January 2015

Want to innovate? Here's why we need young people now

Ilona Dougherty with the Social Impact Fund recipients

Young people are key to the health of both our economy and society, said Ilona Dougherty, a social entrepreneur who was recently named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.

The thing about gardens

The thing about gardens is that they tend to grow. That’s exactly what happened to the Community Garden established in 2014 by St. Paul’s GreenHouse student Lexi Salt (now the GreenHouse Program Coordinator) – it has expanded to a second location at the Steckle Heritage Farm in Kitchener, under the leadership of fourth-year Kinesiology student Samantha Johns.

Mental health for entrepreneurs

Robin Bender, president of Waterloo-based Mega Health at Work Inc., has observed that a significant number of her clients are entrepreneurs struggling with depression and anxiety. We talked with Robin to understand what she’s observing, as well as to gather some helpful tips on prevention and coping strategies.

Redistributing surplus food

When the word waffle comes up in conversation with Elle Crevits, surprisingly, she isn’t talking about food. Surprising, because Elle spends her days thinking about how to keep waffles and other surplus food out of the garbage and how to get it to people who might not otherwise have a nutritious meal.

Harnessing the power of peer pressure

In the last federal election in 2011, only 38.8 percent of 18-24 year olds voted. Fourth-year environment and business student Mavis Chan hopes to change that number by encouraging higher voter participation among students at the University of Waterloo.

Business models from MaRS

This summer, St. Paul’s GreenHouse is partnering with the MaRS Discovery District, Canada’s largest innovation centre based out of Toronto, to offer entrepreneurial workshops at the College.

Planting seeds of change

When Lexi Salt took on a small plot of land at St. Paul’s University College of the University of Waterloo, she did it because she wanted to make a tangible and lasting difference — but she had no idea of what the seeds she planted would really grow into.

The inception of ideas

Known for its Mennonite roots, the town of St. Jacobs is a popular tourist destination. In between the shops and restaurants of the town’s commercial core is the Felt Lab, an open exhibit of new creations in the world of interactive technology.

Applying the creative process

Following the GreenHouse trip to the Felt Lab, the cohort held a meeting back in the GreenHouse discovery space to take the brainstorming process they had experimented with the night before and use it to examine each other’s ideas.

Big winners for Big Ideas Challenge

In a pitch competition designed to elicit big ideas in the areas of health and wellbeing, it was only appropriate that the judges used creative thinking to adjust the awards to fit the pitches.

Exploring entrepreneurship full-time

How many of you want to change the world?

Life is triage

A vision for social entrepreneurship

It’s exhausting to change the world — but it’s also exhausting not to.

Partnerships that work

Expanding the continuum of social entrepreneurship

Howard Armitage thinks the co-op system is a bit unfair.

What helps people do good

Other than air, water is the barest necessity

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