The Social Innovation Lab at JPII is collaborated with the City of Plano and its non-profit partners, Texas Conservation Alliance, and One Earth One Chance, to research and prototype ways to increase awareness among Plano residents of the benefits of native plants. The project aligns with the following goals and objectives detailed in the City’s “Parks, Recreation, Trails & Open Space Master Plan.”
The project takes advantage of the newly planted buffer zone along Pittman Creek in Buckhorn Park, leveraging the installation as a “sandbox” for ideas and experimentation. The area had recently been cleared as a staging area for the construction of gabion walls on the other side of the creek. Thanks to support from Texas Conservation Alliance and One Earth One Chance, the City is able to restore the buffer zone with new plants.
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At JPII, we recognize our world’s social problems are becoming increasingly complex; so too are the answers for solving these social problems. Where traditional problem-solving strategies have become ineffective, we are challenged to look at issues through different lenses.
Through the Social Innovation Lab (SIL), students work alongside community partners in developing and implementing these solutions. Students further develop their skills in research and writing, problem-solution design, public speaking, organization, and project management. This unique class offers students the opportunity to examine their impact on social, economic, and environmental challenges in the real world today.
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