OUR STORY |
Combining the city-building context and the design thinking approach, Urban Minds helps students in finding creative, human-centred solutions to local challenges, and in becoming advocates and champions of their communities.
The idea of Urban Minds came from a desire to challenge the status quo, a dream to be different, and a goal to create change. The project evolved from co-founder Ryan Lo’s graduate research on youth engagement in the city-building process.
Unsatisfied with the lack of education and engagement, and driven to do more beyond academic research, Ryan organized the Tomorrow Starts Today Conference in Toronto in March 2016.
The youth conference served as a platform to test a variety of tools, strategies and formats. The interaction with more than 70 high school student participants and volunteers offered valuable lessons in effective youth engagement.
Looking to replicate and extend the success of Tomorrow Starts Today, Ryan teamed up with Angela Ng and Katrina Shiu to start Urban Minds in June 2016, with a mission to shape the new generation of urban change-makers.
In the summer of 2016, Urban Minds worked with the Centre for Immigrant and Community Services to run a 5-day workshop series for a group of newcomer youth.
Overcoming their language barrier, the participants observed and identified needs of the community and created prototypes of their visions for their site.
On March 19, 2017, Urban Minds hosted their first annual conference, 1UPToronto, to open up the conversation of youth urbanism to high school student leaders across Toronto.
Following the success of 1UPToronto, Urban Minds is helping high school students set up their own 1UPToronto chapters. The team will be facilitating workshops, talks, and field tours to support each chapter as they design and build a local community project.
QUICK FACTS |
- Urban Minds was founded in June 2016
- We are based in Toronto, Canada
- Our team has 10 years of combined experience in workshop facilitation
- We specialize in delivering workshops, consultation and conferences on city-building, youth engagement and design thinking
- Our previous partners include the Welcome Centre - Centre for Immigrant and Community Services
From left to right: Katrina Shiu, Ryan Lo, Angela Ng
For press inquiries, please contact Ryan Lo.