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  • Accountability Framework

    December 18, 2018

    Posted by: Jenna Diubaldo

    The topic of accountability is one that is frequently brought up within the non-profit sector, as people often wonder how organizations ensure that they are being managed in a good way, and that strategic decisions are being made in a way that is cohesive with the needs of the community.


    In the case of The Winnipeg Boldness Project, people regularly ask us how we make strategic decisions, as well as how we choose which prototypes to work on. The truth is there is no one decision maker in our project, but rather an accountability framework that is comprised of several layers of strategic thinkers that help to keep us on track, make recommendations, and ensure that our work is being completed in a way that works for the community.


    This accountability framework includes groups that are made of people from all walks of life, which ensures diversity in opinions and allows issues to be examined through a variety of lenses. We believe that the breadth of our partnerships is one of the best things about the project, as it brings people together to work on social issues that affect all of us in different ways.


    We have spent the past two Parent Guide Group meetings discussing and evaluating the project’s accountability framework in great detail, in order to gain a better understanding of not only how our parents interpret our framework, but whether they feel that this framework is of value to the community.


    Our overall takeaway from these discussions is that our Parent Guide Group feels that our accountability framework, one that values community input above all else, is unique and something that could or should be applied by other groups. They feel that we’ve created a structure where their opinions and feedback are valued at a very high level, and that they are able to see their input reflected in our work.


    In a society where systems and frameworks are generally designed with a top down approach, where officials and delegates commonly have the final say in policy and decision-making, our parents feel that it is positive to see a framework where the community’s voice and ideas remain the most important factors in creating change for the community. They would like to see this model applied across all systems, in order to create a city that allows families and communities to make decisions for themselves, rather than having “experts” make decisions for them.




  • As a project we have always talked about the importance of forming strong partnerships with other organizations. We believe that complex challenges, such as early childhood development outcomes, are not solvable without a diverse group of stakeholders around the table.

    With strong partnerships comes the ability to learn from others and grow through shared knowledge, which we often do with groups such as Shift Lab in Edmonton and MaRS Solutions Lab in Toronto.

    One of our partnerships is with the Tamarack Institute, with whom we have been working on a number of important projects such as development evaluation, some strategic planning for the future, and the documentation of of our prototypes in a visual and user-friendly way.

    In addition to this, we have recently partnered on a few opportunities for collaborative sharing of knowledge through a workshop and a webinar hosted by Tamarack and supported by #wpgboldness.

    The webinar was held on October 9th on the topic of community wisdom and systems change, in the context of Winnipeg Boldness’ work. Our project director, Diane Roussin, spoke about our experience working alongside the community to promote large scale change in systems, and the values and methods we used to make sure our relationships were effective and reciprocal.

    We spoke a bit about reconciliation as well, which again plays into our belief that both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples must be a part of systems change because issues like poverty and early childhood outcomes affect everyone equally, as we all share the same ecosystem.

    If you weren’t able to join us for the webinar, you can watch the full recording here.

    We will also be joining the Tamarack Institute in hosting a workshop on November 20 on the topic of prototyping for community change. We’ll be using Winnipeg Boldness as a real-life example of how prototyping can be used in community work to test ideas for proven impact before making a big investment in new programs and interventions.

    If you’re in Winnipeg, make sure to register for the workshop! Here are the details:


    What: Prototyping for Community Change Workshop hosted by the Tamarack Institute

    When: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Where: Robert A. Steen Community Club (980 Palmerston Ave)


    Click here to register! If the cost for registration is a barrier to participation, then you can apply for a reduced registration fee here.


    Hope to see you there!




  • Picnic in the Park

    August 16, 2018

    Posted by: Jenna Diubaldo

    Winnipeg Boldness staff and volunteers will be attending Picnic in the Park family fun day again this year to connect with community and share information about the project. This year we've enlisted the help of our parent guide group members to help us facilitate an activity and provide information and free prizes to families. 

    In order to evaluate the child centred model in a for informal way, we wanted to come up with an activity that would be fun and inviting, rather than intimidating and commonplace like survey or interview. We're calling this activity the Wheel of Support! The wheel is covered in elements of the child centred model and is spun to select one of the values. We'll be asking community members to share places or programs in the North End that they feel embody those values.

    Participants will be entered into a draw to win a gift card prize pack, and we'll have some free prizes for kids as well, like piggy banks and jumbo chalk, so stop by our booth to say hi and get entered for some fantastic prizes!

    Picnic in the Park is also free for anyone to attend, so bring the whole family to enjoy some great music and kids activities!

    WHAT: Picnic in the Park family fun day
    WHERE: St. John's Park (Main St & St. John's Ave)
    WHEN: August 18, 2018 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM

  • 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!


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