Hacking Choices on Climate Change: Our project with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

On April 7th 2016,ThinkFresh Group, in collaboration with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) led an exciting hack-a-thon to spur some new ideas on changing human behaviour towards adopting low carbon choices. Specifically, the event looked to address the questions: “What challenges do people face …

Bringing the ONN Intersection Hub to Life

A few months ago, we wrote about our work with the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) to enhance the participant experience at the ONN 2015 Conference. We had programmed and facilitated the Intersection Hub – a new space at the conference where participants could share their experiences of the conference and their thoughts on the sessions. …

Capturing Our Facilitation & Engagement Feedback Tips

Over the years, our team here at ThinkFresh has facilitated numerous discussions and conversations ranging from community consultations to design charrettes and even instant conference engagement. We’ve gained many different insights and techniques for conducting unique and deep group discussions and here, for the first time ever, we compiled our collection of Facilitation and Engagement …

Honest Ed’s Alley Project in Metropolis Magazine

Metropolis Magazine, the New York-based architecture and design monthly, has mentioned the Honest Ed’s Alley project in its February 2016 edition. The issue talks about the changing face of retail and how many retail concepts are now being rethought. In the piece entitled “Scale It Up”, Belinda Lanks talks about different initiatives that are helping …

How Might We Design Honest Ed’s Alley for Micro-Retail?

In collaboration with our partners Westbank Corp., Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) and The Next Practice, ThinkFresh Group recently hosted a design charrette to discuss how we might design the Honest Ed’s Alley at the new Mirvish Village to be geared for micro-retail. The purpose was to learn what could make the space successful, what would …

ThinkFresh Talks Micro-Retail & Honest Ed’s Alley at the DECA/Woodgreen Vibrant Streets Symposium

On November 10 2015, the Danforth East Community Association (DECA) in collaboration with Woodgreen Community Services hosted a symposium on Building Vibrant Main Streets and the Power of Local – examining the value of local businesses and their connection to lively streets. DECA has been one of the pioneering groups in Toronto working on refreshing …

Co-creating YIMBY 2015: A Community Festival & Buffalo Urbanism Panel – Sat. Oct. 31 2015!

ThinkFresh Group, in collaboration with Shape My City and The Ryerson City Building Institute are excited to be hosting the 8th annual YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) Festival at the Ted Rogers School of Management (55 Dundas Street West) at Ryerson University this Saturday, October 31st 2015! This is a free community-led event highlighting community-based action and …