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Welcome to the Social Innovation Unlocked Toolkit

Social Innovation Unlocked is a curated collection of experiential resources, based upon input from over 300 innovators from across the globe.

Over 50 crowdsourced activity and resource guides, are categorized into seven modules:

  • Culture & Collaboration
  • Justice, Equity & Inclusion
  • Research & Development, Design & Innovation 
  • Creativity & Innerwork
  • Impact Storytelling
  • Strategic Learning & Evaluation
  • Systems Strategies

Each guide is written in a way that it is ready for a facilitator to pick up and lead. Key factors such as length of time, materials and set up, and number of people are outlined at the top of each activity to help facilitators select an ideal activity.

Activities can be run as standalone learning sessions or built upon one another to create full-day experiential workshops. The most effective way to use this resource is to pull activities from across the module areas. Check out the webpage on Agenda Writing Tips for support in creating a workshop with multiple activities. 

Moving forward, SI Unlocked will be a living resource. In the spirit of co-creation, we encourage people to submit new activities to be added to the curriculum. Check out the Contribution Form to submit your activity for consideration. 

The Social Innovation Unlocked project was inspired by and includes activities from the following organizations:

Social Innovation GenerationThink Jar CollectiveTamarack Learning Resource Library Systems-led LeadershipEnspiralA Systems Leaders Fieldbook – Inner ActivistMcConnell FoundationReFresh CommunicationAshoka Changemaking  – Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm ResearchS.I Learning EUKamamakInnoweave MaRS Discovery DistrictAlberta CoLabWISIR Learning ModulesHollyhock Field Shift CollaboratoryCoLabPillar Nonprofit NetworkCoCreativeHolon LeadershipCommunagirSitraThe Weaving Lab  – Good InvestingSCGroup Mexico, Vibrancy & ISCThe Sage Canyon Institute Banff Centre LeadershipSchool for Social EntrepreneursEdmonton Shift LabHyper Island Toolboxu-school for Transformation by Presencing Institute  – NESTA DIYThe Natural Stepagile42OPSI – RADIUSThe Social Enterprise CentreABSI ConnectCentre for Social InnovationMind ToolsSeeds for ChangeLa Maison de l’innovation sociale (MIS)Inspiring Communities & WeavEastReconciliation CanadaLiberating Structures – Social Justice Toolbox

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The goal of Social Innovation Unlocked is to support the development of a vibrant social innovation ecosystem across Canada by creating accessible, practical, and distributed resources for social innovation practitioners.

Throughout its creation and iterations, this participatory project has engaged nearly 300 contributors from across Canada and globally.

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