Discussion Paper. Canada’s Social Innovation Ecosystem

While social innovation is not a new concept, as a field of practice it has matured. Social innovation approaches are designed to address complex challenges, and this capacity has increasingly attracted the attention of policy, education and research stakeholders. Global challenges and complex, wicked social problems require solutions that recognize the multiple layers of an issue and work on its root causes. As such, they require social systems innovation and the ecosystems across which these solutions are deployed need the capacity to support social innovation processes from start to finish. This much is increasingly clear.