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).

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


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Latest blog posts

  • The future is evergreen

    SiG Note: This article was originally published on Sept 4, 2015 on the MaRS blog. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author.

    On September 14, Geoff Cape, CEO of Evergreen, will hit the stage at MaRS for a MaRS Global Leadership event, in partnership with our Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series, to reflect on … Read More...

    How Elections Determine the Future of Innovation

    With the Federal election campaign well underway it is high time we talk about innovation.
    Governments are often written off as a potential engine for innovation, but innovation in government is at the core of its future and the future of our country.
    “Necessity is the mother of innovation” and in a time of complex social and … Read More...

    Recoding Our Innovation Systems

    Social Innovation's Imperative to Be Ambitious and Think Big
    SiG Note: This article was originally published on July 30, 2015 as part of the SIX Global Council series on Ideas for the Future. It has been cross-posted with permission from Social Innovation Exchange (SIX).

    The world is awash with innovation reports and indices … Read More...

News from the partnership



The Foundation releases Food, Farms, Fish and Finance: Practical impact investment strategies to seed and sustain local food systems identifying major challenges in the Canadian food system that are being overcome, or still need to be overcome, to provide more local and sustainable food. More.

MaRS_logo293CnobgThis year, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is inviting you to apply to design and host a session at the 8th annual Social Finance Forum, on November 12th & 13th, 2015 in Toronto! Submissions are open until 5pm, July 31st, or until they feel they have a great selection to choose from. 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 shares his greatest lessons and stories from 10 years of studying Canadian social innovation in an interview with the Vancouver Sun. Number 1? Ordinary people are an untapped force for social change. More.

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