Hacking the Media Content System in Canada

Back in November 2016, ThinkFresh Group, in collaboration with Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communications and Design (FCAD) and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport hosted the #weCan Culture Jam – aimed to source ideas and feedback from youth in Toronto around how they perceive Canadian content in media in light of the fast …

Introducing The DEF Jam Blog

In collaboration with Facilitator, Designer and Code for Canada’s Education and Community Program Manager Meghan Hellstern, we’ve jointly launching a new blog called The Design, Engagement and Facilitation Jam – also known as The DEF Jam – at: www.thedefjam.com The blog will feature articles and posts on the experience of being a design-based facilitator, tips …

HXD with OCAD U Public Spaces

In mid-2016, we set out on an insight journey to learn more about how humans experience the public spaces around OCAD University. Inspired by techniques such as user experience design and ethnography, our team consisting of Sarah Gatpandan and Howard Tam performed a series of public observations and surveys between August and September 2016 to …

Co-designing Methods for Campus Sustainability Projects

Earlier this year, ThinkFresh Group was able to assist the Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-Op (SOCEC) in their quest to encourage the development of more sustainable energy projects on university campuses. SOCEC has been working on a project with the University of Toronto for the last few years and wanted to share some of their …

Understanding the Public Consultation User Experience

An exciting feature of YIMBY 2016 was the ability to host your own workshop as part of the official YIMBY schedule. And what better way to talk about community development than to have a consultation on the public consultation process itself? In collaboration with Metastrategies and Swerhun Facilitation, we co-hosted a workshop entitled “Cut to …

Insights Into An Ideal Main Street

At the Yes in My BackYard (YIMBY) 2016 festival, we wanted to better understand what makes for an ideal Main Street in Toronto. YIMBY, a Toronto event that brings together individuals and groups involved in grassroots community development to learn, exchange ideas and collaborate on initiatives, was held on September 24 2016 at Toronto’s Metro …

Come out to YIMBY 2016!

We’re proud to be collaborating for a second straight year with Shape My City on the YIMBY Festival – being held this year at Metro Hall in the Rotunda on Saturday Sept 24th from 12-4pm. This is Toronto’s community urbanism festival where community organizations showcase what they’re all about and come together to work on community-led ideas. …

Summer 2016 Recap

It’s been a great summer here at ThinkFresh Group. As usual, our team has been busy with building new and innovative ideas around human experience design and micro-retail around Toronto. A summary of our major highlights from summer 2016: Make Your Market: We launched! In collaboration with Social Enterprise Toronto and the Annex Flea, we …

Talking About Micro-Retail & The Power of Civic Action

The Inclusive Local Economies program of the Metcalf Foundation recently posted a video of their December 2015 event The Power of Civic Action, celebrating the achievements of the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee (TPWC) in transforming their local park, RV Burgess, into a vibrant community hub. TPWC Chair Sabina Ali told their story and discussed how …