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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.

Watch our latest Inspiring Action video

MaRS Global Leadership: Culture as Urban Acupuncture from MaRS Discovery District on Vimeo.

Latest blog posts

  • What I Learned from the ABSI Connect Fellows

    SiG Note: This article was originally published on ABSI Connect on April 22, 2016. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author.

    It is time to pull back the current, briefly. For the past 8-months, I have had the privilege of being the administrator and an advisor for the ABSI Connect Fellows.

    My ‘usual hat’ is …

    Cracking the Code of Internships

    When my mother was just a little younger than me, she got a job by asking the receptionist in the lobby of a company if they were hiring. She didn’t just get the job but she also managed to get some of her friends interviews as well.
    My job search after graduation was more complicated, which is the story for many new graduates. … Read More...

    Nesting Social Innovation

    “What does social innovation mean?”
    “Is my work called social innovation?”
    “Is that social innovation?”
    These types of questions are asked all the time, showing that definitions for promising ideas can be very useful, but also alienating. Too often, they come across as a value judgment, privileging some ideas and actions over others. … 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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