• Reading List,  Social Innovation,  Tonya Surman

    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…

  • Manitoba,  Social Innovation

    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…

  • Social Innovation

    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…

  • Alberta,  British Columbia,  Social Innovation

    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…

  • Social Innovation

    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…

  • Reading List,  Social Innovation,  Tonya Surman

    What Tonya’s Reading: Impact: Six Patterns To Spread Your Social Innovation

    These thoughts were originally published in June 2018 by Centre for Social Innovation: “Yesterday, on my reading marathon, I finished Impact: Six Patterns To Spread Your Social Innovation by my dear friend and mentor Al Etmanski. There is so much to love in this beautiful book, but the parts that sung for me were about the power of ‘passionate amateur’ and the great great material around moving policy forward. Truthfully, Al’s pure existence makes me so happy and the fact that occasionally I get a prod from him in the form of a poem or nudge, simply makes me sparkle. He truly embodies the balance of Power and Love referenced…

  • Alberta,  Atlantic Canada,  British Columbia,  Indigenous,  Manitoba,  Ontario,  Quebec,  Social Innovation,  Social R&D

    Important Moments for Canadian Social Innovation in 2018

    This was a important year for social innovation in Canada. The biggest news is probably that the federal government announced an $805M investment in social innovation, the importance of which can not be overstated. But that funding exists because Canada has already become a global leader in social innovation, thanks to work being done from coast to coast by social innovators and organizations everywhere. As we begin this new year, we’re looking back on some of the important moments and learnings from 2018 that will help shape the year ahead.   The Social Innovation and Social Finance Committee Releases Their Policy Report A 17-person committee appointed by ESDC from government…

  • Atlantic Canada,  Social Innovation

    2018 Highlights from Inspiring Communities in Atlantic Canada

    In October, on the edge of the CCEDNet national Conference, EconoUs2018, 40+ community development organizations, innovators, entrepreneurs and academics gathered to learn more about the Social Innovation Canada project and its impact in Atlantic Canada. They came with questions about timelines, resources and governance and all those in the room reinforced the importance for work in this region to be led with intentional collaboration. To that end, our team has had the privilege of travelling across the region this fall to connect, deepen relationships, and better understand the supports that would be useful for contributors to this field. In New Brunswick we gathered stories to share about the supports that the…

  • Reading List,  Social Innovation,  Tim Draimin

    What Tim’s Reading: How Does Social Innovation Contribute to, or Bang Into, Previous Generations of Social Change Thinking?

    Although discrete social innovations have been around since time immemorial, the field of social innovation has only gained significant profile in the last couple of decades. How does social innovation contribute to, or bang into, previous generations of social change thinking? That is the tension that two recent and connected articles grapple with. The first by Marilyn Struthers, “At odds or an opportunity? Exploring the tension between the social justice and social innovation narratives” appeared in The Philanthropist on March 19, 2018. Struthers reflected on her work at Ryerson University as the first chair in social innovation. “Fundamentally,” says Struthers, “how we organize for social change evolves over time. In…

  • Alberta,  Social Innovation

    ABSI Connect End of Year Updates

    From our friends at ABSI Connect: Season’s greetings from Alberta Social Innovation Connect (ABSI Connect)! I’ve enjoyed getting to know many incredible Albertan change-makers over the past few months. Here are a few end-of-year updates, stories, and resources. Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season, Naomi Mahaffy ABSI Connect Facilitator