Social R+D

This week's guest post first appeared on SiG's (Social Innovation Generation) website and is reposted here with permission.  In July 2015, an emerging cross-sector alliance of social innovators, thinkers, activists, pragmatists and advocates came together to explore how R&D for social impact could become more accessible, supported, integrated, diffuse and intentional.

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Jargon / Jargon

We are drowning in jargon and we lack clarity on definitions. Three days in Vancouver (Social Innovation Exchange), three days in Saskatoon (Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum) and two days in Lowell, Mass (Desphande Symposium - campus enterprise) brings a focus not on definition but on the operational uses of our

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Social Good and Business Hooked up and I Saw it Happen

Christian Quaresma,York University This is a guest post reposted with permission from York University student and poet, Christian Quaresma. Christian attending the Collaboration for Social Good event held on April 18, 2013, in Markham (read more about it here) and composed a poem “Untitled” during the event, along with fellow student and poet Sara-Jane

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Collaborating for Social Good / Collaborer pour le bien collectif

David Phipps, RIR-York What happens when 88 people get together to talk social innovation? You get the start of a Regional and systems level response to address persistent social challenges. You also get to dance! Que se passe-t-il lorsque 88 personnes se rassemblent pour discuter d’innovation sociale? Vous obtenez l’émergence d’une réponse

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Valorization / Valorisation

David Phipps, RIR-York Valorization is a term that was recently used to describe social innovation. I think it describes what some seek to accomplish in knowledge mobilization quite well. Trouble is the term "valorization" is no easier to understand than the term "knowledge mobilization". La valorisation est un terme qui a été

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Canada and the United Kingdom commit to social innovation / Le Canada et le Royaume-Uni s’engagent dans l’innovation sociale

Canada and UK have made a commitment to social innovation for the first time. David Phipps (RIR-York) had a small part to play. Le Canada et le Royaume-Uni ont pris un engagement pour l'innovation sociale pour la première fois. David Phipps (RIR-York) avait un petit rôle à jouer. In September 2011 David

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A Thai Express, a Roots and an Innovation Panel / Un Thai Express, un Roots et un panel sur l’innovation

By David Phipps,  RIR-York Imagine eating in a food court and listening to research that could have an impact on your life? Is this turning research into action? Maybe not but it would contribute to public awareness of the impact of research on society. Imaginez-vous, attablé dans une aire de restauration, écoutant

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Talking about Social Innovation / En parlant d’innovation sociale

by David Phipps, RIR (York) Knowledge mobilization is a process that enables social innovation (outcomes) but social innovation remains a persistent gap in Canada’s innovation agenda.  Recent conversations in Ottawa and Montreal suggest that there’s a new voice that is speaking to Canada’s innovation agenda. La mobilisation des connaissances est un processus

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Innovation for the 99% / Innovation pour les 99%

David Phipps, RIR-York The Government of Canada has reviewed business innovation and released a report containing recommendations for business innovation leading to wealth creation. David Phipps ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche re-imagines these recommendations for the 99%. Le Gouvernement du Canada a évalué l’innovation des entreprises et a publié un rapport contenant des recommandations portant sur

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York Region’s Innovation Clubhouse / Le centre de l’innovation de la région de York

By David Phipps, RIR-York What do you do on a sunny Saturday? If you are an innovator or entrepreneur in York Region you would be playing in your innovation clubhouse, the Markham Convergence Centre. RIR-York was there. Que faites-vous par un samedi après-midi ensoleillé? Si vous étiez un innovateur ou un entrepreneur

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RIR Connects You – Online and In Real Life / RIR vous met en connexion – en ligne et en personne

By David Phipps (ResearchImpact, York) A recent blog about community engagement for social innovation allows RIR-York to engage in some self reflection.  We're doing okay but we have room to grow by better using our online spaces for KMb while reinforcing our commitment to collaboration in real life. Un récent billet portant

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