Social Innovation

Network of Regulatory Experimentation

Meet-up 2: Reflections from a Toronto Horizon April 2-3, 2019 These turbulent times require that we rethink our assumptions – about our economies, our relationships with large corporations, public institutions, governments, nature, and with each other as citizens, as people, building society together. It requires the best in us, individually and collectively. During the coming […]

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Legitimacities: Notes on innovating our cities from the sidewalk up

Could a network of regulatory experimentation labs in cities build legitimacy and shape inclusive innovation toward a great transition? The societal crises of ecological collapse and inequality require bold collective action. Yet the foundations of collective action are shaking; trust in government and institutions has eroded. It is at the scale of cities and communities […]

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Catalyst: Pond Deshpande Centre

Helping create the next generation of changemakers Globalization, technological progress, and demographic shifts are drastically transforming traditional economies. These shifts risk creating a scenario that leaves people without jobs while creating jobs without people. Canadian universities and colleges can positively influence the current economic transition by providing opportunities for experiential learning, by supporting innovation and […]

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What is Social Innovation?

How do we make the social innovation field more than the sum of its parts? What are our systems change goals for the next 10 years?

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Social entrepreneurship and systems change leadership workshop

Did you miss Re-Code’s workshop with Daniela Papi-Thorton, author of Heropreneurship and former deputy director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship? You can now watch it on our site! The workshops featured a public talk about systems change leadership, followed by a workshop for social impact educators teaching system change principles through their classes, […]

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Social Innovation Fund Guide

Learn everything you need to know about applying to the Social Innovation Fund.

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Inspiring R&D practices in Canada’s social impact sector

Canada spends over $300 billion annually on social outcomes, according to the OECD. Our fast-evolving societal challenges -- ranging from mental health, Indigenous communitiescategory access to quality education, and a lack of affordable housing -- demand equally fast-paced and nimble research, learning, experimental and replicating approaches so people can access the best possible services, supports and solutions, no matter where they live in Canada. This is where R&D comes in.

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Scaling Out, Scaling Up, Scaling Deep: Scaling Innovation

A key question on the minds of many social change practitioners and funders is how do we scale up our impact? Many feel overwhelmed by the fact that they have invested resources for decades into numerous local projects, which may have great results, but fail to collectively change the overall state of the system. Scaling Out, Scaling Up, Scaling Deep, by Darcy Riddell and Michele-Lee Moore, addresses how to solve this problem. The findings in this study reveal specific strategies for achieving scale, depending on whether the target is spreading an innovation, changing laws in the wider system, or shifting the cultural context within which a problem exists in the first place.

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A Practitioner’s Guide to Developmental Evaluation

DE 201 : Guide du praticien de l'eévaluation eévolutive vise à tirer avantage des concepts eénonceés dans l'em>Abc de l'eévaluation eévolutive en exposant clairement quelques-unes des pratiques essentielles associeées à ce processus.

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Developmental Evaluation Primer

Introduces the concept of developmental evaluation to potential users and provides some tools to support its use.

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