Ben Weinlick, is the founder of Think Jar Collective.
Ben is driven by the desire to help people and community get better at navigating complex challenges together. He is the founder of Think Jar Collective, co-founder of MyCompass Planning and a senior leader at Skills Society leading Social Innovation Research & Development. Ben regularly trains organizations and facilitates human centred design lab explorations around complex issues for the public sector, corporate clients, non-profits, and community. For his work striving to lead systems change in human service organizations over the last 15 years he has received some awards including the MacEwan University distinguished alumni award, the Government of Alberta Community Disability Service Sector Leadership Award and the Avenue Top 40 under 40 award.
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”