Generating inter-disciplinary knowledge about social innovations and their processes

The Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR), is committed to generating trans- and inter-disciplinary knowledge about social innovations and the social innovation process (the dynamics of learning, adaptation and resilience).

Our approach is to pursue collaborative research and projects that bridge University of Waterloo departments, involve researchers from around the world, and engage those beyond academia.

WISIR seeks to mobilize this knowledge through a range of new curriculum offerings and training opportunities - both within and outside of a university setting.


From June 18  to July 15, Prof. Dan McCarthy, and  Prof. Frances Westley along with their esteemed colleagues in social innovation, will be leading the third year of the Getting to Maybe: A Social Innovation Residency program at The Banff Centre, supported by the Suncor Energy Foundation.