• Social Innovation

    (Many) Big Updates on Social Innovation Canada

    Hey Social Innovators! We’ve been busy!! And though you haven’t heard from us, it’s only because we have been so focused on getting it all done and lining up the ducks to respond to the amazing and exciting changes that are afoot in our communities and our country. You may have noticed the federal government’s announcements of an $805M investment into social innovation and social finance? Amazing to even have the words ‘social innovation’ show up in an economic statement, never mind actually making such a significant investment. And as you will see below, we have also been working with our amazing partners at the regional and local level to…

  • Ontario,  Social Innovation

    A Season of Six Degrees of Social Innovation in Toronto

    Once a month social innovators from across the city of Toronto gather for an informal meet up after work and exploration of a social innovation topic. Our purpose is to have some fun, build connections and get engaged with social innovation. From September to June 2018 we partnered with social innovators to animate and engage a crowd ready to connect and learn. Here are the topics and guest presenters. Circular and Sharing Economy with Fashion Takes Action Brave Soles, and Fresh Rents Civic Innovation with Civic Tech Toronto FinTech for Good with Claro Partners and ImpaK Finance Connections Networks and Communities with CSI’s Community Membership Social Innovation Challenge with Dejardins…

  • Ontario,  Social Innovation

    Webinaire gratuit offert par le Cercle des praticiennes et des praticiens en innovation sociale au Canada

    Webinaire gratuit offert par le Cercle des praticiennes et des praticiens en innovation sociale au Canada. 25 juin 2019, 11h30 à 13h Développement d’entreprises féministes et innovation de genre Pour présenter le développement d’entreprises féministes et innovation de genre, la référente et entrepreneure sociale, Ethel Côté parlera d’abord de l’économie féministe et de l’Économie Sociale et Solidaire porteuse d’égalité.  Par la suite, elle dévoilera une démarche collective internationale de co-construction d’outils en entrepreneuriat avec perspective de genre intégrant des valeurs et des pratiques solidaires visant l’égalité à toutes les étapes de création et de gestion des entreprises.  Pour s’inscrire : cliquez ici. Conférencière : Ethel Côté Impliquée activement en économie sociale et solidaire,…

  • Ontario,  Social Innovation

    A Social Innovation Practitioners Circle for Ontario and the Indigenous Territories

    Why a Social Innovation Practitioners Circle? We all know people in communities and across traditional territories who are working to initiate or grow a product or a process for positive social and environmental change. Whether that is an edible forest project or a universal housing development. These ideas are often generated by a few people who want to see positive change happen in their community. Many of these initiatives are reaching into our “systems”, such as food systems, health care, education, or our justice systems. It takes a lot of effort and dedication by these people to create the change that will benefit us all over the long term. We…

  • Manitoba,  Social Innovation

    SI Canada’s Manitoba Hub Partners with Red River College’s Indigenous Social Innovation Program to Support Indigenous-led Two Day Gathering

    On April 25th and 26th, Social Innovation Canada’s Manitoba Hub partnered with Red River College’s Indigenous Social Innovation program to support an Indigenous-led two day gathering, titled “Pathways to Economic Reconciliation: Is Social Entrepreneurship a step forward?” Over 80 people attending, including Indigenous high school students from both urban and Northern Indigenous communities, student’s of Red River College’s Indigenous Social Innovation program, social economy leaders and government for a full day of ceremony followed by a one-day social hack-a-thon to answer some of today’s most pressing issues in indigenous communities. Conversations focused on four key areas: How can we make housing more affordable and sustainable in our communities? How can…

  • Atlantic Canada,  Social Innovation

    This Changes Everything

    There’s a collective buzz building across Atlantic Canada. Voices from the margins are successfully calling out for a new form of collaboration between all four Atlantic provinces. There is a sense of readiness, rooted in our shared history of successful self-organization and cooperatives, and a proven resilience in this region that bodes well for a great transition. A range of activities that have sprouted in the last year alone indicates a broader social movement gaining strength across the region. These include: Linking Arms, a peer-to-peer support network of changemakers from NS and NB that are seeking to create “an economy that works for all” How We Thrive, a gathering held…

  • Ontario,  Social Innovation

    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…

  • Social Innovation

    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…

  • Social Innovation

    Getting Past “What?”: A Journey Into Social Innovation

    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…

  • Social Innovation

    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.…

  • Social Innovation

    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…