Earlier this month, a social innovation policy paper was delivered to the Ontario government, identifying better ways to unleash the sector’s potential for impact, as well as new opportunities for cross-sector collaboration.

The paper was partly developed through a social innovation wiki (Peter Deitz talks about its process and impact here. This was the first demonstration by a Canadian government office of crowd/citizen sourced policy.

The wiki and policy paper was itself an extension of the Ontario Government’s partnership with SiG@MaRS to co-host a Social Innovation Summit on May 16, 2011. The Summit brought together three provincial ministers (Glen Murray, Research and Innovation, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Citizenship and Immigration and Laurel Broten, Children and Youth Services) to push social innovation in Ontario forward. Representatives from the political, business and non-profit sectors discussed how they could work together and leverage collaborations to create new solutions for pressing problems in Ontario.

Ministers ask for input

After reviewing the Policy Paper that emerged from the Summit, Ministers Broten, Hoskins and Murray have posed six additional questions about:

Solving social problems in real-time

To support the generation of ideas and responses, SiG@MaRS will host an online chat to discuss these 6 questions on Friday July 8 between 11-12noon (ET). Please visit the Ontario Social Innovation Summit website at 11am to participate.

If you cannot join us for the live chat, visit the wiki to submit your feedback.

The deadline for contributions to these questions is end of day Sunday July 10, 2011.  The wiki will remain on-line and open for discussion until September 30, 2011.

 

Geraldine Cahill

Geraldine is the Communications Manager for Social Innovation Generation, a group that addresses Canada’s social and ecological challenges by creating a culture of continuous social innovation. See more…