Initial results report now available!

Our thoughtexchange has yielded diverse and concrete thoughts about community engagement. With each other and with our partners, it has helped us to identify and surface some key issues, many strengths, and a number of challenge areas that we can work on together.

Dig into the results by downloading the report →

What's next?

Over the next months, we will begin the process of following up with different stakeholder groups to look for opportunities to work with you to dig deeper into the important issues that you have raised and to help mobilize a number of next step discussions and initiatives designed to improve community engagement at SFU and with our communities.

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Thank you for taking part in our thoughtexchange!

From January 27 – February 7, 2020, SFU students, staff, faculty and alumni, together with community and institutional partners, donors, retirees and the general public, courageously weighed in on the question: community engagement at SFU – what's working well, and what isn't? Over an 11-day period, more than 600 thoughts were shared and these thoughts were rated almost 15,000 times. Thank you to everyone who participated in this important discussion.

SFU’s strategic vision makes it our mission to be Canada’s most community-engaged research university.

This commitment informs the work of our staff, faculty, students and alumni, as well as our relationships with community partners.

But it’s one thing to be informed by this commitment to community engagement, and another to be part of a conversation that shapes it.

That’s why we want to provide you a new way to take part in that conversation.

SFU is using Thoughtexchange – an online platform that allows us to anonymously share critical, concrete thoughts with each other, so that we can appreciate and better understand the thoughts and experiences we have in common, identify those we don’t, and explore areas of community engagement that we need to do a better job supporting.

Whether or not you’re currently involved in community engagement activities, we want to hear from you.

Tell us about what more SFU can do to foster a culture that nurtures and supports a shared commitment to community engagement across SFU.


The thoughtexchange is now over. Thank you to everyone who took part!

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What's this all about?

From January 28 to February 7, 2020, SFU invited the its communities to take part in a "thought exchange" about community engagment at SFU. Because a chance to shape the ongoing conversation is more powerful than just hearing more about it. 

What is Thoughtexchange?

Built and managed by Fulcrum Management Systems, Ltd., a company based in B.C., Thoughtexchange is an online platform designed to let us respectfully share critical, concrete thoughts with each other and rate them in real time, giving all of us nuanced and immediate feedback about the ideas and experiences we have in common, the ones we don’t, and the areas of community engagement we need to do a better job of supporting.