Next Up Ottawa: Growing social change in the middle of winter

It’s been quite a busy January for Next Up Ottawa.  Our participants have been engaging in some exciting projects. Kyla Farmer has been working hard with fellow community activists and artists to launch Disrupt Magazine, “A digital magazine and a movement designed to empower, inspire and inform current & aspiring social innovators, social entrepreneurs and all the ruthless visionaries, system-thinkers, entrepreneurs and artists who are committed to creatively destroying what doesn’t serve humanity.” Next Up Ottawa is excited to support her in this project.

Next Up’s Nathan Hauch spoke to the group about his work with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario , and the campaign to expand attendant services for people with physical disabilities.

Next Up Ottawa’s Grant MacNeil has been working to defend a student community garden at Carleton University, while working as President of the Graduate Students’ Association. Next Up came together to support Grant and his fellow students in a campaign to contest the university administration’s attempt to dismantle the garden. The garden remains intact and, if relocated by the univeristy, will be ready for the spring growing season thanks to the important student-led campaign to protect it. We are excited to continue supporting each other over the course of the year in the great projects currently underway by Next Uppers in Ottawa.

Sam Ponting, Program Coordinator // Next Up Ottawa