Partner organizations, students and recent graduates—we have programs to support your social innovation ideas. Browse our offerings and submit an application or expression of interest. We want to hear from you.


Meet our 2020 Fellowship partners

Congratulations to the following four organizations for their successful applications to our call for Social Innovation Fellowship partners. Projects run from February to June 2020, with a showcase in the summer to share findings.

Applications for 2021 partners open in July.

Islamic Family and Social Services and Communities United

When clients approach social service organizations, the quality of service can vary based on the organization and staff member they speak to. Several organizations in Edmonton’s northeast communities are interested in how social innovation and human-centered design principles that focus on user needs and root causes can be applied to social service delivery.

This project will help improve client experiences within social service organizations.

ABSI Connect and Volunteer Alberta

Social innovation is a growing field in Alberta, with many networks and organizations working to connect, organize and address systemic issues. However, unfamiliar terminology is a major barrier when it comes to encouraging new practitioners to enter the social innovation field. ABSI Connect is interested in identifying social innovation language that is accessible and relevant across multiple sectors and communities.

This project will help to foster knowledge translation, collaboration and growth of the social innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

End Poverty Edmonton and the United Way

The Indigenous Circle of End Poverty Edmonton is a community table that aims to contribute to the work of ending poverty in Edmonton. The Indigenous Circle is interested in how decolonization thinking and strategies can help to meaningfully engage the wider urban Indigenous population, beyond those traditionally engaged (such as formal leaders and/or leaders of community initiatives and organizations).

This project will help contribute to more meaningful and diverse representation of urban Indigenous peoples.

Chrysalis Society

Human-centered design aims to make systems work for users by focusing on their aspirations, needs and requirements. Human-centered design approaches are gaining momentum in the developmental disability field and are having a positive impact on quality of life for citizens with disabilities. Chrysalis is interested in assessing the broader economic impacts of human-centered service design.

This project will help inform human-centered design approaches in the developmental disability field.


Map the System

The Social Innovation Institute is coordinating MacEwan University’s involvement in the 2019-2020 Map the System Challenge. Challenge yourself to work with a team of students and a faculty advisor to examine a social problem you're passionate about. Stay tuned for details.