May 23rd saw the unveiling of the declaration "The Desire and the Need to Work Together in Support of Social Innovation", following the Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI), which was organized by UQAM and the Quartier de l'innovation as part of C2 Montréal.
This unprecedented day of reflection focused on a number of projects reflecting the theme "Entrepreneurship + Social Impact: Increasing the Potential for Collaboration in the City." The event also provided an opportunity to announce the launch of a future Montreal "civic incubator", in the presence of Hélène David, Minister of Higher Education and the Status of Women, and François Croteau, City of Montreal Executive Committee member responsible for the Intelligent City, Information Technology and Innovation files.
A Call to Join the Declaration
"The Desire and the Need Work Together in Support of Social Innovation" is the theme of the declaration promoted by UQAM, in collaboration with the Quartier de l'innovation, the Chantier de l'économie sociale and the liaison agency Territoires innovants en economie sociale et solidaire. This document suggests that the various civil society actors provide themselves with an ecosystem of collective and collaborative social entrepreneurship, which meets their collective aspirations. Its objective is to multiply positive effects and to create a fertile ground for the collision of ideas and the emergence of solutions. Ten positions are stated, and it is possible to offer comments and sign by June 29 at: innovationsociale.uqam.ca.
Establishment of a Civic Incubator
During the summer, the Maison de l’innovation sociale (MIS) will launch a civic incubator whose aim is to support citizen projects with high potential for social impact. The actions of this incubator will be inspired in part by the results of the workshops held at the Montreal Summit on Innovation and of 100 in 1 Day, an international movement that will be held on June 2. The best projects will be able to benefit from a microfinance program and to participate in the Desjardins Cooperathon as well as the "Je fais MTL" call for projects.
A Look Back at the SMI Objectives
The aim of the SMI was to provide participants with collaborative experiences, and to encourage them to cooperate and to modify certain practices in order to produce the maximum social impact. Overall, it aimed to evoke new ideas, provoke discussion and find pathways to solutions for specific issues while drawing on international best practices. A document summarizing the SMI will be produced by UQAM, the Quartier de l'innovation and Desjardins Lab during the summer. Also, UQAM will contribute to the civic incubator by linking researchers and projects incubated through the SePSI..