The twenty-first century requires students and workers who are adaptable, collaborative and innovative. However, essential twenty-first century skills like empathy, resilience and improvisation are difficult to understand, practice and assess, and are therefore often underrepresented in both schools and professional development programs. Twenty One Toys addresses this gap by providing toys, workshops and training programs that allow students and professionals to refine twenty-first century skills in a tangible and engaging way.
Please join us on Wednesday, November 14th for a presentation, Empathy Toy demo, and an opportunity to meet and learn from award-winning social entrepreneur, Ilana Ben-Ari, founder of Twenty One Toys. The event is open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members. Limited tickets available so please make sure to register.
- When: Tuesday, November 14 from 3:30 - 5:00PM
- Where: Ideas Visualization Lounge, Riddell Library and Learning Centre, Mount Royal University
About Twenty One Toys
Twenty One Toys is an award-winning social enterprise that uses toys to teach empathy, failure and other key 21st century skills. First featured on TEDx, their multi-award winning Empathy Toy is being used in hundreds of schools and offices worldwide. Proving that toys are the new textbooks, Twenty One Toys is well on its way to creating the world’s first global community of empathic leaders. With workshops and training programs for all ages — even TIME magazine has praised their toys as a future technology!
About the Empathy Toy
The Empathy Toy is a blindfolded puzzle game that can only be solved when players learn to understand each other. Designed as a toolset for organizations, the Empathy Toy generates rich discussions about the role of empathy and communication in the workplace – and unlocks insights for improved performance, smoother collaboration, and more authentic employee engagement.
About Ilana Ben-Ari
Ilana Ben-Ari is a multiple-award winning product designer, TEDx speaker, and Ariane de Rothschild Fellow. She has been working at the intersection of design and social innovation for over 7 years, has been featured in the Guardian UK, Independent UK, and TIME magazine and is the founder of Twenty One Toys, a multiple-award-winning toy start-up. She transformed her thesis project into the company’s first product, The Empathy Toy. Originally designed for visually impaired students and their sighted classmates. It is now used as a tool to teach Empathy worldwide.
The Institute for Community Prosperity will be hosting an Information Session November 9th 2017 for anyone who is interested in learning more about the May the System challenge. At this session, you will have the opportunity to hear from past competitors about their experience in the challenge in addition to answering any questions or concerns you may have.
- When: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 3:30 - 4:30PM
- Where: EB 2061, Bissett Boardroom, Mount Royal University
Last year, seven teams competed in the Challenge, known then as "The Global Challenge". Second year MRU Bachelor of Science ― Environmental Science student Braden Etzerza, made his way to the U.K. to compete in the Oxford Global Challenge 2017. As one of just two Canadian representatives who won among 10 participating teams, his research addresses food insecurity issues for Indigenous Peoples.
Map the System is an initiative of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, in partnership with educational institutions across the world.
Map the System is a competition that asks you to think differently about social and environmental change. Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. This competition asks you to select a social or environmental issue and to explore, probe, and research all the connecting elements and factors around it.
RECODE is excited to partner with schools across the country to host Daniela Papi-Thornton for a series of talks & workshops on System Change Leadership.
Each session begins with a public talk about systems change leadership, followed by a workshop for social impact educators teaching system change principles through their classes, accelerator programs, or social innovation and entrepreneurship offerings. Food will be provided.
For more information about Daniela's work, please explore the links below.
We look forward to seeing you there!