So far, most support services in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside have been offered in isolation. But where these little stepping stones of relief have been placed, we want the Urban Economic Innovation Lab to help pave a solid path.
By encouraging coordination and collaboration between service providers, we hope to eliminate the gaps, bring greater consistency, improve efficiency, and help residents move toward economic independence on their own terms.
I have to confess, we do have an agenda. Not only do we want to build solutions for one of Canada’s most stymying challenges, we want to train tomorrow’s leaders in the compassionate creativity and community-driven innovation that have become hallmarks of Ecotrust Canada’s work. With your help, we want to build an economy where environmental, economic, and social wealth are given equal weight.