Mindset has invested time, energy and funds in projects to ensure open access to knowledge.
In 2009, Mindset donated $1 million to the International Reporting Program at UBC to support investigative reporting into complex issues for 10 years. At its core is a Creative Commons Library that makes the footage freely available to all those committed to public engagement. The material has been used by a diverse range of media organizations including the BBC, New York Times, Al Jazeera, as well as a number of NGOs.
in 2016, we have partnered with SFU Library and two journal publishers to launch a "Community Scholar” pilot to provide 100 community leaders in British Columbia free access to online journals, currently behind paywalls, to help inform their practice. In 2017, we are expanding the number of partners, publishers, and opportunities for community leaders. Up to 500 Community Scholars will have access to over 11,000 journal titles.
We are particularly interested in approaching the issue of access through an ownership lens. We study ownership structures and practices to identify more equitable and sustainable solutions. From community land trusts to open-source platforms for the discovery of new medicine, our interest is in social innovations that create meaningful stakes for those marginalized by an existing system.