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

  • 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...

    Renewing Growth: Building Commons on Open Ground

    The resource/manufacturing economy that has sustained Western society for the past two centuries is showing signs of rust. While the champions of weathered industries like print news, traditional manufacturing and fossil fuel extraction are applying fresh coats of paint and working double-time to undermine their opponents, global … Read More...

    Microtainer: social innovation & lab links we’re following (Sept 2014)

    This mini blog, or bloggette, is part of our ongoing effort to spread information that we think will be interesting, insightful and useful to lab practitioners and the lab-curious. Below is a collection of resources that crossed our desks over the month of September 2014. In no particular order:
    1. Innovation in aged care and …

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.


The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing opens registration 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 websiteThe upcoming 2014 edition of Safe and Secure: Seven Steps on the Path to a Good Life for People with Disabilities by Al Etmanski, with Jack Collins and Vickie Cammack, is available for pre-order. More.
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