Social Innovation 101 Learning Series

Social Innovation 101 Learning Series In our five-part Social Innovation 101 workshop series will we’ll explore connections between the local economy, community development and social change.

What does it mean to be socially innovative and create social impact? In our five-part Social Innovation 101 workshop series will we’ll explore the connections between the local economy, community development and social change. Put simply, social innovation is about creating and implementing novel solutions that meet social needs in a better way than existing solutions. Canada’s Universal Health Care, for example, is a social innovation.  The purpose of such innovations is to strengthen civil society with the benefits being shared beyond the confines of innovators.

Each workshop features experts who are working on the ground with community economic development and economic justice issues.

Sign up for the whole series (recommended), or individual workshops.

What you will get out of this learning series:
  • Explore what is meant by social innovation
  • The  chance to practice social innovation methods and tools
  • Practical mapping tools to see and better understand systems that impact you and      your work
  • New  ways to prototype ideas and identify opportunities for impact
  • Experiment with putting sustainable business practices into action
Who is this series for?
  • General public
  • Emerging social innovators and enterprises
  • Social Innovation Fellowship participants (Fellows, Junior Fellows, partners)
  • Roundhouse members

Session 1: The Nuts and Bolts of Social Innovation
Jan. 22  |  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Want to learn a new way of thinking that can reliably guide you to creative, actionable solutions to complex problems? In this three-hour workshop, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of social innovation and holistic problem-solving.

Facilitated by Taisa Ballantyne (MacEwan Social Innovation Institute)




Session 2: Systems Thinking
Feb. 19  |  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

In this session, you’ll learn how using a systems change approach can help you address the root causes of social problems and ensure that you understand everyone’s perspectives.

Facilitated by Heather Braid (MacEwan Social Innovation Institute) and Annand Ollivierre (City of Edmonton)




Session 3: Human-Centered Design
Mar. 18  |  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem-solving that can be used to create innovative solutions to real-world challenges. In this workshop, you will learn how Human-Centered Design can help you generate ideas, build prototypes and impact the lives of those you are designing solutions for.

Facilitated by Heather (MacEwan Social Innovation Institute) and Jenn Long (Assistant Professor, Anthropology, MacEwan)




Session 4: Collaborating for Change
Apr. 15  |  9 - 11 a.m.

This is the era of a new economy, one where service and internet-based organizations are replacing manufacturing, contract work is replacing salaried positions and technology is advancing at an accelerated pace. Join us to learn how individuals across sectors can leverage this new economy to create social change in their communities.

Facilitated by Heather Braid (MacEwan Social Innovation Institute)




Session 5: Building Innovation Into Your Organization
May 20  |  9 - 11 a.m.


There is a growing responsibility for businesses to go beyond mere financial returns and place greater emphasis on having a positive social impact. In this workshop, you will discover the spectrum of business models and practices that can be used for social good—from social enterprise and cooperative structures, to triple bottom line and corporate social responsibility.

Facilitated by Heather Braid (MacEwan Social Innovation Institute)





The Aspiring Social Entrepreneur Learning Series is sponsored by the CPA Education Foundation Alberta. With a mandate to strengthen the future of the accounting profession in Alberta, the CPA Education Foundation supports business education and students, and the incubation of innovative ideas. Click here to learn more.