Uncharted Territory: Can Social Innovation Revitalize Literacy and Essential Skills Programs? – Webinar April 23, 2013 (2013)

In this webinar, presented in April 2013, two researchers from Essential Skills Ontario (ESO) offer both an overview of the concept of social innovation, and a discussion of the potential role it can play in Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) programming.

The authors note that while there is no universally accepted definition for the term, social innovation can be described as a complex process of introducing new products, processes or programs that profoundly change the basic routines, resource, and authority flows, or beliefs of the social system in which the innovation occurs. Such successful social innovations have durability and broad impact.

Topics discussed in the webinar include the difference between innovation and social innovation; social entrepreneurship; new corporate models; social finance, including social impact bonds; and important lessons for successful social innovation. The authors present real-life examples for various models of social innovation.

The webinar builds on material presented in a research brief, prepared as a background paper for The Centre for Literacy's 2012 Fall Institute, held in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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John MacLaughlin and Ron Samson. Uncharted Territory: Can Social Innovation Revitalize Literacy and Essential Skills Programs? – Webinar April 23, 2013 2013. Web. 24 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/cfl/uncharted_webinar/uncharted_webinar.pdf>
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