Building on the original Social Frontiers, held in London in November 2013, Social Frontiers Canada aimed to go further in exploring the next steps in social innovation research, with a focus on ‘Culture: a new agenda for social innovation research?’
Social Frontiers Canada was part of a wider week of events in Vancouver, including the SIX Summer School 2014 Vancouver (27-29 May) which brought together a global forum of practitioners to explore social innovation.
Over the day, participants were able to share their work, learn about social innovation research in Canada and internationally, and network. Using a variety of presentation formats, the symposium explored several key themes and questions including:
- How does culture present a context, barrier and opportunity for social innovation?
- What methods have we developed for researching cultures of social innovation?
- Break out sessions - Culture & Social Innovation - a closer look:
- Resilience & culture
- Understanding social innovation cultures at different scales
- Design culture and social innovation research
- Cultures of innovation in institutions
- Cross sectoral innovation
- Cultures of innovation and technologies
- Developing an international research agenda
Participants and contributors came from universities, research institutions and social innovation organisations across six continents. A full list of presenters can be found in the agenda. Keynote speakers included:
- Frances Westley, W McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (Canada)
- Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta (United Kingdom)
- Robert Haché, Vice-President of Research & Innovation at York University (Canada)
- Aditya Dev Sood, Founder & CEO of Centre for Knowledge Societies (India)
For links to presentations, see the Speakers section below.
The Social Frontiers blog series
As part of Social Frontiers Canada, Nesta hosted a guest blog series during August and September 2014, exploring how social innovation and culture come together.
All published blogs can be found below:
Social Frontiers Canada: three take-aways and a blog series by Kathleen Stokes and Emma Crickmay
Crossing Social Frontiers by Andrew Barnett
Leveraging culture of informal networks by Knowl Baek, Beth Schwindt and Masha Safina
Changing a 600 year business by Dr. David Phipps
Revisit our own research cultures and practices first by Marlieke Kieboom
Culture: how diving deep can inform social innovation by Dr. Lewis Williams
Decoding culture, creativity and innovation through visual analytics by Angele Beausoleil
For additional information or questions, please contact [email protected]