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An interesting look at the unique role social innovation will have in with the new federal budget.

While the rest of the world is actively exploring social innovation (see theCompendium on the Civic Economy to get a sense), the feds are cautiously hinting at maybe thinking about social finance or social impact bonds, but once again, they are not really taking on the real issues:

  • How do we leverage the spirit of social entrepreneurship?
  • How do we enable and create a level playing field for social enterprise?
  • How do we position Canada as a global solutions provider and export our best social innovations?

Once again the social innovation agenda is being hijacked by social finance ideas without addressing the needs of the social entrepreneurs that will utilize these tools. As in the Ontario provincial budget, everyone wants to talk about money without first talking about the solutions and entrepreneurs that will drive the business models that create the money.