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Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation

The University of Waterloo’s Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation is a partnership between leading academics, experts from the public, private, and community sectors from across the country, and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Nominations are now being accepted for participation in the program’s 2013-2014 offering, whose theme is Young Canadians Innovating for a Resilient Canada.

It will be focused on, but not limited to, individuals aged 22-35 with experience as change-makers, and who want to learn to work for broad system change (political, economic, legal, education, environmental, social, etc). Together, this cohort will collaborate to more deeply understand our national systems, to identify key challenges, and to develop social innovation strategies that can move social and environmental systems in positive directions.

Nominees may come from the private, public, or community sectors, and must have a clear passion for change, a tolerance for risk, a deep appreciation for collaboration, a high interest in learning, and a strong desire for action. If you know someone who fits this profile, please consider nominating them for a spot in this sought after program.

For program information, please click here.

Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation

Reminder! Applications are currently being accepted for the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation‘s 2012-2013 program at the University of Waterloo. The upcoming program will focus on Food Systems, Green Technologies, and Urban Sustainability.

Created by the University in partnership with the Foundation, the Diploma’s goal is to respond to Canada’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. The 2011-2012 offering, which recently concluded, focused on mental health, aging, and newcomers to Canada. Click here to watch a short video with reflections from Diploma participants.

To learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation or to apply for the 2012-2013 program, visit www.gradsi.ca.

Diploma in Social Innovation: 2012-2013 Program Themes Announced

The University of Waterloo‘s Diploma in Social Innovation—created by the University in partnership with the Foundation, with the goal of responding to Canada’s most pressing social and environmental challenges—recently announced its 2012-2013 program focus: Food Systems, Green Technologies and Urban Sustainability.

Led by Frances Westley—the J. W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation and Director of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience—participants will explore economic and political barriers to systemic change, emerging green technologies, and innovative approaches to building a resilient and sustainable future.

Free information webinars on the 2012-2013 program will take place March 8th and March 21st. Click here to register.

To learn more about the Diploma in Social Innovation or to apply for the 2012-2013 program, visit www.gradsi.ca.

Official Launch of the Diploma in Social Innovation

On November 25, faculty, students, and collaborators gathered for the official launch of the University of Waterloo‘s Diploma in Social Innovation. Created by the University in partnership with the Foundation, the diploma’s goal is to respond to Canada’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

“To successfully address the complex problems we face as a society, it is essential that we learn to work collaboratively among the private, public and community sectors,” said the Foundation’s Stephen Huddart. “The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation is pleased to support the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation and looks forward to the new partnerships, fresh thinking and actionable solutions that emerge from this talented group of faculty and students.”

Thirty-three participants from across Canada are enrolled, with a first year focus on three key issues: aging, newcomers to Canada and mental health. Led by Frances Westley—the J. W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation and Director of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience—the program draws on the expertise of world-renowned academics and expert practitioners and thought leaders from across the country.

Click here to learn more about the Diploma in Social Innovation.

Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation now Open for Applications!

The first offering of the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation will focus on the issues of mental health, aging, and newcomers to Canada.

If you are seeking creative solutions to big problems, open to exploring and utilizing multiple and cross-cutting perspectives, and eager to develop the habits of thought and strategic skills necessary to make transformative change possible, this program was designed with you in mind.

  • Become a more creative and sophisticated systems-thinker
  • Learn to better identify, nurture and seize opportunities to address the problems of greatest importance to you
  • Build a national, cross-sectoral professional network
  • Develop strategic skills and ways of thinking that will make you more effective in all your endeavors
  • Position yourself to effectively address major social challenges

The Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation was created by the University of Waterloo in partnership with the Foundation.

Learn more about the program and application process from its website.