60 sec. Challenge
1. Find a partner within your cluster
2. Select an object in the room and
place it on a table in front of you
3. You will need to make a list.
With your partner,
generate a list of all
the possible uses for
your selected object.
Core Concepts & Essential Questions
A discussion on the core concepts of social innovation with reference to related videos and
readings, discussion on failure and resiliency, creative tension, and a growth mindset.
● What is a social entrepreneur?
● What is social entrepreneurship?
What is a Social Entrepreneur?
Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social
problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas
for wide-scale change.
Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what
is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading
entire societies to move in different directions.
Social entrepreneurs often seem to be possessed by their ideas, committing their lives to changing the
direction of their field. They are visionaries, but also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the
practical implementation of their vision above all else.
Source: Ashoka, “What is a Social Entrepreneur?” https://www.ashoka.org/social_entrepreneur
What is Social Entrepreneurship?
Applying practical, innovative and sustainable approaches to benefit society in general, with an
emphasis on those who are marginalized and poor.
A term that captures a unique approach to economic and social problems, an approach that cuts
across sectors and disciplines grounded in certain values and processes that are common to each
social entrepreneur, independent of whether his/her area of focus has been education, health, welfare
reform, human rights, workers' rights, environment, economic development, agriculture, etc., or
whether the organizations they set up are non-profit or for-profit entities.
It is this approach that sets the social entrepreneur apart from the rest of the crowd of well-
meaning people and organizations who dedicate their lives to social improvement.
Source: Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, “What is a Social Entrepreneur?”
What is Social Innovation?
Social Innovation Generation Poverty, homelessness, violence are all examples of social problems
that still need dedicated solution-seeking space. Social innovation addresses these challenges by
applying new learning and strategies to solve these problems. For social innovations to be
successful and have durability, the innovation should have a measurable impact on the broader social,
political and economic context that created the problem in the first place.
Successful social innovations reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience. They have durability,
scale and transformative impact.
Centre for Social Innovation: Toronto Social innovations come from individuals, groups or
organizations, and can take place in the for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors. Increasingly, they are
happening in the spaces between these three sectors as perspectives collide to spark new ways of
A social innovation is an idea that works for the public good.
Young Social Innovators
Allow events to change you. Forget about good. Process is more
important than outcome. Love your experiments. Go deep. Capture
accidents. Study. Drift. Begin anywhere. Everyone is a leader. Harvest
ideas. Keep moving. Slow down. Don’t be cool. Ask stupid questions.
Collaborate. ____________________. (Intentionally blank). Stay up late.
Work the metaphor. Be careful to take risks. Repeat yourself. Make your
own tools. Stand on someone’s shoulders. Avoid software. Don’t clean
your desk. Don’t enter awards competitions. Read only left-hand pages.
Make new words. Think with your mind. Organization = Liberty. Don’t
borrow money. Listen carefully. Take field trips. Make mistakes faster.
Imitate. Scat. Explore the other edge. Coffee breaks, cab rides, green
rooms. Avoid fields. Laugh. Remember. Power to the people.
Acting on Failure or Failure to Act?
“Who would have thought that failure would be held up as
something to be desired just a few years ago? Yet, it is
one thing to extol the virtues of failure in words, it is quite
another to create systems that support failure in action
and if the latter doesn’t follow the former, failure will truly
live up to its name among the innovation trends of the 21st
The gap between vision and current reality is also a source of energy. If there were no gap, there would be
no need for any action to move towards the vision. We call this gap creative tension.
How to think like Leonardo Da Vinci?
Who wants to be
1 = not really
2 = a bit
3 = not sure
4 = probably
5 = for sure!
How would you describe a social
How can we foster possibility
thinking among our students?
Social Innovation Projects
● What are some examples of successful social innovations? What do you admire about the
project? How might you evolve or adapt this project to your community?
After everyone in the group has a chance to share the project example, the group selects one project, and using
the Padlet tool within the TIGed virtual classroom, brainstorm the ways that the select project might map to
different curriculum expectations.
● How does social innovation connect with our curriculum?
8 Essential Elements for Project-based Learning
Effective driving questions for projects...
● Invite multiple answers
● Give students a real-world role
● Require an answer (in a global context)
● Are authentic and grounded in real-world
● Are “un-Googleable”
Hart’s Ladder of
Children’s Participation: From Tokenism to Citizenship
8. Child-initiated, shared decisions with adults
7. Child-initiated and directed
6. Adult-initiated, shared decisions with children
5. Consulted and informed
4. Assigned but Informed
Tips to Get Started:
1. Creates Shared Understanding
2. Celebrates the Rights of Individual Learners
3. Recognizes Students’ Ownership of Their Learning
4. Actualizes Shared Accountability
5. Provides Voice in Learning for Everyone
“Through pedagogical documentation, the roles in education are shifting;
what it means to be a learner and an educator are being transformed.
Students and teachers alike are demonstrating ownership of and engaging in
teaching and learning. Consequently, pedagogical documentation is a vehicle
for learning that bridges understanding of children and adults.”
Ontario Ministry of Education Capacity Building Series K-12, October 2012
Questions to ask when studying documentation:
● What are we trying to understand?
● What are we asking pedagogical documentation to help us look for?
● What do we see when we look closely and attentively at the documentation?
● What questions does this looking raise for us?
● What do we wonder about?
● What are our working theories about what we see?
● What does the documentation reveal about children’s working theories, feelings,
attachments and interests?
Dr. Carol Anne Wien, York University
Digital Images: photo sharing with flickr
Global Gallery (for student artwork)
Tasks to be completed for Session Two
● Share and discuss a social innovation project with your class
● Explore and identify a compelling social problem they want to solve in their local or
● Document the process by capturing an image & uploading it to the classroom gallery.
Core Concepts & Essential Questions
A discussion on the core concepts of social innovation with reference to related videos and readings, discussion
on failure and resiliency, creative tension, and a growth mindset.
TakingITGlobal’s Guide to Action
student voice in determining project scope and direction real-world social problem identified community partners involved integration of new technologies interdisciplinary evidence of collaborative learning