Public Sector Readings

Community Sector | Private Sector | Academic Sector | Public Sector

SiG websites

SiG Reports


Social Impact Bonds: A Practical Social Innovation

Canadian Task Force on Social Finance Report

On Not Letting a Crisis Go to Waste: An Innovation Agenda for Canada’s Community Sector

Patterns, Principles and Practices in Social Innovation

Regrouping, Recalibrating, Reloading: Strategies for Financing Civil Society in Post-recession Canada

Getting Wisdom: The Transformative Power of Community Service-Learning

Measuring Progress During Year One: Canadian Task Force on Social Finance

Recommended Reading

Getting to Maybe: How the world is changed– Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman, Michael Patton, Random House, 2006

New Voices from the Voluntary Sector, Edited by Frederick Bird and Frances Westley, 2011

SiG Videos

Stephen Huddart on Social Innovation

Other recommended resources


Evaluating Social Innovation FSG, Hallie Preskill and Tanya Beer

The Future Quotient JWT and Volans

Effecting policy change: Lessons from the Canadian Caregiver Coalition

North Stars, on Mindlab in Denmark

Strengthening the Third Pillar of the Canadian Union: An Intergovernmental Agenda for Canada’s Charities and Non-Profits

The Partnership Project: An Ontario Government strategy to create a stronger partnership with the not-for-profit sector

InnovateNext: Leading Canada to greater productivity, competitiveness and resilience

Social Impact Bonds: A promising new financing model to accelerate social innovation and improve government performance

Social Innovation: What is it? Who does it? – Government of Canada April 2010

What’s next for Philanthropy – Monitor Institute

Mass Localism – NESTA

Integrated Innovation – Grand Challenges Canada at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health

Capital Ideas: How to generate innovation in the public sector, Geoff Mulgan and Jitinder Kohli, 2010

Radical Efficiency, NESTA, 2010


Social innovation harnesses the best in all of us

Collaboration, innovation key to solving social ills

Social Innovation: A matter of scale

B.C. Begins Consultation on Community Interest Companies

New blood, new ideas shake up old notions

This man has ideas, let’s put them to work

BC’s Institutions – a stain on our history

Social Innovation in Canada: An Update
From Canadian Research Policy Networks

An Innovative Society and the Role of Government
From the Office of the Auditor General of Canada 1994

Social Innovation needs funding

Alliance Interview with Sir. Ronald Cohen Jan 1, 2010

Blogs and Media


Charles Leadbeater

Andrew Wolk

Mez Dispenser

Recommended Reading

We-Think: Mass innovation, not mass production, Charles Leadbetter, Profile Books, 2008

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, Chip and Dan Heath, Broadway Books, 2010

The Innovators Playbook, William D. Eggers and Shalabh Kumar Singh, Deloitte Development LLC.

Leading Public Sector Innovation, Christian Bason, The Policy Press, 2010

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