contribute their unique skills in the community and develop small businesses.

Achievements to date

  • Developed and tested a social lab process, made an instructional video, toolkit and built a team of citizen action lab leaders that can facilitate Citizen Action Labs for people and teams that need some help thinking out side the box.
  • Our Social Lab process was featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review magazine for being an exemplary social innovation that is improving the lives of people with disabilities
  • Many of the citizenship stories featured on the Project Citizenship website emerged from Citizen Action Lab think tanks
  • The Citizen Action Lab guide book for facilitators  published on the Apple iBooks store – and in Action Lab Guide Book in PDF format

For questions about the Citizen Action Lab contact

Ben Weinlick, MA – Ben@skillssociety.ca – 780-801-3231



Citizen Think Tanks: Supporting Relevant Creativity In The Social Sector from Project Citizenship on Vimeo.


Project Objectives

  • Determine better ways to support people with disabilities as full citizens in community
  • Help people with disabilities offer their interests and gifts in the community
  • Uncover opportunities for people with disabilities to develop small businesses
  • Connect people with disabilities to employment opportunities
  • Host a 40 small and large Citizen Action Labs annually, helping support workers “think outside the box” and develop creative ways to support the people they serve

Impact

  •  People with disabilities are experiencing participatory citizenship, improved quality of life and enhanced community involvement
  • People with disabilities are adding their unique gifts to the fabric of our community
  • Skills Society staff are finding new and innovative ways to support the people they work with in a person-centered context, making that support much more meaningful
  • Many of the citizenship stories featured on the Project Citizenship website emerged from Citizen Action Lab think tanks
  • Over the past 4 years 55 people with disabilities in Edmonton have experienced new jobs or meaningful engaged citizenship opportunities or have developed small businesses

 

How you can support this project

Skills Society has strong values around developing creative processes that enable staff to come up with better ideas and actions that support the citizenship and quality of life for people with disabilities. The Citizen Action Labs demonstrate our commitment to these values, encouraging innovative thinking, problem solving and individualized support programs. The Labs are funded entirely through the generosity of individual donors, corporations and foundations.

Your investment in this innovative, award winning project will ensure continued evolution of support for citizens with disabilities, allowing them greater participation in the community resulting in a richer, more diverse community for all.

Funds raised support:

  • Additional Citizen Action Labs as required to meet the unique challenges of individuals with disabilities
  • Continuous learning for staff of Skills Society as well as other agencies and individuals working with people with disabilities

For more information on how you can support the Citizen Action Lab please contact:

Rachel Lawrence Hohl, Skills Society Fund Developer

Skills Society Edmonton
203 Parkington Plaza
10408 – 124 Street
Edmonton, AB, Canada
T5N 1R5

Phone: (780) 496-9686
Fax: (780) 482-6395

Email: rachel@skillssociety.ca

Charitable Registration # 107984403 RR0001

For Questions about the Citizen Action Lab contact

Ben Weinlick, MA – Ben@skillssociety.ca – 780-801-3231


Leadership

Senior Leadership

Ben Weinlick

Senior Leader of Research and Social Innovation