HELPING US HELP YOU: PART 1 FROM THE STANFORD D SCHOOL Six months ago, almost to the day, I received a message from a colleague and friend suggesting I should apply to the fellowship project at a “design thinking school” within Stanford University. This year’s cohort would focus on civic innovation and she thought it was a great fit with
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MIC.COM PROFILE: MARK BRAND At this Canadian diner, homeless people can use meal tokens to buy sandwiches By Alex Orlov | Jan. 2, 2018 In the world of alternative currencies, bitcoin is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. But there’s another alternative to cash that’s stirring a powerful reaction in one community in Canada. Tokens the size of Ritz crackers may be
CHARLOTTE LANGLEY: JILL OF ALL TRADES Since starting Scout Canning, chef Charlotte Langley is making a mark on the industry, not just with her canned sustainable seafood-focused company, but also through an event series she launched, as well as a buyer and stylist for Top Chef Canada and as a culinary curator for Restaurants Canada. Chef Charlotte Langley has a
THE BRAD & RANDY STORY Brad and Randy are a couple of community members we’ve been fortunate to train and employ. They used to be a pair of homeless statistics. Brad and Randy have been good friends for over ten years and are almost inseparable. They met on Randy’s forty-third birthday in Calgary. Brad is always jovial and Randy is
YELP FOR THE MARGINALIZED: A NEW RESOURCE PLATFORM YELP for the marginalized’: a new resources platform for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside In our ‘Trailblazers’ series, we bring you perspectives on creative leadership, social innovation, and positive change from THNK’s worldwide participant community. Today, Kate Inglis interviews entrepreneur Mark Brand, Class One participant and collaborating innovator on THNK Vancouver’s Future of Capitalism Challenge.
VANCOUVER REEL: PODCAST We had the pleasure to sit down with the amazing folks at Vancouver Real to chat about social change and what its like to give back to our community! You can check out the postcode below! Vancouver Real Audio Podcast itunes Vancouver Real is a podcast produced in collaboration by Float House and the Omega Point YouTube
THE IMPACT OF AN UNCONVENTIONAL SOLUTION Mark Brand's life as an entrepreneur began in the summer of 2007 with the opening of his first venture, Boneta Restaurant, at 1 West Cordova. Over the course of the next 3 years, the inaugural Vancouver 'Bartender of the Year' would establish several other popular local businesses, including Sharks + Hammers, The Diamond, and Seamonstr Sushi.