Getting to Better

Welcome to Getting to Better, our blog for stories, insights, and industry trends surrounding social innovation, capacity building, design thinking, and human-centred design.

We Asked Kids Age 2 - 12 What They Want the Future to Look Like

Posted by Jordan Nottrodt

On Monday, November 20th, UNICEF is helping #KidsTakeOver for World Children's Day. Kids around the world will deliver the news, share ideas, sit in parliament seats, and more.

It's a day for children, by children, to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights, and help them fulfil their potential. Learn more about World Children's Day.  And join UNICEF Canada's One Youth movement to help make child and youth well-being a priority across the country.

This is a day of fun with a serious message, and we wanted our community of kids to participate too. Below is a blog written by kids. To participate, we asked:



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Tags: Canada, Social Innovation, Foresight

Overlap Awarded New Ontario Vendor of Record Status in Strategic Public Engagement

After over six years of conducting broad-reaching and in-depth engagement, Overlap Associates is now an Ontario Vendor of Record in the brand new Management Consulting (VOR #OSS-00426611) Role: Strategic Public Engagement.


As an official Vendor of Record (VOR), we are pre-qualified to provide goods and services for select public engagement projects within Ontario ministries and certain organizations, per the conditions of the VOR arrangement.

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Tags: Canada, Community Engagement, Overlap

Overlap Celebrates 6 Years of Sharing the Power of Design

Posted by Overlap

2017 has been a big year for Overlap.

We’ve been reflecting on our journey over the past six years - remembering our first little office above Shoppers Drug Mart in downtown Kitchener with just one desk, three chairs and a big vision to make a positive social impact in our world through our new business venture.

We’ve come a long way since those early days. This past March, Overlap moved into a new office with over  6000-square-feet to accommodate our growing team of brilliant designers.  

And this fall we had the honour of receiving the Canadian Business Excellence Awards for Private Business.

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Tags: Canada, Overlap, Collaboration

The 25th Team Sets a New Standard For Global Giving

Posted by Overlap

UNICEF Canada’s 25th Team is a unique partnership that brought together 60 Canadian women to help women and children in need around the world.

Among these women is our very own Co-Founder Lisa Grogan.

Lisa and the other 59 members of The 25th Team, along with the Government of Canada, The Garrett Family Foundation, and Teck, have pledged a four-year financial commitment to change the lives of the world’s most vulnerable women and children.

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Tags: Canada, Overlap, Collaboration

What We Want Canada to Look like 150 Years from Now

Posted by Overlap

150 years ago, could we have ever imagined owning a car that would drive itself?

In just the past decade, new technology has made it possible to affordably map your own genome and to set your vehicle to drive itself. In 1867, prototypes for lightbulbs were being tested, the population of Canada was roughly that of Toronto today, and the average life expectancy was less than 50 years old.

July 1, 2017, marks 150 years since Confederation. Like a lot of Canadians, we have mixed feelings about that milestone. We don’t want to party it up while we still have so much work to do on acknowledging and repairing the damage done in our past.

At Overlap, the theme of this July 1st is how we hope to do better over the next 150 years.

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Tags: Canada, Social Innovation, Foresight

How Might We Tackle Poverty in Canada Together?

Posted by Beth Borody

If you have turned on a radio, TV, or looked at any social media over the past few months, you will know that Canada’s 150th birthday is just around the corner. We want to celebrate together and show the world how proud we are to be Canadian. We live in a great country. At the same time, we’re far from perfect. One particular area we still need to work on is eradicating poverty. While we may appear to have it all together on the global stage, one in seven Canadians still live in poverty.

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Tags: Canada