ABSI (Alberta Social Innovation) Connect is a collective of organizations and individuals working to get better at solving complex social and environmental problems in our province. Learn more about our Partners and our History.

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Our Collective Vision

A future in which Albertans are effectively addressing the root causes of complex social and environmental problems, resulting in healthier and more resilient communities.

What We Do

ABSI Connect seeks to connect, align, celebrate, strengthen, and learn from Albertan change-makers who are finding innovative ways to address the complex problems their communities face. 

How We Do it

  • Sharing stories and evidence from Albertan change-makers with our provincial and national network

  • Helping people grow in their ability to innovate and create impact

  • Building connections and alignment between change-makers


Our Initiatives

Sharing stories and evidence

Short term - beginning in early 2019

  • Partnering with storytellers, including students at Mount Royal University, to share stories and evidence from change-makers in our province.

  • Inviting Albertan change-makers to share evidence and stories on social media (#ABSI) and blogs.

  • Partnering with Social Innovation Canada to share our stories nationally.

  • Releasing a regular summary of stories, updates, evidence, and ideas from Albertan innovators.

Future possibilities

  • Creating a learning tour of social innovation in Alberta.

  • Hosting a provincial or regional ABSI Connect gathering or social innovation showcase.


Helping People Grow

Short term - beginning in early 2019

  • Partnering with Volunteer Alberta to encourage and equip rural leaders working to address the root causes of the complex issues in their communities.

  • Curating a list of resources for capacity building in social innovation and systems change.

Future possibilities

  • Partnering with relevant experts to provide capacity building opportunities requested by the ABSI Connect community.

  • Partnering with SDX to support communities interested in creating local ABSI Connect Chapters.


Connecting and Aligning

Short term - beginning in early 2019

  • Experimenting with webinars and online gatherings to connect people and create space for important conversations.

  • Uncovering assets, needs, and opportunities for social innovation and systems change in Alberta. This may involve hiring or seconding ABSI Fellows who can connect, convene, and align people within specific sectors or communities.

  • Partnering with Social Innovation Canada to add Alberta’s innovators and capacity builders to a national map.

  • Connecting Albertan change-makers with relevant people, networks and events provincially and nationally.

Future possibilities

  • Catalyzing new social innovation initiatives.

  • Aligning those who desire a collective voice to speak to funders and policy makers about specific issues.