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  • For our June Parent Guide Group meeting we partnered with North Forge Technology Exchange to provide an experience focused on prototyping and entrepreneurship through a visit to their Fabrication Lab. 


    North Forge is an innovation-based economic development agency, and their fabrication lab provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to access equipment that they might not normally have the resources to purchase such as wood working and metal working equipment that can be very expensive. This allows entrepreneurs to develop their ideas and prototype them into a tangible product, which they can then refine and reproduce for sale. This innovation process is much like the one that Winnipeg Boldness uses to develop and prototype ideas for social change.




    The purpose for our visit was to take the idea of innovation and prototyping from a social perspective through the work of The Winnipeg Boldness Project, and relate it to the prototyping of products for the purpose of arts or commerce. This would allow for the knowledge we’ve gained through learning about social innovation to be used in new ways, and open the door to new possibilities for skill building.


    The great thing about North Forge’s Fabrication Lab is that anyone can purchase a membership to access the fabrication lab for a monthly fee, and the best part is that you can choose to volunteer in the lab to work off your monthly membership. So with a little hard work, your membership can be absolutely free! They also help with business start up and have low-cost co-working spaces for people who need an address for their business, but can’t afford to lease an entire office


    The Parent Guide Group was able to partake in a tour of the facility and had the opportunity to see some of the more interesting tools in action, such as a laser cutter and a gigantic 3D printer. There also happened to be a member of the fabrication lab present who chatted with the group and shared his story of starting up his business. The group capped off their tour by participating in a workshop where they assembled pre-cut pieces of wood to create engraved jewellery boxes.







    Overall, the group really enjoyed the tour and seeing some of the technology in action. They were very excited and asked lots of questions about the lab, and a few of them had plans to sign up for a membership to develop some of their own ideas.


    A big thanks to North Forge for hosting the project! Go check out their website for more info on the work they do: www.northforge.ca

  • Knowledge Transfer Tools

    May 28, 2018

    Posted by: Jenna Diubaldo

    The project is going through a process right now to document all our prototypes and the work that we’ve done over the past four years. This is a challenging and time consuming process, but one that is of the utmost importance for any social innovation lab for a number of reasons.


    Firstly, and most importantly, our project has a responsibility to report back to the community that was integral in the gathering of knowledge, and development and implementation of our prototypes. We want to make sure that residents of the North End know what we did and why, and how it turned out, and that it’s accessible in a clear and concise format.


    We have also made a commitment to work towards systems change to benefit families and children in the North End in a big way - this is really the overall goal of the project. By creating tools for communicating the potential impact of our prototypes, we’re able to better share this information with the systems that have the power to create this change through the scaling of these ideas.


    And lastly, we want to make sure that the project leaves this information behind in an effective way, so that if the project ceases to exist some day our prototypes and the work we’ve done will continue to influence systems. Also, if another project were to continue work in any of the areas we tackled, then they would be able to learn from what we did.


    We hope to have documents to share with you shortly, so keep an eye out for them in the coming months. We’re very excited to share this with you and show you what we’ve been working on!

  • PechaKucha

    April 24, 2018

    Posted by: Jenna Diubaldo

    If you’re not familiar with PechaKucha as a presentation style, it’s something that you have to witness to fully understand. Essentially, it’s a very condensed presentation where you have limited time (6 minutes and 40 seconds total) to communicate a complex idea by using a combination of speech and images.


    From the official PechaKucha website:


    “PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. […] The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organize PechaKucha Night Tokyo.”


    There is a PechaKucha Night organized in Winnipeg that is held regularly and our project director, Diane Roussin, took part in #PKNWPG33, their 33rd volume of the local event. Diane told the story of The Winnipeg Boldness Project including its history and what it’s trying to achieve overall - a very ambitious task considering the amount of information she had to convey. 


    Ultimately, PechaKucha's format forces the speaker to really focus on the key ideas within their topic and get rid of any excess information, possibly distilling their speech into a very efficient and engaging presentation. Diane did a great job of achieving this, and you should check our the video of her presentation.


    Click here to watch the video of Diane's PechaKucha presentation.


  • We love to celebrate our volunteers in the North End, as they're truly what makes it possible for many of the organizations in this community to provide the services that they do. At The Winnipeg Boldness Project we’re focused on research and development rather than direct services, but our need for volunteers is just as important in order to make sure our research and prototypes are grounded in community wisdom. 

    Each month the 12 parents and caregivers who make up our Parent Guide Group meet to discuss topics relating to our prototypes in order to inform our work. These topics can vary from what natural support systems they utilize in the community, to what items should be included in a baby basket for North End parents. We also complete a lot of arts-based research projects that help the project to connect with local residents in creative ways that are not exclusively language-based.

    The Parent Guide Group has remained largely steadfast since it started roughly four years ago and we're very grateful that the members volunteer their time each month. That's precisely why we take the time to honour them at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner (VAD) — an event planned by several community organizations to collectively honour and appreciate their volunteers.

    As in years past, VAD was a fun-filled evening that featured great food, entertainment, a free raffle, and lots of laughs. This year we brought the event back to R.B. Russell High School, which is where VAD took place when it first began. This smaller venue allowed us to create much more of an intimate atmosphere and provide reserved seating so that organizations could be seated as a group. Through the help of R.B. Russell's catering program, we were able to provide table service as well, which made the dinner very special and allowed the volunteers to relax and enjoy themselves even more.

    Overall, we honoured over 200 volunteers from 7 different non-profit groups, including our Parent Guide Group. We’re very exited to have been a part of this important event and look forward to participating again in the future.


    The Winnipeg Boldness Project Parent Guide Group and staff at the 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
  • Community Mural Project

    March 23, 2018

    Posted by: Jenna Diubaldo

    Over the past few months we've been working on a special art project with our Parent Guide Group that we're very excited to finally unveil to the community!


    Through a partnership with Graffiti Gallery, we were able to design and paint a large mural that will be installed permanently on Selkirk Avenue. It incorporates places and themes from the North End that were featured in the poem that was written collaboratively by the Parent Guide Group. 


    What was really special about this project was that our Parent Guide Group members got to bring their families to participate, as Pat Lazo from Graffiti Gallery helped us to sketch out ideas and then turn them into one cohesive design. He then helped all the kids and parents through the process of actually painting the mural, including some of the trickier details.


    For many of us, this was the first time that we were able to see the process of creating a mural from start to finish, which was a very cool skill to learn. Also, Pat was so great at helping us to figure out the painting aspect of things that even those of us that didn't consider ourselves artists (like me) were able to participate and contribute.


    The mural will be on display at the Indigenous Family Centre on March 29 at 4:30 - 6:00 pm. The event will include food and entertainment, and the Indigenous Family Centre will also have their community mural on display as well. Everyone is welcome to attend to sneak a peek at the murals before they're installed permanently in the North End.


    What: Community Mural Unveiling Event
    When: Thursday, March 29, 2018
    Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM
    Where: Indigenous Family Centre - 470 Selkirk Ave

    Check out our Facebook event for more info!


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