Dive into Social Innovation

As you dive deeper into this topic, you can explore examples of ideas that developed to make real change in complex systems.  Case studies are a great way to do this.  Take a look at the Great Bear Rainforest case study. It describes a campaign that supported a very unusual and quite innovative collaboration – one that eventually resulted in radical shifts to resource management in British Columbia. It’s a noteworthy example of new ways to tackle very complex problems.

SiG researchers have written a number of papers to help explain new thinking on social innovation, including its relation to resilience, how it happens in the increasing complexity of our world, the critically important role of ‘institutional’ or ‘system’ entrepreneurs, and the urgent need to re-engage vulnerable populations in our political, cultural and economic systems. Read this paper to learn more about the dynamics that are at play when change happens in systems.

For a further dive into the growing body of social innovation research produced by SiG@Waterloo and the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience, visit their main site here. Also consider taking a journey through their newly developed MOOC! Offered free and available at your own pace, learn more about social innovation for complex problems.

Note: A complete list of all SiG educational resources can be found in our publicly-available document library. We hope you’ve found this pathway to learning in social innovation helpful.