Leading Community Change

Understanding Community Leadership

 Perspectives on Community Prosperity: Kenney’s “Green-Left War Room” Could Waken a Sleeping Dragon

Author: James Stauch 2019

Newly elected Premier of Alberta, Jason Kenney, has spoken in the past about the vital role of civil society. But he has also expressed an apparently contradictory desire to set up a "war room" to attack environmental charities.

Research Report: Training the Archer: Accelerating Student Changemaking Through Testing Assumptions (2018)

Authors: Alexandra Daignault, James Stauch, and Dan Overall 2018

The Trico Charitable Foundation, Mount Royal University's Institute for Community Prosperity, and RECODE have produced a new report on social entrepreneurship in post-secondary education. Called Training the Archer: Accelerating Student Changemaking Through Testing Assumptions, the report sets out to understand how Canadian post-secondary students are an inquiry, reflecting, and examining assumptions in learning about and advancing a social or environmental cause they are passionate about. It challenges students and educators to apply more critical ‘scientific’ mindsets and methods in changemaker learning. Testing, experimentation, and effective learning are necessary to avoid path-dependent, solution-specific learning journeys, which may not only be ineffective but in their worst forms can bring harm to people and communities.

Research Report: Leadership for Social Innovation - Results of a Pan-Canadian Study on Leadership Learning for Social Change

Authors: James Stauch, 2016

In the face of profound global and regional challenges, there is a need for skilled leadership tied to achieving transformational change through social innovation. The paper summarizes the results of a year‐long inquiry into the landscape of leadership learning in Canada, with a focus on the social innovation milieu. A wide array of leadership programs were examined across Canada, each focusing on the fostering of individual leadership skill sets within a context of civic engagement, community development, public policy, social responsibility and/or sustainability, and social innovation.

Research Report: Strengthening Community Leadership Learning in Canada: Results of a Canada-wide Research Project on Leadership for Social Change (2016) 

Authors: James Stauch and Lesley Cornelisse, 2016

Strengthening Community Leadership Learning provides a practical overview of the leadership learning landscape in Canada. With data from 29 interviews, 93 survey responses and a program inventory of close to 100 leadership learning programs for social change in Canada, the research team developed a series of archetypes and early findings that will be of interest to alumni, staff, funders, evaluators and developers of transformational leadership programs in Canada and serves as the first step to the development of a community of practice of social change-oriented leadership- a leadership learning community.

Research Report: Canada Next: Learning for Youth Leadership and Innovation (2016)

Authors: James Stauch and Devon Cornelisse, 2016

This discussion paper and literature review, commissioned by MaRS Studio Y, serves to deepen understanding of the ecology of youth leadership and innovation across Canada. Prepared for the National Youth Leadership and Innovation Summit to be held in Toronto in April, 2016, this report serves as a launching point for an understanding of, and discussion about, the broader impact and potential of leadership development for Canada`s competitiveness and social well-being.

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Student Report: The Fight For Equal Information Dissemination: Article 22 of the United Nations Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Entitlement of Realization in the Digital Context  

Authors: Priyash Bista (2016)

The digitization of human lives has meant for an increased presence of information regarding people is being stored online. The concept of a charter of human rights that addresses digital needs specifically as we enter the fourth industrial revolution is going to be very important. By looking at the ways in which lack of information dissemination has caused systematic failures in Haiti during the cholera outbreak, this paper focuses on the importance of sufficient information dissemination. This paper also looks at successes in Zambia where information dissemination technologies are made a priority through short feedback loops that enable effective solutions to take effect in vulnerable communities.


Student Report: Success Variables of Social Media Campaigns as Donation Elicitation Strategies in the Nonprofit Sector  

Authors: Roisin Dillon (2016)

This study looks at success variables within social media campaigns, and identifies ways in which nonprofit organizations (NPOs) can utilize social media as a platform with the best opportunity for success. This article represents a focused effort in this direction. The research question is: what success variables make social media campaigns effective in raising funds via online-giving? This is an inductive qualitative analysis that explores the features of social media based advertising, and identifies success variables that can be adapted to future campaigns and a variety of organizations.


Student Report: The Experience of Refugees Accessing Health and Social Services in Calgary: A Health Care and Social Program Providers’ Perspective  

Authors: Alda Garunia (2016)

With the election of a new political party in Canada in 2015, a promise was kept to reverse the changes made to the Interim Federal Health Plan (IFHP)m. The question stemming from this health issue is: what can leaders in health and social care do to address the inequities posed to the refugee population by the changes to the IFHP, and have the gaps in access to health and social programs been addressed by the current policy change? The following report highlights the history of refugees in Canada and the IFHP, as well as a literature review of research regarding access to health care and social programming within Canada for refugees.


Student Report: Fire that Talks  

Authors: Timothy Lipp (2016)

The 4.3 million deaths that occur annually because of smoke from open cooking fires has inspired a wide variety of cookstove initiatives. These projects often come from an external mindset that doesn’t incorporate the local community’s unique cultural, social and even spiritual context. Yet the communities in which these initiatives occur have robust language and identity systems that can provide valuable insights to how cookstoves could be adopted. Identity Based Community Development (IBCD) is an approach that provides helpful context to enable this possibility. This paper proposes that when a community’s identity is correctly integrated into the cookstove introduction process, it can enable community-driven large scale adoption of the cookstove.


Student Report: Media and the Perpetuation of Western Bias: Media’s Role in the Reinforcement of Negative Stereotypes of Indigenous Identity and the Manifestations of Violence Toward Murdered Women  

Authors: Angie Tucker (2016)

Drawing on Indigenous feminism and postcolonial theories, this paper analyzes how media portrayals of cases involving murdered Indigenous and non-Indigenous women perpetuate bias, and fail to educate the public about the legacy of colonialism, including systemic poverty and sociopolitical constraints on a marginalized group. By examining government involvement and the manifestation of structural racism in policy, law enforcement, and social biases, this paper will design the framework for a discussion of those murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada.


Student Report: Project Stoke Needs Assessment and Market Report  

Authors: Paisley Dressler (2016)

There is a growing movement to find a solution to the global issue of adverse health effects of cooking smoke, including introducing smoke reduced cooking technology. Project Stoke is an organization working in Kenya to create a social enterprise that is building and selling such stoves. This paper explores the way that cooking smoke affects people through different phases of human development; this is important for Project Stoke because it provides evidence that there are better options than open flame cooking that are both culturally relevant and produce better health outcomes, contributing to the business case.

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Thinking Through Borders and “Illegality”: A Survey of the Resources Available to Migrants with Precarious Status in the Calgary Area

Author: Lauren L. Cross (2015)

This paper examines the services and support available (or unavailable) to migrants in the Calgary area, analyzing the discourses and practices of existing governmental and non-governmental (im)migrant-serving organizations, and identify any ways in which they exclude migrants with precarious status.

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Immigrant Women Finding Meaningful Employment in Calgary

Author: Paisley Dressler (2015)

This paper seeks to understand the barriers faced by immigrant women to Calgary seeking employment that goes beyond subsistence and is meaningful to the individual, as well as the role social programs play in their journey to achieving meaningful employment.