Responsible Disruption

Join hosts from The Social Impact Lab on a deep dive into the world of social innovation as we embrace ambiguity and explore how design can be used to create positive social change. Responsible Disruption is a podcast that explores the intersection of social innovation and design. This podcast aims to bring listeners on a journey of discovery and conversation as the hosts delve into the latest thinking and trends in these areas. From interviews with leading social innovators and designers to in-depth discussions on the design process and its applications, this podcast is sure to provide valuable insights and inspiration for anyone interested in creating positive change in the world. So whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started, tune in and join the hosts as they explore the power of design to drive social impact. The Social Impact Lab (The SIL) is a collaboration between J5, a service design studio and United Way of Calgary and Area. The SIL pairs J5’s design methodology and United Way’s connection to the community to cultivate innovation and growth in the social sector in Calgary. For more information, visit www.thesocialimpactlab.com.

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Episodes

Season 1 Finale

Wednesday Dec 13, 2023

Wednesday Dec 13, 2023

In the Season 1 finale of Responsible Disruption, hosts Monique, James, and Sydney come together to reflect on the highlights from their inaugural season. They discuss their favourite moments and share lessons learned. You will also see what's in store for Season 2. It's a heartfelt and inspiring wrap-up to an exciting first season.
 
Topics discussed in this episode.
Shane Yu 
 
Episodes discussed.
From Ideas to Impact with James Stauch, Executive Director for the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University and Bethany White, Evaluation Manager from United Way of Calgary and Area.
Assessing the Impact with Janis Galloway, Community Impact Officer from Alberta Ballet and Joy Bowen-Eyre, Chief Executive Officer at The Alex Community Health Centre.
Systems Design and Doing with Roland Harwood, CEO and Founder of Liminal and the Climate Tech Supercluster.
Collaborative Partnerships with Anne Smith, President of J.A. Smith Research & Consulting Services Inc. and Karen McDonald, Executive Director of Sage.
Truth & Reconciliation Year-Round with Tim Fox, VP of Indigenous Relations and Equity Strategy from The Calgary Foundation, Angela Houle, Assistant Principle from the Calgary Catholic School District and Sarena Provost, Indigenous Manager from the YMCA.
Disruption Proof with Brant Cooper, author of Disruption Proof and founder of Moves the Needle.
 
 
In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people, and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Mohk’insstsis, also known as Calgary.

Planet Youth

Wednesday Nov 29, 2023

Wednesday Nov 29, 2023

James explores the journey of Planet Youth with Margrét Lilja Gudmundsdottir, Chief Knowledge Officer of Planet Youth and Jason Lidberg, Director of Planet Youth at United Way of Calgary and Area. Planet Youth is a research consultancy that runs a guidance program in adolescent substance use prevention with communities, towns, and cities worldwide. Originating in Iceland to combat rising substance use, the program's holistic approach involved collaboration among schools, parents, and communities. We delve into its implementation in Calgary, where tailored strategies will enhance local youth's well-being and resilience, empowering them to live their best lives and showcasing the power of adapting evidence-based models to local contexts for fostering healthier youth communities.
 
 
In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people, and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Mohk’insstsis, also known as Calgary.
 

A Human Journey

Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

In this episode, host Monique Blough is joined by Alka Merlin, Director of Communications and External Relations from Immigrant Services Calgary, a key partner in the Gateway initiative. Discover how this collaborative effort of over 75 for-profit and non-profit organizations is transforming the digital landscape to enhance the immigrant experience in Calgary. From settling in the country to accessing essential services, we explore how an innovative digital solution can make a meaningful impact on newcomers' lives.
 
 
In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people, and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Mohk’insstsis, also known as Calgary.   

Futures Thinking

Wednesday Nov 01, 2023

Wednesday Nov 01, 2023

In this podcast episode, host Sydney Johnson engages in a thought-provoking conversation with futures thinker Jeny Mathews-Thusoo, Program Lead of Resilience & Futures at The City of Calgary. The discussion revolves around the fascinating concept of futures thinking, which involves the exploration of possible scenarios and signals that may shape our future. They delve into various aspects of this field, including its significance, methodologies, and real-world applications. Jeny shares insights and strategies for individuals and organizations to become more adept at futures thinking, ultimately preparing for an uncertain and rapidly changing world. This engaging episode offers a valuable glimpse into the art of anticipating and shaping the future.
 
Topics discussed in this episode.
Institute for the Future
 
 
In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people, and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Mohk’insstsis, also known as Calgary.
 

Disruption Proof

Wednesday Oct 18, 2023

Wednesday Oct 18, 2023

In this captivating episode of our podcast, we dive deep into the world of disruption-proofing your business and mindset with renowned author Brant Cooper, the mastermind behind the groundbreaking book "Disruption Proof." Join us as we explore Brant's insights, strategies, and wisdom on how to thrive in an ever-changing world. Brant Cooper, a leading voice in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation, shares his journey to becoming a globally recognized author, speaker, and Founder of Moves the Needle. He discusses the fundamental principles from his book that are essential for businesses and individuals to survive and thrive amidst constant disruption.
 
Topics discussed in this episode.
Moves the Needle
Disruption Proof
Moves the Needle Courses
Get in touch with Brant at brant@brantcooper.com
 
 
In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people, and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Mohk’insstsis, also known as Calgary.   

Truth & Reconciliation Year-Round

Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

This episode delves into the profound journey of honouring the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and the importance of continuing the learning journey throughout the year. We explore the deeper meaning behind this important commemoration, shedding light on how it extends beyond a single day on the calendar. Our guests, Tim Fox, VP of Indigenous Relations and Equity Strategy from The Calgary Foundation, Angela Houle, Assistant Principle from the Calgary Catholic School District and Sarena Provost, Indigenous Manager from the YMCA, share inspiring stories and practical insights on how individuals and communities can embrace the spirit of reconciliation year-round, promoting healing, understanding, and meaningful change. Join us as we uncover the transformative power of sustained commitment to truth and reconciliation.
 
Topics discussed in this episode. 
Little Bird
We Were Children
Bones of Crows
CJWE (881.1 FM)
The Conversation
Is Everyone Really Equal
 
 
In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people, and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Mohk’insstsis, also known as Calgary.

Collaborative Partnerships

Wednesday Sep 06, 2023

Wednesday Sep 06, 2023

Monique talks with Anne Smith, President of J.A. Smith Research & Consulting Services Inc. and Karen McDonald, Executive Director of Sage, two leading voices behind the transformative initiative Healthy Aging Alberta. The episode delves into the pivotal role of partnerships in driving systemic innovation. Anne and Karen share their experiences and expertise in spearheading Healthy Aging Alberta, a groundbreaking initiative focused on revolutionizing the approach to aging and senior care. Through an intricate web of collaborations, this initiative has redefined how various stakeholders - from seniors, healthcare professionals and community organizations to policymakers and families - work together to create a holistic and forward-thinking ecosystem for senior citizens. Tune in to this captivating episode as we unpack the nuances of partnerships in systems innovation, weaving together a narrative that celebrates the profound impact of collective efforts in reshaping our approach to complex challenges.
 
In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people, and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Mohk’insstsis, also known as Calgary.

Responsible AI

Wednesday Aug 23, 2023

Wednesday Aug 23, 2023

In this episode, Sydney talks with Nicole Janssen, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of AltaML, a leading developer of AI-powered solutions. Nicole stresses the importance of responsible AI development, discussing how to integrate ethical considerations into projects and the need for collaboration across jurisdictions. She envisions a future where you can use AI for social good in healthcare, the environment, and beyond. The episode encourages listeners to embrace the potential of AI while being mindful of its responsible implementation.
 
Topics discussed in this episode. 
Prediction Machines 
 
 
In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people, and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Mohk’insstsis, also known as Calgary.   
 

Emerging Tech & Youth Design

Wednesday Jul 26, 2023

Wednesday Jul 26, 2023

In this episode, we dive into the fascinating world of emerging technologies and how they intersect with youth design. Join us as we explore the ways in which innovative technologies are shaping the future and empowering young minds to become creators and problem solvers. Through an insightful discussion with LeeAnne Ireland, Executive Director at Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY), we uncover the latest trends in emerging tech, such as augmented reality, virtual reality, the metaverse, artificial intelligence and more. Discover how these technologies can revolutionize various industries (including the social sector) and open new possibilities for young designers and inventors.
 
 
In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people, and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Mohk’insstsis, also known as Calgary.

Systems Design & Doing

Wednesday Jul 12, 2023

Wednesday Jul 12, 2023

In this thought-provoking episode, host Monique Blough engages in a captivating conversation with Roland Harwood, CEO and Founder of Liminal and the Climate Tech Supercluster. Roland is a compulsive connector and esteemed expert in systems design who uses his powers for the good of the global ecosystem. Together, they delve into the principles and practical applications of systems thinking, offering valuable insights for individuals and organizations striving to navigate the complexities of the modern world. 
 
Topics discussed during this episode.
On the Edge book & podcast
Participatory City
 
 
In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people, and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Mohk’insstsis, also known as Calgary.   

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The Social Impact Lab

Meet the Hosts

From J5 Design, we have Sydney Johnson (Left), Design Lead. From United Way of Calgary and Area, we have Monique Blough (Middle), Project Director, The Social Impact Lab Alberta and James Gamage (Right), Director, Innovation, The Social Impact Lab.

About the Social Impact Lab

The Social Impact Lab (The SIL) is a collaboration between J5, a service design studio and United Way. The SIL pairs J5's design methodology and United Way's connection to the community to cultivate innovation and growth in the social sector in Calgary. Their approach to social innovation is intensive, challenging and thought-provoking. They aim to see more people from the social spectrum make connections, find common ground, build on their expertise, and see each other as collaborators for real change.

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