What We Do
At the Trico Changemakers Studio - a vibrant co-working and learning space - we are building a dynamic community of changemakers. We are students, social entrepreneurs, activists, artists, and leaders from across sectors making a difference for people and the planet. We are catalyzing a culture of innovation, sharing successes and failures, learning new skills, and connecting with changemakers from Calgary and from around the world.
Designed into the Studio is energizing collaboration space, where dialogue, experimentation, and prototyping support the development of new innovative approaches to social and environmental issues.
The three core values of the studio are learning, innovation, and community. These core values define which organizations join as partners and drive the mission of the studio.
At its core, the Trico Changemakers Studio is dedicated to learning. Students have learning opportunities through projects and mentorship with community members. Community members benefit from the learning opportunities produced by the Studio in addition to other opportunities already occurring at MRU. MRU learns about social innovation from community practitioners, and strengthen current and existing innovative partnerships with community.
Members of the Trico Changemakers Studio seek innovative approaches to understand, ideate, design, and test solutions to societal problems, leveraging the expertise and systems focus of faculty and the entrepreneurial mindsets and social purpose passions of students. The Studio is not a place where people will learn to execute the status quo. It is a place where ideas and conventions are challenged, and where innovation is expected and enabled.
Each student and community member of the Trico Changemakers Studio is focused on work that benefits the broader community – tackling social issues in areas as diverse as Indigenous economic development, poverty reduction, food security, community belonging, and amateur sport. There is commitment to community engagement tools and processes – from ethnographic research, to participatory design, to evaluation. It will also be an embedded assumption that students, faculty, and the community can have a greater impact working in proximity and in collaboration than in isolation.