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

  • Services to the public and a new role for business

    SiG Note: This article was originally published on the Conferedation of British Industry's Public Services Network forum on 1 October, 2014 and on Collaborate on 13 October, 2014. It has been cross-posted with permission from the authors.

    Public services is too narrow a concept to capture the shift that government and the policy … Read More...

    What Is The True Nature Of Partnerships?

    SiG Note: A version of this post was published on Think Thrice on March 28, 2013. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author. 
    The social innovation community is acutely aware that our toughest societal challenges cannot be solved in siloes. Cross-sector, cross-disciplinary collaboration is needed to tackle such complex … Read More...

    Can Social Innovation Be Learned In School?

    SiG Note: This article was originally published on the Social Labs Revolution website on August 12, 2014. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author. 

    Five Lessons from CIRAL
    Evergreen’s Civic Intelligence Research and Action Laboratory

    One of the things that I like so much about CIRAL is the sense of limitless … Read More...

News from the partnership

On September 4th in Ottawa, the  Canadians for a New Partnership (CFNP) initiative officially launched with the support of the Foundation and other funders. More.


Only sixty regular tickets remain for the 2014 Social Finance Forum: Building Markets That Matter, taking place this November in Toronto. More.


Frances Westley, J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at University of Waterloo, gives a keynote presentation on Social Innovation and the Webs of Culture at Social Frontiers Canada. More

PLAN for websiteOctober has officially been declared Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) month in British Columbia! More.
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