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  • Title: Social Innovation Generation (SiG)
    Descriptive info: .. social innovation.. our work.. profiles.. about us.. resources.. Français.. Geoff Mulgan comes to Canada.. Late April and into May, SiG was excited to host Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta and Chair of the Social Innovation Exchange in Canada for several events.. We have been busy collecting all of the wonderful assets from his visit, and have made them available.. here.. Ezio Manzini follows Geoff to discuss the role of design in social innovation.. SiG was also incredibly fortunate in hosting Ezio Manzini, regarded by many as the leading thinker in sustainable design.. Ezio participated in a discussion with Toronto's design for social change community and then spoke to a public audience about the qualities of social innovation.. Thank to George Brown School of Design for hosting these events.. Great food for thought following Geoff Mulgan.. You can see Ezio's presentation.. While you're visiting, take a.. look at the speakers.. we have confirmed for the 2012 Inspiring Action for Social  ...   at how we approach complex problems from a different perspective.. Following the summit a Roadmap of 10 goals was developed, the fourth goal focused on the desire to see more work done in the area of social innovation.. After some initial hand wringing I chose to focus my master’s report on the topic of social innovation in the volunteer and non-profit sector.. The following blog describes my journey.. Read more.. Social Innovation Toolbox.. Profiles.. Blog.. Primer.. Events.. Resources.. Labs.. Upcoming Events.. 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly.. , September 3-7, 2012, Montreal.. BC Ideas: Solutions for stronger communities.. , Contest deadline: September 12, 2012.. Partnership Brokers Training.. Level One, November 5-8, Toronto - in partnership with SiG.. Recent Videos.. SiG is a national collaboration addressing Canada's social and ecological challenges by creating a culture of continuous social innovation.. 2010 Social Innovation Generation.. Suite 100, MaRS Heritage Bldg.. MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 1L7.. info@sigeneration.. ca.. Tel: +1-647-260-7844.. staff Log-In..

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  • Title: Social Innovation Generation (SiG)
    Descriptive info: Social Innovation.. Social Innovation assumes a world where ultimate good in society can be not only imagined, but also created.. It is an initiative, product or process that profoundly changes beliefs, basic routines, resource and authority flows of any social system in the direction of greater resilience.. Successful social innovations have durability, impact and scale.. A Story of Social Innovation.. ".. The need and desire for change is profound.. We need to be change makers.. " -.. (from the introduction to "Getting to Maybe; how the world is changed" written by Eric Young).. In 2002 a partnership between Frances Westley and McGill University led to the creation of the McGill-DuPont Social Innovation Think Tank.. With a goal to explore how can we move the dial on our most complex social problems, the Social Innovation Think Tank, a hybrid group of relationships between DuPont, McGill, the Ontario Science Centre and Opportunities 2000, adopted a multi-disciplinary process.. Calling on their own experiences from a range of disciplines, the group identified a variety of successful  ...   order to share and deepen the knowledge they had generated, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) was formed in 2007 to provide practical support for social innovation in Canada.. Resilience and Adaptability Cycle.. C.. S.. Holling, one of the leading ecologists in the world, is fascinated by the patterns he sees in ecological systems and lately has come to see these same patterns in social and political systems and artistic forms.. He believes that he and his multidisciplinary team of colleagues, which has strong connections to SiG@Waterloo, are beginning to understand one of the key properties of healthy systems, that being resilience.. read more.. Complexity.. In social innovations, there must be an alignment of circumstances that make action possible.. The trick is to see the relationship among various elements.. And in order to see, we must often change our thinking.. We must move from seeing the world as simple, or even merely complicated.. To understand social innovation, we must see the world in all its complexity.. Tags: social innovation, adaptability cycle, complexity, resilience, research, history..

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  • Title: Social Innovation Generation (SiG)
    Descriptive info: Our Work.. Social Innovation Generation seeks to engage partners across sectors to create a culture of continuous social innovation.. To this end, we are trying to channel our resources in ways that will have the greatest impact.. Acknowledging that social innovations are not fixed; that they evolve and present new challenges, means that we must be intentional and agile in our approach.. Engaging the wider Canadian public is vital in developing and implementing solutions.. SiG will be working on a number of initiatives to engage all stakeholders, from high-profile multi-sector events, to media development, to knowledge dissemination through social technology.. One key area of interest is the development of open source social innovation curriculum that can be applied at various stages of learning.. Work on this curriculum is well underway.. SiG is also deeply involved  ...   level.. The SiG partnership has been actively involved in fostering social innovation in the following initiatives:.. The development of.. Lab models.. across Canada, creating an environment for experimentation across sectors for solutions seeking.. Innoweave.. BC Social Innovation Council.. BC Ideas.. : Solutions for stronger communities.. Waterloo-McConnell Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation.. MaRS Centre for Impact Investing.. Canadian Task Force on Social Finance.. Exploration of the Social Impact Bond for Canada.. National Family Care Giving Initiative.. National Mental Health Care Commission.. Ontario Provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy.. A Review of Environmental Sustainability Education in Canada.. Development of a Workshop Series to support organizations through Stages of Social Innovation.. Creation of the Registered Disability Savings Plan.. Advancing Social Finance in Canada through the Causeway Project.. SiG in the news.. tags: social innovation, research, development, social partnerships, cross-sector collaboration..

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  • Title: Social Innovation Generation (SiG)
    Descriptive info: Registered Disability Savings Plan.. The Problem.. Due to improvements in life expectancy for people living with a disability, many are now outliving ther parents and close relatives.. While this is a welcome change, it presents a new problem as it pertains to saving for health related costs into the future.. Strict benefit guidelines prevent them from building financial assets that will allow for independence in their later life.. The Innovation.. The.. (RDSP) is a powerful savings tool similar to a registered education savings plan, but designed specifically for people living with a disability.. The Plan allows those living with a disability financial security well into older age avoiding the poverty trap and enabling independence.. The RDSP allows anyone eligible for the Disability Tax Credit to invest up to $200,000 in savings tax- free until withdrawal, and to spend the money in whatever way will benefit them most.. Family mem- bers and friends can contribute to someone’s RDSP, and help plan for that person’s long-term financial security.. The federal government matches contribu- tions through Canada Disability Savings Grants and Bonds.. The Bonds – available without contributions – are especially valuable for people with limited financial means.. Read how they did it.. Tags: Registered Disability Savings Plan, RDSP.. Roots of Empathy.. Photo Credit: Melanie Gordon.. The Empathy Deficit: The absence of empathy underlies war, genocide, neglect, racism, abuse and marginalization of all kinds.. Without empathy there is insufficient traction for conflict resolution  ...   an area is to pedestrians.. Improving walkability creates better social cohesion and stronger neighborhood relations.. Jane’s Walks are neighborhood tours coordinated and lead by local people.. Jane’s Walks value local knowledge and community building.. Part of the innovation of Jane’s Walk is acknowledging that everyone has a perspective on their neighborhood – no matter how long they have lived there.. Underlying Jane’s Walk is the premise that people actually know more than they think they do about their city.. One need not visit the central library to find out about a neighborhood’s history.. Jane’s Walks use walking as a way to connect neighbours, local merchants and the broader community.. Tags: Jane's Walk, social innovation, community.. JUMP Math.. When it comes to learning, there is an assumption that some children are naturally gifted while others are not.. This assumption creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure for many students.. Left unchallenged, this myth results in huge economic and personal losses across a lifetime.. - Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies.. - challenges teaching and societal norms, creating a new education system that eliminates the assumption that there are natural hierarchies of ability.. JUMP Math is a set of teaching tools: student assessment and practice books, guides for teachers with full lesson plans, and professional development.. The JUMP Math method of instruction, called “guided discovery,” takes account of various strengths and weaknesses of the brain that cognitive scientists have found play a key role in learning..

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  • Title: Social Innovation Generation (SiG)
    Descriptive info: About Us.. |.. People.. Partners.. SiG Media Kit.. Social Innovation Generation (SiG) is a group who believes that serious social problems can be solved.. Our focus is on fostering social innovation to achieve impact, durability and scale by engaging the creativity and resources of all sectors.. Partners in Social Innovation Generation.. SiG is a collaborative partnership between The J.. W.. McConnell Family Foundation, the University of Waterloo, the MaRS Discovery District, and the PLAN Institute.. Our ultimate goal is to support whole system change through changing the broader economic, cultural and policy context in Canada to allow social innovations to flourish.. Read more.. SiG Mission.. Social Innovation Generation (SiG) seeks to address Canada’s social and ecological challenges by creating a culture of continuous  ...   laboratory of social experiments that have the potential to achieve system change and improve the well-being of Canadians.. Particular attention is paid to innovations that engage vulnerable and excluded people, that encourage and benefit from the abundant natural, social and cultural diversity of Canada and its rich heritage of innovation.. The responsibility for addressing our social problems cannot be delegated to any one group or sector.. Our aim is to search for solutions that engage the creativity and resources of all sectors.. We see SiG as its own living laboratory where we can experiment with a different way of telling a story, learning new practices for tipping or changing systems, and the creation of new possibilities for building resilience.. Leveraging, Sharing, Collaborating and Learning..

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  • Title: Social Innovation Generation (SiG)
    Descriptive info: Public Sector.. Private Sector.. Community Sector.. Academic Sector.. SiG websites.. J.. McConnell Family Foundation.. MaRS Discovery District.. PLAN Institute.. SiG at University of Waterloo.. Social Finance.. Causeway.. Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation.. SiG Reports.. Resilience.. Social Impact Bonds: A Practical Social Innovation.. Canadian Task Force on Social Finance Report.. On Not Letting a Crisis Go to Waste: An Innovation Agenda for Canada s Community Sector.. Patterns, Principles and Practices in Social Innovation.. Regrouping, Recalibrating, Reloading: Strategies for Financing Civil Society in Post-recession Canada.. Getting Wisdom: The Transformative Power of Community Service-Learning.. Measuring Progress During Year One.. : Canadian Task Force on Social Finance.. Recommended Reading.. Getting to Maybe: How the world is changed.. - Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman, Michael Patton, Random House, 2006.. New Voices from the Voluntary Sector.. , Edited by Frederick Bird and Frances Westley, 2011.. SiG Videos.. Stephen Huddart on Social Innovation.. Other recommended resources.. What Works - New ways to make social change.. 2012 State of Global Open Innovation.. Public Administration and the Impact Economy.. Social Capital Partners.. Appartenance - Belonging | Belonging.. NESTA.. The Australian Centre for Social Innovation.. Centre for Social Innovation, New Zealand.. Charities Aid Foundation- Venturesome.. UK Office of the Third sector.. Young Foundation.. Experientia.. Sustainable Everyday.. Institut du Nouveau Monde.. Desis Network.. MediaLab Prado.. Research Impact.. CPNet.. Social Velocity..  ...   is it? Who does it? - Government of Canada April 2010.. What's next for Philanthropy - Monitor Institute.. Mass Localism - NESTA.. Integrated Innovation - Grand Challenges Canada at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health.. Capital Ideas: How to generate innovation in the public sector.. , Geoff Mulgan and Jitinder Kohli, 2010.. Radical Efficiency.. , NESTA, 2010.. Articles.. Social innovation harnesses the best in all of us.. Collaboration, innovation key to solving social ills.. Social Innovation: A matter of scale.. B.. C.. Begins Consultation on Community Interest Companies.. New blood, new ideas shake up old notions.. This man has ideas, let’s put them to work.. BC’s Institutions – a stain on our history.. Social Innovation in Canada: An Update.. From Canadian Research Policy Networks.. An Innovative Society and the Role of Government.. From the Office of the Auditor General of Canada 1994.. Social Innovation needs funding.. Alliance Interview with Sir.. Ronald Cohen Jan 1, 2010.. Blogs and Media.. Charles Leadbeater.. Andrew Wolk.. Mez Dispenser.. We-Think: Mass innovation, not mass production.. , Charles Leadbetter, Profile Books, 2008.. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard.. , Chip and Dan Heath, Broadway Books, 2010.. The Innovators Playbook.. , William D.. Eggers and Shalabh Kumar Singh, Deloitte Development LLC.. Leading Public Sector Innovation.. , Christian Bason, The Policy Press, 2010..

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  • Title: Social Innovation Generation (SiG)
    Descriptive info: L’innovation sociale.. Profil.. Notre action.. À propos de SiG.. Ressources.. English.. Geoff Mulgan au Canada.. Fin avril et début mai, SiG a eu l’immense plaisir d’accueillir Geoff Mulgan, PDG de Nesta et président de Social Innovation Exchange, pour plusieurs événements.. Nous avons réuni toutes ses prestations extrêmement inspirantes et vous.. les présentons ici.. Pendant votre.. visite à notre site web.. , découvrez les conférenciers dont nous avons confirmé la participation pour l’édition 2012 du cycle Inspiring Action for Social Impact.. SiG ira à ALIA.. Que signifie créer le changement dans un espace de complexité?.. Nous connaissons sans doute la théorie, et aussi les outils, mais que dire de l’expérience en soi? Comment arrivons-nous à naviguer quand le sol est mouvant, quand nous avançons à tâtons en territoire incertain? Comment s’effectue le cheminement du leadership personnel et de la croissance? Quelles sont les compétences et les pratiques qui mènent à la maîtrise? ALIA Institute étudie constamment ces questions.. ALIA.. (Authentic Leadership in Action) examine les dimensions « intérieures et extérieures » du vrai leadership et de l’innovation sociale authentique depuis 11 ans.. À cette fin, il mise sur un vaste réseau de collaborateurs tels que Margaret Wheatley, Adam Kahane, Peter Senge, Peter Block, Otto Scharmer et d’autres pionniers du domaine.. En juin, pour la première fois, ALIA accueillera SiG à son Summer Institute (Atelier d’été) annuel.. Les partenaires SiG Tim Brodhead, Tim Draimin, Al Etmanski, Cheryl Rose et Frances Westley, tous pionniers de plein droit, apporteront une richesse de savoir et de perspectives à la communauté d’apprentissage réunie pour une semaine.. ALIA fournit un espace pour un apprentissage personnel et collectif approfondi et pour de brillants échanges.. Des pratiques contemplatives appellent le « cœur guerrier du leadership »  ...   solutions novatrices à des problèmes relatifs à la santé ou d’ordre social ou environnemental auxquels font face les communautés de C.. Cliquez ici pour en savoir plus et pour présenter des innovations sociales dans votre communauté.. Joignez-vous à la communauté BC Ideas, où vous pourrez établir des liens avec Britanno-Colombiens de même mentalité, partager des idées, découvrir les événements à venir et bénéficier de l’apport de médias, d’experts et de personnes dont les vues sont similaires aux vôtres.. Bienvenue à une communauté de possibilités, de personnes engagées à résoudre des problèmes, de Britanno-Colombiens.. récentes contributions » (en anglais).. Récente entrée sur le blogue.. Éléments de réflexion tirés de la visite éclair de Geoff Mulgan.. Nabeel Ahmed, Rédacteur en chef, www.. socialfinance.. Sur la photo : Geoff Mulgan.. Le 30 avril, Geoff Mulgan, PDG de Nesta au Royaume-Uni, a fait à Toronto une visite éclair comprenant le nombre impressionnant de 22 engagements en quatre jours et de cinq conférences publiques.. À noter la diversité de sujets de ses allocutions : le vieillissement, l’entrepreneuriat social, la stratégie publique, l’innovation communautaire et l’austérité.. La visite était organisée et présentée par Génération de l’innovation sociale dans le cadre de son cycle de conférences Inspiring Action for Social Impact.. Lire la suite à.. Lisez la suite.. ».. (en anglais).. Boîte à outils pour l’innovation sociale (English).. Introduction.. Conférences et événements internationaux.. Ressources utiles.. Laboratoir.. Événements à venir.. ALIA Summer Institute, 18-23 juin 2012, Halifax, N.. -É.. Partnership Brokers Training Level On.. e, 5-8 novembre 2012, Toronto – en partenariat avec SiG.. Vidéo récentes.. SiG est une initiative de collaboration nationale qui entend s’attaquer aux enjeux sociaux et écologiques du Canada en créant une culture d’innovation sociale continue.. 2010.. Génération de l’innovation sociale..

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  • Title: Geoff Mulgan
    Descriptive info: people.. partners.. Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta.. Between April 30 and May 3rd, Geoff Mulgan presented to various communities in Toronto.. You can view the presentations we captured here.. Short Biography.. From 2004-2011 Geoff Mulgan was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects.. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office.. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos.. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio.. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy.. He is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve.. His recent books include The Art of Public Strategy – Mobilising Power and Knowledge for the Public Good (OUP, 2008), Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin, 2006) and Connexity (Harvard Business Press and Jonathon Cape, 1998).. Business of Aging: Aging in the UK Workforce.. Geoff kicked off his Toronto visit with a keynote presentation at the.. MaRS Business of Aging Summit.. UK employers have implemented myriad innovations related to workplace aging.. Watch the presentation below to learn about their implications for Canada.. Innovation and Austerity, May 2nd, 2012.. One of the  ...   who had recently arrived in Canada.. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s there was a continued influx of immigrants moving into Thorncliffe Park.. Lack of affordable housing resulted in a crisis where many families were force to double-up just to have a place to live.. The local public elementary school student numbers also ballooned, resulting in Thorncliffe Park having the largest population of any elementary school in Canada.. To accommodate these students, the school required to add 20 portable classrooms.. Traditionally the community has been a transient one.. Recently we have seen evidence of people staying longer in the community.. It’s a safe, family friendly neighbourhood with good schools, amenities, and institutions like the mosque and the church, ethnic shopping places, and a good level of services.. Metcalf Foundation.. invited Geoff Mulgan to Thorncliffe for a tour and discussion with the local community and interested extended community organizations and city builders about how we strengthen local economies in ways that bring real economic benefits to people and places.. The discussion was lead by Jehad Aliweiwi, Executive Director of the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office and introduced by Sandy Houston, President and CEO of Metcalf Foundation.. The session is part of a project sponsored by the Foundation called Resilient Neighbourhood Economies examining how we build the economies in two Toronto neighbourhoods.. Metcalf is working with Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, the.. East Scarborough Storefront.. , the.. Centre for City Ecology.. and other partners in this work.. Listen to the discussion below.. (Right click the link to download as an.. mp3).. Geoff Mulgan presents at Thorncliffe.. (30 mins).. Discussion following Thorncliffe presentation.. (40 mins).. Global Events Conferences.. Useful Resources.. Suite 145, MaRS Heritage Bldg..

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  • Title: Ezio Manzini
    Descriptive info: Ezio Manzini.. As Professor of Industrial Design at Milan Polytechnic, Ezio has shifted his own thinking to examine design's role in changing systems.. During his visit to Vancouver and Toronto, Ezio spoke about creative communities and the qualities that make them sustainable.. Ezio Manzini is perhaps the world's leading expert on sustainable design, with a focus on scenario building toward solutions encompassing both environmental and social quality.. At the.. Milan Polytechnic.. he is Director of CIRIS (the Interdepartmental Centre for Research on Innovation for Sustainability), where he focuses on innovative processes in the system of production and consumption and, in particular, on the relationship between product strategies and environmental policies in the perspective of sustainable development.. Most recently, his interests have focussed on social innovation, considered as a major driver of sustainable changes, and on what design can do to support it.. In this perspective he started and currently coordinates,.. DESIS.. : an international network of schools of design and other design-related organisations specifically active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability.. Manzini is the author of several design books, including The Material of  ...   presentation are below.. Ezio and his colleague Virginia Tassinari also.. published this paper.. about the thinking that lead to the presentation.. Creative Communities and Sustainable Qualities.. Ezio has also kindly made his presentation available via Slideshare.. Creative Communites and Sustainable Qualities.. Public and Collaborative.. How are emerging social networks meeting public services and innovation policies? And vice versa: how can public services and innovation policies trigger, empower, direct the emerging social networks? What can design do to make this promising meeting more effective and fruitful? The DESIS Network has.. convened a cluster.. working to answer these questions.. While Ezio was in Toronto, he spoke about his latest thinking in this area.. The session was recorded in audio format, and you can listen to it here.. The slides from the discussion have also been made available below.. Ezio Manzini discusses Public Collaborative.. Toronto's design community responds.. Public Collaborative.. Ezio Manzini joined us in Canada for the.. Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series.. In 2011 we launched the Series and were pleased to present some outstanding social innovation thinkers to a Canadian audience.. You can.. view the archives here..

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  • Title: IASI Speaker Biographies
    Descriptive info: 2012 Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series Speakers.. To register for events,.. visit our Series page.. Geoff Mulgan.. Chief Executive, NESTA.. From 2004-2011 Geoff was the first Chief Executive of the.. , which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects.. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office.. Geoff also chairs the.. Social Innovation Exchange.. (SIX).. Visit NESTA.. for more information on Geoff Mulgan.. Alastair Wilson.. School for Social Entrepreneurs, UK.. Having worked extensively in the private sector, Alastair Wilson became a student of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in 1998.. Having established and run his own project, he returned to SSE as Development Director and then CEO.. SSE’s core service is a year-long ‘action learning’ based programme supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs from a wide range of backgrounds.. SSE also offers specialist shorter programmes e.. g.. Social Franchising, Public sector spin outs and Trading for growth.. Over 500 have completed SSE programmes, and there are now 10 SSE franchises in the UK and overseas.. Alastair is also a trustee of UnLtd (foundation for Social Entrepreneurs), London Funders, the Social Enterprise Coalition and the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.. Professor of Industrial Design at Milan Polytechnic.. He is professor of Industrial Design at Milan Polytechnic, where he is Director of CIRIS (the Interdepartmental Centre for Research on Innovation for Sustainability), where he focuses on innovative processes in the system of production and consumption and, in particular, on the relationship between product strategies and environmental policies in the perspective of sustainable development.. Nancy Barrand.. Senior Program Officer, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.. Since joining the Foundation in September 1986, Nancy Barrand, M.. P.. A..  ...   and small, and within both public and private sectors.. Dan received his BSc in Computer Science from University of Hertfordshire and MA in Urban Sociology from Manchester Metropolitan University.. He has worked in leadership/practitioner positions across several industries and several continents, for organisations large and small, and within both public and private sectors.. Helsinki Design Lab helps government leaders see the architecture of problems.. It assists decision-makers to view challenges from a big-picture perspective, and provide guidance toward more complete solutions that consider all aspects of a problem.. This is strategic design.. Frances Westley.. JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation, University of Waterloo Director, SiG@Waterloo.. Dr.. Westley is a renowned scholar and consultant in the areas of social innovation, strategies for sustainable development, strategic change, visionary leadership and inter-organizational collaboration.. Her most recent book, Getting to Maybe (Random House, 2006) focuses the dynamics of social innovation, and institutional entrepreneurship in complex adaptive systems.. Before joining the University of Waterloo, Frances Westley held the position of Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (2005-2007) at the University of Wisconsin.. Other positions she has previously held include the James McGill Professor of Strategy at McGill University’s Faculty of Management, director of the McGill-Dupont Initiative on Social Innovation and director of the McGill-McConnell Masters program for National Voluntary Sector leaders – an innovative executive masters customized for the leaders of voluntary organizations across Canada.. Frances Westley serves on numerous advisory boards including Resilience Alliance Board of Science, World Conservation Union-Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, the Stockholm Resilience Center, the SARAS Institute and Evergreen Canada.. She is on the editorial board of several journals and is the recipient of several awards including the Ulysses S.. Seal award for innovation in conservation and the Corporate Knights Award.. For further information about Dr.. Frances Westley, visit the.. SiG@Waterloo website..

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  • Title: Social Innovation Generation (SiG)
    Descriptive info: 5 Good Ideas from Al Etmanski.. Social innovation:.. 1.. Starts with passionate amateurs.. 2.. Marries the past and future.. 3.. Does not have a dress code.. 4.. Goes better with belonging.. 5.. Has unintended consequences.. Five Good Ideas.. is a lunch-and-learn program presented by the.. Maytree Foundation.. where industry or issue experts discuss powerful yet practical ideas on key management issues facing non-profit organizations.. Each presentation outlines five practical ideas and explores with the audience how these ideas can be translated into action.. In early February 2012, SiG collaborator Al Etmanski, President of PLAN Institute presented his 5 Good Ideas for Social Innovation.. If you are seeking creative solutions to big problems, open to exploring and utilizing multiple and cross-cutting perspectives, and eager to develop the habits of thought and strategic skills necessary to make transformative change possible, this program was designed with you in mind.. The Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation, a partnership between leading academics at the University of Waterloo, expert practitioners from across the country, and the J.. McConnell Family Foundation, will very intentionally engage professionals from different sectors.. Together they will learn about the concepts and theories that frame ideas related to social innovation, form small tri-sector teams focused on an issue, and then apply new ideas to design strategies that address challenges.. Professional coaching, expert advisors, and access to some of the world’s leading educators and consultants are just a few of the unique features of this collaboration for social innovation education.. • Become a more creative and sophisticated systems-thinker.. • Learn to better identify, nurture and seize opportunities to address the problems of greatest importance to you.. • Build a national, cross-sectoral professional network.. • Develop strategic skills and ways of thinking that will make you more effective in all your endeavors.. • Position yourself to effectively address major social challenges.. For full program details visit the.. Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation website.. A true pioneer.. In memoriam.. Diogo Vasconcelos.. 1968 - 2011.. On Friday July 8 the global social innovation movement lost a true pioneer and inspirational leader who found a way to bridge the worlds of government, business and community, and ensure collaborative ideation and creation of solutions.. Diogo Vasconcelos was a visionary in the field of social innovation, championing the movement in Europe.. He was instrumental in the development of the Dialogue Cafe and the energy behind SIX.. As a Distinguished Fellow with Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), he chaired the Business Panel on Future EU Innovation Policy, set up by the European Commission in January 2009, which called for a radical change in European innovation policies.. SiG and Diogo had just scheduled a tour of Canada for our.. It was with profound sadness that we heard the news of his passing this morning, and we send our condolences to his family, his many friends and his colleagues at Cisco and SIX.. Budget 2011 recognizes innovative work of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance.. Social Innovation Generation, as convenor and secretariat of the.. , welcomes the federal government referencing the work of the Task Force in the 2011 Budget.. We especially note the government’s interest in.. “taking steps to complement community efforts by encouraging the development of government/community partnerships, enabling communities to tackle local challenges and testing new approaches to improve performance.. ”.. We look forward to collaborating with the government and the Department of Human Resources and Skill Development in bringing the recommendations of the Task Force to fruition.. The report released by the Task Force in December 2010,.. “Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good”.. , offers an integrated national strategy for building Canada’s social finance marketplace.. It comprises seven recommendations that Canada needs to undertake, in parallel, to mobilize new sources of capital, create an enabling tax and regulatory environment, and build a pipeline of investment-ready social enterprises.. The Task Force report and recommendations are available.. The Canadian Task Force on Social Finance was conceived bySiG to identify opportunities to mobilize private capital for public good, within either non-profit or for-profit enterprises.. Canada’s ability to conceive, build and scale social innovations will require more capital than available through philanthropy and government.. Canada’s emerging social finance marketplace will allow public and philanthropic capital to leverage significantly more private capital to achieve long-term benefits for Canadians.. Tags: social finance, social innovation, policy, impact investing, community, Canada.. Innovating across borders.. AFRICA RISING: ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION FRONTIERS.. March 14-15, 2011.. Register Here:.. http://ccafrica.. Hosted by the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, the “Africa Rising” conference brings together leaders from the worlds of business, science and government to explore several aspects of entrepreneurship in Africa: business development, growth sectors, financing, commercializing research, new development models, information and communications technologies, and innovation in governance.. The discussion will reflect on practical experience, real success and future prospects for growth and opportunity in Africa, and promises to stimulate thought and action with a view to promoting more Canadian trade and investment in Africa’s dynamic economies.. This report was featured in Horizons - A Policy Research Initiative publication.. Produced by SiG Program Manager, Adam Jagelewski.. The Social Impact Bond (SIB) is gaining global attention as a financial instrument that provides a new way to tackle social issues.. Not only are SIBs attracting interest in impact investment circles, that is, among investors who seek social and/or environmental benefits as well as financial gain, but through a daily dose of updates on social media like Twitter and global blogs, the SIB buzz is making its way to government officials and the non-profit sector.. Initial conversations with these communities are characterized by both curiosity and confusion (sometimes at the  ...   life challenges, as well as the agencies, businesses, and governments who provide support for them.. Visit the.. website.. Net Change Week 2010.. When it comes to social and mobile technology, the question is no longer whether or not we should be using it, but rather, how can we adopt it in a strategic way? And how can social innovators use it to create greater impact?.. Net Change 2010, powered by MaRS, took place between June 7-11 this year.. Participants online and offline enjoyed a feast of keynote presentations, panel discussions and training events.. Visit the Net Change website.. to get caught up.. ALIA Institute 2010.. Thursday May 6, 2010.. This annual Summer Institute presented by our friends at Authentic Leadership in Action in Halifax (ALIA) brings together systems-oriented tools with the values and practices of authentic leadership, creating a unique and powerful learning environment.. The week-long program (June 6-12, Halifax) includes skill-building modules led by world-renowned faculty, mindfulness meditation, creative process, and dialogues focused on some of the critical questions of our time.. The celebratory 10th anniversary Institute will feature highlights from a decade of leadership and learning.. Learn more about the Institute.. The theme at this year's Summer Institute is "Transforming Systems: What Are We Learning?" Presenters include Adam Kahane (Solving Tough Problems and Power and Love), Barry Oshry (Power and Systems), Cheryl Rose (SiG@Waterloo), Otto Scharmer (Theory U), Peter Senge (The Necessary Revolution), and Meg Wheatley (Leadership and the New Science).. For more information and to register, visit the Institute site.. Innovators in Action.. Friday April 23, 2010.. SiG@Waterloo is pleased to announce scheduled dates for the Innovators in Action Speaker Series.. Please join us in welcoming five of Canada’s leaders in the field of social innovation.. Each lecture will also feature a local panel and will be an opportunity to learn new ideas and systemic approaches to some of our most pressing social problems.. All lectures are FREE to attend.. RSVP required.. Register to attend today by visiting the SiG@Waterloo site.. Brenton Caffin from TACSI visits SiG@MaRS.. Tuesday March 23, 2010.. Brenton Caffin is the Chief Executive Officer of TACSI - The Australian Centre for Social Innovation.. In a recent visit to SiG@MaRS, Brenton gave us 5 minutes to describe the centre and tell us about their upcoming projects.. Waterloo Lecture on Social Innovation: Adam Kahane on Power Love.. Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 19:00 - 21:00.. The Waterloo Lecture on Social Innovation highlights world-class thinkers with new ideas on how to achieve significant, durable social change for our most pressing problems.. Social Innovation Generation (SiG@Waterloo) and our partners, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Capacity Waterloo Region, Region of Waterloo, and Musagetes, were pleased to have internationally acclaimed facilitator and author, Adam Kahane present the January lecture.. Watch the video here.. From Blended Value to Impact Investing.. December 3, 2009.. Today we are seeing a different approach to social investment; successful investors are working at new funds, developing new financial tools, and looking for new kinds of deals that have an impact on the social and environmental challenges of our day.. Listen to the discussion with the father of blended-value theory, Jed Emerson as he discusses how Canada's financial sector can catalyze a market for blended value investments.. Joining him for the discussion is Tim Brodhead (McConnell Foundation), Jane Ambachtsheer (Mercer) and Nora Sobolov (Intersol).. Audio Presentations (mp3).. Q A with Tim Draimin.. Q A with audience.. E101 Jed Emerson Lecture.. December 2, 2009.. As part of CIBC Presents Entrepreneurship 101 and our Global Leadership Series, SiG@MaRS is proud to present Jed Emerson, who coined the term "blended value.. " Hear Jed speak to the evolution of social capital markets in the U.. Learn about the concept of blended value investments and the rationale for its world-wide momentum.. What role does blended value investments have within mainstream finance and what opportunities are available for the Canadian marketplace?.. The Ontario Innovation Summit: The Business of Aging.. December 1-2, 2009.. To request an invite for this event contact:.. boa@marsdd.. The Business of Aging will feature some of the world’s top experts focused on the many issues that the aging of the global population poses for communities, governments, academic and healthcare institutions, and businesses.. The keynote will be delivered by Buzz Aldrin, one of 2 astronauts to ever walk on the moon, and one of the featured guests is Al Etmanski, President of PLAN – a SiG partner.. A Conversation about Belonging.. November 21, 2009.. Harrison Galleries, Vancouver.. Presented by Vancity in partnership with PLAN, Tyze and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.. Special guests include John Ralston Saul, Cairine MacDonald, Tamara Vrooman, Vickie Cammack and Ric Matthews.. A Celebration of Belonging.. November 20, 2009.. Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver.. Presented by PLAN and Vancity.. Special guests John Ralston Saul, the Universal Gospel Choir and Vicki Gabereau.. Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise presents Living our Values: Social Enterprise in Action.. November 18-20, 2009.. Day 1 off-site and Centre for Social Innovation.. Day 2 in MaRS Auditorium.. register now.. Scaling Social Finance Vehicles: Lessons from Venturesome in the UK.. November 16, 2009.. Presented by Ontario Trillium Foundation, Paul Cheng, Venturesome.. Paul Cheng talks about how to scale social finance vehicles with lessons from Venturesome in the UK.. This session will also include discussion on government approaches to transfer payments.. more information.. Accelerating Social Innovation: Smart Ideas for Canada.. November 10, 2009.. MaRS Discovery District, Toronto.. In partnership with SiG, the Public Policy Forum hosts a multi-sector conversation about social innovation and how it can change the way we support and interact with each other in the 21st century.. Agenda.. Registration Form..

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