sky-earth-galaxy-universeDE 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 (melinda@design-environment.com) or Saman­tha (samantha@design-environment.com).

Stay tuned … we are just get­ting started!