In January of 2016, OCAD University’s Impact Economy Research Hub and Impact Collective hosted the Reconstructing Resilience Symposium and Exhibition. The aim of the event was to bring together researchers, artists, educators, students and community members who are interested in reimagining what it means to be creatively resilient and sustainable within contemporary society.
When we began exploring these ideas we asked ourselves: Is it possible to construct initiatives that truly bridge all four areas of sustainability? What do these initiatives look like? How is it possible to ensure success, given the diverse intersection of dimensions? And how do we measure this success? Collectively, the works presented by a range of speakers and exhibitors, offered thought provoking responses to our questions, and this site serves as an ongoing archive of [Re]2 events and projects.
What is the Impact Economy Research Hub (IERH)?
The IERH undertakes academic and applied research at the intersection of business and creativity to advance transformative change in society. Research in the hub advances transformative change in two key areas. First, it undertakes academic research which aims to understand creativity and business can be used to address key challenges in today’s complex society. A central focus of the research in the hub is on exploring how creativity – and related ideas such as entrepreneurship, enterprise, innovation and change – realizes transformative social impact in society. The second area of research focuses on applied social innovation design. In this area design practice is used as a tool to create positive change and impact in ways that are socially, environmentally and financial sustainable. The IERH is the research division of the Impact Collective, OCADU’s Art & Design Social Innovation project, which connects initiatives, programs and activities related to Social Impact.
Reconstructing Resilience was generously funded by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada.