Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.01
Liaison Connie Norton
Submission Date Oct. 29, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Simon Fraser University
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Janet Webber
Program Director
SFU Public Square
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
SFU Public Square Annual Community Summits

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Community Summit is an annual gathering convened by SFU Public Square, that focuses on a local or international issue of public concern, addressing elements of social, economic and environmental sustainability. The Community Summit creates the space for citizens to come together to jointly research, discuss, identify solutions and take action on emerging and relevant issues. SFU Public Square works collaboratively with community partners from across the region to build upon their work, support their efforts and amplify their reach and impact. The Community Summits consist of a week-long series of diverse activities and events revolving around a core summit theme, and includes thought-provoking speakers, roundtable discussions, idea competitions, artistic presentations, and youth focused programming. The Summit themes to date have been as follows:

2012: Alone Together: Connecting in the City on the issue of civic disconnection and discussed ways of strengthening engagement across community and cultural divides.

2013: Charting BC's Economic Future on exploring, engaging with and generating a vision of British Columbia's economic future.

2014: Innovation: The Shock of the Possible, exploring the opportunities and challenges of innovation.

Details of each of the summits can be found on the SFU Public Square website: http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit.html


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

In addition to the diverse engagement, cross-sectoral connections and ongoing, effective awareness raising and conversations that are fostered by SFU Public Square's Community Summits, documentation of the Summit events are made public on the Public Square website.
The 2012 Summit:
-"Brought together over 10,000 community participants to tackle the issue of isolation and disconnection in the urban environment": https://www.sfu.ca/pamr/media-releases/2013/sfu-public-square-community-summit-charts-bcs-economic-future.html
-Contributed to the creation of the City of Vancouver's Mayor's Engaged City Task Force
-Inspired the City of Surrey to hold their first Community Summit in spring 2013.

-The objectives and outcomes of the inaugural SFU Public Square Summit are covered in the report Alone Together: Connecting in the City Final Report
Other outputs of the summit include:
-Mayor’s Roundtable Dialogue Report
-A Dialogue With Business Leaders Report
-Our Voices: Youth Building A Connected City
and can be found here: http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit/archive/2012/outcomes.html

In advance of the 2013 Community Summit, 100 conversations on British Columbia's Economic Future were convened across the province, guided by the Charting BC’s Economic Future: 100 Community Conversations Discussion Guide.

Outputs of the 2013 Summit include:
-Citizens’ Agenda for BC’s Economic Future
-2013 Community Summit: Charting BC’s Economic Future Research Findings
-Forum on BC’s Economy: 2013 Community Summit
-Charting BC’s Economic Future Academic Roundtable
-Charting BC’s Economic Future: out Future, Our Voice Discussion Guide
and can be found at: http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit/2013summit/materials-outcomes.html

The 2014 Summit was held from October 19th-24th. The events can be found here: http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit/2014-summit.html
Outputs from these events will be published in the near future.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
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Public Engagement Yes
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Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
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Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Knowledge Mobilization

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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