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

  • Provoking innovation through stories of social entrepreneurship

    “The truth about stories is that that's all we are…”
    ―  Thomas King, The Truth About Stories (2003)

    In 2015, the Trico Charitable Foundation published four extensive case studies on the 2013 Social EnterPrize winners. Each case study was developed in partnership with the winning social enterprise and a post-secondary … Read More...

    Philanthropic foundations and social innovation: How do we accelerate our learning?

    SiG Note: This article was originally published on Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) on January 24, 2016. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author.

    “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”  Albert Einstein
    The last quarter century has seen significant changes in the … Read More...

    Shooting for the Moon: How can we make Social Missions as inspiring as Space Missions?

    SiG Note: This article was originally published on Medium on January 21, 2016. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author.
    In the last couple of months, the world has seen the successful SpaceX ORBCOMM-2 launch and landing, heard US Vice President Joe Biden’s ‘moonshot to cure cancer’, and witnessed the unsuccessful … Read More...

News from the partnership



Nicole McDonald, Program Director – Indigenous Initiatives, reflects on the inaugural Indigenous Innovation Summit and that ”innovation is very much an Indigenous value.” McConnell announces the Civic Innovation Awards (deadline: Feb. 29, 2016). More.

MaRS_logo293CnobgWellAhead - a collaborative initiative of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation in partnership with MaRS Solutions Lab – launches an Ideas platform to surface valuable insights from the broader communities that WellAhead has not had the opportunity to reach (yet!). Their hope is that you will help inform their process. 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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