UBC Geering Up

Design Thinking For A More Sustainable Future

Design thinking is a people-focused problem-solving process that stresses understanding individuals and their perspectives, collaborative brainstorming that challenges assumptions, and redefining problems to identify new ideas and strategies. In this workshop, we’ll explore how design thinking works and how it’s used in the world of engineering, business, and technology. We’ll also look at how you, as future leaders moving the planet towards a more sustainable future, can use design thinking to tackle our greatest challenge of all, climate change.

Climate Hub

Climate Storytelling 

The Youth Climate Ambassadors Project is a youth-led climate action program where UBC students facilitate workshops on climate storytelling for their high-school-aged peers. Participants are empowered with the knowledge, resources, and confidence to become “Climate Ambassadors” in their own communities. The workshops focus on storytelling as a strategy to help climate narratives resonate with new audiences. Facilitators explain why they personally care about addressing and mitigating climate change, highlighting the joy and agency they have gained by leaning into the climate movement. Participants then learn to create and tell their own hopeful climate stories which they can later share with their parents, friends, and local policy-makers.

Fashion Takes Action

The Footprint of Fashion

My Clothes My World is a program that aims to educate and foster a future of environmentally responsible citizens who are able to think critically and act consciously. During this workshop, participants will engage in exercises designed to uncover the social and environmental impacts of the fashion Supply Chain. First, participants will be tasked with deconstructing the supply chain to gain a rich appreciation for the labor and infrastructure involved in producing the garments we wear. The participants will then engage in an active role-play to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the motives and needs of the various stakeholders within the supply chain. 

Community Arts Council of Vancouver

Reframing Relations

Reframing Relations brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists together in schools to facilitate dialogue about reconciliation in Canada. Participants work together on collaborative, arts-based ‘Statements of Understanding’ to discover where their awareness of Indigenous issues is located today, where they have gaps in their knowledge, and what concrete actions can be taken to support meaningful reconciliation. Reframing Relations facilitators are experienced artists and educators who model allyship, vulnerability, and intercultural dialogue. 

Check Your Head

Poverty and Income Inequality

Canada’s official wealth is growing, but so is the rate of poverty. Why do the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer? Is income inequality bad for everyone, or just some people? How can we build a society where everyone prospers, and what does it look like? From minimum wage to corporate power, learn about the roots of poverty and how it affects us in BC. We explore practical ideas and realistic solutions for poverty elimination.

Dakota Bear

Indigenous Sovereignty is Climate Action

I will be speaking about the work that the Indigenous Peoples are doing in terms of climate action through the social justice movements that are pushing for Indigenous rights in Canada. This all ties together with the land and how we are continuing to protect it from resource extraction. This work is being done politically, legally and on the ground, I’m looking forward to sharing more!