DE has initiated it’s ‘Canada Outreach’ program which is focused on engaging youth across the country to think creatively and in ‘design’ terms about the environmental challenges that global society is faced with. The idea emerged from internal discussions about the core of what DE is all about - which is solving problems using ‘design’ and ‘environmental science’ and our inclination to help.
With the news of youth being concerned (and visibly frustrated) about their future, and messages coming from our government about being prepared for future ‘job churn’, we have decided to share our experience, energy, and skills to motivate youth to create their own path. ‘Job Churn’ is part of our own reality in that we have to constantly seek new opportunities and projects. One can see the negative side of this which is the insecurity, however, on the positive side it provides the opportunity to create one’s own reality.
The DE team has gotten really good at creating our own reality. In fact, we have gotten good enough working as global problem solvers that we get called by countries to help them out with sustainability. We now want to share this experience and help those interested to chart a new path forward for themselves and their communities. Our first step with this process has been having two of our team, Melinda Felso (based in Calgary) and Samantha Morency (based in Montreal), start to reach out to educational institutions across the country to ask them how we can help. In addition, we have extended an open invitation to these groups to have them contribute to our ‘Insights’ sustainability content platform which can be found here.
We are going to work with these institutions to develop a number of initiatives that will cultivate a sense of empowerment, meaning, and future for youth, grounded in our mission of ‘solving problems using design and environmental science’. For inquiries please contact Melinda (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Samantha (email@example.com).
Stay tuned … we are just getting started!