Futures of Social Innovation

Our mission is to effectively integrate design, strategic foresight, business model innovation, and systemic impact into the social innovation space.

Current Research initiatives

Social Innovation Hubs
Research on the “min spec” for social innovation hubs in Toronto was compiled in the Fall of 2016, with a focus on MaRS. Summary Findings to be posted here.
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Business Model Innovation for Social Innovation
Part of the research team (Christine, Melissa, and Ned) applied the Platform Design Toolkit to design an innovative solution for a client in early 2017. Findings from their experience will be posted here.

Policy Design for Social Change
Ned Rava has finished a comprehensive research on “Policy Design: Towards Understanding and a Methodological Framework” that was presented on March 21, 2017 as a part of the Design Explorations series of the sLab. Upcoming research paper “Policy Design: From Technocracy to Complexity, and Beyond” prepared jointly with professor Guy B. Peters, a Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh, will be presented at the upcoming Annual Conference of the International Public Policy Association in Singapore.
(for more information, contact: Ned Rava)

Platforms Everywhere: Transforming Organizations by Integrating Ecosystems in Business Design
Ned Rava is conducting research on use of the Platform Business Model (digital, analog, or combined) by conventional organizations, with the special focus on existing networks, hubs, labs, and other organizations with large ecosystems with potential for peer exchanges. It will include a prototype of new methodology applied in two specific cases (a large network, and an educational hub).
(for more information, contact: Ned Rava)

Rethinking the Business Model
This paper will propose a new business model for social innovations hubs and how they deliver value.
(for more information, contact: Maheen Zaidi)

Policy Design, the Quality of Democracy, and the Sustainable Development Goals
Ned Rava is preparing a research paper for the upcoming Relating Systems Thinking to Design (RSD6) Conference in Oslo. The main focus is on systemic and integrated approach to policy design in combination with a more systemic and integrated approach to democratic governance, in the context of sustainability as flourishing.
(for more information, contact: Ned Rava)