This Friday October 16, over lunch, I will be launching the first in our Sandbox Series - Trends in Social Innovation. Here at CSI, we have been engaging, watching, dialoguing, catalyzing and pushing this concept of social innovation... but what does it look like? what do we really know about social innovation - the new buzz word and how can we get more of it?
Most importantly, what does it mean for your work? I hope that you can join us to be a part of the conversation as we explore, probe and experiment with new ideas that are changing the world.
Submitted by yumi hotta on October 9, 2009 - 4:34pm
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The Centre for Social Innovation is a proud member of the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), a global network of organizations and institutions dedicated to - wait for it - social innovation. SIX was started by, and is based out of, the Young Foundation in London, UK, of which we are big fans.
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting New York City, where I attended The Feast, an innovation conference held by All Day Buffet. If you've just had to reread that sentence, don't worry, it will make sense in a minute. All Day Buffet is a group with a simple mission: "[to] change the world through creativity and business." The Feast was a day-long event with 12 entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, and world-changers, addressing an audience of 300+.
The CSI Sandbox Series kicks off with three events at the Centre for Social Innovation through the fall of 2009. Each event is meant to provoke and engage, as we investigate what social innovation looks like. We have been doing, thinking, convening and collaborating around social innovation, but haven't had a lot of time for reflection and sharing... The Sandbox Series is our first foray into some of the ideas that are changing the world.
Today marks a high-point in efforts to bring micro-financing opportunities to Asia. Grameen Trust has joined forces with the Alibaba Group to create the Grameen China initiative, "an effort to provide micro-credit financial services to China's poorest residents to create income generating opportunities and help lift them to a higher standard of living."
This is a great achievement for Grameen and a great development for the rural poor of China. And it just goes to show how a great social innovation can scale and be replicated around the world.
The Centre for Social Innovation is a proud founding member of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada and is delighted to be a part of hosting the 3rd Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise. We hope that newbies and experienced practitioners alike will join us for this exciting event. I will be posting descriptions of the program over the coming weeks to wet your appetite.
Submitted by yumi hotta on September 17, 2009 - 1:22pm
Every two weeks, we send out Innovators Update - our community newsletter! It covers upcoming events, exciting news, and job postings. If you'd like to read it, please click on the following link: http://bettermail.ca/m/242/30110/.
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Submitted by yumi hotta on September 16, 2009 - 11:50am
Our very own Tonya Surman, intrepid and visionary leader, has been named
an Ashoka Fellow! Ashoka is the leading global organization dedicated to social
entrepreneurship. Each year, Ashoka undertakes a
rigorous review and selection process to identify a select number of social
entrepreneurs who belong as part of its global Fellowship. Tonya is just the 20th
Canadian to be awarded this honour!