The Plan

Vancouver Island is home to a collaborative eco-system that supports social innovation, social enterprise and social finance that generates positive economic, social and environmental impacts. The purpose of VISIZ is to:

  • Strengthen collaborative relationships, activities and initiatives of post-secondary institutions, community, economic actors and government in support of enterprising approaches to social innovation on Vancouver Island
  • Incubate, accelerate and scale innovation, through social enterprise and social finance
  • Be grounded in research, education and engagement between communities, students and post-secondary institutions
  • Connect students and community members to inspiring ideas, models and processes
  • Be informed by sector leaders and economic actors
  • Benefit the communities of Vancouver Island

VISIZ Strategic Plan is focused on advancing 3 main goals:

  • Education & Training: To integrate social innovation as a core teaching principle in each post-secondary institution on Vancouver Island, building the knowledge, critical capacity and understanding to bring collaborative and enterprising thinking to entrenched social issues
  • Engage: To increase opportunities for students, communities and post-secondary institutions to research, work and apply learning together
  • Incubate and Accelerate: To fill existing gaps to support Vancouver Island social enterprise and social innovation initiatives from ideation to start-up to growth to sustainability

Read the entire Strategic Plan here

 

  • Who we are – click here to see our partners
  • How to get involved:
    • Read the Strategic Plan
    • Help steer this vision into reality by emailing us @ info@visocialinnovation.ca
    • Provide your feedback by filing out this survey
    • Join a Working Group (Fill in the form below and indicated that you would like to join a group)

To strengthen collaborative relationships, activities and initiatives of post-­‐secondary institutions, community, economic actors and government in support of enterprising approaches to social innovation on Vancouver Island.

Working together to develop key infrastructures for social innovation, social enterprise and social finance support.
Envisioning Vancouver Island as the place to test and grow enterprising solutions to social issues.
Transforming Vancouver Island’s economic and social reality into a regional zone of blended economic value and social equity.

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