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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.

The Philanthropist’s issue on social innovation includes contributions from Foundation staff

Social innovation is the theme of the current issue of The Philanthropist, a quarterly journal for practitioners, scholars, supporters, and others engaged in the nonprofit sector in Canada. Foundation staff, as well as many friends of the Foundation, contributed articles.

The Foundation’s COO, Stephen Huddart, authored one of the journal’s overview articles, entitled Patterns, Principles, and Practices in Social Innovation, which explores various dimensions of the field of social innovation.

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