How to Run a Social Venture Hackathon

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Why It Matters

What is a hackathon? What are the logistics? How do you even get started and what are the common mistakes? Hackathons can reveal new insights, uncover blind spots, and lead to happy accidents. Get it right out of the gate, and you can benefit from the right momentum and set the tone for innovation in your organization.

Scaling

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Why It Matters

UpSocial launched in Barcelona in 2010, with the goal of scaling up demonstrable proven innovations, rather than reinventing the wheel. Now, they’ve launched a Canadian office. The renewed focus on scaling proven innovations well is timely as Canada’s new Social Finance Fund goes live.

Putting R&D into Play

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Why It Matters

Research and development is gaining traction as an essential capability in the social sector. There are the whys of R&D and there are the hows. Once you’ve gotten past all the buzzwords and buy-in, you need to know what it really means to put R&D into play.

Collective Intelligence can Unleash a New Type of Knowledge Mobilization

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Why It Matters

The world is about to experience a massive rewiring of the human-data-machine relationship. Collective intelligence, a new fast-growing field can contribute to recasting knowledge access and mobilization for change.

Gotta Have Faith

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Why It Matters

Faith-based institutions have a rich history of community-building. Given this history and their presence, United Church properties have the potential to become the first cross-Canada grassroots network of community-based social innovation centres.