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Using Social Innovation to Improve Edmonton's Urban Wellness

The City has been working with residents, businesses, agencies and government to develop a 'Recover' approach to improve urban wellness.

Urban wellness includes economy vitality, social capacity, physical and mental health, built and natural environments. Bringing all kinds of people together, from businesses to residents to talk about their lived experiences, is not easy;If we can ensure the right systems are in place, we can promote and sustain conditions for people and neighbourhoods to thrive.

Our Approach

We use a social innovation framework which allows for constant learning, testing and adapting ideas, while considering their cumulative impact. 

This isn’t about replacing existing strategies, programs or services. It’s about testing small solutions to improve urban wellness and finding ways to align and collaborate across different orders of government, agencies, local businesses and the community.

What We Learned

We learned the language of social innovation, to accept different forms of knowledge and learning, and above all else, to trust the process and each other.

Community Report
Executive Summary
2019 Highlights

Timelines and Key Events

An essential part of how we gather information, understand lived experience and create prototypes to develop interactive action plans.

2018 - 2019
May 7, 9, 14, 16, 2019

Recover Co-Design Workshops

November 22, 2018

Year Two Kick-Off  Workshop Summary

November 14, 2018

Strathcona Kick-Off Workshop Summary

October 2019

Showcase - To be decided

June 2019

Tabletop prototyping
Teams come together and share their prototypes with each other for feedback

May 7,9,14,16, 2019

Recover Co-Design Workshops

March 28, 2019

Sensemaking Community Workshop Summary

January 29, 2019 

Starting with Research Workshop Summary

2017- 2018
December 2017

Government Mapping Workshop
Community Mapping Workshop

October 2017

Vision Workshop

September 2017

What We Heard - Community Advisory Committee
Feedback​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Community​ ​Advisory​ ​Committee and actions that need to be taken

September 2017

What We Heard - External Partners Committee
Feedback from the External Partners Committee

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