Tell us about your partnerships
The Vancouver Design Nerds Society (est. 2003) is a non-profit collective and the main partner in the CRL project. The VDNS seeks to create space for interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue, frequently undertaking projects that engage community and public space. Comprised of a board of directors, steering committee and over 750 inter-disciplinary members, VDNS hosts ‘Design Nerd Jams’ for organizations such as City of Vancouver, City Studio, Architecture for Humanity, Biomimicry Group, Design Thinking Unconference, Cascadia Region Green Building Council and Ethical Bean, to name a few.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
Along with citizens, the CRL will target three broad yet overlapping societal groups:
1) “Decision Makers”: Government, Industry representatives, Business leaders;
2) Creative Community: anyone whose work function is to produce new ideas, new technology and/or new creative content, includes people in engineering and science, architecture and design, education, music, arts, and entertainment;
3) Civil Society (or social sector): community-based organizations, foundations, educational institutions, philanthropic agencies, neighborhood groups, non-profits, charities, etc.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
An open, inclusive, youth-driven, casual, yet efficient operating environment is what we will be striving for with the CRL. Due to the very nature of the CRL, our internal organization will be directed for openness and equality, allowing equal opportunity for parties of all stripes to hold stake. As a youth-focused innovation, our modi operandi will encourage the adage of education from mistakes in order to build experience in the work that we do. We will strive to continuously reflect upon the values and operations of our organization to ensure that we stay true to our mandate and address any weaknesses or communication challenges in a timely manner.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
As an idea that is fairly wide in scope, including both a physical manifestation and an innovative service model, the resources that we are seeking can be comparable to those necessary for incorporating and maintaining a successful mid-sized business. However, our service model allows us to utilize early community investment to provide equally valuable services in the long-run.