The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement plays a vital role in the University of Waterloo’s innovation ecosystem, advancing expansive and innovative understandings and practices of peace locally and globally. As dedicated peacebuilders, we are also part of the larger network of “Do-Gooders” in Waterloo Region. Our inspiration partner, Kindred Credit Union, continues to play a role in enabling us to catalyze collaboration that is consistent with the values of Kindred, Conrad Grebel University College, and the University of Waterloo.

Our efforts to advance peace focus on inter-disciplinary and multi-sector approaches that invite diverse partners to tackle complex social problems through collaboration. Since we would like our #12days4good ‘good deed’ to represent the work we do year-round here at the Centre, we have decided to invite a team of Centre for Peace Advancement participants to collaborate on a shared act. This group includes participants from our Epp Peace Incubator program, who are founders of peace start-ups, to staff from established peacebuilding organizations such as Project Ploughshares.

To kick off #12days4good, participants from our Centre will donate their time to applying systems-thinking to research and mapping the University of Waterloo’s relationship to climate change. Our approach will reflect the Map the System competition, which the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is facilitating across the University of Waterloo campus throughout 2020.

Our goals with this project are to provide an example of how to tackle a complex problem and to communicate this approach throughout our campus and community networks. Staff from the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement will facilitate the project and we’ll share our experiences throughout the day. On December 9, follow along with us on Twitter @GrebelCPA and on Instagram @conrad_grebel!