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AGILITY: the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly; intellectual acuity

The University of Lethbridge is home to AGILITY, an experiential learning opportunity in entrepreneurship that bridges education, research and innovation. AGILITY equips students with the skills of resilience, responsiveness and adaptability to allow them to keep pace with an evolving labour market, as well as skills that will enable them to tolerate risk and thrive despite change or failure.

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The University of Lethbridge is developing a new program in innovation and entrepreneurship designed to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit. Students will learn about innovative thinking and developing ideas from renowned faculty and leaders in the business and social innovation community. They will work in a cross-disciplinary environment and will have the space, tools and mentorship to bring their ideas to life.

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Education Challenge Day (July 13)

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On July 13, 2016, the Faculty of Education and AGILITY will be holding the second annual Education Challenge Day. The goal of the event is to engage the creative and critical thinking skills in Faculty of Education students by solving a real-world curriculum and assessment design problem. They will present their design ideas to a panel of judges which will include: Joanne Neal:               Acting Executive Director of Programs of Study and Resources, Alberta Education Robert Wood:              Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Lethbridge Amber Darroch:          Associate Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction, Horizon School Division Dawn Burleigh:           Assistant Professor, Aboriginal Education, University of Lethbridge Rod Scott:                    Assistant Principal, Victoria Park High School   The public is invited to attend Education Challenge Day on July 13th, 2016. Activities will take place throughout the day in the Curriculum Lab located on the 11thfloor of the Library.  Presentations will be displayed for judging…

What is a Social Entrepreneur? | ChangeCreatorMag

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Written by Adam Force, Founder and CEO of Change Creator magazine app,  April 23, 2016. To read the full article, please visit: Change Creator Magazine.  The terms social entrepreneur and social entrepreneurship were used first in the literature to social change in the 1960s and 1970s. The terms became more popular in the 1980s and 1990s, promoted by Bill Drayton, the founder of Ashoka, and others such as Charles Leadbeater. Before the term gained traction, those who fit this description were outsiders or radicals that seemed to bring positive change to deprived communities single-handedly. Characterized as extremely optimistic visionaries who had infinite willpower, they use entrepreneurial skills and innovation to address significant social and/or environmental problems. Profit did not motivate this free-thinking and inspirational group. Years ago they didn’t have a name but today we call them, Social Entrepreneurs. Similar to the way business entrepreneurs change the face of business, social…

Week 5 and 6 Wrap-up

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In what felt like no time at all, the final two weeks of AGILITY’s first course came rushing up with deadlines and final projects. In week 5, students collaborated in their groups to create a prototype and presentation to be showcased in the last class. The four teams presented their final ideas to their peers, instructors, as well as community members, sharing the reasoning behind their projects and intended impact. Some even included business plans and additional marketing materials in order to further demonstrate their project’s feasibility. The ideas students developed included: • BookFarm by Sterling Clavelle, Jessie Neudorf, and Lisa-Marie Swanepoel • Fresh to You! YQL by Erin Gerrard-Evjen, Karen Ogilvie, and Michelle Boivin-Carriere • Reduce Food Wastage by Lindsey Nakamura, Shamria S. Latif, and Walt Barton • Restaurant Experience by Mikayla Kamiski, Doran Johnson, and Krysten Lumsden The idea behind BookFarm was to make it more feasible for…

Themes of Innovation 2016 – Week 4 Wrap-up

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Ethics, a tricky but essential conversation to have when developing new ideas, was the main topic of week 4 in Themes of Innovation 2016. Dr. John Usher led students through a discussion on various aspects of ethics, including the implications of technology, philosophical underpinnings, and finding solutions to ethical problems. In relation to food, the class delved deeper on ethical implications related to food giants, pseudo foods, and supermarket strategies that influence shopper purchasing behaviour.  John also highlighted differences between ethical dilemmas, choices between right vs. wrong and right vs. right, the doctrine of double effect, and Type 1 and Type 2 problems. In the latter half of the week, students pitched their final project ideas to a panel of judges (as well as the rest of the class) that identified a potential food related issue requiring innovative problem solving. From there, students then chose the top three projects that they would…

The University of Lethbridge is ideally and uniquely positioned to prepare students for life in the 21st Century. Specifically, our commitment to liberal education encourages a breadth of perspective, and fosters resilience and mental agility to enhance success in a rapidly changing world. This commitment to entrepreneurialism and innovation will provide students with the opportunity to explore self-directed jobs and careers that can serve to diversify and sustain our economy, enrich our society and assist Alberta to further develop its knowledge economy.

Dr. Lesley Brown | Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President Academic