Be innovative. Affect change. Make a positive impact in your community.
Everyone a changemaker
Changemaker – “One who desires change in the world and, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen.” – Ashoka
Georgian’s Centre for Social Innovation brings together faculty, students and non-profit organizations to respond to complex issues and effect positive social change. Through student-led projects, research, workshops and innovative curriculum, the centre is inspiring the next generation of changemakers to use social entrepreneurial skills and mindsets to transform their community.
The goal of the centre is to promote and build on the capacity of students’ social entrepreneurial skills and mindsets through changemaking activities and in-class experiential learning opportunities. These skills include team-building, problem-solving, leadership development and communication.
“Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.” – Ashoka.org
Inspiring innovative opportunity for change in our communities!
I am a changemaker - Make the change - Be the change
Graduate with innovative and creative skills and mindsets that are in demand in today’s workforce and that will set you apart from the rest of the field.
2015 CPI Students Final Presentations
Be a changemaker!
Georgian College’s Centre for Social Innovation provides experiential learning opportunities, skill development, teamwork and networking that will inspire you to influence social change in your community.
Experiential learning opportunities
Experiential learning = stronger resumé
Experiential learning takes place when individuals engage in a process that involves meaningful experiences, reflection and integration. Active experimentation and involvement with real-life projects through established organizations in your community will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes, and result in skills that can be adapted to almost any career path.
Student changemaking experiences
The Centre for Social Innovation provides students with a unique, hands-on environment to develop essential changemaker skills and to influence positive social change in their fields.
Community Service Learning (CSL)
What is CSL?
CSL is an experiential teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
Community Projects Initiative (CPI)
What is CPI?
CPI is a unique vehicle of teaching that allows students the opportunity to develop social entrepreneurial skills and mindsets through experience, resulting in innovative and transformative social change in the community.
Students who choose CPI as their placement are matched with a community partner that has indicated a gap in services. Teams undertake a project to be completed over a 14-week alternative field placement.
CPI provides opportunities for our students to graduate with innovative and creative skills and mindsets that differentiate them in the workforce.
As researched, Miller, Westley and Williams/Academy of Management Learning and Education, 2012, Vol. 11, No. 3, 349-370
- Ability to problem solve
- Ability to develop collaborative relationships
- Management of financial capital
- Ability to lead others
- Ability to communicate
- Interpersonal communication
- Ability to market organizations
- Manage strategy development
- Capacity to measure outcomes
- Build effective teams
United Front workshop series
What is the United Front?
The United Front is an exciting inter-professional student workshop series in which students can network and collaborate with professionals, social services and various community organizations to gain information, insight and knowledge from real-time changemakers.
Student opportunities and recognition
Social entrepreneurship is the creative use of resources to generate social and environmental change. Through the CSE, students have the opportunity to use creativity, innovation and enthusiasm, taking the lead in making change happen.
Students involved in Georgian College initiatives outside of their curriculum or program can create a co-curricular record which recognizes work they have done and provides a signed report of specialized skills developed through their participation.
Just another powerful tool to add to your portfolio!
What is Changemaker Wednesdays?
Hosted by Georgian College, this is an exciting opportunity for students, faculty members or community partners to come and learn about social entrepreneurship, craft, develop and pitch a social enterprise idea or join like-minded social innovators and be the changemaker through our new Changemaker Club.
The Sept. 23 session Social Entrepreneurship 101 asks the questions: What exactly is social entrepreneurship? And how can you use it to create meaningful and lasting change in your community, on campus and beyond?
- Learn from each other through creative collisions in our changemaker space at the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
- Join the discussion and learn through the Entrepreneurship Learning Channel (ELC) series
- Make a pitch to a panel of social entrepreneurship experts (and possibly win some money) showcasing why your social enterprise idea is viable through the Excite! program
- Join like-minded social innovators and be the changemaker through the Changemaker Club
Join the conversation #gcchangemaker
The Duke of Edinburgh
What is the Duke all about?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a self-development program available to young people ages 14 to 25. To date, over 500,000 young people from Canada, and over seven million youth in 130 countries have been motivated to participate.
The Duke Award encourages young people to:
- set their own goals and challenges
- work towards achieving them
- be recognized for sustaining the commitment they have made
This non-competitive award program is based on self-motivation with no set standards to achieve. The criteria for gaining an award is based on each participant’s individual improvement and potential at the starting point of the award. Even if an award is not attained, just being involved brings new friends, new knowledge and new adventures. The award program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each requires an increasing level of commitment and effort.
Fostering positive change within the community
Your connection to changemaking starts now!
Connect, network, share knowledge, be a leader, create social change, impact student learning
In 2012, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) was established to provide community partners with the opportunity to utilize the enthusiasm, creativity and innovation of our student learners to work on projects that build capacity and address specific gaps in services that they otherwise lack resources to achieve.
The students in turn are exposed to exceptional experiential learning opportunities that enhance their skill levels and accelerate their employability – a true win-win scenario!
Become a community partner through CPI
The best centres of learning do more than transmit knowledge – they’re catalysts for change.
The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) believes that people are innate changemakers and are invested in supporting student learning through development of social entrepreneurial skills and mindsets that promote innovative and transformative positive social change in collaboration with our many community partners.
The CSI works closely with community partners to share knowledge and determine gaps in services, then uses the enthusiasm, creativity and innovation of student-led projects to provide changemaking opportunities for community partners that may otherwise be lacking resources to fill.
Chad Lubelsky, J.W. Family Foundation Fund with CPI Students – Winter 2015
Social Enterprise Network Central Ontario (SENCO)
Tuesday, Sept. 20 – Save the date
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library
55 Ste. Marie Street
Free Schools Literacy Room
Are you a social enterprise and want to participate?
Contact us to find out how.
What is the Social Enterprise Network Central Ontario (SENCO)?
With a focus on strengthening the not-for-profit across central Ontario, SENCO provides an environment of collaboration and partnership, networking and co-creation within an organized network structure. We are a support system where “creative collisions” take place and “social change” happens.
SENCO will officially launch on Tuesday Sept. 20, 2016 and we hope you will join us.
Open to all not-for-profit organizations and individuals/stakeholders interested in the global movement of social enterprise as an additional sustainability tool. We are excited to support the many organizations across central Ontario. Those who are considering developing, who are in the midst of developing or are currently running a social enterprise are encouraged to join us as we offer new professional development, networking, information sharing and support opportunities to the central Ontario region.
Join us on Sept. 20 as we launch SENCO and:
- Answer questions in follow up to the numerous free Introduction to Social Enterprise sessions we conducted throughout central Ontario throughout 2016
- Provide you with essential information regarding next steps of your journey toward social enterprise and how SENCO can assist you
- Engage in conversations surrounding social enterprise through our skilled panel guests
- Offer a networking opportunity during our free lunch
- Leave you inspired!
For more information on SENCO or to RSVP, please contact:
Jacqueline Bayley, RECODE Special Projects Liaison/Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
705.325.2740, ext. 3430
Move it Forward 2016 – Social Innovation in Education
What is Move it Forward?
Move it Forward is an annual event to say thank you to our communities and partners for not only supporting and providing learning experiences and opportunities for our students, but for giving back to the community.
This event offers a professional development opportunity to explore, recognize and connect with others interested in making central Ontario an even better place to live, work and play.
Move it Forward 2016 – Social Innovation in Education
Creative Collisions happened on June 10, 2016. With a focus on Social Innovation in Education in recognition of our community partners and the wonderful changemaking activities being implemented across our communities. The Orillia Campus welcomed visitors from all sectors including not-for-profit, education, faculty, service professionals, enthusiastic students and more.
The day of professional development and networking on the latest social innovation trends included discussions on arts and culture community innovation, education in the farming community, libraries as a maker space open to everyone and looking at education through capstone projects.
The day included lunch in The Den provided by The Last Class, our Georgian College social enterprise with student employees managing most aspects of the catering. The interactive day included an inspiration garden, labyrinth wellness walk, creative collisions area of displays, end of day mocktails and treats, free parking and more!
We look forward to Move it Forward 2017 when we will again celebrate our communities, our partners and social innovation everywhere. Stay tuned for “save the date” information and don’t miss out as this is a limited space free event.
Past student-led projectsin collaboration with our community partners
CYW CPI projects fall 2013
CPI projects winter 2013
CYW CPI projects fall 2014
CYW CPI projects winter 2014
Changemaking in our communities
Welcome to SENCO – Social Enterprise Network Central Ontario
As a social enterprise, developed through the Centre for Social Innovation at Georgian College, our organization is engaging with communities across Central Ontario to inspire positive change and offer supports and resources to develop social enterprise for the greater good.
Become a member today and be part of the social change that impacts your community.
The provincial government is investing in the social economy and developing strategies to contribute to the social economy but has overlooked the need for assistance across central Ontario. SENCO memberships align you with resources, information, networking opportunities, mentors, workshops, assessment tools and more to start, grow and/or scale a social enterprise.
Start generating unregulated funds for your organization and join SENCO today.
For more information visit Social Enterprise Network Central Ontario (SENCO) – Profit with a Purpose
Get information on upcoming SENCO EVENTS.
Information on becoming a MEMBER
We are catalysts for change
Meet our CSI changemaker team: inspiring social entrepreneurial skills and mindsets in our students, community organizations and beyond!
- general information, ext. 3195
- Suzie Addison-Toor, Director, CSI: Suzie Addison-Toor or ext. 3161
- Christine Hiles, Special Projects Assistant, CSI: Christine Hiles or ext. 3067
- Elly Green, Coordinator, CSI: Elly Green or ext. 3430
- Quentin Evans, Community Impact Projects Liaison: Quentin Evans or ext. 3389
- Nicole Norris, Community Impact Projects Liaison: Nicole Norris or ext. 3309