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.

A Downtown Kitchener Guide for Visitors and Curious Locals

Posted by Jordan Nottrodt on March 26, 2018

The following Downtown Kitchener Guide was influenced by the Overlap team, who work (and live) in Downtown Kitchener. They’ve scoped out downtown necessities and uncovered many local treasures.

Kitchener is well-known internationally for hosting the second largest Oktoberfest in the world, but as anyone that’s visited or lived here will tell you, Kitchener has much more to offer than Oktoberfest.

This Downtown Kitchener Guide shares tips for getting around, local treasures, lunch deals, fun things to do around town, seasonal events, and more.

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Tags: Canada, Overlap

Overlap Wins 2018 Business Excellence Employee Engagement Award

Posted by Overlap on February 23, 2018

It was an honour for the Overlap team to receive the 2018 Business Excellence Award for Employee Engagement from the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.

At the annual Business Excellence Awards Gala on February 22nd, 2018, Overlap’s Co-Founders, Brock Hart and Lisa Grogan, proudly accepted the award on behalf of our team.

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

Posted by Jordan Nottrodt on November 20, 2017

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:

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT THE FUTURE TO LOOK LIKE? 

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Tags: Canada, Social Innovation, Foresight

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

Posted by Katherine Hannemann on October 23, 2017

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.

WHAT DOES OUR STRATEGIC PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT VOR STATUS MEAN FOR THE ORGANIZATIONS WE WORK WITH?

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 on October 05, 2017

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

Overlap Wins Canadian Business Excellence Award For Private Businesses

Posted by Overlap on September 21, 2017

Overlap is thrilled and honoured to announce our place amongst the 2017-18 Canadian Business Excellence Award winners for Private Businesses.

The CBEA awards are given out to businesses that demonstrate a successful approach to improving three performance areas: Delighted Customers; Engaged Employees; and Innovation. This prestigious designation is awarded by Excellence Canada and PwC Canada once a year.

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The 25th Team Sets a New Standard For Global Giving

Posted by Overlap on September 12, 2017

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 on June 29, 2017

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 on November 25, 2016

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