Recommendations chart the course for social innovation

On Friday April 27, the BC Social Innovation Council presented to government their Action Plan Recommendations to Maximize Social Innovation in British Columbia.

The plan charts out a course for government, businesses, non-profits and communities in British Columbia that sparks action now, while providing a strong foundation for the future.

The BC Social Innovation Council incorporated feedback from individuals and organizations in the community and non-profit sectors, as well as youth, academic, business and government stakeholders in its recommendations, which focus on five key areas:

· Supporting social enterprise.

· Legislative and regulatory environment.

· Social innovation labs and design processes.

· Engaging everyone.

· Learning and research.

The council was established in February 2011, to assist the Province in seeking new and innovative ways to help B.C. communities tackle some of their most pervasive social challenges. The council represents government, community and business agencies that are interested in social entrepreneurship, including credit unions, foundations, academics, local and provincial governments, along with business, investors, and social entrepreneurs and innovators. All council members have volunteered their time and expertise to move social innovation forward in B.C.

The Province has also established a Social Innovation Assistant Deputy Minister’s (ADM) Committee, with the goal of maximizing social innovation within government and acting on the recommendations of the new council and previous committee recommendations. Both the BC Social Innovation Council and the ADM Committee report to Gordon Hogg, B.C.’s first parliamentary secretary for social innovation.

The council’s work complements the Non-Profit Partnerships Summit: Collective Impact through Social Innovation, which was held in November 2011. The summit brought all sectors together for the first time to discuss innovation and create a made-in-B.C. model for social innovation, and fulfilled a throne speech commitment to host a summit on social innovation with non-profit organizations.

To read the BC Social Innovation Council’s action plan or for more information on the BC Social Innovation Council, visit: www.socialinnovationbc.ca

To get involved in social innovation discussions, visit: www.innovatebc.com

For information on an upcoming social innovation challenge in the province – BC Ideas – visit www.BCIdeas.ca

Source: News Release from Ministry of Social Development

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