Designing CMU's Social Innovation Lab
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Bailey, Danielle Jeanette
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The focus of this thesis was to utilize the Action Research Engagement (ARE) process to engage stakeholders in a collaborative curriculum design process at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), to inform recommendations for community engagement strategies, and curriculum design relative to social innovation (SI). Six interviews were conducted, along with two stakeholder sessions utilizing human-centred design methods, and nine participants. Five findings pointed to the need for a SI strategy at CMU, with a significant focus on mending the gap between community stakeholders and the university. Three recommendations encourage CMU to develop a SI strategy focused on relationship building with community stakeholders to foster long-term partnerships and develop innovative solutions to promote a sustainable funding model. These recommendations contribute to laying the foundation for a viable SI program to produce graduates qualified for today’s workplace. The contribution of this research to the existing body of literature is a case study illustrative of the net benefits of a collaborative course design process involving stakeholders in SI education, as well as the challenges involved in this process.