Social Innovations Journal 2023-03-22T16:30:36-07:00 Nicholas Torres Open Journal Systems <p>Social Innovations Journal (SIJ) is dedicated to social innovators and entrepreneurs who work at the cross section between the private sector, government, and not-for-profits and aligns them toward collective social impact goals and public policy. SIJ chronicles social innovations and enterprises addressing the world’s most challenging issues surrounding social policy, leadership, human capital, and systems. 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SIJ is creating a new standard for social innovations and enterprise publications by including the “why” behind their innovation, their bottom line impact (social and financial), and the system and policy implications.</p> <p>The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) defines social innovation as a mechanism that “can concern conceptual, process or product change, organizational change and changes in financing, and can deal with new relationships with stakeholders and territories.” The OECD’s Forum on Social Innovation identifies the core components of social innovation as: </p> <ul> <li class="show">“identifying and delivering new services that improve the quality of life of individuals and communities; and </li> <li class="show">“identifying and implementing new labour market integration processes, new competencies, new jobs, and new forms of participation, as diverse elements that each contribute to improving the position of individuals in the workforce.” </li> </ul> <p>In the words of the OECD, <strong>“Social innovation is distinct from economic innovation because it is not about introducing new types of production or exploiting new markets in itself but is about satisfying new needs not provided by the market (even if markets intervene later) or creating new, more satisfactory ways of insertion in terms of giving people a place and a role in production.</strong></p> <p>“The key distinction is that social innovation deals with improving the welfare of individuals and community through employment, consumption or participation, its expressed purpose being therefore to provide solutions for individual and community problems.”</p> <p><strong>Open Access, Licensing, and Copyright</strong> </p> <p>The Social Innovations Journal is loyal open access for academic work, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and to use them for any other lawful purpose. 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Intermediary action-oriented agencies like SI Canada can provide the network and process innovation infrastructure to support the development and testing of transformative ideas. Synergistically, academy-based knowledge brokers like The/La Collaborative can help leverage knowledge and skills to produce the evidence needed for systems-level investment in these transformative ideas.</p> 2023-03-22T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Andrea Nemtin, Sandra Lapointe (Author) The Role of Innovation in Systems Change 2023-02-27T12:58:28-08:00 Mark Cabaj Lisa Attygalle Natasha Pei <p style="font-weight: 400;">The Tamarack Institute’s adaptation of the Multi-Level Perspective Framework (MLP) offers a way for social innovators to visualize comprehensive change strategies within complex environments in an accessible way. The MLP allows collaborative groups to see their mutually reinforcing activities – the dynamic interaction of activities and outcomes at multiple levels – and understand how their efforts cumulate over time. It offers a way to zoom in and out, focus on leverage points, and share the narrative of a complex change journey.</p> 2023-03-22T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Mark Cabaj, Lisa Attygalle , Natasha Pei (Author) Accelerating Community Innovation: The Role of the Field Catalyst 2023-02-27T13:11:20-08:00 Sylvia Cheuy <p style="font-weight: 400;">This article explores the contribution of community innovation – a place-based form of social innovation – as one of five interconnected practices to advance community change. It also profiles how Field Catalyst Intermediaries – a unique form of intermediary – play a high-impact but often invisible role that enhances the success and impact of promising community innovations. Examples drawn from Tamarack Institute’s 20+ years' experience as a Field Catalyst Intermediary illustrate how promising community innovations are strengthened, linked, and amplified to achieve high-impact, lasting transformation on an array of complex social issues.</p> 2023-03-22T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Sylvia Cheuy (Author) Tamarack: Unlocking the Power of Community Innovation 2023-02-28T08:17:00-08:00 Sonja Miokovic <p style="font-weight: 400;">To generate the results that communities urgently need to tackle today’s social challenges will require more than simply making incremental changes to our current approaches. Working harder alone is not enough. The breakthroughs that are required will only be found with new approaches that are commensurate to the scale of our current opportunities. Community Innovation has become imperative to effectively address our society’s most significant issues. This article explores the principles, characteristics, and benefits of community innovation.</p> 2023-03-22T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Sonja Miokovic (Author) Communities Building Youth Futures 2023-02-27T13:18:38-08:00 Mairead Steward <p style="font-weight: 400;">Tamarack Institute’s Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) is an initiative funded by the Government of Canada that seeks to reduce barriers to education for youth across the country. Using case studies from three CBYF communities, this article explores the meaningful and wide-ranging impacts of putting youth at the centre of decision-making efforts. CBYF utilizes a collective impact approach, which empowers community leaders to create and implement strategies that respond to specific challenges of youth in their communities. Together, these diverse collaborators carry out initiatives that create community and systems change to support youth in overcoming multiple barriers in their learning journey from high school to post-secondary, training, or employment.</p> 2023-03-22T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Mairead Steward (Author) Communities for Climate, Gender, Racial, and Income Equity: Seizing our Interrelated Opportunities 2023-02-27T13:29:20-08:00 Danya Pastuszek Natasha Beedie Laura Schnurr <p style="font-weight: 400;">The devastating effects of climate change are being felt most profoundly by those who least contributed to the problem and who are already impacted by poverty, colonization, and racism. There’s a lot of talk about addressing poverty in a way that has positive environmental impacts. This article offers examples of how communities are taking holistic approaches to tackle interrelated challenges and supports, with the leadership of Indigenous Peoples and those committed to mitigating climate change's economic and human impacts.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">This article supports communities - and the philanthropic, government, and other systems that support them - in taking a holistic approach to tackling these interrelated challenges.</p> 2023-03-22T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Danya Pastuszek, Natasha Beedie , Laura Schnurr (Author) Participatory Grantmaking: Ceding Decision-making Power to Local Communities in Peel 2023-02-27T13:39:07-08:00 Myriam Bérubé <p style="font-weight: 400;">Philanthropic foundations are increasingly being challenged to make their funding more equitable, transparent, and accessible. Decision-making power in philanthropy has traditionally been concentrated in the hands of wealthy individuals or private foundations, while communities have had a limited say in the decisions that ultimately affect their lives. This article explores participatory grantmaking as a place-based social innovation approach that shifts decision-making power to the very communities impacted by the funding decisions. This article draws from the Tamarack Institute’s insights and learnings from an innovative Participatory Grantmaking Pilot project that focused on building equitable economies for immigrants and refugees in the Peel Region (Ontario, Canada) in partnership with the WES Mariam Assefa Fund.</p> 2023-03-22T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Myriam Bérubé (Author) Social Capital: Creating Connections to Foster Community Innovation 2023-02-27T14:36:24-08:00 Sonja Miokovic Heather Keam <p style="font-weight: 400;">Social capital refers to the networks, relationships, and norms that facilitate cooperation and coordination among individuals and groups within a community. When it comes to community innovation, social capital can play a critical role in fostering creativity, knowledge sharing, and collaboration among community members.</p> 2023-03-22T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Sonja Miokovic, Heather Keam (Author) The Innovation Ambition Continuum 2023-02-27T13:04:12-08:00 Mark Cabaj Keren Perla <p style="font-weight: 400;">Three Innovation Ambitions Continuum is a tool designed so that changemakers can think more clearly and collectively about their work and how to plan and evaluate it. It is a work in progress that captures some basic insights that have emerged from scores of social innovation initiatives. This article describes each of the innovation ambitions in greater detail.</p> 2023-03-22T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Marc Cabaj (Author) Government Sustaining Community Innovation 2023-02-27T13:50:14-08:00 Jennifer Blatz Rebecca Chavez-Houck Bill Crim Danya Pastuszek <p style="font-weight: 400;">Supported by national movements like <a href="">StriveTogether</a> and the <a href="">Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement</a>, dozens of communities across the US and Canada are transforming systems to support economic mobility – not just for some but at a community-wide scale. Here we explore roles that governments have played in scaling and sustaining the community innovations that are the roots of these transformational changes. Now more than ever, the government (and all sectors) must persist in leveraging power toward never-before-seen justice – but we are encouraged by how we’ve seen government-scale local innovation so far.</p> 2023-03-22T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Jennifer Blatz , Rebecca Chavez-Houck , Bill Crim, Danya Pastuszek (Author) Building for Impact: Building Sustainable Collaborations 2023-02-27T14:01:08-08:00 Liz Weaver Mike Desjardins <p style="font-weight: 400;">Creating a sustainable collaboration is usually an afterthought of the collaboration planning process than a designed and intentional practice. The Tamarack Institute, which supports more than 400 place-based collaborative planning tables, developed a useful guide that identifies 10 core factors that build sustainability and 10 resiliency practices. The ability of collaborations to identify sustainability at the beginning of their process also increases their ability to be innovative and agile. The guide includes advice for both practitioners and funders about how to build sustainability and resilience from the start in community change planning processes.</p> 2023-03-22T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Liz Weaver, Mike Desjardins (Author) Collaborative Governance – Leveraging People and Process 2023-02-27T14:04:33-08:00 Liz Weaver <p style="font-weight: 400;">Effective collaboration requires that partners maintain a dual focus on both the process of governance and the engagement of the people around the table. The engagement of partners is often an overlooked part of collaboration efforts. We make assumptions that there is shared commitment and engagement and are disappointed when partners back away from the table or lack the engagement expected. The process of governing a collaboration is equally complex. This paper explores practices to improve the people and governance process leading to more innovative and responsive collaborations. </p> 2023-03-22T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Liz Weaver (Author)