Changemaking in action with RbD Lab: Apr. 17


As a newly designated Ashoka U Changemaker campus, Royal Roads University has been recognized as a leader for change and social innovation. As one of the many change-making spaces on campus, theResiliencebyDesign Research Innovation Lab (RbD) at RRU is dedicated to interdisciplinary, creative action research with youth that recognizes their potential as resilience leaders and change makers. In partnership with youth and their adult allies, the RbD Lab uses creative process, innovation and research to explore, connect and seed new ideas and social change. Many of their projects focus on working with youth impacted by and interested in engaging with complext challenges such as climate change and disasters.  The Youth Voices Rising project (YVR) for example, is being undertaken in the aftermathof of the Fort McMurray wildfire (2016) to explore with youth how to amplify their roles and influence in the recovery process in their communities.

The YVR project exemplifies the power of community-based research and academic-community partnerships for change making . Working with youth and community partners in Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo region, Alberta, the YVR project ran a successful social media campaign called #YouthVoicesWB. The campaign engaged local youth through the arts in exploring and highlightingtheir concerns and priorities for improving their community during the long-term disaster recovery process.

One such community partnership, with the District Recording Studio and 91.1 The Bridge in Fort McMurray, has resulted not only in seven, amazing youth-written songs, but has also contributed to changing the lives of youth who participated. Check out this video story about the District Recording Studio that highlights the value of the #YouthVoicesWB Campaign in launching studio activities, and the power of academic-community partners and music to effect change.

If you are interested in hearing more, come meet the RbD Lab team and check out some of our change-making research at the RbD Lab’s Open House Event at the RRU Library Event space, April 17thfrom 11:30-2:30. The open house features interactive displays and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome.