This particular open call for proposals is a recognition that we don’t know what we don’t know. We want to hear from you on your ideas and proposals for knowledge products that will serve the social R&D field. These may address some of the topics and needs indicated above, but we are also really interested in out of the box ideas and proposals.
The Social R&D Community is a network of practitioners dedicated to growing the craft of research and development in the social sector. Social R&D practitioners use creative approaches to generate new knowledge and innovations (services, programs, initiatives or products) to address complex social, environmental and cultural challenges.
It is vital that we ensure diverse voices are represented and celebrated in the fields of social R&D and social innovation. It is also important that we seek to challenge the confines that make practitioners of diverse backgrounds not feel welcome or that they can’t contribute their perspectives. Lastly, we need to demystify some of the language of social innovation and develop resources that resonate with community members.
By Andrea Solnes (Learning Journeys Lead), Sandrine Espie (Pacific Immigrant Resources Society: Immigrant Services Learning Journeys Lead & Women’s Leadership Coordinator), Annelies Tjebbes (Learning Journeys Workshop Facilitator)….
Social Innovation Canada and Mark Cabaj (Here to There Consulting) are developing a guide to assist social innovators evaluate the prototypes that they use to develop and test promising ideas.