Social Innovators in Residence

This program favours the immersion of a multidisciplinary team of social innovators from the MIS within local development organizations, public institutions or businesses wishing to set up a social innovation unit within their organizations.

A program for local development organizations, public institutions or businesses.

Why host Social Innovators in Residence (SIR)?

The presence of an SIR is an opportunity for a project, an organization or a community to:

  1. Test innovation approaches that address the social, economic and environmental issues specific to their clienteles or users;
  2. Validate the potential for adoption of the proposed innovations by their target users;
  3. Reinforce the capacity for teams to innovate through an approach that applies innovation to real-life conditions;
  4. Encourage the acquisition of new design and project management approaches to sustainably amplify the social and environmental impact of their activities;
  5. Foster the adaptation of local and regional organizations so that they can support emerging innovations.

These are all great reasons to welcome our SIRs within their teams.

What approach is recommended by SIRs?

With their knowledge of the dynamics of consultation and consensus-building, their mastery of user-oriented service design, their open innovation tools and their sensitivity to political issues in projects that appeal to multiple partners, our SIRs are able to invest fully in the host environment of organizations that are ready and motivated to take the step towards change.

Throughout the duration of the mandate, which can be deployed in different phases and over several months or even several years, the SIRs make a contribution independent of any political or organizational agenda, and offer a fresh look at the environment, an original and innovative perspective and a collaborative approach of co-design with the stakeholders in the field. Their approach takes into account the importance of complementing the already established expertise present in the environment. In addition, the MIS promotes linkages between projects in the environment and other initiatives it supports to maximize the reach of the intended impact. 

Through the SIR program, the MIS accelerates systemic transformation through social innovation in the following areas:

  • Organizational (governance, managerial capacity and organizational processes)
  • Projects (listening and ethnography activities, ideation, experimentation, user-oriented design and business models for social enterprises)
  • Community, collectives and territorial organizations (strategic design, learnings and collaborative practices)

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