SiG aims to foster a culture of continuous social innovation

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

Engaged learning

  • sigknowledgehub.com

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

  • http://www.innoweave.ca

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

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MaRS Global Leadership: Culture as Urban Acupuncture from MaRS Discovery District on Vimeo.

Latest blog posts

  • The Art of Disruption | A Reflection

    SiG Note: This article was originally published on the Tamarack website.  It has been cross-posted with permission from the author.  Last month, Tamarack’s Liz Weaver and Paul Born hosted a webinar on Community Change: The Art of Disruption as part of a Community Change Webinar Series. In this conversation Liz and Paul discussed some … Read More...

    Empathy – a key element for systems change

    Several weeks ago, I joined SiG@MaRS as a summer intern. It’s been an enthralling ride, being ingrained in a radical environment that serves as a catalyst for both whole systems change and monumental social innovation. I recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop on Deepening Community for Collective Impact, presented by Paul … Read More...

    What is the civic intelligence of your university or college?

    A couple of years ago, Forbes Magazine and other news outlets reported on the “Smartest Colleges” in the United States. The brain training company Lumosity announced that MIT was smartest, followed by Harvard and Stanford, based on how well students had performed on a battery of online puzzles. Many of my students (and I) suspected … Read More...

News from the partnership

 

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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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