Ben Weinlick, MA is the founder of Think Jar Collective.
Ben is always looking at how he can help diverse disciplines and domains to collide because often it is through that, that powerful insights and relevant innovations can emerge. Having diverse experience with leading strategy to influence systems change, develop resilient innovative cultures in organizations, facilitating human centered service design, being a senior leader in a large human service organization, dabbling in the arts, community building, startups, and a bit of vintage motorcycle redesign has provided a unique perspective on challenges facing organizations today.
He feels fortunate to have had some amazing mentors and bright colleagues to work alongside over the last 17 years of exploring and leading organizational development and innovation enhancement projects. He’s an innovator and collaborator at heart and will show you how he doesn’t just throw those words around lightly but acts on them. He’s passionate about helping people and organizations enhance their creative capacity in order to come up with better quality solutions and services.
Currently Ben is the Senior Leader of Research and Social Innovation at an NGO called SKILLS Society in Canada. It’s a dream job for him centered around leading Social R & D initiatives. In this role, Ben stewards challenge specific social innovation labs using design thinking, systems thinking and creative processes he developed with a research group during his graduate studies. In addition to curating content for Think Jar Collective, he writes for the Creativity Post, give keynotes on fostering creativity and disciplined innovation in organizations, consults throughout North America and is active on the Make Something Edmonton board .
Ben was stoked that in 2013 he was awarded both the MacEwan University distinguished alumni award and the Avenue Magazine Top 40 under 40 award. In 2014 he was awarded the Community Disability Service Sector Leadership award by the Alberta Government for leading innovative approaches to improve the quality of life of some of Alberta’s most vulnerable.
Humour and serious play enhancing creativity in disability service design Explored ways to enhance creative thinking in order to increase quality in human service design and delivery.
The Edmonton Shift Lab: An Action Orientated Exploration of the intersection of Racism and Poverty in Edmonton- This is a massive initiative that Ben is one of the designers and stewards of. Learn more here
Action Lab: Space to Think Differently and Make Ideas Happen – Intersecting design thinking and creative problem solving with the social sector. Webpage with more info here
MyCompass – Humanized Case Management and Service Planning App – Putting Design Thinking to use for social good. After 5 years of R&D, Ben Weinlick, Skills Society, Lift Interactive and Southern Alberta Community Living Association built and rolled out a game changing social innovation that uses new technology to improve, and humanize the case management experience of how social services, and employment services and designed, and delivered. More Info here
CommuniTEA Infusion Project- Think Jar Collective colleagues, Ben, Debbie and Brooks were the designers and developers of this community building project. The CommuniTEA Infusion project creates a pop up town square for community members to connect, share ideas and strengthen connections. In 2013 Ben was asked to do a TEDx Edmonton Salon talk on this project. CommuniTEA Infusion Project
Project Citizenship – Exploring ways to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities through story telling. Powerful social change initiative that Ben leads through his work with Skills Society. Featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review
Ben’s weird and fun projects that help keep his stiff mental habits “jarred”