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    CCEDNet Manitoba and SI Canada Winnipeg node Social Enterprise Centre Team Up to Prep for SISF Funding Opportunities

    This Spring, CCEDNet Manitoba and Social Innovation Canada’s Winnipeg node: Social Enterprise Centre, are working together to explore how their region can meet the emerging opportunities of the federal Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy. One thing they’ve already heard loud and clear is that the emerging language and practice of social innovation and social finance isn’t very familiar locally. So, they’ve developed a series of events to offer a range of topics and capacity building sessions to help local practitioners find their fit in this emerging framework. Kalen Taylor, the Executive Director of Purpose Construction and SI Canada’s Winnipeg node says, ” we formally launched our Springboard into Social…

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    CSI’s Jo Reynolds Makes Social Innovation Personal

    Social innovation can be hard to get a handle on until we notice it around us.  Maybe that is because it take time for social innovations to really create long lasting change.  That is how it should be.  Change begins with the personal steps we take to learn from one another, how we honour our histories, our relations, and the lands. We start here.  We bring ourselves to the hard work of changing the systems around us to become receptive to initiatives, policies, and mindsets that put people and planet first.    For me, social innovation sparks an intention to make a positive and sustained difference. It starts with people…

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    Budget 2019: Social Innovation and Social Finance Excerpts

    Many Canadians face persistent and complex social challenges that make it difficult for them to succeed and reach their full potential. In the 2018 Fall Economic Statement, the Government proposed to make available up to $755 million on a cash basis over 10 years to establish a Social Finance Fund. The Fund will help charitable, non-profit and other social purpose organizations access financing for projects that will have a positive social impact, such as reducing poverty, expanding employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, or building more affordable housing. How the Social Finance Fund Will Work: Funding will be managed through professional investment managers with expertise in social impact reporting and a…

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    Getting Past “What?”: A Journey Into Social Innovation (Part One)

    Back in 2012 I was trying to find workspace for a small non-profit, social finance organization I had founded. After searching all over the city for affordable commercial space, one of my board members had an idea: “There’s a coworking space on the floor above us that’s just for nonprofits.” he said, “They keep destroying my keyboards.” He was wrong about Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation being just for nonprofits (they curate an intentional mix of organization types), but he was right about all of those dead keyboards. Apparently, this coworking space kept glass bottles of milk, designated for member’s coffee, in a bar fridge on the floor. People there…

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    A February Social Inspiration Roundup

    Do you to want to know what good ideas are solving problems around the world? Audra Williams curates some inspiring news from February! Peace by Chocolate pledges to hire 50 refugees, mentor 10 refugee startups A chocolate company founded by a family who fled violence in Syria is now pledging to work with 50 refugees and mentor 10 Canadian startups run by refugees over the next few years. Tareq Hadhad, who works as CEO of his family’s business Peace by Chocolate, said he wants to share with newcomers what he’s learned about the logistics of getting a business off the ground — from registration and marketing to sales and distribution.…

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    The Jargon of Social Innovation Could be Worse, But Should be Better

    There is an ongoing debate in the medical community surrounding the use of eponyms, greek, latin, and general language usage in reference to medical conditions. Some industry professionals appreciate the connection to history that eponyms provide, some others want to see more scientific precision in medical language. Patient advocates want to see more plain language and think indecipherable jargon separates sick people from their own bodies and prevents them from participating in their own care. Encephalopathy doesn’t mean anything more specific than brain disease, so why not just call it what it is in plain language? Specialized Language is Inevitable, But Clear and Universal Language is Key for Collaboration Anne…

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    What Tonya’s Reading: Power and Love by Adam Kahane

    These thoughts were originally published in July 2018 by Centre for Social Innovation: Power and Love by Adam Kahane. “Adam is a facilitator of change labs and a principle at Reos Partners – global leaders in transformational processes. It was amazing to read about Adam’s insights about group processes. I really appreciated his vulnerability and felt a lot of comfort knowing that I wasn’t the only one that had dealt with failures and challenges in handling these types of complexities. I was left with a lovely group of change lab stories on which to draw, some amazing leads to further explore other thinkers and doers and a sense that I wasn’t…

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    The January Newsletter

    Subscribe Past Issues RSS Translate What a whirlwind. Canadian social innovators, you really are doing incredible work across this whole country. I am now a few weeks into this role, and I am blown away everyday when I hear from our regional partners about all of the local efforts making meaningful change in Canada and the world. As we set out to build and strengthen this new network of SI practitioners, it’s inspiring to see the tremendous commitment to learning, to having the tough conversations, and to experimenting to discover how we can be even better. One of my commitments this year is to keep making sure that people feel incredible…

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    Maybe is a Podcast About the Messy Reality of Social Innovation

    Maybe is a podcast series inspired by individuals who are tackling critical issues and challenges in communities across Canada. Specifically, it’s about people who have participated in a very special program called Getting to Maybe: A Social Innovation Residency, inspired by the Canadian book and social innovation phenomenon of the same name. SI Canada spoke to Host and Producer Cheryl Rose about her work in social innovation, the podcast, and where its going in 2019. What is the Maybe podcast? “This podcast is about what it’s really like to work for social innovation in very complex contexts; the messiness and uncertainty that is often part of this work. These stories…

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    Building Trust And Avoiding Pitfalls With Digital Communication

    Sometimes science proves something that we already know. Like that the earth is round. Or that innovation and human emotion are intertwined. Human nature, with its innate prejudices, biases, and hard-wired survival mechanisms, creates enormous social transaction costs. This problem is examined in greater detail in one of our favourite innovation ecosystem studies: The Rainforest by Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt. According to their study, one of the rules for creating ecosystems where innovation thrives is that participants must “trust and be trusted”. But in today’s digitally connected world, building trust is uniquely difficult. Building Trust Through Digital Communications Email, text and other digital messages are becoming more common…