It’s safe to say that most of us wear
clothes. In fact, I might even go so far as to suggest that the donning of garments
is, for everyone, a quotidian task. This might seem like a banal observation,
but for Kelly Drennan, founding executive director of Fashion Takes Action, it
provides the foundation of her initiative.
At the Centre for Social Innovation, we have always facilitated an
environment of growth through community. Whether it’s through intentional
events like Six Degrees of Social Innovation or through collaboration by
osmosis, we have seen member projects grow and transform through the
relationships they form.
Just how powerful can stories be?
Jo Altilia had always thought of stories as a force for good, but she
experienced the full extent of their power at a poetry reading in Chicago many
years ago when a woman, inspired by the poem “Black Goddess”, was finally able
to kick out her abusive boyfriend.
Imagine having the
opportunity to help define and build a new type of market. It’s not yet clear
who the key players are going to be. You get to create some of the first
research, first products and first deals. You get to shape the future.
Actor Daniel Stolfi was
undergoing chemotherapy treatment when he started writing a one-man comedy show
about cancer. His friends and family thought he was crazy. No one was going to
laugh at cancer, they told him.
There is no
doubt Regent Park is in a period of massive transformation. The revitalization
of Regent Park is converting what was once Canada’s oldest and largest social
housing complex into a mixed-income, mixed-use community.
But change is
happening beyond the cranes and bulldozers, and has been happening long before construction
“I think if you
search you could see many, many examples of the change that residents themselves
are making,” says Adonis Huggins.