|Meet a MaRSian: Devon Krainer
In this instalment of Meet a MaRSian, Angelo Casanas speaks with SiG National’s communications intern, Devon Krainer, who shares her thoughts on social innovation and film production.
|Ontario’s Social Innovation Policy Paper
Ontario’s Social Innovation Policy Paper is the result of a bold experiment in open policy development.
|Lessons from the Honey Bee Network
You are a drug developer selling in India. What would you do if you had to choose between developing a drug that would cure 80% of the people who had a certain condition for $1/day or a drug that would cure 99% of the people for $200/day?
|Case Studies in Social Innovation: SiG@MaRS
SiG@MaRS supports social entrepreneurs at all stages of development to achieve sustainability and increase their social impact.
|MaRS, creating opportunities for clusters to thrive
Michael Porter, a professor at Harvard Business School, recently addressed a full house of primarily business leaders at the Toronto Board of Trade’s 2012 Toronto Region Economic Summit. In his presentation, “Regional Competitiveness: The Role of Clusters,” Porter argued that clusters are critical enablers of competitiveness.
|Aging gracefully? I prefer confidently, productively and healthily
Some weeknights, I think of my college “glory days” and realize there are certain things in life I just can’t handle anymore. In the words of Roger Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon, “I’m too old for this stuff.”
|Then, now and next
Before my SiG@MaRS job interview last month, I prepped myself with as much knowledge as possible until I felt fairly confident that I’d be able to carry on a coherent conversation about MaRS and its relationship with social innovation. However, as my first month of employment quickly drew to an end, I found that (as [...]
|Jack Layton and social innovation: A tribute
By now you have heard or read the call to action from Jack Layton in his last words to Canadians: “my friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we will change the world.”
|Setting Ontario's social innovation policy: a live chat
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 [...]
|Social purpose business (SPB) models
A viable SPB business model consists of a clearly defined social mission guiding the strategy, value proposition and best practices. The business model makes the case that the SPB can achieve its intended social impact and sufficient profit simultaneously.