Category: Innovation

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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Youth Voices Workshop – a First Step in Justice Design

The Lab is moving ahead with the “Youth Voices Initiative“.  The purpose of the initiative is to support the well-being of youth whose families experienced separation and divorce. Research shows that the divorce process can be very damaging for children as their well-being is closely linked to the level of conflict between their parents and […]

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Putting the Public First – Part 4

In the first three parts of this series I described the thoughts I contributed to the Justice Design Project on how to put the public first in justice system reform.  This post attempts to build on that very important theme. I follow Richard Zorza‘s Access to Justice Blog.  Richard is one of my justice heroes […]

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Unbundling: Announcing the New BC Family Toolkit & Roster!

Our friends at Mediate BC are excited to announce two important milestones in its unbundled legal services adventure (in partnership with Access to Justice BC): Publication of a Toolkit for Lawyers and Paralegals (version 1.0); and An invitation to receive more information about the BC Family Unbundling Roster The Toolkit version 1.0 During the surveys […]

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Putting the Public First – Part 3

This is Part 3 in our series on what it means to be “public-centred”.  It is an outline of my presentation to the Winkler Institute’s 2016 Justice Design Project group in August 2016. The third and last part of the presentation was focused on considering how putting the public first is relevant to justice and […]

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Putting the Public First – Part 2

This is Part 2 in our series on what it means to be “public-centred”.  It is an outline of my presentation to the Winkler Institute’s 2016 Justice Design Project group in August 2016. After exploring why it was important to put the public first, the next question was HOW to put the public first. At […]

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Putting the Public First – Part 1

This post continues our series on what it means to be “public-centred”. Nicole Aylwin, Assistant Director of the Winkler Institute, invited me to participate in the Institute’s 2016 Justice Design Project in August 2016 by providing a short introduction to “Putting the Public First in the Justice System”.  I was excited to participate and wondering […]

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Reframing Changes Everything

In our last post we began a series about why it is important to be “family-centred”.  We quoted from a CBC Tapestry interview with Lisa Genova who turned to fiction as a way of exploring and understanding a person’s journey with dementia.  During that interview, Ms. Genova talked about the importance of “reframing”.  She quoted […]

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Mediate BC Releases Results of Unbundling Surveys

One of the initiatives included under the Lab umbrella is Mediate BC’s Family Unbundled Legal Services Project. Our friends at Mediate BC have just released summaries of the project’s surveys of family lawyers, family mediators and family members who have encountered the family justice system to deal with their separation and divorce issues. In addition, […]

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