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.
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.
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.
Business as usual won’t get us to the quality and scale of social change fast enough. We need new ways of experimenting, designing, and developing. Research and development (R&D) has brought wonders in other sectors—from life sciences to energy. The world of impact is starting to see benefits too.