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Armchair Discussion: Social Innovation in a Community Setting

Ottawa, Ontario
August 20, 2009

65 Guigues Street, Ottawa
8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (ET)

The Policy Research Initiative is pleased to present an Armchair Discussion in partnership with the Canada School of Public Service. The theme of the discussion will be: Social Innovation in a Community Setting: The evolving role and comparative advantage of community sector organizations in the provision of social support.

Language: English

Policymakers need to turn their attention to who is best placed to meet the changing needs of Canadians, given the uncertainty surrounding the current recession and growing concerns over its longer-term interactions with other key change drivers.

Dan Vale will speak about community sector organizations as sources of social innovation, that is, of finding and developing new and better ways of meeting these needs. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the changing role played by the community sector and on how governments may better achieve their objectives in collaboration with that sector.

Dan  leads a major project on mapping unmet and emerging needs at the UK-based Young Foundation. He joined the Young Foundation in October 2007. He has nearly 20 years experience in UK civil society organizations in various senior positions.

You are welcome to attend this session at 65 Guigues Street (Ottawa) by selecting "Register" at If you cannot attend in person, tune in via Webcast (live video and audio feed) by selecting "Register - Webcast."