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Social Innovation

Understanding Social Innovation

Report: The Future of Social Innovation Alberta 2016

Authors: ABSI Connect Fellows (2016)

In this report, we share the richness of Albertan social innovation and the powerful and daunting patterns that shape us today. We also present pathways forward and invite us all to consider a common agenda to move forward together toward a stronger and more resilient social innovation ecosystem.

Report: Where to Begin: How social innovation is emerging across Canadian campuses

Authors: Scaled Purpose (2016)

Provides an overview of other post-secondaries that have also sought to create a support system for students and community groups involved in changemaking, social entrepreneurship and community innovation. This national and regional context has helped to inform our own direction at MRU, and we hope there are insights and lessons herein that will help others shape their own initiatives and programming, in particular co-working spaces, social venture incubators, community R&D labs and other collaborative spaces, whether on or off campus.

Student Report: Brewing Innovation: Modelling Opportune Dynamics for Social Innovation in Calgary’s Brewing Industry

Author: Zak Ismail (2015)

This paper takes a comprehensive look at the various dynamics by which socially purposed breweries create social value in a traditionally capitalist market. Taking into account these and other dynamics by which breweries can generate community prosperity, a model is developed identifying key areas where breweries have found opportunities to employ social innovation.

Presentation: Demystifying Social Innovation

Authors: James Stauch, Jill Andres (2015)

Social innovation can be an esoteric subject, cloaked in a mysterious language that excludes as many as it includes. This learning session, delivered as part of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organization’s Connections 2015 conference, is designed to help participants a better understanding of the concepts themselves, as well as how these social innovation tools can enhance efforts to build stronger communities.

Report: If You Don’t Like the Weather: 2015 Environmental Scan

Authors: James Stauch, Jill Andres, Lesley Cornelisse and Pat Letizia (2015)

This scan serves as an overview of the major current socio-economic trends and developments, at local provincial, national and international scales, focusing on phenomena that directly impact one community foundation’s (The Calgary Foundation) interests in stewarding its financial and community investments and in nurturing a healthy, vibrant, giving and caring community. Includes sections on social innovation, social finance and related trends.


Social Enterprise in Canada

Research Partnership: Social Enterprise Sector Survey (SESS)

Social enterprises are social-purpose (typically non-profit) organizations that continuously engage in the market to achieve a social, cultural or environmental benefit. The Institute is engaged in a long-term research project, started in 2009, in collaboration with Simon Fraser University, to measure the size, scope, and scale of social enterprises across Canada.

Case Studies: Three Social Enterprises in Western Canada

Authors: Jill Andres, Peter Elson, Peter Hall

Mount Royal University and Simon Fraser University are among a group of Canadian post‐secondary institutions working together to classify social enterprise models in Canada. This work is a sub set of a broader initiative, International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM), based in Liege, Belgium.

The case studies profiled here are the Namgis First Nation, Seniors Assocation of Greater Edmonton and Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research.

Research Report: Social Enterprise Legal Structure: Options and Prospects for a ‘Made in Canada’ Solution

Authors: Sean Markey, Stacey Corriveau, Michael Cody and Brendan Bonfield, 2011

Canvasses social entrepreneurs and social economy experts with respect to the prospects and potential drawbacks associated with pursuing a separate legal structure for social enterprise in Canada.