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 700 people shared 589 thoughts and made over 14,400 ratings. Thank you to everyone who participated in this important discussion.

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What's next?

Our intention for this exchange was to provide a way to share critical, concrete ideas so that we can strengthen SFU community engagement in ways that are informed by the diversity of our experiences.

Over the next few weeks, we will work with Thoughtexchange to synthesize the contents in detail and create a summary report that we will make public in the form of website (we will let you know when it’s ready to view). In the meantime, we are looking forward to digging into the contents of this exchange to identify opportunities for continued conversation, consultation and action.

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.