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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Philanthropy for Uncertain Times: Social Innovation and Systemic Change – MaRS Global Leadership from MaRS Discovery District on Vimeo.

Latest blog posts

  • Don’t build a start-up, become a systems entrepreneur

    “Make sure you start the year on the right foot...” grandmother always used to remind me. Given that I work at what is externally referred to as one of Canada’s main entrepreneurship centres (though I much prefer describing MaRS as an innovation hub), starting the year by writing a piece on why you should NOT build a startup … Read More...

    Systems as people, not structures

    SiG Note: This blog is the first response blog to the newly launched Building Ecosystems for Systems Change: How do we collaborate to create ecosystems that support innovation for systems change? A report and reflection, based on Session 22 of the Unusual Suspects Festival.

    Further response blogs are welcome. Please email: …

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

    Curator's note:
    From 2015, I will be handing over the creation of the monthly Microtainers to Terrie of the MaRS Solutions Lab. Terrie is extremely plugged in to all things design x social innovation and a natural fit for this bloggette. It has been an absolute pleasure to curate these lists ~ thank you for your readership and … Read More...

News from the partnership

McConnellHigh-ResLogoCMYK-e The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation launches a blog; President and CEO, Stephen Huddart, speaks on ‘Philanthropy in Uncertain Times;’ and two new collaborations take flight: Possible Canadas & Youth CIMore.
MaRS_logo293Cnobg MaRS and Virgin Unite Canada announce a national impact venture fund with $1 million in seed capital from Virgin Unite Canada and the Mindset Foundation. The fund will be managed by MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. More.
wisir_waterloo The 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 websiteStarting January 2015, B.C. will become the first province to ensure people receiving disability assistance will be able to calculate their earnings on an annual basis instead of monthly, reducing barriers to employment. More.
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