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  1. 1. WHAT IS THE RICHARDSON COLLEGE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT + SUSTAINABILITY?
  2. 2. WE ARE... A HUB OF INNOVATION ... 1 AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY ... 2 A CONSTELLATION MODEL ... 5 SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION ... 6
  3. 3. A HUB OF INNOVATION COMMON INFRASTRUCTURE Building Complex Atrium and Flex Spaces Common Study Areas Classrooms Research, Teaching Labs Libraries Greenhouse, Vivarium Wireless Interent Cisco Telepresence Elements Cafe Undergraduate Students Graduate Research Intl. Students, Visiting Faculty Professors Departments, Faculty Heads Academic Administrion Research Support Staff Physical Plant, Maintenance Canada Research Chairs Research Centres, Institutes INTELLECTUAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES Indigenous Studies, MDP Institute for Urban Studies Campus Sustainability Office Intl. Centre Infect. Diseases Arctic Gateway Initiative Cisco Chair, Collab. Tech. Urban Media Research Lab CIRCLE APPLIED RESEARCH AND INNOVATION Spence, West Broadway Portage Avenue Furby-Langside Campus McFeetors Hall, Residence UWSA Childcare Centre Richardson Green Corridor Terry MacDonald Square Proximity to Downtown Proximity to other Post- Secondary Institutions CAMPUS AND THE COMMUNITY “This new complex will not only provide innovative new science and environmental facilities for UWinnipeg students, faculty and researchers. It will enable us to develop leaders who will become effective global stewards, and contribute to the development of practical solutions to today’s complex environmental issues.” - Dr. Axworthy 1
  4. 4. “ BUILDING ON THE PROMISE OF THE RICHARDSON COLLEGE AS A SOLUTIONS-ORIENTED, INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND APPLIED INNOVATION. AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY “The Richardson College for the Environment will bring together world-class instructors and cutting-edge technology to educate generations of students who will be able contribute to solutions for the growing environmental problems we face today in our communities, across our country and around the world.” - Carolyn Richardson Hursh, Chairman of James Richardson & Sons, Ltd. “This investment in leading-edge technology reinforces Manitoba's commitment to developing centres of innovation, learning and research to continue to build on our successes in today's knowledge-based economy.” - Peter Bjornson, Manitoba Minister of Competitiveness, Training and Trade 2
  5. 5. Community-University Partnerships The City as a Classroom Student Research Opportunities Advanced Graduate Research First Class Lab Facilities Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations Applied Research and Innovation Projects Knowledge Mobilization Enhanced global profile New Funding Streams AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY: “A cutting-edge facility, engaging students and faculty in innovative research and development in natural and social sciences with a focus including the global North, climate change, water stewardship, ‘green chemistry’, urban sustainability and Indigenous science.” - Media Release, June 27, 2011 3
  6. 6. CAN WE DESIGN A NEW MODEL FOR SPARKING COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION AT THE RICHARDSON COLLEGE? 4
  7. 7. The Stewardship Group sets overall strategic vision, monitors the partnership’s overall health, identifies opportunities to initiate new constellations, and ensures that constellations align with the partnership’s overall purpose and objectives. A third-party Secretariat is established in an intermediary organization with the experience and capacity to manage day-to-day administration. A CONSTELLATION MODEL FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION Inspired by complexity theory, the constellation model emphasizes the role of small, self-organizing action groups working together on a particular project or initiative. Constellations flow from opportunism, not from a rigid strategic plan. This makes it possible to balance the interests and needs of each group within the broader goal of highly productive collaboration. SECRETARIAT 3RD PARTY COORDINATION SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY INNOVATION FUND STEWARDSHIP GROUP Faculty, Student Reps, Research Centres, Community Groups, First Nations, Government, Private Sector Reps ENABLING FACTORS Light-weight Governance Third-Party Coordination Action-Focused Teams Funding Incentives Strategic Vision Focus on Innovation Cooperation CONSTELLATIONS Constellations take the form of clusters of activity in which partners voluntarily participate. They can be formal projects, opportunistic initiatives or working groups. SHARED VISION MAGNETIC ATTRACTORS 5
  8. 8. SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION STEP ONE: SETTING STRATEGIC VISION SUSTAINABLE NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT RICHARDSON COLLEGE STRATEGIC VISION 2014 Members of the Stewardship Group represent a cross section of stakeholders and interests active at Richardson College. Priority is given to academic, research and student representation, however local community, First Nations, government and private sector stakeholders may participate as advisors in the group. The Stewardship Group identifies strategic vision and objectives for the overall partnership on an annual basis. The strategic Vision is not meant to limit the kind of collaborative partnerships that might form, but to give some overall direction, respond to emerging research needs and opportunities, and create a basis for evaluating what initiatives will receive support through the Special Opportunity Innovation Fund. 6
  9. 9. INDIGENOUS FOOD SECURITY BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY STUDIES CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION STEP TWO: DISCOVERY & EXPLORATION Opportunities for formal and informal networking and knowledge exchange are supported by the Richardson College through a program of lectures and symposia, lunch and learn sessions, an annual conference and other communication channels. Constituent members of the Richardson College are given a platform to share their work and to learn about the work being done by colleagues across a number of disciplines. The culture of knowledge sharing and celebration at Richardson College lays the groundwork for sparking new professional relationships that may lead to the formation of innovative new research constellations. 7
  10. 10. SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION STEP THREE: CONSTELLATION FORMATION Constellations become active when a group of partners decides to work on a particular issue. This emphasis on action teams accommodates the tensions around priorities that naturally exist when several groups come together. If one group wants to prioritize field research and another wants to work on public policy development, they can. They simply start a constellation and other interested partners cluster around them. The model helps to preserve the partners’ organizational autonomy. Groups only engage in issues that align with their interests. SUMMER FIELD SCHOOL: INDIGENOUS FOOD SECURITY AND BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IN MANITOBA’S NORTH ADVANCING CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION POLICY: EMBRACING INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES 8
  11. 11. SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION STEP FOUR: APPLICATION TO THE INNOVATION FUND A Special Opportunity Innovation Fund, established by the Richardson College and administered by the Stewardship Group, is established to support constellations that demonstrate innovation and excellence. The Innovation Fund is intended as seed resources for new collaborations that are interdisciplinary, demonstrate a commitment to applied research, create professional research opportunities for students, engage community stakeholders and align with the overall strategic vision established by the Stewardship Group. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY INNOVATION FUND 9
  12. 12. SHARED VISION ENABLING FACTORS PARTNERSHIP GROUP CONSTELLATION CONSTELLATION CONSTELLATION 1. Lightweight governance 2. Action Focused Teams (Constellations) 3. 3rd Party Coordination Lightweight Agreements + Governance CONSTELLATION CHAOS PARTNER PARTNER PARTNER PARTNER PARTNER PARTNER ORDER CHAOS ORDER CONSTELLATION SECRETARIAT 3RD PARTY COORDINATION LEAD PARTNER LEAD PARTNER LEAD PARTNER LEAD PARTNER LEAD PARTNER

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