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

  • Microtainer: lab resources (March 2015)

    SiG Note: This article was originally published on March 17, 2015 on the MaRS Solutions Lab Blog. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author.

    Launched August 2013, the Microtainer series was created and curated by Satsuko VanAntwerp of Social Innovation Generation. The MaRS Solutions Lab is excited to take on this … Read More...

    Patterns, platforms and time for play

    We’ve all seen the headlines.
    The world is rapidly changing. Technology is iterating at great speed, pushing our minds and our bodies in ways we don’t fully comprehend.  The economy, which by definition is equal to the wealth and resources of a country or region, is under serious stress – and will be for some time.
    Our natural climate …

    Becoming a Wise Traveller

    Are you like me? Do you feel frustrated by the limited impact you and others have had? Do you feel that despite your best efforts, and indeed successes, you have hit a brick wall?

    You may have mounted a fierce advocacy campaign, pioneered a social program, mobilized new funds or even changed a law, but the status quo has barely … Read More...

News from the partnership


McConnellHigh-ResLogoCMYK-e The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation publishes a new report  — Dollars and Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario’s Food System  — and a new discussion paper  — Dollars, democracy and disclosureMore.

MaRS_logo293CnobgSocial finance continues to spread! The SVX expands into the US and Ontario announces it will invest $4 million in 11 social enterprises through the Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund (SEDF). More.

wisir_waterlooThe Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience and The Banff Centre announce a Social Innovation Residency with the support of Suncor Energy Foundation. The Residency takes place June 21 – July 19, 2015. More.

PLAN for websiteEntering the second half of their third decade, Plan Institute publishes their 2015 PLAN timeline, tracking 25 years of advocacy and milestones. PLAN co-founder, Al Etmanski, launches his new site, ahead of his much anticipated book launchMore.


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