SFU Public Square, a signature initiative designed to spark, nurture and restore community connections, establishes Simon Fraser University as the go-to convener of serious and productive conversations about issues of public concern.
More than a single place or program, SFU Public Square assembles the hearts, minds, and talents of diverse communities to promote inclusive, intelligent, and inspiring dialogue. SFU Public Square events and offerings proclaim SFU’s vision to be Canada’s leading community-engaged research university.
SFU Public Square will host an annual Community Summit to investigate—and recommend practical solutions to—pressing issues in B.C. and Canada. The first Community Summit, Alone Together: Connecting in the City, was held in September 2012 on the theme of isolation and disconnection in the urban environment. For our second Community Summit, Charting BC's Economic Future, we explored issues regarding BC's economic future. During the 2014 Community Summit, Innovation - The Shock of the Possible, the complex topic of innovation was explored from the economical, educational, environmental, and healthcare perspectives. In 2015, the Community Summit, We The City, we focused on the theme of city building, reminding residents of the power they hold to shape their communities. In 2016 we did not host a Community Summit but we returned to the table with our Community Summit, Who Needs Canada in 2017, where 150th anniversary of confederation prompted a critical opportunity to think about the role of Canada in the world today.
In 2018, Brave New Work, invited us to consider how can we all thrive in the changing world of work? Technological growth is happening at an unprecedented rate and scale, and it is fundamentally altering the way we organize and value work. The work we do (and how we do it) is changing. One of the biggest challenges in effectively responding to this new world of work is creating a shared understanding of the issues at play and how they intersect. Individuals, businesses, governments, educational institutions, and civil society must collaborate to construct the future we want.
The future of work is here, but it’s still ours to define. From February 26th to March 7th, we collaborated with partners and diverse communities through a range of events and activities to provoke thinking and encourage solution-finding. We hope you had the opportunity to join us in insightful, illuminating conversations about the future of work.