Complex Initiatives

working groups

Convenors:  Linda Hawkins, Adam Little, Erin Nelson, Janet Doner


  • To identify approximately 2 “complex initiatives”* from each college
  • To gain an understanding of how these initiatives function – including key factors for success, challenges faced, and strategies for overcoming challenges
  • To explore how the experiences of existing complex initiatives could contribute to the design process for the proposed School for Civil Society.


  • Deans of each college identify relevant initiatives, with additional cases being identified through other channels.
  • Informational interviews are held with representatives of each initiative.
  • Websites and other available documentation is scanned, where appropriate, to complement interview data.
  • A typology is developed for categorizing initiatives.
  • Profiles of each initiative are prepared, along with a summary report.

The following outputs and resources are available as PDFs (left side-bar):

  • Objectives and Strategies
  • Final report will be available shortly
Re-imagining the role of the university bottom arrow

Dialogue goals

  • Broaden and deepen our and thinking on the meaning of civil society
  • Explore the linkages between the universities and civil society sectors
  • Engage university and civil society constituents in a process of imagining how the University of Guelph can move in a direction of greater engagement

Building Blocks of Civil Society