The co-development cohort on the culture of change and social innovation was born out of a need expressed by organizations to go beyond training workshops. Since 2014, organizations eager to explore new possibilities join forces to lean, reflect, get inspired and experiment.
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Over a period of 8 months, a dozen NPO executive directors meet to deepen and exchange their knowledge on various issues they encounter in their daily professional lives. New models of management, storytelling, financing, communication, governance, impact… the topics are diversified and adapted to the expressed interests and needs of each cohort.
Organizations wishing to initiate a change; they feel they need to be accompanied in order to meet the new requirements of funders in terms of innovation; they would like to facilitate the implementation of new ways of doing things within their team.
The cohort runs from September to April. It starts with a 2-day retreat in September, followed by 6 encounters. A contribution of $ 1,000 and a resolution of the Board of Directors are requested. These registration fees include:
- The 8 days of training, including a wrap-up encounter with a public event to share learning outcomes
- Fees for external speakers and trainers
- Teaching materials
- Meals and lodging during the retreat
- Fees for field visits, if applicable
- Personalized support by the social innovator in residence, according to the needs of each organization
Various actors contribute to the cohort.
The Foundation’s philanthropic activities team acts as host, and liaison with the various stakeholders who share their knowledge.
André Fortin, the Foundation’s social innovator in residence*, leads the sessions, delivering theoretical content as well as concrete exercises and tools to be put into practice within the organizations.
*Inspired by the Artist in Residence, who designs a creation by integrating a place and obtaining more resources, the Social Innovative in Residence supports the teams in moving the organization toward best practices: designing work processes that favour relationships and avoid compartmentalized approaches, enhancing the employees’ dormant competencies, developing a culture of innovation and the reflexes to deal with change and complexity.
- September 19 and 20: 2-day retreat (with overnight stay on September 19)
- October 22
- November 19
- January 21
- February 18
- March 24
- April 21
Registrations are generally launched in June in order to start in September. The selection of participants is announced during the month of July.
Registrations for the sixth edition are now closed.
You need to convince the members of your Board that your participation in the cohort is a well-worth investment?
We thought of you! Here is a series of arguments that convinced us to launch the cohort! (available in French only)
For more information, please contact us at 514-876-4555.