“Getting Back to Maybe” - new thoughts on social innovation

WHAT: Ideas for Impact Speaker Series: “Getting Back to Maybe” - new thoughts on social innovation
WHERE: UBC Robson Square Theatre, 800 Robson St, Vancouver.
WHEN: Monday September 17, 2012 from 6:00-8:30pm

Please come and join us for our next Ideas for Impact Speaker series event. We will be joined by Frances Westley, visiting from Ontario, who will speak on social innovation. This event is open to the general public, please visit Ideas for Impact Frances Westley to sign up.

Frances WestleySocial innovators know that social innovation is not a fixed address. We do not find the permanent solution to the complex problems that face our societies and our environment. What we can do is increase our understanding of and our capacity to respond to such problems in continuously innovative ways.
Join Dr. Frances Westley, best-selling co-author of Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed (2006), as she shares new insights into understanding complexity and transformative change, and the critical dimensions of “maybe”.
“Maybe” comes with no guarantees, only a chance. But “maybe” has always been the best odds the world has offered to those who set out to alter its course…“Maybe” is not a cautious word. It is a defiant claim of possibility in the face of a status quo we are unwilling to accept.

                          - Eric Young, from the forward of Getting to Maybe           

Six years after the publication of Getting to Maybe, Dr. Westley reveals her insights into exciting new thinking and practice to create conditions for social innovation. Her presentation will include ideas and examples to highlight:

  • The importance of resilience concepts – strategies for both increasing and decreasing pockets of resilience within our social systems
  • The potential of social innovation design labs for supporting system change
  • The connective role of institutional entrepreneurs and their relationship to the inventiveness of social entrepreneurs

Frances Westley is one of the world’s leading experts on social innovation. As the Director of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) at the University of Waterloo, she leads an active research team that is exploring the dynamics of how change happens in complex, linked social and ecological systems.  The WISIR staff and faculty team has launched the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation (sig.uwaterloo.ca) and is educating and networking professionals from all sectors across Canada, to work together for significant innovation on our shared, systemic challenges.

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