Recover uses prototypes as a way of testing collective learning. Prototyping, rather than pilot projects, rapidly tests the most uncertain aspect of an idea or concept.  Whether the prototype succeeds or fails, that learning is used to evolve the idea.

In 2017-2018, Recover generated over 200 “what if” ideas about possible action.  With our partners, we incubated 13 of these prototypes.  Six prototypes did not continue but 7 evolved and moved forward in 2018-2019.  In 2019, a new round of prototypes emerged from new research and partnerships in Strathcona.

In 2020, we focused on the prototypes that showed the most promise and also that had continued interest from community members. COVID slowed progress on them. In 2021, several of these prototypes continue and evolve, some wind down, and a couple of new ones have emerged as we continue to learn.