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Skillful Engagement

Systemic Design and Promising New Forms of Public Engagement

In this interactive workshop, Ben Weinlick of the Skills Society Action Lab, along with colleagues Aleeya Velji and Sameer Singh of the Edmonton Shift Lab, will share learning and experience around stewarding social innovation labs, and robust community co-design processes. Systemic Design is the engine underlying much of their lab work and essentially blends systems thinking and design thinking to help with tackling complex challenges with community.

Join us for a workshop that blends story and theory, and learn a systemic design tool you can use and take away into your own practice of stewarding community engagement explorations.

Please note that the ticket includes coffee, tea, and light snacks available throughout the workshop.

This event is co-sponsored by SFU Continuing Studies, SFU Public Square and SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue as part of the Skillful Engagement Series partnership.

Skillful Engagement is a community of practice for engagement practitioners. The series showcases innovative projects and speakers, provides a forum to share knowledge and challenges, and acts as a catalyst to inspire and support the growing engagement sector. This work reflects a shared understanding that improved engagement of communities, organizations and stakeholders leads to better decisions and stronger, more resilient outcomes.



June 26, 2018 | 2:00PM - 5:00PM


Room 420
SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.


Ben Weinlick - Senior Leader of Research & Social Innovation, Skills Society Action Lab

Ben is driven by the desire to help people and community get better at navigating complex challenges together. He is the founder of Think Jar Collective, co-founder of MyCompass Planning and a senior leader at Skills Society – one of the largest disability rights and service organizations in Edmonton. Through his role at Skills Society he stewards the Action Lab which focuses on systems change and social innovation R&D. For his work striving to lead systems change over the last 15 years he has received some awards including the MacEwan University distinguished alumni award, and the Government of Alberta Community Disability Service Sector Leadership Award.  

Aleeya Velji - Social Innovation Lab Steward & Coordinator, Edmonton Shift Lab

Aleeya thinks in systems and developed her understanding of complex environmental, social, and economic challenges through her work as an educator, an ABSI Connect Fellow, and as an intrapreneur at the City of Edmonton. Aleeya currently works in Studio 44 at the Ministry of Education, exploring how to infuse design thinking, systems thinking and foresight into the daily work habits of people and in organizations.

Sameer Singh - Steward & Co-Founder, Edmonton Shift Lab

Sam(eer) Singh is passionate about building community, trying new things and exploring the unusual. He worked as journalist & radio/tv reporter in Edmonton and the Yukon and made 2 internationally-broadcast documentary films on indigenous experiences of climate change and the journey of a male bellydancer, respectively.  Sameer completed an MBA at the University of Toronto and co-founded the Rotman Design Challenge, North America’s first graduate school business design competition. He is a graduate of two Banff Centre service design programs and has worked in business incubators, community mobilization initiatives and most recently served as the International Coordinator for the 2nd World Indigenous Nations Games.


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