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The Story of the BC Family Justice Innovation Lab

Almost two years ago, our Lab received a wonderful invitation to contribute a paper to a Special Edition of the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice focusing on “access to justice & innovation”.  Jane Morley QC and I (with help from many others who kindly read and re-read the article) dove into the task of […]

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Unbundling Workshop in Vancouver January 31 2018

The Lab continues to support the Unbundling Initiative now that the Law Foundation funded project has wound up.  Unbundled legal services are a key part of the access to justice puzzle AND a way for lawyers to begin to practice law differently – in a way that meets their personal and professional goals and values.   […]

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Seeking input from Kamloops families to improve the BC family justice system

The Lab is involved in supporting a new initiative which is seeking participation from family members in Kamloops, BC.  The initiative seeks to improve the BC family justice system by starting with an exploration of the experiences of families who have used the system to deal with separation and divorce. The team will be in […]

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Youth Voices Narrative Workshop – Output and Observations

In our February post we promised to provide more details about some of the insights coming out of the Youth Voices Workshop in January.  I believe it is too early for true “insights” – they will come from the next stage of our work (discovery). However, I can report on the actual output from the […]

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What skills and attitudes do we need for justice system change?

Our friends at Nesta have been working on a new competency framework to define the key skills, attitudes and behaviours that public sector innovators combine in order to successfully solve public problems.  Check out this wonderful post for more details. This is difficult work.  I was heartened to see confirmation of the various “tensions” that […]

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The link between social system change and human behaviour

In New Zealand, mediation is mandatory for families before they seek the assistance of the court for parenting arrangements arising from separation and divorce.  Policy and legislation was introduced in 2014 to require mediation because of well-established evidence that mediation was more affordable, faster and produced better outcomes for families than the court system.  A […]

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A Journey Through Customer Journey Mapping for Justice

The National Action Committee on Access to Justice held its annual meeting in Vancouver earlier this month.  Members of the committee and others keenly interested in access to justice from across the country gathered to share ideas, experiences and stories.  On March 22, 2017, the day prior to the actual meeting, the NAC organized a […]

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Youth Voices Narrative Workshop: Some Early Insights

On January 22, 2017 we gathered with a very courageous group of young adults who were willing to share stories about their experience of the parents’ divorce. This was the first step of our Youth Voices Initiative which is using a human-centred design process to maintain or improve the well-being of children faced with separation […]

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How to have meaningful conversations about adaptive challenges

Happy New Year everyone! One of the purposes of the BC Family Justice Innovation Lab is to create a space (or platform) for meaningful conversations about how to address the complex adaptive challenge of supporting family well-being as they journey through separation and divorce.  The traditional method of gathering justice “insiders” to diagnose the problem […]

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