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SiG Social Impact Webinar Series

A Webinar with Cheryl Rose

Cheryl Rose is the Director, Partnerships and Projects for SiG@Waterloo

Really effective collaborations between communities and universities are of increasing interest to organizational leaders, policy-makers, students, teachers, and researchers. They have the potential to be a crucial source of social innovation in the 21st century. SiG@Waterloo has worked with five outstanding examples of such collaborations to find out what perspectives, processes and practices allow them to significantly support innovation to emerge, be sustained and to positively affect some of the most challenging problems of our time.

Download the complete webinar here.

Social Innovation & Resilience

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 (All day)


SiG Social Impact Webinar Series

A Webinar with Frances Westley

Frances Westley is an internationally-renowned social innovation academic and co-author of Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed. She is currently J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo and co-founder of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience.

During this webinar Frances frames her discussion around Social Innovation & Resilience. Resilience is, like sustainability, linked to the capacity to balance a healthy environment with a vibrant economy with social justice.

Download the complete webinar here.

SiG Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 (All day) - Monday, February 13, 2012 (All day)

Social Innovation Generation is pleased to announce that the Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series is concentrating its next webinar events entirely on Canadian ideas in social innovation.

From November 2, we explore innovation through the eyes of our own SiG leadership team. It's rare that we focus on our own collaborative, but this gives us an opportunity to share with you the strength of this unique structure, and the great learnings that each Director has to impart. It's not so much a "how-to" but a "what I've learned and what I see in the future" series.

All events are scheduled on Wednesdays 12noon - 1pm (ET, Nth America). You can register for one or more webinars or for the entire series.

November 2: Frances Westley on Social Innovation and Resilience

Frances Westley launched our series in early November. Frances is the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo and the co-Founder of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience. Frances is an internationally-renowned social innovation academic and is co-author of Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed. Frances frames her discussion around Social Innovation & Resilience. Resilience is, like sustainability, linked to the capacity to balance a healthy environment with a vibrant economy with social justice. Click here to view her presentation and to access further resources.

November 9: Stephen Huddart on Managing Social Innovation

* why do we need managers who are skilled at social innovation?
* what are the key capacities that leaders and managers bring to social innovation?
* how do we create a social innovation culture inside our organisations?
* how do we become a society that practices continuous social innovation?

November 16: Allyson Hewitt on Shared Value and what it means for the non-profit sector

Allyson discusses Shared Value, the concept first popularized by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer in their Harvard Business Review article, and shape the discussion around the impact & import for the non-profit sector.

November 23: Cheryl Rose on Supporting Social Innovation through Community-University Partnerships

Really effective collaborations between communities and universities are of increasing interest to organizational leaders, policy-makers, students, teachers, and researchers. They have the potential to be a crucial source of social innovation in the 21st century. SiG@Waterloo has worked with five outstanding examples of such collaborations to find out what perspectives, processes and practices allow them to significantly support innovation to emerge, be sustained and to positively affect some of the most challenging problems of our time.

November 30: Tim Draimin on Global learning: From Canada to Oz and Back

During this presentation, Tim discusses a recent visit to Australia where he was invited to speak at the Social Innovation Summit, an initiative of the Macquarie Group Foundation. "From Canada to Oz and Back", compares Australia and Canada and their respective social innovation and social finance ecosystems, looking for synergies for development and lessons we can learn.

December 7: Al Etmanski on Natural Care

Care, caring, and caregiver are words used to describe those who take care of family members or friends out of love. These terms are also used by those who are paid to help and support others. This is confusing on a number of fronts. That the dimensions, requirements and scale of natural care is invisible is a serious public policy issue. We have relegated it as a private matter. In fact, it defines us as a species, as a country, as a society, as an individual.

WEDNESDAY January 11, 2012: Tim Brodhead on Key trends in philanthropy for grant seekers from a SI perspective

MONDAY February 13, 2012: Dr. Ilse Treurnicht on Upcoming trends in Canadian innovation

Register for one or all events today. All webinars will include time for questions and comments from you.

Speaker bios in order of appearance:

Frances Westley: J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation, University of Waterloo, SiG@Waterloo
Stephen Huddart: President and CEO, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Allyson Hewitt: Director, Social Entrepreneurship at MaRS, SiG@MaRS
Cheryl Rose: Director, Partnerships and Projects for SiG@Waterloo
Tim Draimin: Executive Director, Social Innovation Generation (National)
Al Etmanski: President and Co-Founder of PLAN, Director, SiG@PLAN
Tim Brodhead: Senior Fellow, SiG National. Fmr President, JW McConnell Family Foundation
Ilse Treurnicht: CEO, MaRS Discovery District

After you register, visit our Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series page to view our past events.

Knowledge Commons Gathering

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 15:00 - 17:00
Paul Martin Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo
Just show up

SiG@Waterloo will be hosting a gathering for anyone interested in discussing the role of knowledge in society. This gathering will precede CU Expo 2011 in Waterloo where community-university partnerships will be explored as a vehicle for social change.

The Knowledge Commons refers to conceptual spaces where the boundaries between diverse locations of knowledge creation, forms of knowledge and uses of knowledge are diminished. This gathering will build upon past events and discussions including a national summit held in Montreal in June of last year.

This event will begin with a half hour, informal meet and greet, followed by a short presentation about the Knowledge Commons initiative, a reminder of what we mean by 'a knowledge commons' etc, and then a chance to move into open space and small groups for conversation and inspiration about new ways to think about 'knowledge' and to work together to integrate new knowledge into social action - a terrific warm-up to CU Expo!

SiG@Waterloo is coordinating the gathering and sharing of some updates on related action that were discussed last June at the Knowledge Commons Summit in Montreal - stay tuned for more information and links to these updates

Click here to visit the Knowledge Commons Network Website.

CU Expo 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 (All day) - Saturday, May 14, 2011 (All day)
Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3C5

CU Expo 2011 showcased the exemplars in community-university partnerships worldwide, and explored and introduced creative ways of strengthening our local communities.

Who is attending?

The conference drew over 800 people from Canada and around the world who are passionate about the power of community-university partnerships as a vehicle for social change. Students, community leaders, researchers, educators, funders, policy makers and others invested in community-building were in attendance.

Why focus on community and university partnerships?

Complex social issues require global perspectives to inform local action. Community-University partnerships can be an effective way to stimulate innovative solutions for the pressing concerns within our communities. The potential for such solutions is maximized when diverse partners come together to re-imagine the relationship between the academy and the community, and in the process create new possibilities.

Please visit the CU Expo website for more information. [Opens in a new window]


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