What We Do
Today, we face a combination of interconnected global challenges – ecological, economic and social – not seen by previous generations. This moment in time needs bold, smart and determined leadership. We are meeting these challenges through our growing network of social change leaders. Nationally we now have a total of 534 participants and graduates. Calgary has 124 grads and participants, while Edmonton has 110, this includes 26 grads from our inagural Climate Leadership Program.
Our alumni are making waves across sectors and issues – from labour, politics, and academia, to arts, service, and grassroots activism. Check out our 2016 Alumni Report for information on our grads and what they value about Next Up.
We are also building connections and capacity within our networks of supporters, partners and collaborators. In our 8 years in Edmonton and 7 years in Calgary, we’ve had the support of over 100 volunteers each year. We have active relationships with over 100 leaders in nonprofits, labour, indigenous communities, business, health care, education, academia and grassroots organizations. In Calgary we have hosted the Community Connection for 5 years. This is a single day gathering of around 70 people that focuses on community building, project innovation and social networking. A number of notable projects, businesses and collaborations saw their beginings here, including Green Event Services and Calgary Meal Share, while other growing projects and organizations (The Women’s Centre, Grain Exchange Coop, Alberta Network of Immigrant Serving Agencies) widened their impact and effectiveness through their participation.
The particpants from the Climate Leadership Program come from a wide cross section of Alberta’s people, places, organizations and communities.
In Alberta, we partner with Parkland Institute. Parkland Institute is an Alberta-wide, non-partisan research centre situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. Parkland Institute studies economic, social, cultural and political issues facing Albertans and Canadians, using the perspective of political economy.
In Calgary we also partner with the Arusha Centre and the Alberta EcoTrust Foundation. The Arusha Centre inspires and supports communities to connect, gather, and create a socially, economically, and environmentally just future. The Alberta EcoTrust Foundation supports environmental groups in Alberta through grants and capacity / collaboration building programs.