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Social Frontiers Canada

Social innovation research draws on a variety of disciplines and theories – from business theory to social movements to complexity management. The dynamics of social innovation differ across organizations, places and situations. Researchers have helped develop a greater understanding of the networks, processes, systems that underpin social innovation. However, culture distinguishes and drives social innovation in any context – could it also be the next ingredient for improving our collective understanding of this dynamic field?

Building upon the pioneering work leading social innovation research, this symposium will explore how social innovation and culture come together. Using a variety of innovative sessions and presentation styles the symposium will explore questions such as:

  • How does culture present the context, barrier and opportunity for social innovation?

  • Do changing cultures present opportunities for cross-sector collaboration?

  • What is the relationship between cultures and resilience?

  • What methods have we developed for researching cultures of social innovation?

  • How do we support social innovation cultures through research?

Join us in Vancouver Canada, MAY 30, 2014 8am to 4:30pm at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre on beautiful False Creek.

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If you are interested in participating in Social Frontiers Canada - please complete our survey.

For more information, please contact Shauna Sylvester at

Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver BC Canada V6B 5K3