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22 Jan, 2019

Come Join Shift Lab 2.0!


The wait is over: recruitment for Shift Lab 2.0’s Core Lab team is finally here!

All of the details can be found here, but here are a few key points:

Who are we looking for?

The Core Lab team is the heart and soul of the Shift Lab: you will participate in the design process and are responsible for the research, ideation, testing, and designing of prototypes. We are looking for designers, data lovers, educators, story-tellers, policy makers, behaviour change specialists, peace-makers, and rabble-rousers. Past experience with social innovation is not required!

The Core Lab team will be made up of four different prototype teams. Each prototype team has its own guiding question, but the primary question of Shift Lab 2.0 is this: How might we create better anti-racism interventions that acknowledge everyone’s humanity and create behaviour change? 

What’s the time commitment?

The Lab will commence in March and run until September 2019. The Core Lab team will meet for five “sprints” as a complete group during this period:

  • Sprint 1: Mar 1-3
  • Sprint 2: Apr 5-7
  • Sprint 3: May 31-June 2
  • Sprint 4: July 12-14
  • Sprint 5: Sept 14

The first four sprints include a Friday evening (roughly 5pm-9pm), a Saturday (roughly 9am-4pm) and a Sunday morning (roughly 9am-12pm). The September sprint will be a single day from 9am-4pm. Support for childcare costs is available if needed.

Individual prototype teams will meet between these formal sessions; the timing, duration, and frequency of these smaller meetings will be determined by the prototype teams and might require daytime, evening, or weekend work. We anticipate an average time commitment of 20 hours a month, with some months being lighter or heavier.

We value people’s time, knowledge, and energy and have honoraria available for Core Team members.

How do I apply?

Each applicant should submit the following by February 4:

  • A short (one page maximum) answer to the following questions:
    • Why do you want to be involved with the Shift lab?
    • What strengths, skills, gifts, or insights can you bring to this project?
    • If you were to imagine the absolute worst kind of project team to work with, what would it look like? Describe what would make it so terrible for you (e.g. the people involved, the way it was run, the kind of project, etc).
  • Something that shows your life/work experience. This could be a resume, a piece of art, a story or poem — whatever is your preferred method.
  • A confirmation that you are available for the majority of workshop dates and project work.
  • A brief statement (3 sentences max) detailing which team(s) you’d like to be a part of and why.

Please send applications (and any questions) to

Further details, along with a description of each of the four prototype teams, can be found here.

By |2019-09-09T19:29:55-06:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: What's Going On|1 Comment

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Addressing racism and discrimination continue to be identified as a critical piece of the puzzle in how we reach the big goal of ending poverty in a generation in Edmonton. Building on the work of many local initiatives, the diverse collective making up the Edmonton Shift Lab is stewarding an exploration to develop potential service, policy, system and community action prototypes that will help reduce racism as it contributes to poverty. We want to be bold and explore how to Shift ideas. Shift attitudes. Shift systems and Shift into new ways of solution finding with community.

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