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This page features some of the harvests and insights from the inaugural Rural Design Conference that took place October 24-25th, 2022. If you would like to share your own insights, blogs, photos or questions, please send them to and we will upload them to this page.

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Keynote Video: Design for Community Ownership

by Sara Cantor, Greater Good Studios

Sara Cantor from Greater Good Studio speaks about how the design process can integrate principles to build ownership and accountability within community.

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A visual guide and summary of discussions, questions and insights raised during the conference. Download the PDF here.

What does it look like to work with small communities to bring play experiences to life? Explore the Vivo Play Project - a change-making social innovation project and see how thier community codesign process unfolded. This presentation sparked a discussion about what's similar and different between working in Rural communities and in isolated suburbs. View the presentation materials here.

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Join Keiko Ono, a sustainability consultant in the Asia Pacific Region and one of the co-founders of Social innovation Japan and other social innovation ventures as she explores big questions about the intersections between innovation, rural needs and the challenge of slowing down to accelerate impact. View the presentation materials here.

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In this presentation we explored and expanded the current definitions of design and design processes. And began to unpack what might be needed to better respond not only the massive challenges we face collectively, but also to think about how our definitions of design might hold us back from unlocking the wisdom and capabilities already present in rural communities.  View the presentation materials here.

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As part of the Rural Design National Conference, The Social Impact Lab Alberta hosted 2 days of community conversations in Brooks, Alberta. Learn more about their work HERE

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