Resource: Report | Authors: Hallie Preskill and Tanya Beer
This report calls on philanthropy to re-envision the role, purpose, and processes of evaluation so that social innovations have a better chance of success.
Resource Type: Article | Author: Vivian Hutchinson
This article, the latest chapter in How Communities Heal a book profiling the stories of social entrepreneurs in New Zealand, calls for transformation in how philanthropists and social entrepreneurs partner to support real innovation and sustainable social change.
Resource Type: Publication | Author: Tracy Thompson
This paper explores the power and effectiveness of one of civilization’s oldest organizational forms: the circle and its effectiveness in fostering personal and social change.
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Speaker: Garry Loewen
For communities wanting to collaborate on complex issues such as poverty, a comprehensive plan can get people moving. In this seminar, Garry Loewen discusses a resource that uses strategic drivers as a starting point for change and action.
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Ann Kubisch and Patricia Auspos
Community initiatives must often work with organizations from beyond the neighbourhood, such as government, funders and larger agencies.
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Speaker: Katharine Pearson
This podcast explores the concept of applied dissemination through several case studies and an examines the Sustaining Social Innovation initiative led by the McConnell Foundation in 2006.
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Speaker: Al Etmanski
This seminar seeks to understand the potential for community innovation in today’s world. Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski consider the deep patterns that drive change and innovation and how they have influenced the creation of the Social Innovation Generation (SiG)network.
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Speaker: Thomas Homer-Dixon
What are the most significant challenges facing society today and why are our typical responses proving ineffective? How can the renewal of our society be fostered? What role can communities play in providing the ingenuity and innovation needed for such a renewal?
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Speaker: Brenda Zimmerman
In this seminar, Brenda Zimmerman explores the challenges and opportunities inherent to working in complex systems. She looks at some key characteristics of leadership in uncertain times, and lays out several important principles for leading in complex systems.
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Speaker: Tim Brodhead
With scarce resources and a move to results-oriented changes, collaborations have gained tremendous ground. This seminar examines the characteristics of collaborations and the McConnell Foundation’s investment in this work.
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Speaker: Christian Bason
This audio seminar deepens our understanding of co-creation and how to foster innovation in the public sector by connecting the dots between public sector and community innovation in eye-opening ways.
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Speaker: John Ott
Collective wisdom is a way of knowing that exceeds the knowledge of any one person or group. Collective wisdom generates a depth of awareness or insight that leads wise action and extraordinary results. Learn to create the conditions to enable you to reliably tap this co-creative potential that exists whenever human...
Resource Type: Publication | Author: Metcalf Foundation
A report to help make sense of poverty measurements.
Resource Type: Publication | Author: Tim Brodhead
"It is time to re-think our operating models, our function, and our contribution to Canadian society, embracing innovation and re-asserting our role as catalysts, community-builders, and creative problem-solvers." Find out more in this resource.
Resource Type: Case Study | Author: Vibrant Saint John
Vibrant Communities Saint John (VCSJ) has played an important role in poverty-reduction efforts in New Brunswick. After completing its first framework for change, participants reviewed their original ideas of how to effect poverty reduction to determine if they held true or needed adjustment. This paper...