Social Innovation

Social innovation is both a destination and a process

What is Social Innovation?

Social Innovation refers to new ideas that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. A true social innovation is systems-changing – it permanently alters the perceptions, behaviours, relationships and structures that previously gave rise to these challenges.

Social innovation is both a destination – the resolution of complex social and environmental challenges – and a process – devising new approaches that engage all stakeholders, leveraging their competencies and creativity to design novel solutions.” – Tim Brodhead, 2011


EMBERS Staffing Solutions Social Enterprize Case Study

Researchers: Karen TaylorJana Svedova

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a successful social entrepreneur? Marcia Nozick, CEO of EMBERS Staffing Solutions (ESS), is one such example of an amazing and committed social entrepreneur.

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Demystifying Impact Investing

Impact investing has emerged over the last decade as one of the most talked about new strategies for tackling social and environmental problems.

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Buying Local: Tools for Forward Thinking Institutions

Project lead: Tony Pringle

Sauder S3i continues its partnership with the Columbia Institute and LOCO BC with a new resource guide that offers innovative tools for economic development.

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BC Ideas

Project lead: Joanna Buczkowska

For the past year Sauder S3i has been involved as a partner developing BC Ideas, an online competition, which asks British Columbians to bring forward innovative ideas and programs that address the challenges facing our province.

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Social Procurement

Project lead: Joanna Buczkowska

Focusing on ways to expand market opportunities for social enterprise procurement, the project aims to engage the community to explore opportunities that provide an added social value to traditional cost-based procurement.

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OA Projects

Project lead: Gavin Hollett

The development of a project in northern Uganda is helping to establish a locally driven framework that connects war-affected youth with local youth leaders to play soccer and to discuss important community issues, such as, post-conflict healing...

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Social Entrepreneurship 101

Researchers: Martina Valkovicova, Eric Demers

Social Entrepreneurship 101: Africa (SE101) is one part of the African Initiative of the Sauder School of Business. SE101 started delivering a business plan training program to youth living in Africa in the summer of 2006.

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The Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub offers a dynamic space to incubate social venture growth by bringing together university resources, access to new networks, peer learning, and improved investment readiness. The Innovation Hub is defined by its passionate community and collaborative environment.

After five years of successful collaboration between Coast Capital Savings Credit Union and UBC Sauder Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing, our entrepreneurial community has moved on to the next stage of our journey. Since November 2017 the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub social venture accelerator will become an integral part of entrepreneurship@UBC - the venture accelerator at the University of British Columbia.

e@UBC Social Ventures Internship

The Social Innovation Academy (SIA) is a national initiative cultivating social purpose organizations in Canada.

Supported by HSBC Bank Canada and led by the UBC Sauder Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing, the Social Innovation Academy is a cross-Canada initiative that will provide social purpose organizations (SPOs) with three resources: Talent, Knowledge, Capital.

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The Power of Purchasing

Ideas for Impact

Success Factors of BC and Alberta Co-operatives

Social Enterprises as a Vehicle for Employment

Sustainable Debt Solutions

Green Zones Meeting Social, Economic and Environmental Goals

Vancouver's Green Economy

Industrial Land in the City of Vancouver Project

Green Zone Project


Affordable Social Housing

Green Jobs In The Inner City

Health Technology Access Policy Project (HTAPP)

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