Social Five

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14 October, 2015

Pillar Nonprofit Network9:00am - 4:00pm
Goodwill Industries - Conference Centre
255 Horton St. East

Experience the shock of the possible in uncertain times.

In November 2014, Stephen Huddart, CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation presented at MaRS on something he called “the social 5 – social innovation, entrepreneurship, labs, finance and technology”. He invited us to experience the shock of the possible(a term coined by Eric Young).

He referred to these as a new series of mindsets and tools that are reframing how the nonprofit sector approaches their cycle of work, from funding to programming, facilitating an accelerated shift towards systems change aspirations.

These rapidly developing “social five” tools are enhancing our capacity to nurture social change at scale and transform the systems that, if left alone, are otherwise on track to dramatically underperform for communities and Canada.

Pillar, in partnership with MaRS, is interested in exploring Stephen’s tools in more detail by looking up and down – what is happening globally in each of these domains and what does that mean for London.

Co-hosted by Allyson Hewitt, Senior Fellow, Social Innovation at MaRS and Michelle Baldwin, Executive Director of Pillar Nonprofit Network, we will hear from a series of speakers in each of these domains.

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  • First, we will set the global context by hearing from some leaders in this space about what they are seeing on the world stage
  • Next we will hear from some local leaders on what this means for our community
  • Finally we will explore how we can apply the information learned at home and help our community be more innovative and impactful

Target Audience: Social Entrepreneurs, Nonprofit Leaders, Social Innovators, City Builders, System Thinkers

SOURCE: Pillar Nonprofit Network

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