SFU’s Local Economic Development Lab seeks to transform communities, neighbourhoods

May 31, 2016

Simon Fraser University is tackling social and economic challenges through its Local Economic Development Lab (LEDlab), reports The Tyee. The initiative connects SFU graduate students with organizations based in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side to collaborate on projects that pursue goals such as supporting health education and mitigating unemployment. “It's often really hard to connect students with this kind of work in a responsible way,” says Shawn Smith, co-founder of the RADIUS SFU social innovation incubator. “This university-community partnership model is trying to build a container for long-term engagement for students, and how they can add some value authentically and with humility.” The Tyee