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This hub was contextualised within a broader six-month-long Climate Justice Field School, a 25-person collective made up of City of Vancouver staff and community members who are building longer-term relationships and shared approaches to implementing Vancouver’s Climate Justice Charter (PDF).

Unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, also known as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Making the facets of the dominant systems more visible and nuanced, and identifying specific leverage points to dance/move away from, helps us to see when and how dominant paradigms im/explicitly shape public sector innovation work. And even more importantly, by visualizing paradigmatic moves and leverage points grounded in purpose, values, and visions of social and ecological justice, wellbeing, and liberation we hope to incite and inspire our fellow public sector innovators to really dance up a storm!—Lindsay Cole, Lily Raphael, Maggie Low, Mumbi Maina, and Kyla Pascal. Dancing with Paradigms of Transformative Public Sector Innovation.

Implementing Vancouver’s new Climate Justice Charter involves new processes that centre collaboration, sharing power, and nurturing relationships. These draw from the fields of systemic design, social innovation, and equity-centred and decolonising methods. They serve as alternatives to standard policy-making, program delivery, and the public engagement processes typically used in local governments. This symposium documents the co-creating of an experimental and experiential learning journey embarked on as researchers, students, civil servants, and community members working on designing just climate futures.




Climate justice focused hub hosted by Emily Carr University and the City of Vancouver