So, what is a Community Research Incubator?

The Community Research Incubator is next week. But what is this thing, exactly? Great question!

Think of it as a recipe.

First, start with a room full of passionate and creative people: community leaders, researchers, program designers and evaluators, students, and others.

For the second ingredient, add some specific questions, problems, or projects into the mix for discussion. These might include program ideas, nascent research initiatives, materializing concepts in need of collaborators, and so on.

The next ingredient is a very thin layer of technology: a set of screens around the room that provide minute-by-minute updates of each conversation. This monitoring allows everyone in the room to self-organize and connect themselves to conservations where they feel they have the most to learn or contribute.

Lastly, stir everything together in a relaxed environment and provide some light refreshments to help keep up the glucose levels! (A nice topping is to add the option for those who are interested in purchasing a pint as well.)

Even if you cannot attend the Community Research Incubator this coming Tuesday, you can still contribute as a CRHESI member. Review this list of initial table discussions and forward this message on to anyone who you know who might be able to resource, support, or benefit from these topics:

Topic: Nurturing research and collaboration on dis/ability and inclusive physical activity in London and region
Point person: David Howe, Associate Professor, Dr Frank Hayden Endowed Chair in Sport and Social Impact, School of Kinesology, School of Kinesiology, Western University,

Topic: ATN intends to establish an adaptive kitchen at the Old East Village Grocer as the home training site of the Nourishing Abilities Cooking Club and is developing a broad-based community collaborative with a variety of expertise and specializations to help inform program design, evaluation and delivery.
Point person: Vito Mendonca, Manager of Community Partnerships, ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities Inc.,

Topic: How do organizations define and conceptualize ‘health equity’ and how do they feel it ought to be pursued, given where they are situated in the community?
Point person: Maxwell Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies, Western University,

Topic: Opportunities for working with Western students to advance community initiatives and programming through Community Engaged Learning.
Point person: Kelly Hollingshead, Community Engaged Learning Coordinator, Western University,

Topic: What guides are other organizations in London using as benchmarks for equity and diversity best practices?
Point person: Tamara Kaattari, Executive Director, Literacy Link South Central,

Topic: Let’s talk about how the structures and context of academic research have defined research collaborations
Point person: Anita Kothari, Associate Professor, School of Health Studies,

All CRHESI and community members are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 24, 3 PM – 4:30 PM at the Fox and Fiddle (355 Wellington). Please register via Eventbrite.

If you have an idea, project, or problem in mind that you would like to bring to a future Community Research Incubator for broader collaboration and input, please let us know at

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