Two social innovation leaders from TACSI, CEO Carolyn Curtis and Director of Learning and Systems Innovation Ingrid Burkett, have spent the last week touring Canada to share what we’ve learned about driving public sector innovation for the greater good and to learn from the many organisations doing inspiring and important social innovation work in Canada.

The tour has been organised by Social Innovation Generation, who are eager to learn from TACSI’s approach to social innovation and what they have learned about working collaboratively across sectors, and to inform the work of Canadians addressing complex social challenges.

Tim Draimin, Executive Director of Social Innovation Generation, explains why they organised the tour:

Canada’s interest in Australia’s experience in social innovation, and especially the leadership of TACSI, is intense. In trying to meet the demand, we have organized Carolyn and Ingrid’s highly anticipated presentations and meetings with nonprofits, foundations and three levels of government across six cities and five provinces. Canadians are very eager to learn about TACSI’s demonstrated impact and its national scaling as well as exchange problem-solving insights and lessons.

TACSI CEO Carolyn Curtis has said of her anticipation for the tour and what can be gained from it:

I think Australia and Canada share a lot of similarities, including in the context of many of our most challenging social issues. I believe we have a lot to learn from each other and we’re hopeful that this tour is the start of an ongoing dialogue and strategic relationship with key organisations in Canada.

The tour includes meetings with the Minister of Children and Families, the Hon. Stephanie Cadieux, in Vancouver, working with the City of Vancouver Strategy team in their Healthy City Lab, presenting to Alberta CoLab in Edmonton and the Committee on Policy Innovation in Ottawa and giving a public presentation at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto.

Below are some of the highlights so far:


UPDATE: Check out this great interview Carolyn did with Track Changes, a Canadian podcast on government sector innovation.