The Community Summit is an annual gathering convened by the SFU Public Square that focuses on a local or international issue of public concern. The Community Summit creates the space for citizens to come together to jointly research, discuss, identify solutions and take action on emerging and relevant issues. The SFU Public Square works collaboratively with community partners from across the region to build upon their work, support their efforts and amplify their reach and impact.
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.
The 2018 Community Summit, Brave New Work, invites us to consider how we can 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 will convene diverse communities through a range of events and activities to provoke thinking and encourage solution-finding. We hope you'll join us.