At odds or an opportunity? Exploring the tension between the social justice and social innovation narratives

This is the seventh article in our series about social innovation. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and McConnell Foundation. In 2013, the team at Ryerson University’s Faculty of Community Service invited me to join them as the inaugural John C. Eaton Chair of Social Innovation. The faculty has deep social…

Make Room: Addressing the Pressing Need for Intergenerational Leadership in Canada’s Nonprofit Sector

This article is the first in a series about intergenerational leadership. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and Connect the Sector (CTS). Fresh off of his decisive election victory in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave himself a side-job: Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth. It was a slight rebrand of…

July 2017 Paul Dotey

Innovation on the Rise: Achieving Systemic Change

This is the fourth article in our series about social innovation. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and McConnell Foundation. The challenge with understanding systemic change is that it is like describing a lake in which you are currently swimming. In Part I of this reflection on Robert Couchman’s 1992 article…

From Confusion to Co-Creation:  Bridging the Community-Academy Divide in International Research Collaboration

Research collaborations are almost always seen as desirable. Studies that compare practices across international boundaries and that engage researchers and practitioners require individuals to relate to one another across a vast array of cultures, languages, professional practices, and research expectations. Such partnerships can in turn produce new skills and expertise, improve access to funding, and…

April 2017 Paul Dotey

Sept ans plus tard : retour sur l’article Patterns, Principles and Practices in Social Innovation

Voici le deuxième article de notre série consacrée à l’innovation sociale. Celle-ci est publiée dans le cadre d’une collaboration entre The Philanthropist et La fondation McConnell.    À certaines heures, non seulement l’avenir mais aussi le présent semblent bien obscurs. C’est ne pas voir comme le monde où nous vivons est déjà transformé, et non seulement par des cauchemars comme le réchauffement…

April 2017 Paul Dotey

Seven Years On and Seven Years Out: Revisiting “Patterns, Principles and Practices in Social Innovation”

This is the second article in our series about social innovation. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and McConnell Foundation. “This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It’s also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both.” – Rebecca Solnit, Hope…