Posts Tagged ‘MaRS Discovery District’

New report from SiG

Social Innovation Generation (SiG), in collaboration with KPMGVolans, and MaRS, recently published Breaking Through: How Corporate Social Innovation Creates Business Opportunity. The report looks at the positive power of business to drive the innovation needed to solve the growing social and environmental challenges on our plate.

For the full report, or to learn more about Corporate Social Innovation, click here.

Geoff Mulgan on Austerity and Innovation

Geoff Mulgan—internationally recognized leader and speaker on social innovation, and Chief Executive of Nesta in the United Kingdom—recently visited Toronto for a whirlwind tour that included 22 engagements and four talks in four days. The tour was organized and presented by MaRS and Social Innovation Generation (SiG) as part of the Inspiring Action for Social Impact speakers series.

On May 2, Mr. Mulgan spoke about Austerity and Innovation to a packed house at the MaRS Discovery District and to audiences in nine cities across Canada via live stream. During his presentation he discussed the opportunities society has to overcome the barriers that fiscal challenges present to social innovation.

Click here to watch his presentation on Austerity and Innovation and here to simultaneously view the slides used in his talk.

Private Capital for Public Good

The one year anniversary of the release of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance‘s landmark report, Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good, was celebrated at the official launch of the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing and the 2011 Social Finance Forum: Investing in Good Deals on December 13 and 14 in Toronto.

Nearly four hundred people attended the evening reception celebrating the official launch of the Centre, which is jointly funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the McConnell Foundation and TMX Group Inc. At the reception, guest speaker Antony Bugg-Levine, formerly of the Rockefeller Foundation and now head of Nonprofit Finance Fund, launched his new book, Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference.

Following the reception, the Centre hosted the Social Finance Forum, an annual forum supporting the growth of social finance and impact investing in Canada. The Forum brought social ventures, impact investors and mainstream finance practitioners together with the aim of providing practical education and support to mobilize the exchange of capital and inspire new ideas.

The forum presented leading social finance experts, including Amit Bouri, Director of Strategy and Development at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), who highlighted the importance of measuring social and environmental impact.

The forum also coincided with the Task Force’s release of Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good – Measuring Progress During Year One, a progress report highlighting some of the developments relevant to the recommendations of the Task Force over the past year.

A video highlighting many of the forum’s key events and presentations can be viewed here.

Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series

On November 2, Social Innovation Generation and Frances Westley—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—launch Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series, a new webinar series focusing on Canadian ideas in social innovation.

The 8-week series, featuring leaders of the SiG initiative, will explore social innovation—sharing lessons learned, best practices and emerging concepts and ideas.

Upcoming webinars:

  • November 2: Frances Westley on Social Innovation and Resilience
  • November 9: Stephen Huddart on Managing Social Innovation
  • November 16: Allyson Hewitt on Shared Value & what it means for the non-profit sector
  • November 23: Cheryl Rose on Community-University Partnerships
  • November 30: Tim Draimin on Supporting global learning: Australia/Canada social innovation synergies
  • December 7: Al Etmanski on Natural Care
  • December 13: Tim Brodhead on Key trends in philanthropy for grant seekers from a SI perspective (Note: this event takes place on a Tuesday)
  • December 20: Dr. Ilse Treurnicht on Upcoming Trends in Innovation

For full webinar details, visit the SiG series website.

MaRS to launch Centre for Impact Investing

MaRS Discovery District announced this week that substantial funding support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the McConnell Foundation will be made available for the Centre for Impact Investing, to be housed at MaRS.

The Centre for Impact Investing will build upon the foundational work of MaRS and Social Innovation Generation (SiG), including the landmark report, Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good, by the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance. The Centre will be a national hub that will increase awareness for and effectiveness of social finance to catalyze new capital, talent, and initiatives dedicated to tackling social and environmental problems in Canada. The Centre will act as a point of global connection for Canadian efforts into the emerging field of impact investing, delivering programs and initiatives focused on research and policy, market and product development, and education and engagement initiatives to build the collective ability to mobilize private capital towards public good.

See the Globe and Mail’s coverage of this announcement

Art, Science and the Brain – Save the Date!

October 31 to November 2, 2011, ArtsSmarts and Social Innovation Generation are co-hosting a knowledge exchange called Art, Science and the Brain: New Models of Learning for the 21st Century at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. The event will be devoted to exploring the nature of inquiry-based learning and its effect on our brains.

In contrast to a more passive, traditional style of conference, attendees will be called upon to take part in all kinds of interactive seminars that put into practice the inquiry-based learning techniques that are being discussed.

Learn more about the event from the ArtsSmarts website.

Accelerating Social Innovation: Smart Ideas for Canada

On Tuesday, November 10th, Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District – home of SiG@MaRS – will host this multi-sector conversation about social innovation, exploring how this model can change the way we support and interact with each other in the 21st century. (more…)