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Below is a full overview of activities — see all the action taking place concurrently!

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Monday, November 27, 2017

LOCATION Artscape | Daniels Spectrum & CSI Regent Park (585 Dundas Street East)  
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Registration   Connection Lounge

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Opening Ceremony   Ada Slaight Theatre
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch   Connection Lounge
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Sessions 1   Various Spaces
Benevolence Versus Change: The transformative potential of social enterprise in Ontario Circle 1.1 Paintbox I
Scaling a Solutions Platform (or Growing up and out): Designing sustainability into experimentation and adaptation Circle 1.2 Paintbox II
Transform the Sector: Data Infrastructure for 21st Century Social Impact Circle 1.3 CSI II
Righting Relations Talking Circle on Colonization and Decolonization Circle 1.4 Green Room
Creative Sensing for Social Innovators Kinetic / Maker 1 Ada Slaight I
5 Things We Need to Get Better At Around Social Innovation In Canada Lab 1 CSI I
Social Innovation So White? Salon 1 Ada Slaight III
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break    
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Sessions 2   Various Spaces
Social Innovation So White? Debrief Session Circle 2.1 Paintbox I
Social innovation in a time of ecological constraint Circle 2.2 Paintbox II
Breaking Ground: How R&D is unlocking innovation on the frontline Circle 2.3 CSI II
Generating a Reconciliation Economy Through Indigenous Innovation Circle 2.4 Ada Slaight II
Innovation and resistance to systemic change in the social sector Circle 2.5 Green Room
Move your Mission Kinetic / Maker 2 Ada Slaight I
Shifting from Labs to Infrastructure: Engendering a culture for innovation Lab 2 CSI I
Is Policy the Answer or the Problem? Salon 2 Ada Slaight III
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM Dinner & Drinks + Evening Experience   Connection Lounge

Detailed Monday schedule & full session descriptions:

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

LOCATION Artscape | Daniels Spectrum & CSI Regent Park (585 Dundas Street East)  
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Doors open   Connection Lounge
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Connection Lab: What does reconciliation mean to you?   Ada Slaight Theatre
10:00 AM- 10:30 AM Break   Connection Lounge
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sessions 3   Various Spaces
Policy Innovation: Co-Creating the Case for Change Circle 3.1 Paintbox I
Corporate Changemaking: opportunities and hurdles in embedding a social innovation approach in the corporate community Circle 3.2 Paintbox II
A Cluster Model Approach to Data-Driven Solutions Circle 3.3 CSI II
Where Do You Stand? Exploring experiences of power and vulnerability in social innovation and change processes Circle 3.4 Green Room
Shifting from Labs to Infrastructure: Engendering a culture for innovation Lab 3 CSI I
Disruptive Women: What is the edge of our practice? Networking 3 Connection Lounge
Tearing down the clubhouse: is social innovation a club or a movement? Salon 3 Ada Slaight III
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Salad Club Lunch   Ada Slaight Theatre & Connection Lounge
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Sessions 4   Various Spaces
CONVENE: Art + Social Innovation Circle 4.1 Paintbox I
Enabling Social Innovation: How can the Government of Canada support the system for change? Circle 4.2 CSI II
Social innovation and social justice: at odds or an opportunity? Circle 4.3 Paintbox II
Place-based initiatives with a Systems Change Agenda Circle 4.4 Green Room
5 Things We Need to Get Better At Around Social Innovation In Canada Lab 4 CSI I
Building the Block Networking 4 Connection Lounge
Are We All Just Drinking the Collective Impact Kool-Aid? Salon 4 Ada Slaight III
A Streetcar Named Disruption TTC 4 Dundas Street
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break   Connection Lounge
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Sessions 5   Various Spaces
Systems Change Leadership Circle 5.1 Paintbox I
Funding Innovation Circle 5.2 Paintbox II
The Shadow Side of Social Innovation Circle 5.3 CSI II
Data for Social Change: Creating a Common Agenda Circle 5.4 Ada Slaight II
Move Your Mission Kinetic / Maker 5.1 Ada Slaight I
HOZA, An African Recipe for Change Kinetic / Maker 5.2 Green Room
Uber Public Value: The role of systemic design in tackling social challenges Lab 5 CSI I
Building the Block Networking 5 Connection Lounge
The Network Effect: Connecting Innovators Locally and Globally Salon 5 Ada Slaight III
A Streetcar Named Disruption TTC 5 Dundas Street
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM SiG Sunset Celebration @ MaRS Discovery District   101 College Street, M5G 1L7

Detailed Tuesday schedule & full session descriptions:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LOCATION Artscape | Daniels Spectrum & CSI Regent Park (585 Dundas Street East)  
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Doors Open   Connection Lounge
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Sessions 6   Various Spaces
Newcomer Lab - Peer Input Process Circle 6.1 CSI II (60 minutes only)
Bridging the tech innovation ecosystem to community Circle 6.2 Lounge
Policy Innovation: Changing the game we play Circle 6.3 Green Room
Systems mapping for systems change — learning from the grassroots experience of the Vancouver’s Binners’ Project Lab 6 CSI I
A network for social innovation in Canada: a co-creation session Networking 6 Connection Lounge
What is the Nature of Leadership? Salon 6 Ada Slaight III
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Closing Ceremony + Brunch   Ada Slaight Theatre
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Lunch + Communities of Practice @ MaRS Discovery District and CSI Spadina   101 College Street & 192 Spadina Avenue

Detailed Wednesday schedule & full session descriptions:


Monday, November 27

Artscape | Daniels Spectrum & CSI Regent Park (585 Dundas Street East) 

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Registration

Connection Lounge

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Opening Ceremony

Ada Slaight Theatre

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch

Connection Lounge

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Sessions 1

Benevolence Versus Change: The transformative potential of social enterprise in Ontario

Presenter(s): Nabeel Ahmed; Peter Frampton, Learning Enrichment Foundation

Location: Paintbox I

Session Type: Circle

This session explores the 'tensions and ambiguities' of social innovation, using social enterprise policy in Ontario as our case. We start with a discussion that identifies the tensions between the work of longstanding community organizations and emerging social enterprise initiatives in Ontario, particularly youth entrepreneurship programming. Our aim is to juxtapose increasing investment in social enterprise accelerators against ongoing systemic challenges with youth unemployment and precarious work; are incubators and accelerators an additional part of the solution or driving a new theory of change? We ask participants to reflect on the alignment intention and outcome with these emerging approaches to youth unemployment. We hope to provoke us all to reflect on our social innovation practice, especially its inclusionary or exclusionary aspects, and identify areas for further development and learning.

"Scaling a Solutions Platform (or Growing up and out): Designing sustainability into experimentation and adaptation"

Presenter(s): Geraldine Cahill, SiG National; Miquel de Paladella, UpSocial; Anna Laycock, Finance Innovation Lab

Location: Paintbox II

Session Type: Circle

First risk institutional partners are critical to the birth and early development of experimental projects. Access to partners, room for prototyping and rapid feedback loops, all support refinement of a value proposition. And then a decision is needed. Do you scale inside the institution or strike out on your own? It’s not just innovations that can get stuck at the early project stage. Particularly innovative solutions platforms that seek to build out into enterprising non-profits, standalone business units or businesses, can meet many barriers on their way. This discussion will examine the various ways local and global solutions platforms have tried, failed and succeeded on their way to independence.

Transform the Sector: Data Infrastructure for 21st Century Social Impact

Presenter(s): Michael Lenczner, Powered by Data; Jon McPhedran Waitzer, Powered by Data

Location: CSI II

Session Type: Circle

Data is already transforming how the social sector functions, with massive opportunities and risks close on the horizon. Choices we make now around digital data infrastructure will shape our long-term ability to use this resource for social good. Join Powered by Data to learn more about these choices, and share your perspective on how we can address them together.

Righting Relations Talking Circle on Colonization and Decolonization

Presenter(s): Ishbel Munro, On Common Ground & “Righting Relations” Catherine Donnelly Foundation; Rehana Tejpar, “Righting Relations” Catherine Donnelly Foundation

Location: Green Room

Session Type: Circle

This talking circle will create a space for participants to reflect on the impacts of colonization on our lives, relationships, systems, and the land we live on. We will have time to explore what decolonization looks like, how we might heal, what we could unlearn and uplearn in order to decolonize ourselves, our relationships, programs, policies and systems in order to build a more just and inclusive society with this land we now call Canada.

Creative Sensing for Social Innovators

Presenter(s): Denise Pinto

Location: Ada Slaight I

Session Type: Kinetic/Maker

Using visualization and embodiment practices, this workshop is geared toward innovators designing an idea or intervention to make a difference locally. Award-winning urbanist and community builder, Denise Pinto, will have participants engage in small group exploration of a community or place they know well, and develop social/physical concepts that respond to the needs of the people who live there. Future possibilities will be brought to life through body-based movements that access internal insight and lived experiences, allowing for a creative, expressive journey from concept to prototype.

5 Things We Need to Get Better At Around Social Innovation In Canada

Presenter(s): Action Lab & Edmonton Shift Lab Team

Location: CSI I

Session Type: Lab

Get a taste of a Social Innovation Lab experience around a real question facing the social innovation ecosystem in Canada. This session will be stewarded by the Action Lab and Edmonton Shift Lab and offer a sense of what tackling a complex challenge through lab methodologies often looks like. This lab will explore through a few interactive methodologies, what the Canadian Social Innovation Eco-system should pay attention to, and improve over the next 5-10 years.

Social Innovation So White?

Presenter(s): Hosted by Ajay Puri

Location: Ada Slaight III

Session Type: Salon

If the social innovation ecosystem held up a mirror and gazed at its own reflection, what would it see? Does it reflect the reality of Canada’s diversity? Where are the people of colour? Women? Indigenous people? Who are on the margins? If social innovation is dedicated to transformative change, how are we transforming ourselves? Or are we simply reproducing the power structures we've set out to redefine?

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Break

Connection Lounge

3:30PM - 5:00 PM

Sessions 2

Social Innovation So White? Debrief Session

Presenter(s): Ajay Puri

Location: Paintbox I

Session Type: Circle

A space to continue the conversation started in the Social Innovation So White? Salon session. The intent is to create and hold a safe space for people to share and reflect on their lived experience of being "othered" and discuss their reactions and responses to the topic and their experiences.

Social innovation in a time of ecological constraint

Presenter(s): Katharine Zywert

Location: Paintbox II

Session Type: Circle

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to unpack systems-level challenges to fostering resilient communities in a time of global ecological crises and develop a deeper sense of how to create space for change that integrates social and ecological outcomes.

Breaking Ground: How R&D is unlocking innovation on the frontline

Presenter(s): Vinod Rajeskaran, SiG Fellow; Jason Pearman, SiG Fellow; Dr. Sarah Schulman, InWithForward

Location: CSI II

Session Type: Circle

Strong R&D leads to strong social innovations. This show-and-tell session of social R&D in practice features insights from leading practitioners, including:

  • Dr. Sarah Schulman, Founding Partner and Social Impact Lead at InWithForward — Sarah will share insights into humanistic design and the first R&D collective for social services
  • Jason Pearman, SiG Fellow — Jason will talk about his journey developing social R&D within the public service, as well as creating network infrastructure for social R&D practitioners outside of the public service

Along with several other practitioners, they will demonstrate the value of R&D and how they set up their organization with right-sized talent, tools, and resources to pursue R&D well.

Generating a Reconciliation Economy Through Indigenous Innovation

Presenter(s): Jeff Cyr, Raven Capital Partners; Nicole McDonald, McConnell Foundation; and Benjamin Scott, Principal of Feed the Fire

Location: Ada Slaight II

Session Type: Circle

The relationship between economic growth, human well-being and the achievement of a sustainable future has a long and complex history. And yet, many solutions for sustainable development are already embedded within Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

For Canada to become a more inclusive and resilient country, we need to develop a reconciliation economy – a state in which wealth and resources are equitably shared and sustainably managed. This does not simply mean increasing the number of Indigenous people participating in the mainstream economy, but also means adapting the mainstream economy to be more reflective of Indigenous values.

This session will explore a full spectrum of work to better support Indigenous change-makers bring this vision to reality - from supporting the idea generation and capacity development of Indigenous communities and innovators, to incubating indigenous social enterprise and building back-end shared services, to increasing access to investment capital.

Innovation and resistance to systemic change in the social sector

Presenter(s): Nabeel Ahmed; Stephen Couchman

Location: Green Room

Session Type: Circle

What is the nature of resistance to innovation and systemic change in the social sectors? This interactive session raises and unpacks burning questions about persistent barriers to social innovation over the last few decades. This session builds on two recent articles in the Philanthropist that explore how the social sector has evolved over the past 25 years, based on input from 11 leaders in the sector. It will ask why the landscape is 'littered with the remains of innovative social programs,' and attempt to tease out promising directions for the next 25 years. This moderated discussion will provide a space for the community to share their stories of success and failure in shifting systems, asking uncomfortable questions and thinking hard about our individual and collective visions. All will be welcome; we are especially interested in facilitating intergenerational and cross-community learning.

Move your Mission

Presenter(s): Jennifer Mansell

Location: Ada Slaight I

Session Type: Kinetic/Maker

Our body holds wisdom our minds cannot conceptualize. If we can learn to use them as a tool for innovation and creation they can become our greatest ally in helping us find clarity on what key steps need to be taken to move our personal and societal missions forward.

Join Jennifer Mansell, a dancer, health coach, and creative group facilitator, for a 90 minute out of the box exploration using movement and the body to get unstuck in an area that's been holding you back. You will not only leave with clarity and confidence but a new found tool to use with your colleagues when your meetings lose steam.

Shifting from Labs to Infrastructure: Engendering a culture for innovation

Presenter(s): In With Forward & Kudos Team

Location: CSI I

Session Type: Lab

Change is darn hard. Getting buy in for change even more so. See how Kudoz has used prototyping methods from development to implementation. From shifting the way organizations think about service development and delivery, to new roles, to adopting a new way of working. Hear about the challenges of engendering a culture of research and development while delivering a solution. Engage in conversations around what interventions can be implemented at a systemic level to preserve a culture of development and jam on how we might be able to apply this to the broader social innovation ecosystem.

Is Policy the Answer or the Problem?

Presenter(s): Hosted by Heather Laird

Location: Ada Slaight III

Session Type: Salon

What is the role of policy in effecting social change? What are the challenges that policy makers and social innovators (both inside and outside government) face when trying to effect social change through policy? Should the government just do everything? Or should it just get out of the way?

5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Dinner & Drinks + Evening Experience

Connection Lounge, Ada Slaight Theatre & CSI

Tuesday, November 28

Artscape | Daniels Spectrum & CSI Regent Park (585 Dundas Street East) 

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Doors Open

Connection Lounge

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Connection Lab: What does reconciliation mean to you?
In collaboration with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and JAYU, we will dig into this question with each other, and through the photography work and stories of nine Indigenous youth that participated in a two-photography mentorship program, which culminated into the iAM exhibition, currently on display at Daniel’s Spectrum.

Ada Slaight Theatre

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break

Connection Lounge

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Sessions 3

Policy Innovation: Co-Creating the Case for Change

Presenter(s): Heather Laird; Derek Alton

Location: Paintbox I

Session Type: Circle

Find others who need to change policy, get support for your work and as someone working on the ground, contribute ideas and questions to help us all change the way the policy game is played. If you have a live case you are working on to change policy - or subvert the policy process altogether - this is the place to pitch your work. Bring your stories of how you have succeeded and failed, and get advice and perspective from other “policy innovators” who are sweating alongside you. Give and get awesome peer advice to move your projects along. Together we can make our work easier. We will capture lessons and insights to help us all shift the system. This is the first in a three part series on policy innovation.

Corporate Changemaking: opportunities and hurdles in embedding a social innovation approach in the corporate community

Presenter(s): Lori Hewson, Suncor Energy Foundation; Sarah Saso, CSR-P; Paul Klein, Impakt; Tim Draimin, SiG National; Ken Gauthier, Urban Systems Ltd.

Location: Paintbox II

Session Type: Circle

An intimate discussion about corporate social innovation, exchanging ideas with corporate leaders experimenting with how they participate in the emerging social innovation ecosystem. How do corporate leaders see social innovation strategies being implemented and how do they imagine the field of corporate social innovation evolving over the coming decade?

A Cluster Model Approach to Data-Driven Solutions

Presenter(s): Jean-Noé Landry, OpenNorth; Suthee Sangiambut, OpenNorth

Location: CSI II

Session Type: Circle

This circle explores the methodology developed during OpenNorth's work on the City of Toronto's Open Data Master Plan and Roadmap. The cluster model focuses on four key areas: problem framing, mapping available or unavailable data sources, data engagement challenges, and data-driven solutions. We know that making data available publicly isn't an end in itself. The cluster model aims to mobilize networks of stakeholders around a given problem area -- clusters (e.g. housing, mobility, or food security). This 4-step model teases out nuances of specific contexts of the people involved in resolving, or affected by, this problem. Participants will be asked to prototype the model on selected problems and critique the design of the cluster model. Feedback will help refine and deepen how this model can help city managers and community leaders engage in collaborative data-driven problem solving.

Where Do You Stand? Exploring experiences of power and vulnerability in social innovation and change processes

Presenter(s): Nancy Rushford

Location: Green Room

Session Type: Circle

This session aims to draw attention to the issue of power and vulnerability in social innovation and change processes and to stimulate critical thinking and reflection on the nature of collaboration and practice in the field. Participants will have the opportunity to experience or observe power and vulnerability through a simulated social innovation process designed to alter sensory experience, followed by reflection and a large group discussion with an expert panel. Together we will explore ways to enable the engagement of vulnerable and excluded people as innovators, equal partners and valued, active citizens.

Shifting from Labs to Infrastructure: Engendering a culture for innovation

Presenter(s): In With Forward & Kudoz Team

Location: CSI I

Session Type: Lab

Change is darn hard. Getting buy in for change even more so. See how Kudoz has used prototyping methods from development to implementation. From shifting the way organizations think about service development and delivery, to new roles, to adopting a new way of working. Hear about the challenges of engendering a culture of research and development while delivering a solution. Engage in conversations around what interventions can be implemented at a systemic level to preserve a culture of development and jam on how we might be able to apply this to the broader social innovation ecosystem.

Disruptive Women: What is the edge of our practice?

Presenter(s): Tatiana Fraser; Sarah Saska

Location: Connection Lounge

Session Type: Networking

An opportunity to connect with people who are working at the intersection of gender and social innovation to explore burning questions, challenges, emerging practices and opportunities in our work, projects and collaborations.

Tearing down the clubhouse: is social innovation a club or a movement?

Presenter(s): Hosted by Kelsey Spitz

Location: Ada Slaight III

Session Type: Salon

What is the right container for social innovation in Canada? The landscape of social innovation in Canada is in flux, creating a prime opportunity to know ourselves and become what we want to be. How do we overcome "insider-outsider" dynamics and become relevant to the mainstream? If we want to strengthen social innovation across the country, how do we do it? Who should do it? Together? Closely? Regionally? What do we need to challenge or transform to do it & how?

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Salad Club Lunch

Ada Slaight Theatre & Connection Lounge

1:30PM - 3:00 PM

Sessions 4

CONVENE: Art + Social Innovation

Presenter(s): Heather Riggs (@_______heather), Programming and Communications Manager, CONTACT Photography Festival; Benny Bing (@bennybing), Visual Artist; and Chris Penrose(@watrvision), Host of CONVENE and Founder of Watr’Vision Creative; Exhibit by Tahsin the Good (@tahsinthegood)

Location: Paintbox I

Session Type: Circle

CONVENE is a conversation series taking place at the intersection of art and social change. This panel of creatives will explore the ways in which art and media allow us to engage with system-thinking and the complexity of our most pressing social challenges. We will talk about art as a vehicle for the social innovation framework and what the challenges and opportunities in this work may be. This conversation will take place within a curated art exhibit in the room that speaks to the theme of the conversation.

Enabling Social Innovation: How can the Government of Canada support the system for change?

Hosted by the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group — Stephen Huddart, President, McConnell Foundation and Allyson Hewitt, Social Innovation at MaRS, Senior Fellow, McConnell Foundation

Facilitator: Aleeya Velji, Engagement Strategist, Government of Alberta

Location: CSI II

Session Type: Circle

The Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group, appointed by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and the Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour are in the process of seeking views and responses on their draft policy proposals to the Federal Government. The proposals address six areas for action: capacity and skills; funding and capital; market access; policy and regulatory environment; knowledge transfer, data and impact measurement; and mobilization and awareness.

This session will delve deeply into one area of the Strategy: the Canadian social innovation ecosystem. It will explore how the Government of Canada can support the social innovation ecosystem in Canada, including your ability to engage in social research and development, testing and experimentation, start-up, and scaling activities. Feedback from the session will inform the development of the final Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy.

Social innovation and social justice: at odds or an opportunity?

Presenter(s): Marilyn Struthers, M. Struthers & Co.; Nadia Duguay, Exeko

Location: Paintbox II

Session Type: Circle

In this discussion, we will take the long view of social change practice in Canada, focusing particularly on social justice and social innovation. Often set at odds with one another, in this session we unpack these two ways of thinking about and ask the question - are they at odds? Are they mutually exclusive or can we create an innovative social justice practice and social innovation that accounts to power and privilege?

Place-based initiatives with a Systems Change Agenda

Presenter(s): Kiri Bird, Local Economic Development Lab; Anne Gloger, East Scarborough Storefront

Location: Green Room

Session Type: Circle

This session seeks to connect and energize practitioners wrestling with and reconciling place-based community development strategies with ambitions to affect systemic change. The dialogue will be hosted by Anne Gloger and Kiri Bird, who lead place-based systems change initiatives in Toronto and Vancouver respectively. The purpose of the session will be to attract and connect practitioners who identify with place-based systems change methodologies and challenges, and are seeking to learn and share ideas, strategies and breakthrough insights related to this niche of social innovation practice.

5 Things We Need to Get Better At Around Social Innovation In Canada

Presenter(s): Action Lab / Edmonton Shift Lab Team

Location: CSI I

Session Type: Lab

Get a taste of a Social Innovation Lab experience around a real question facing the social innovation ecosystem in Canada. This session will be stewarded by the Action Lab and Edmonton Shift Lab and offer a sense of what tackling a complex challenge through lab methodologies often looks like. This lab will explore through a few interactive methodologies, what the Canadian Social Innovation Eco-system should pay attention to, and improve over the next 5-10 years.

Building the Block

Presenter(s): Ekow Nimako

Location: Connection Lounge

Session Type: Kinetic/Maker

A participatory urban design challenge led by artist, Ekow Nimako, that uses Lego to explore the futuristic possibilities of building diverse and inclusive communities from an architectural/urban planning perspective.

Participants will be presented with variations of Lego elements as well as readymade configurations and prompted to shift and build housing, neighborhoods, and communities with sustainability, accessibility, and inclusion as the thematic context.

Are We All Just Drinking the Collective Impact Kool-Aid?

Presenter(s): Hosted by Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute

Location: Ada Slaight III

Session Type: Salon

Do you style Collective Impact with a capital C and and capital I? Are you wed to the three pre-conditions and five conditions needed to create change, collectively? Are we getting bogged down in complex models and frameworks or is this exactly what we need to get to impact?

A Streetcar Named Disruption

Presenter(s): Adil Dhalla, Centre for Social Innovation; Annie Vandenberg, Evergreen; Denise Pinto, Bus Rides with Urbanists; Lhazin Nedup, Evergreen; Raphaëlle Bilodeau, Pépinière

Location: Dundas Street

Session Type: TTC

Got your token ready? Evergreen, Centre for Social Innovation, Bus Rides with Urbanists and Pépinière are coming together to host a conversation about urban transformation, renewal and the future of cities on a chartered streetcar ride through downtown Toronto.

Each trip is limited to 60 participants. Be sure to stop by the Connection Lounge to pick up a token for your desired departure time beforehand.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Break

Connection Lounge

3:30PM - 5:00 PM

Sessions 5

Systems Change Leadership

Presenter(s): Cheryl Rose, Getting to Maybe ~ A Social Innovation Residency at Banff Centre; Anna Laycock, Finance Innovation Lab; Annelies Tjebbes, Social Innovator

Location: Paintbox I

Session Type: Circle

What are we learning about equipping people to address complex, systemic problems? What are critical elements in a learning journey to enhance practitioners’ understanding of how systems operate, their role within systems and their capacity to influence them? This session will explore three approaches to building capacity for Systems Change Leadership as shared by three educators/facilitators operating from diverse bases within the social innovation ecosystem.

Funding Innovation

Presenter(s): Robin Wisener, Senior Policy Analyst, Settlement and Integration Policy, Government of Canada and Aaron Good, Vice-President, McConnell Foundation

Location: Paintbox II

Session Type: Circle

Funding service delivery for the benefit of vulnerable populations or environments typically requires strong accountability regimes to ensure value for money, efficiency and effectiveness. How can government or other large scale funders provide funds for innovative interventions which require a focus on client outcomes instead of activities, failure tolerance instead of risk aversion and pivoting instead of prescribed actions? Join us to break down the perceived barriers.

The Shadow Side of Social Innovation

Presenter(s): Dr. Frances Westley, University of Waterloo; Jamie Bigger, CSI; Heather Laird

Location: CSI II

Session Type: Circle

Dr. Frances Westley will open this session by sharing six significant social innovation patterns — one of which is the shadow side of social innovation. Jamie and Heather will then facilitate a discussion around provocative questions about how social innovation can be used by destructive forces to make the world a worse place — and the steps we can take to stop that. Together, we will look at practical case studies to reflect on both the risks and the opportunities that come with the potential for real power in today's world.

Data for Social Change: Creating a Common Agenda

Presenter(s): Kent Aitken, Government of Canada; Michael Lenczner, Powered by Data; and Chris Allison, Government of Canada

Location: Ada Slaight II

Session Type: Circle

With a groundswell of open government, civic tech, smart city and "data for good" initiatives in Canada, now is the time to work across sectors to use data for public benefit work. Come map out key perspectives and points of intervention in the system, and craft a high-level game plan for how we might collectively respond.

Move your Mission

Presenter(s): Jennifer Mansell

Location: Ada Slaight I

Session Type: Kinetic/Maker

Our body holds wisdom our minds cannot conceptualize. If we can learn to use them as a tool for innovation and creation they can become our greatest ally in helping us find clarity on what key steps need to be taken to move our personal and societal missions forward.

Join Jennifer Mansell, a dancer, health coach, and creative group facilitator, for a 90 minute out of the box exploration using movement and the body to get unstuck in an area that's been holding you back. You will not only leave with clarity and confidence but a new found tool to use with your colleagues when your meetings lose steam.

HOZA, An African Recipe for Change

Presenter(s): Kevin Fell

Location: Green Room

Session Type: Kinetic/Maker

“Hoza" is an African word that we take to mean STOP, START or CHANGE. Join South African artist-educator - Kevin Fell, and The Drum Master of Burkina Faso, - Amadou Kienou, in a highly energized drumming, music and movement session that explores the notion of HOZA! Together we will make connections to self and society, within a safe, transformative and dynamic container. No previous drumming or movement experience is required.

Uber Public Value: The role of systemic design in tackling social challenges

Presenter(s): Claire Buré and Vanessa Toye, MaRS Solutions Lab

Location: CSI I

Session Type: Lab

Join the MaRS Solutions Lab team and explore the role of systemic design in reshaping conversations around complex challenges (such as politicized economic and societal issues arising from disruptive new business models), and to reshape them into more desirable states. Participants will learn from each other and apply ideas to designing their own new initiatives based on the case study we present: Airbnb and beyond – short-term rental policy change.

Building the Block

Presenter(s): Ekow Nimako

Location: Connection Lounge

Session Type: Networking

A participatory urban design challenge that uses Lego to explore the futuristic possibilities of building diverse and inclusive communities from an architectural/urban planning perspective.

Participants will be presented with variations of Lego elements as well as readymade configurations and prompted to shift and build housing, neighborhoods, and communities with sustainability, accessibility, and inclusion as the thematic context.

The Network Effect: Connecting Innovators Locally and Globally

Presenter(s): Hosted By Jordan Junge, Social Innovation Exchange (SIX)

Location: Ada Slaight III

Session Type: Salon

What is the value of building relationships between social innovators locally and globally? What can a network offer? How can we leverage the power of relationships to drive social change? What are the characteristics and traits of successful networks?

These are just some of the questions that we’ll explore in this Spark! Salon exploring the power and potential of networks - both local - and global - in driving social change.

A Streetcar Named Disruption

Presenter(s): Adil Dhalla, Centre for Social Innovation; Annie Vandenberg, Evergreen; Denise Pinto, Bus Rides with Urbanists; Lhazin Nedup, Evergreen; Raphaëlle Bilodeau, Pépinière

Location: Dundas Street

Session Type: TTC

Got your token ready? Evergreen, Centre for Social Innovation, Bus Rides with Urbanists and Pépinière are coming together to host a conversation about urban transformation, renewal and the future of cities on a chartered streetcar ride through downtown Toronto.

Each trip is limited to 60 participants. Be sure to stop by the Connection Lounge to pick up a token for your desired departure time beforehand.

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

SiG Sunset Celebration
The SiG Sunset Celebration, hosted by MaRS, honours a decade-long collaboration between the McConnell Foundation, MaRS, the University of Waterloo, and Plan Institute, starting at 6pm. Participants receive a copy of SiG’s legacy book, Social Innovation Generation: Fostering a Canadian Ecosystem for Systems Change, which will be launched at the celebration. Join us as we celebrate with stories, poetry, music and great company!

MaRS — 101 College Street, Concourse Level

Wednesday, November 29

Artscape | Daniels Spectrum & CSI Regent Park (585 Dundas East) &

MaRS Discovery District (101 College Street, South Tower) + CSI Spadina (192 Spadina Avenue)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Doors Open

Connection Lounge

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Sessions 6

Newcomer Lab - Peer Input Process

Presenter(s): Shawn Smith, RADIUS SFU, and Kiri Bird, Local Economic Development Lab and SFU/Ecotrust Canada

Location: CSI II (60 minutes only)

Session Type: Circle

RADIUS SFU is exploring how a 'Refugee and Newcomer Livelihood Lab' might drive new, entrepreneurial and systemic responses in the refugee settlement sector, focused in the City of Surrey and surrounding municipalities. This multi-year initiative would work with refugees and other newcomers, the City of Surrey, Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus and SFU International Office and other stakeholders. Through iterative cycles of research, incubation, and mobilizing learning, the Lab aims to develop new ventures by and/or for recent immigrants, build capacity in the system for ongoing innovation, and achieve direct outcomes for refugees and newcomers on the ground.

The project is in the early stages of scoping and development. Join us for a Peer Input Process, where we seek your input on 1-2 burning strategic questions facing the lab as we design it.

Bridging the tech innovation ecosystem to community

Presenter(s): Amie Sergas, MaRS

Location: Lounge (Noise Tolerant)

Session Type: Circle

This session will explore, discuss and seek input from the group on challenges related to creating a more inclusive innovation economy, using the MaRS Start program as a point of reference. The timing of the current stage of this program's re-design presents an opportunity to examine how services and resources created to support tech startups can be bridged or extended to less-privileged or marginalized communities. How do we define inclusive innovation and use that as a lens to our operations and practices to put this into action? What does access and participation in the innovation ecosystem look like now and in the future? What steps or interventions can be taken to improve? This circle aims to solicit input from participants based on experiences, existing models or frameworks, or new, bold ideas on how inclusive innovation manifests in practice.

Policy Innovation: Changing the game we play

Presenter(s): Heather Laird; Derek Alton

Location: Green Room

Session Type: Circle

This session is for people who are thinking big about strategies to change the policy game for us all. While some of us are pushing on policy files, others step back and look at the rules, the playing field that affect how we all engage. Come map strategies and opportunities that are currently in play, see how they might interconnect, and uncover potential points of influence. These insights will help set the stage for the Spark! Pathways session on Wednesday afternoon to draft a collective approach for action in the coming year.

Systems mapping for systems change — learning from the grassroots experience of the Vancouver’s Binners’ Project

Presenter(s): Anna Godefroy and Davin Boutang, Binners' Project

Location: CSI I

Session Type: Lab

This Spark! Lab will use the Binners' Project as a case to learn about systems mapping for systems change. Although a relatively new initiative, the Binners’ Project is often praised for its true grassroots nature and strong engagement with the community as an innovative income-generating pilot programs to benefit marginalized groups. Together, participants will explore the many layers of society that can, and should, play a role in poverty reduction initiatives and make a physical map of the different entities that needs to be included in the making of social change. For instance, what is/should be the role of the local government, or of a university, in a community project? The ultimate goal will be to learn how to map out strategic partners needed for systemic changes, including environmental sustainability, poverty reduction, and social inclusion.

A network for social innovation in Canada: a co-creation session

Presenter(s): Tonya Surman, CSI and Darcy Ridell, McConnell Foundation

Location: Connection Lounge

Session Type: Networking

Is it time to foster a network that can strengthen, connect and grow existing social innovation communities in Canada? Together, we will explore the priorities, needs and gaps of the social innovation community and take a first stab at co-designing key elements of a network that serves those needs and shared values. Join us to start building on what already exists in the ecosystem and weave together an open, transparent, and action-driven network.

What is the Nature of Leadership?

Presenter(s): Hosted by Andre Vashist and Lore Wainwright

Location: Ada Slaight III

Session Type: Salon

Changemakers, system leadership, servant leadership, tri-sector athlete — we are in a leadership renaissance, opening up and challenging what skills are most important to social change in the 21st century. In an era of reconciliation, climate action, systems approaches and political upheaval, what are the skills we need? Who are the leaders we need? How do they behave? How do we overcome snapback to charismatic leadership or strongmen?

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Closing Ceremony + Brunch

Ada Slaight Theatre

1:00PM - 4:00 PM

Lunch + Communities of Practice

MaRS & CSI (192 Spadina)