1. WICI Seminar: February 10, 2009
    Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation
    http://www.sig.uwaterloo.ca/WICI.html
    University of Waterloo

    Social Innovation and Resilience: A Complexity Approach to Change and Transformation - Presentation Slides (.pdf) - http://sig.uwaterloo.ca/_bak/documents/WICI.pdf

    Social innovation is an initiative, product or process or program that profoundly changes the basic routines, resource and authority flows or beliefs of any social system. Successful social innovations have durability and broad impact. Achieving durability and scale is a dynamic process that requires both emergence of opportunity and deliberate agency, and a connection between the two. Frances Westley will discuss how disruptive social innovations can address seemingly intractable social problems such as environmental degradation, poverty, and mental health and how the capacity of a society to create a steady flow of social innovations, can contribute to its overall social and ecological resilience.

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    Frances Westley joined University of Waterloo in 2007 as the J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation. In this role she will head up a Canada wide initiative, Social Innovation Generation, a cross sectoral partnership to build capacity for social innovation in Canada. Dr. Westley is a renowned scholar and consultant in the areas of social innovation, strategies for sustainable development, middle management and strategic change, visionary leadership and inter-organizational collaboration. Her most recent book, Getting to Maybe focuses the dynamics of social innovation, and institutional entrepreneurship in complex adaptive systems. A previous book, Experiments in Consilience, focuses on the dynamics of inter-organizational and interdisciplinary collaboration in the management of ecological and conservation problems.

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  2. WICI Seminar: January 13, 2009
    Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation
    http://www.sig.uwaterloo.ca/WICI.html
    University of Waterloo

    Global warming. Emergent diseases. Infoglut. International financial instability. Mega-terrorism. Are the problems we are confronting as individuals, societies, and a species becoming more difficult? If so, can we solve them? Thomas Homer-Dixon will address these questions by drawing on his research on social adaptation to complex change. He will show how and why our requirement for solutions to our complex problems is soaring, and he will explore cognitive, scientific, economic, and political factors that impede the delivery of solutions when and where we need them.

    Speaker Profile

    Thomas Homer-Dixon holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and is a Professor in the Centre for Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. Recently, his research has focused on threats to global security in the 21st century and on how societies adapt to complex economic, ecological, and technological change. His books include ‘The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization’ and ‘The Ingenuity Gap’, which won the 2001 Governor General's Non-fiction Award.

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