The Foundation has launched its Social Innovation Learning Program, a series of retreat-style gatherings designed to support the continued development of organizations through the formation of a peer-supported learning community. From 2004-2007, the Foundation regularly convened selected grantees to share strategies, experiences and challenges, draw inspiration from one another, and to learn from invited experts. This format has recently been revived with a group of 8 grantees.
The first in a series of three gatherings was held in late February, at the Hotel Premières Nations in Wendake (Quebec), where participants discovered links between diverse areas of work and learned about common strategies for scaling their efforts. As we have heard from grantees in the past, taking a pause can be rejuvenating, and this event proved to be beneficial in terms of stepping back from the day-to-day operational demands to focus on collaborative learning.