It takes a neighbourhood

Does thinking about the worst bring out the best in people? UBC students and their colleagues developed an innovative approach to creating more cohesive and resilient communities by expanding on existing disaster-planning and emergency-preparedness practices.

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Emi Webb
Podcast: Building Resilient Communities

Meet two founders of one of British Columbia's newest and most innovative co-ops! In this episode we speak to Adele Therias and Leah Karlberg of Neighbour Lab about how their worker co-op develops community infrastructure that can provide resources during a disaster, and promotes community connections. 

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Co-operatives First
SI Seed Fund recipients Neighbour Lab’s story

Introducing one of our Social Innovation Seed Fund recipients, Neighbour Lab. Through our change-maker grant, Neighbour Lab has shown how an idea can become reality and create positive social transformation beyond SFU, contributing to long-term community sustainability.

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Meet "The Neighbour Lab"

Meet "The Neighbour Lab" of Vancouver: creating safe spaces for after an earthquake. Johanna Wagstaffe interviews members of Vancouver's Neighbour Lab.

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How do we design resilient cities?

Two recent Emily Carr graduates were selected to present their grad show project, the Neighbour Hub, at the Global Grad Show in Dubai. The event, taking place November 13th-17th 2018, is an annual expo of innovative projects from design and technology schools around the world. Emi Webb (BDes 2018) and Steph Koenig (BDes 2018), the creators of Neighbour Hub, were the only applicants chosen from all of Canada.

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Emily Carr University
Smart technology, and smarter communities

As our cities embark on “Smart City Challenges” and compete for global recognition for their state-of-the-art technology, it is important to keep our priorities straight. The appeal of smart technology as a tool for building resilience is often misinterpreted as a replacement for other crucial tools, such as strong social cohesion, local contextual knowledge and experiential learning.

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Spacing Vancouver
The Neighbour Hub: community resilience

Nestled between the ocean and the mountains on Canada’s west coast, beautiful Vancouver sits on the meeting point of two tectonic plates, which means we face a one in five chance of experiencing a serious crustal or megathrust earthquake in the next 50 years.

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