SiG aims to foster a culture of continuous social innovation

We are a collaborative partnership founded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, MaRS Discovery District, PLAN Institute and the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR).

Engaged Learning


    Visit our SiG Knowledge Hub; a website designed to provide learning resources about creating conditions for social innovation.


    Innoweave helps community organizations learn about and implement new approaches to generate impact, more quickly, and at less cost.

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On July 19, 2017, Miquel de Paladella of UpSocial joined SiG and a group of enabling organizations and innovators in Toronto. UpSocial works to identify and adapt proven globally-sourced innovations into local contexts (working at the city level), engaging deeply with stakeholders to ensure sustainability and impact.

Latest blog posts

  • Ownership Matters in the Sharing Economy

    Editor's note: This blog post first appeared on Medium published on August 3rd and re-posted with permission. On September 9th & 10th, a conference at Toronto’s Reference Library will explore … Read More...

    What Drives Experimentation?

    Field Notes from Silicon Valley #2 I am spending some time this year in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley to better understand their culture of R&D, how organizations are set up to pursue R&D … Read More...

    Dear Universities, Show us what you’ve got!

    Note: This blog was originally published on RECODE and was reposted with permission of the author. We live in a volatile, uncertain and complex world. With threats of climate change, rising … Read More...

News from the partnership



The Foundation’s inaugural Civic Innovation Awards program, launched last fall as part of the Foundation’s Cities for People and RECODE initiatives, awards grants of $10K to $30K to seven projects across Canada that showcase innovative collaborations between cities and post-secondary institutions. More.

MaRS_logo293CnobgMaRS Solutions Lab publishes “Shifting Perspectives: Redesigning Regulation for the Sharing Economy,” a report from the Sharing Economy Public Design project, a partnership between MaRS Solutions Lab, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto. More.

wisir_waterlooThe Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience launches two seminal resources – the comprehensive Social Innovation Lab Guide and Social Innovation for Complex Problems, a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). More.

PLAN for websitePLAN co-founder Al Etmanski hosts the world’s first six-part Bookinar learning series with PLAN Institute, Tamarack, SiG National, ABCD Institute, BCPSI and Ashoka. Explore in-depth the six patterns to spread your social innovation featured in Al’s book: IMPACTMore.

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