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).

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    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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SiG Sunset Celebration from Spaceward Media on Vimeo.

On November 28, 2017, more than 400 people gathered at MaRS in Toronto to celebrate the SiG Sunset and pay tribute to a decade of work fostering a culture of continuous Canadian social innovation. We also celebrated the long and world class contribution by Dr. Frances Westley to the field of social innovation.

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News from the partnership

As the northern ice broke this summer, two retrofitted shipping containers arrived in Iqaluit, where they will be repurposed as vessels for growing plants in water. This project is part of what’s called the Northern Innovation Hub, which last year won first place in the Civic Innovation Awards. More.

PLAN for website

Finding friendship and making personal connections in one’s community can present challenges for us all; for those who are isolated due to disability, illness or old age, developing a personal support network can seem insurmountable. More.

wisir_waterlooIn a complex world, making positive change isn’t easy. Understanding social innovation and having simple, useful tools for analysis will help. WISIR presents free lecture videos, documents, tools, and other resources for understanding social innovation. More.

MaRS_logo293CnobgMaRS Solutions Lab was pleased to support the city of Toronto’s Municipal Licensing & Standards consultations on short-term rentals. The lab helped identify the issues and opportunities that short-term rentals have in the Toronto context. More.




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