Canada is home to what might be the most diverse social innovation lab ecosystem in the world. Social innovation lab practitioners are working tirelessly across a wide range of intractable issues that are important to Canadians - including reconciliation, sustainable energy transitions, poverty reduction and civic participation. With the increasing popularity of labs in recent years - and their proliferation at universities, within governments and in communities across the country - the time has come to showcase and share this work!
This decade has brought us a global refugee crisis and a return to authoritarianism on scales not seen since the Second World War. Whether in Europe or North America, Asia or Australia, much of our political and economic discourse and/or subtext is dominated by a seemingly sudden awareness of skin colours, ethnic identities and religious affiliations.
Kamal Al-Solaylee is a journalist, university professor and national bestselling author. In his upcoming Milton K. Wong Lecture, he makes a case for understanding the intersections of race and politics through the lens of brown skin and the emergence of brownness as a distinct racialised experience and demographic game changer.