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    Open government: Three stages for co-developing solutions

    Last week, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne launched Open Ontario, the provincial government’s strategy for open government. This week, some 60 countries will convene in London, England, for the Open Government Partnership, and Canada is among them. So what is open government, how has the concept developed and what challenges lie ahead? 



  • The art of making innovation happen

    The art of making social innovation happen

    American president Harry S. Truman once said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” For social innovators, modesty is an essential quality, but only if it is combined with a relentless commitment to make the change you seek really happen no matter what or how long [...]



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    Design, innovation and government

    This week I attended the How Public Design? conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, which was organized by MindLab, the Danish design lab that has been an inspiration to many in social and public sector innovation. 



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    The balance between passion and process

    For an entrepreneur to be successful he or she needs to find the right balance between passion and process. This is perhaps even truer for social entrepreneurs and social innovators who are fighting for a good cause. This lesson comes to mind now that I am once again involved in a “startup” of sorts.




  • MaRS announces appointment of leading social entrepreneur as director of the MaRS Solutions Lab

    Toronto, March 25, 2013 – MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce the appointment of Joeri van den Steenhoven as director of the MaRS Solutions Lab, a new initiative designed to work on systems-level innovation challenges and opportunities. “I’m proud we have attracted one of the pioneers in the global social innovation field to join [...]

  • Helping hands

    Entrepreneurship as a way to more than just making money

    So the job search hasn’t been going very well and you’re a young whippersnapper straight out of school. Your head is full of bright ideas and, hey, why shouldn’t you be an entrepreneur?


  • Labs: Designing the future

    Author’s note: This blog represents part of a body of work that MaRS is undertaking toward the creation of its own innovation lab, the recently announced MaRS Solutions Lab. In the months to come, I’ll provide further details about this exciting new initiative. Given the challenges we face today – peak oil and climate change, [...]




  • Solutions for improving prosperity and well-being

    It would be difficult to miss the exciting physical transformation-in-progress at MaRS, as Phase 2 of the MaRS Centre takes shape adjacent to the Heritage Building, doubling our footprint in Toronto’s Discovery District. More subtle, but perhaps even more exciting, are new initiatives underway inside MaRS. In addition to helping big-thinking entrepreneurs scale their businesses [...]




  • Dr. John Evans: Truly gifted

    In light of the Evans family’s recent $10 million gift to MaRS, I thought it fitting to write about the man they are honouring with this gift – Dr. John Evans, Chair Emeritus and co-founder of MaRS. You may have heard the name around – John Robert Evans, Dr. Evans, Dr. John or simply John. No matter [...]




  • A great night and a brighter future

    It was an exciting evening on planet MaRS! Last night, in a rousing ceremony, MaRS announced that it has received a generous gift of $10 million from the Evans family, honouring the remarkable contributions of Dr. John Evans, Chair Emeritus of MaRS and one of its founders. 




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