August News
What is placemaking?
Placemaking is a growing phenomenon in Canadian cities. Across the country, creative teams, citizens and city hall are reimagining and repurposing derelict and underutilized buildings and spaces to address unmet community needs  or just to bring delight and enjoyment to neighbourhoods. Done well, these publically accessible projects encourage healthy, mixed-use, culturally diverse neighbourhoods, with impact on larger issues and institutions, changing city policies and budgets along the way.
This month’s feature article looks at the Canadian placemaking scene through the experiences of some Foundation grantees and others.
Ten years ago, if you walked along the lower Don Valley section of the Toronto ravine system, you’d have likely noticed an abandoned, 100-year-old brickworks, surrounded by an expanse of tangled brush and marshland. Today, thanks to the creative vision of the Evergreen Foundation, the support of three levels of government, and a host of public and private donors,  this long-neglected 40 acres has been transformed into a thriving community asset, replete with yes, brush and marshland, but also children’s gardens, hiking trails, a brickworks transformed into gallery and conference space, a farmers’ market, outdoor classrooms, a LEED platinum-certified office complex, workshops, and a restaurant. Evergreen Brick Works is today a global showcase for ‘placemaking.’  

With Vancouver hosting Placemaking Week, September 12 to 17, and numerous other activities and projects underway, the placemaking movement has never been more prominent in Canada.
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Unlocking the potential of Indigenous innovation
The newly created Indigenous Innovation Demonstration Fund (IIDF) seeks to provide much-needed capital for early stage social innovation projects with the goal of increasing their impact in Indigenous communities across Canada. The fund was created by the Foundation in partnership with the National Association of Friendship Centres and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. There are two opportunities for communities or organizations to access the IIDF: a coaching stream, which provides $10,000- $20,000 for the development of Indigenous social innovation or enterprise projects; and an impact stream for more developed initiatives, which provides up to $100,000 towards the scaling of successful projects to share knowledge and support other Indigenous social innovations.
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Sign up now for the second Indigenous Innovation Summit this November
Registration is now open for the second annual Indigenous Innovation Summit (IIS2016) taking place in Edmonton, November 7-9. Following the success of the inaugural summit – the first national social innovation summit designed by and for Indigenous people – IIS2016 will bring together Canada’s leading social innovators, social entrepreneurs and Indigenous leaders for what promises to be a landmark gathering. The event will feature authors Joseph Boyden, Tomson Highway, and other remarkable speakers in a unique, interactive format.
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New Publication: Mapping Momentum: A Snapshot of the Emerging Field of Systems Change
“As we hurtle towards a human community of 9.7 billion people by the year 2050, coupled with new technologies and the growing challenges of our planet’s carrying capacity, there is more and more discussion of systems and how they change or are created...It is against this backdrop that a movement is starting to gain traction. A community of practitioners trying to shift incumbent systems no longer fit for purpose and build new ones that work for our current reality.” 

These words are from the preface to a new publication from Rachel Sinha of The System Studio, and Tim Draimin, Executive Director of Social Innovation Generation. Mapping Momentum: A snapshot of the emerging field of systems change describes the roles involved in building the field of systems change, and the kinds of challenges that leading organizations are addressing.
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An emerging community of practice for Canadian social innovation labs
Social Innovation labs offer a promising entry point for collaborative work aimed at the roots of wicked social problems where no one institution or sector can solve a complex challenge alone, and where no single solution or intervention is likely to work. Earlier this summer, the Foundation convened a group of lab practitioners from The Natural Step’s Energy Futures Lab, l’Institut du Nouveau Monde’s Labis, MaRS Solutions Lab, and WellAhead along with Foundation staff, to harvest lessons learned from diverse efforts across Canada.
One early lesson? The need for a community of practice where individual groups can share new learning, challenges, and differing approaches.
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RECODE & SoJo provide matching funds to support social entrepreneurship in schools
RECODE has partnered with SoJo to provide matching grants for higher education institutions interested in incorporating the SoJo social entrepreneurship online training platform into their changemaking work. The SoJo platform is designed to support social entrepreneurship and social innovation programs delivered by incubators, campuses, funders and training organizations. RECODE & SoJo will provide 50% matching funds to five schools to purchase a one-year SoJo Platform Enterprise License.
Applications close on September 30, 2016 and will be approved on a rolling basis until all five grants are awarded.
Apply here
In memoriam
Colleagues and friends of Pamela Hartigan a leading figure in social entrepreneurship  were saddened to learn of her recent passing. In 2009 Dr. Hartigan became the founding Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University. Prior to this she was the founding Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. With John Elkington she wrote The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets that Change the World.  
In his tribute to her, Elkington gives the last word to Dr. Hartigan: “Entrepreneurs are unreasonable: they never accept the status quo, see opportunities in almost everything, learn from failure, and change systems from within. But they also need partners to achieve success – team members, corporates and governments – and it is important to build bridges to enable these partnerships to flourish.”
Here are some of our favourite blogs from the past few months.
Northern Manitoba Community Food Security and Cultural Food Heritage
Carl McCorrister on how a community garden has helped regain and rebuild Peguis First Nations heritage around agriculture.
Fostering Consistent Stakeholder Engagement
for a Maximum Impact

Anna Godefroy, Director of the Binners Project, writes about how consistent engagement can help build a sense of community.  
Falling into the “Program Trap”
In her latest post, WellAhead’s Mali Bain questions whether the initiative has unintentionally become the kind of mental health program they had set out to avoid.  
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Bentall Kennedy receives top marks from UN PRI
Congratulations to Bentall Kennedy, one of the Foundation’s real estate investment advisors, on receiving an A+ rating for strategy and governance and an ‘A’ rating for property investing, from UN PRI, the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment. The achievements of the company were recognized in ranking first globally in its peer group in the 2015 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), an endorsement it has earned in four of the past five years.
Organization Unbound accepted to Marion Institute Greenhouse Initiative
We are proud to report that Foundation partner Organization Unbound has been accepted as a Greenhouse Project of the Marion Institute. The Greenhouse initiative provides support and insight to emerging initiatives that make a profound difference in the world. Organization Unbound’s co-founder, Warren Nilsson, also received the Academy of Management Review’s 2015 Best Paper Award for his article Positive Institutional Work.
Climate Smart’s interactive business energy and emissions dashboard wins Climate Colab prize
Foundation grantee Climate Smart has been awarded the top prize in Climate CoLab’s Smart Zero Carbon Cities Challenge for its interactive business energy and emissions dashboard. The dashboard allows cities to understand and track the progression of their business emissions by sector, business size and emissions source.
Community News 
Reinventing printed paper and packaging in a circular economy

Foundation grantee, The Natural Step, is recruiting participants for the first phase of its Ontario Circular Economy Innovation Lab (CEIL). The lab will test and implement circular economy solutions that aim to maximize value and eliminate waste by improving the design of materials, products, systems and business models. CEIL’s phase one rapid lab will focus on printed paper and packaging, and will seek to develop a new vision for future of paper and packaging materials in a circular economy.
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation seeks members for survivors circle
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has released a call for nominations to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis organizations, groups, communities and individuals across Canada for positions on the NCTR Survivors Circle. Members of the Survivors Circle will provide advice and guidance to the NCTR on a wide range of topics.
Upcoming Events 
Below are some of the events and conferences we will be attending in fall 2016. Click on the links below to learn more and register for the event. 

Global Social
Economic Forum

September 7-9, 2016: Montreal
Over 2,000 participants will converge in Montreal to reflect on collaboration between local governments and the social and solidarity economy to improve the development of cities.

Placemaking in Canada
eptember 17: Vancouver
Join leading Canadian urbanists for a discussion on how to advance placemaking and the public realm in cities across the country to celebrate international Placemaking Week.

Change Institute

September 26-19: Toronto

The Community Change Institute is an opportunity for leaders and activists to learn with peers from around the world who are committed to ensuring their communities respond to challenges with compassion and creativity.
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