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Friday, December 7, 2012

What is Innoweave? Practical tools for social innovation

Innoweave helps community organizations implement innovative approaches that enhance their impact.

In Canada's community sector, business as usual isn't enough to deliver the results we need. Fortunately, new approaches such as social enterprise, social finance, impact and strategic clarity, and cloud computing are helping charities and non-profits generate greater impact, more quickly, and at less cost.

Innoweave helps community organizations learn about, assess, and implement these approaches. Innoweave is organized into modules. Each module focuses on a different social innovation and provides three levels of support:

  1. The Innoweave website provides basic information on the approach, how it works, who is using it, and the results being achieved. Each module has a self-assessment tool to help non-profits determine whether they are at the right stage to further explore this new approach.
  2. Interested organizations can attend a workshop to learn more and plan for implementation.
  3. Implementation-ready organizations can connect with experts to help them put the new tool or approach into practice.

Innoweave is an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, in collaboration with Social Innovation Generation (SiG), thought leaders, academics, and partners from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Innoweave's objective is to provide community sector leaders with new tools and processes to effect large-scale change.