Exploring a social innovation network for Canada

Social innovators are emerging in communities across Canada. Our institutions are changing and there is a fresh openness to new approaches that address root causes. There is a hunger for solutions and a growing leadership that’s seeking to respond in new ways.

With this shifting landscape, and the growing strength of the field, a critical opportunity and question has sprung to the surface: do we need a national social innovation network? If so, what must it do?

In 2018, social innovators of all kinds will be connecting across the country to explore a national social innovation network for Canada. We know that this will only succeed if we decide to co-create it together. Do you want a network? What would you want it to do for you?

Here is a link to our online survey which is a critical part of our feasibility study for a national social innovation network. Sign-up to receive updates about this process in your inbox. 

 
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Who is advancing this process?

You, social innovators from across the country desirous of national cross-cutting supports or connectivity for social innovators and organizations.

Engaging with you to hear your insights and execute the feasibility study will be: 

  •  A volunteer "Guardian Group" tthat includes social innovators with deep roots in AB, ON, BC and QC social innovation communities, who will be advising the feasibility study. 

  • A core team who will be managing the execution of the feasibility study. 

The core team is based out of the newly formed Social Innovation Institute, a project of the Centre for Social Innovation, with funding support from the McConnell Foundation for a 9-month exploration process. 

In 2018, we are embarking on a shared learning process, engaging deeply with you to explore the feasibility, desirability and viability of a national social innovation network for Canada. 

 
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HOW WILL THE PROCESS UNFOLD?

 

Between now and March 2018, we are hosting a co-creative process to invite ideas, concerns and feedback from across the country. In addition to the this survey, we want to build on existing events and gatherings and co-host regional dialogues to exchange, ideate and design elements of this potential network. 

As the engagement process unfolds, different concrete ideas for a social innovation network will be developed and tested for fit. In the final phase of the process, various people and organizations who could drive, host, steward and fund a network will review  the feasibility study results and, if there is interest and demand for a network, what role they'd like to play in its creation, launch and life. 

 
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Do you want to be part of this process?

Here is our survey link. Share your insights. 

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If you want to take more of a leadership role right away, we’d love it if you host a conversation in your community to feed into this process. Email connect@socialinnovationcanada.ca to find out more, to ask any questions or share feedback.


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