Gearing Up for Social Impact

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18 May 2016

Tamarack - An Institute for Community Engagement12:00pm to 1:00pm Eastern Time

Speakers: Brenton Caffin, Nesta and Tim Draimin, Social Innovation Generation (SIG) National 

Social change is difficult.  For years, organizations, networks and communities have been funded to deliver defined programs and services leading to individualized outcomes.  But these same organizations and networks are seeing the increased complexity and connectedness of the problems communities.  Complex problems require a different set of skills, leadership style and tools.  How do we gear up effectively for social impact?  What tools are needed in the tool kit for communities to navigate wicked problems and social dilemmas? 

Nesta is an organization that has been focused on sparking innovation in the UK.  It's range of activities have included sparking policy change, impact investing, developing new models for inclusive economic growth and citizen engagement in public service delivery.  In 2013, Nesta began developing a DIY Toolkit to help individuals and organizations scale social change.  

Join Brenton Caffin and Tim Draimin in a conversation about the DIY Toolkit, the lessons Nesta is learning about scaling social impact and how you can benefit from these tools and resources.                                                     

About Brenton Caffin

Brenton CaffinBrenton is Nesta’s Director of Innovation Skills, leading Nesta's work to help people and organisations get better at innovating for the common good.

Brenton is an innovative and strategic thinker and regularly presents to and advises national and global organisations, including UN agencies, on a wide range of issues relating to social and public sector innovation. He is an advisor to the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and former board member of the global Social Innovation Exchange and the Institute for Public Administration Australia.

From 2009-2012, Brenton was the founding CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, and previously held executive positions with the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government Reform Commission and WorkCover. He began his career in the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, later consulting to Australian and British governments on public policy, performance improvement and change management. Brenton was also previously seconded to the Home Office Strategic Policy Team.

About Tim Draimin

Tim DraiminTim is the Executive Director of Social Innovation Generation (SIG) National.  SiG is a partnership of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District, and the University of Waterloo.  SiG acts a catalyst for strengthening the enabling ecosystem for social innovations to be able to go to scale and generate whole system change.  In 2010 SiG convened the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance, a blue ribbon panel that proposed a seven-point agenda for mobilizing private capital for public good influencing federal, provincial and municipal policy across Canada.

Tim was the founding CEO of Tides Canada Foundation and serves on the boards Trico Charitable Foundation, Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), Partnership Brokers Association (PBA), and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Grand Challenges Canada (GCC). Tim is a senior advisor to the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing (CII).

Tamarack Institute
Webinar  --
Community Capacity Building
Organizational Development
Planning and Evaluation
Social Economy & Social Enterprise