Social innovation: Shaping Canada’s future (SSHRC Imagining Canada’s Future Initiative Knowledge Synthesis Grant)

This report provides an overview of the literature on social innovation, social entrepreneurship and social finance over the last decade in order to better understand their potential to address Canada’s “grand challenges” and “wicked” problems. Understanding social innovation (SI) concepts, stakeholders and processes is critical to enabling Canada to thrive in an interconnected, and evolving global landscape. In the past decade, academics across disciplines and innovators across sectors have been advancing SI research to build individual, organizational, and institutional resilience in the face of increasing “global shocks,” or intractable and transnational social challenges such as those relating to inequality, discrimination and identity and arising from globalization.

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