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Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities

A Discussion Paper on Why and How Advanced Education Institutions Can Embed Social Objectives into All Their Roles, Functions and Relationships.

Society faces challenges and uncertainties that threaten social cohesion and community well-being in Canada and around the world. Advanced education institutions are uniquely positioned to invent and scale the solutions needed to enable a better quality of life for all of society within planetary thresholds. Many of these solutions can be found in their existing assets and capacities, which, when directed at building social infrastructure, can reveal the pathway for citizens and their institutions to thrive.

This paper sets out the social imperative and the business case for accelerated social innovation, and introduces a typology of assets that advanced education institutions can harness. These assets can and should be activated to scale social solutions within their local and global communities. Further, the paper defines a social infrastructure architecture to facilitate this essential transition. It explores how higher education institutions can harness and leverage their assets (financial, physical, relational, research and education) to build social infrastructure that will positively impact communities and advance societal well-being.

It concludes with a set of collaborative actions that advanced education organizations can pursue together to foster breakthrough ideas, and poses questions for further research and investigation.

Download your copy of the Discussion Paper on Why and How Advanced Education Institutions Can Embed Social Objectives into All Their Roles, Functions and Relationships.

Companion Document

This is a one-page, at a glance summary or handout to accompany the Discussion Paper on Why and How Advanced Education Institutions Can Embed Social Objectives into all Their Roles, Functions and Relationships. The summary provides an overview of the thirty-plus opportunities available to advanced education institutions to embed their social objectives into all of their assets and roles. It can be used to foster a discussion among university or college administrators on the additional roles institutions can play to enable community well-being beyond teaching and research.

Download your copy of the Handout on Why and How Advanced Education Institutions Can Embed Social Objectives into All Their Roles, Functions and Relationships.

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