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Grounded Space / Social R&D

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Grounded Space

Grounded Space is Canada’s first collective of social organizations pooling resources for continuous experimentation, or what we call Social Research & Development. Amazon, Google and most private sector superstars spend 3-30% of their annual budget on research, design, and development. It’s time the social sector has the same infrastructure to re-imagine what is and co-create what could be.

We’re a collective of community organizations, social service agencies, and InWithForward – an international team of designers, anthropologists and reflective practitioners. After more than a decade building teams to solve social problems, we’re finding it’s not just about any one project or solution.

We want to turn our social safety nets into trampolines and enable people on the margins to flourish. Tired of all the innovation rhetoric, our focus is on values-led design, and on creating the capacity to listen, ask, observe, make, and test alternatives to the status quo.

Grounded Space is our container for doing just that. It’s about building permanent capacity to make, test, and embed new practices. It’s Canada’s first Research & Development Collective for social services and community organizations.

Grounded Space currently has four prototyping members who are based in British Columbia and Ontario.


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