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

  • Unleashing an Inclusive Innovation Agenda: SiG speaks with Nathon Gunn, Innovation Advisor to Federal Minister Navdeep Bains

    Canada's innovation ecosystem - from Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) to Export Development Canada (EDC) and accelerators to Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) - has primarily been in service to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth and in that vein, focused on STEM-oriented (science, technology, … Read More...

    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...

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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