Our Origin Stories

In 2013, the Community Knowledge Exchange was an idea on a whiteboard.

Since thenthrough events, fellowships and curated experienceswe’ve created space for hundreds of shift disturbers to exchange and reflect, sparking fundamental shifts in how they pursue social change.

After operating as an initiative of Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) for nearly four years, CKX and the Carold Institute, a charity with a 30-year legacy of championing adult education and democratic participation in Canada, recognized a unique opportunity to undergo fundamental shifts of our own.

The Carold Institute was guided by principles rooted in social movements, and was nimble and flexible as they leveraged their networks to spark change. In this spirit, as they approached the limits of their financial resources, the Carold Institute sought opportunities for collaboration rather than closure.

In 2017, we put all the pieces on the table. Financial assets. Organizational histories. Intellectual capital. Relationships. Big ideas. All of the little and not-so-little pieces that each each of us brought to our partnership.

The result? A new kind of social change agency.

Because of our shared audacity to do things differently, today, a renewed Carold Institute is the conduit through which CKX advances its pursuit.

Today, CKX is fiercely committed to empowering those who drive social change by providing them with opportunities to connect, share and learn. This commitment is a direct legacy of the important work and values of the Carold Institute and CFC.