Kits & Coaching

The following kits are offered by Community Innovation Hub with coaching sessions to help individuals and teams learn and grow to achieve success, engage with and give back to communities.

  1. Community Innovation Hub Starter Kit for Communities of Faith
  2. Community Innovation Hub
  3. Agrihood
  4. Coworking Space
  5. Maker Space
  6. Social Innovation Challenge
  7. Social Innovation Jam
  8. Organization Social Responsibility and Organization Social Intrapreneurship
  9. The GiveBack Economy – Community Repurposing for Social and Economic Impact
  10. Growing Organization Social Enterprise and Organization Social Intrapreneurship
  11. Random Acts of Kindess
  12. Homeless and Incarcerated Entrepreneur

 If you have questions and suggestions, examples and web site links, please email us at peter@communityinnovationhub.org 

1. COMMUNITY INNOVATION HUB STARTER KIT FOR COMMUNITIES OF FAITH

This kit contains ideas and information to help increase active participation in the community that helps to create meaning in the life and work of the community of faith.

Benefits:

  • Leaders and congregations will learn about community innovation hubs and gain the skills and knowledge needed to apply that learning.
  • Increase collaboration and build more effective teams.
  • The community of faith regains its role as a community hub, bringing diverse communities together.
  • Communities of faith increase interaction with other faiths and cultures to learn and exchange information.
  • Through measurement of outputs and outcomes, the communities of faith will be able to publish clear results to share their ideas within their faith and with other faiths.

2. Community Innovation Hubs

This kit contains ideas and information to help establish a hub using unused space in a community of faith building for up to 20 small businesses, social enterprises, non-profits and charities who engage with and give back to the community.

These ‘hubsters’ get free space, coaching, workshops, e-learning and e-mentoring to help them learn and grow. Events can be held to include congregation, community and ‘hubsters’. ‘Hubsters’ can also tell their story as part of a worship service or event. ]

Benefits:

  • ‘Hubsters’ who are social & spiritual entrepreneurs are more successful when connected with a community of faith.
  • Through relationship building with hubsters faith leaders and congregation will engage and give back to the community as a form of outreach that has a tremendous ripple effect.
  • The larger community benefits from new organizations being launched and thus creating jobs.
  • Community members lead workshops and coaching, providing network opportunities and network weaving.

3. Agrihood

This kit shares ideas and information to help establish areas for production of agricultural products/services and agricultural social enterprises, including unused space outside and inside spiritual institutions.

This kit outlines a method of design for establishing resilient, high yielding food growing systems in available spaces, outdoors or indoors, large or small. Available spaces can be utilized for the production of nutritious, local food. With the creation of these systems comes the opportunity to grow associated social enterprises, educate the community on food security, and share the abundance of surplus.

Benefits:

  • Spiritual leaders & congregation learn new skills and apply methods and techniques.
  • Communities learns to establish agricultural social enterprises, and participate in programs, projects and events including sharing of surplus.

4. Coworking Spaces

This kit shares ideas and information to help develop a collaborative coworking space in a spiritual institution or in a community, providing rental space and learning and networking activities., providing paid memberships for working space, office, meeting rooms and activities to support small business, social enterprises, non-profits and charities. The focus is on bringing people together to share, educate, collaborate and improve well-being.E.g. https://thevillagehive.ca/

Benefits:

  • Spiritual leaders gain a source of revenue and engage with the members.
  • Members share with each other and the community to help them learn and grow.
  • The community gains new products, services, employees and tax revenue.

5. Maker Spaces

This kit shares ideas and information to help develop spaces, supplies and equipment for small businesses, contractors and hobbyists who don’t have access as needed. e.g. http://www.newmakeit.com/

Benefits:

  • Unique equipment and supplies not readily available for a range of users.
  • Community support for those wanting to do a prototype or just make something as a hobby.
  • Opportunity for testing.

6. Social Innovation Challenge

This kit provides information and documents to plan and execute a challenge event in a spiritual institution, an academic institution or a community resource. The challenge provides an opportunity for an individual or team to pitch an idea for financial, in-kind, elearning and ementoring prizes, networking, learning and partnering.

e.g. http://www.socialinnovationchallenge.ca/

Benefits:

  • Participants get an opportunity to present their idea and to learn from judges, other pitchers and from the audience.
  • Attendees learn from presenters and decide if they want to volunteer or partner with the pitchers.
  • Sponsors/donors get to show their support in giving back to community.
  • Web site viewers get to see examples of presenters to motivate them and also to see if there are opportunities for collaboration.
  • The site location leaders get to promote their site to the community.

7. Social Innovation Jam

This kit provides a 1 ½ hour workshop for participants 6-90 years old to learn and apply social innovation. This can be done with general topics or on a theme basis in spiritual institutions, academic institutions, community locations, business locations etc.. The plan is to have those who run jams to post pictures and videos so parties can connect and possibly develop social enterprises.

e.g. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Ih6mCy7bRnFS9Zz0zQAMujN21kglPGiz?usp=sharing

Benefits:

  • Participants learn keys to social innovation, social enterprise and corporate social responsibility and then apply them, all within a 1 ½ hour session.
  • Results can be posted in photo and video formats and shared with other groups.
  • Participants can vie other posts and consider moving forward to establish a social enterprise.

8. Organization Social Responsibility & Organization Social Intrapreneurship

This kit shares information and documents to establish organization social responsibility within a corporation, academic institution, non profit group or a charity. This can also include motivation of organization social intrapreneurs.

Benefits:

  • Organizations learn apply new concepts and strategies to make change, engage with and give back to the community.
  • Individuals and teams learn to develop social intrapreneurship organizations contributing to values and strategies.
  • Communities gain by engaging with members of the community.

9. The GiveBack Economy – Community Repurposing for Social and Economic Impact

This kit helps repurpose communities through engagement and learning to achieve measurable outcomes and successes. The model examines the existing community- its strengths, weaknesses, gaps and opportunities and provides examples of how to build the TEAM to make social and economic impacts contributing to the GiveBack Economy.

  1. Community baseline and repurposed plan including asset based community development

2 Organization Social Responsibility

  1. Building the Community TEAM

Benefits

  • Community matches
  • Community growth socially and economically
  • Community giveback
  • Increased jobs, salaries, taxes

10. Growing Organization Social Enterprise and Organization Social Intrapreneurship

This kit provides information and examples to enterprises and intrapreneurships that want to grow and scale, domestically and internationally. It also includes financial and measurement approaches for both

  1. Scaling
  2. Same Social Space Additions-products, services, programs, projects, events
  3. Finance
  4. Measurement Application

Benefits

  • Some will want to build their operation, and the kit provides planning on how to move forward as an entity or within an organization.
  • Financial planning and pricing support strategy and business planning.
  • Adding additional products, services, programs, projects and events will support the main organization and the additional locations.
  • Partnering/alliance with organizations in the same space will provide new revenue streams and new customers.

 

11. Random Acts of Kindness

 This kit provides information and examples for communities of faith, neighbourhood groups and social entrepreneurs of ways to get involved in their communities on a small but impactful scale.

Benefits:

  • Creates momentum while building towards a larger project
  • A great series of stand-alone projects for communities of faith that are looking for ways to engage with their larger communities without requiring large time or volunteer commitments.

12. Homeless and incarcerated entrepreneur

 

This kit outlines the Homeless and Incarcerated Entrepreneur program including:

  1. Getting started
  2. Finding and screening candidates
  3. The curriculum of study
  4. More than fifty businesses that can be started with less than fifty dollars

Benefits:

  • Provides concrete support and opportunities to a population that communities of faith are often looking to serve.
  • Has been used successfully in Spain, the United States and Canada with practitioners that are eager to support new sites.
  • An excellent opportunity to partner with other faith-based and secular community organizations

     

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