Given that we’re a brand new project, this is a question that we get a lot, and to be honest, the answer isn’t a quick one.
Often times it’s easy to take a project or an organization and place it into a category such as a resource centre, a recreation facility, a training centre, etc. The thing that makes The Winnipeg Boldness Project so difficult to define is that we don’t fit into a category and we’re not delivering services.
The Winnipeg Boldness Project is a combination of many perspectives mixed together to create a multi-faceted approach to achieving better outcomes for children in Point Douglas. We’re a little bit social innovation, a little bit collective impact, and a lot community development.
So what do the terms social innovation and collective impact really mean? Well we could give you a long drawn out explanation of the theories and mechanisms behind these perspectives, but in short, it means that we’re trying to do things differently, in new and inventive ways, while making sure that we’re working in strong partnership with others.
With the help of the community and our many partners, The Winnipeg Boldness Project has three key deliverables that we’re aiming to accomplish by March 2015:
- We’re creating a 6-year Early Childhood Development (ECD) intervention strategy for future implementation, that will help young children develop the tools they need to succeed in life. Currently about 60% of kids in Point Douglas are doing well and we intend on raising that number, because we believe that every child should have opportunities for success.
- We want to create a narrative for the North End of Winnipeg that accents the strengths of the community rather than focusing on the negatives, because we recognize that community pride both within and outside of the North End is a factor in the success of children. We’re all proud of the North End and we want everyone to know about it! We’ll do this through story-telling, and other community driven mechanisms, paired with different forms of multimedia, such as still image, video, and social media.
- Relying heavily on the deep community wisdom that already exists in the community, we want to document the things that help children and families lead healthy lives, from a North End perspective. With this knowledge we can then come up with a model that really captures the essence of how we work together as a community, and what we believe to be the best ways to support communities and families in raising their children.
The Winnipeg Boldness Project began in 2014, so we’re already 7 months into this one-year process and therefore have quickly waded right into the vast pool of knowledge that exists in the North End of Winnipeg. We’ve been conversing with lots of people, have developed a few essential guide groups, met many new community residents who have shared their stories with us. We have much more to learn over the next little while, so stay tuned for more updates!