Ben Weinlick, is the founder of Think Jar Collective.
Currently Ben is the Executive Director of a large 500 employee, 22 million a year NGO called Skills Society in Canada. Skills Society has a long history of innovation and advocacy for the rights and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. Skills is known for quality human centered services and social innovations. Previously he stewarded Social Innovation Research & Development through a lab he help create called the Action Lab. This lab focuses on innovation that improves the quality of life of some of the most vulnerable and stellar citizens in our communities. He is also the co-founder of MyCompass Planning, the founder of Think Jar Collective and regularly consults and give keynotes throughout North America on human centered service design thinking, social innovation labs and the tools and culture of disciplined innovation. Along the way striving to nudge positive systems change in human service organizations over the last 18 years, he has had stellar mentors and colleagues that he shares credit with for some awards he has received. Some of these awards include the MacEwan University distinguished alumni award, the Government of Alberta Community Disability Service Sector Leadership Award and the Avenue magazine Top 40 under 40 award
He is deeply driven by the desire to help people, organizations and community to get better at navigating complex challenges together.
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.
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. 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”