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Our Purpose

Power Shift WR brings together community partners from different specialities, generations, and neighbourhoods to localize the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Waterloo Region. Solutions that include diverse viewpoints have never been so important. Our world is changing with unprecedented speed — and although we are more connected than ever, we continue to approach many challenges from a remarkably narrow lens. With so much talent and ingenuity in our community, we know there is a better way. We create the conditions for building local collaborations and offer a coordinated campaign to connect people, organizations and ideas across the Region.

How We Do It

Developing partnerships are essential to improving and strengthening sustainability efforts in the Region of Waterloo. Power Shift WR does outreach to local organizations with different strengths – access to diverse audiences, hosting space, technical expertise – and helps connect them with a complementary partner to create engaging events and activities. In this way we help our partners build lasting relationships, try out new forms of programming and reach new audiences.

Our Origin

Power Shift WR is coordinated by Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI). WGSI brings people of diverse disciplines and demographics together for brainstorming sessions around big picture sustainable development challenges. Past topics have included how to decarbonize electricity, create better high school classrooms, and improve energy access worldwide. It was WGSI’s work on energy access that highlighted a need for improved “sustainability literacy” at the community level around the world. Power Shift WR was established in 2016 to address this need in WGSI’s home community.