Allyson Hewitt

Thinker in Residence

The first Thinker for the Social Capital Residencies is Allyson Hewitt, Senior Fellow for social innovation at the highly successful MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Canada.

Allyson has developed and helps lead the social innovation programs at MaRS, including the national initiative; Social Innovation Generation (SiG), the social finance programs of the Centre for Impact Investing, the MaRS Solutions Lab (a lab designed to tackle complex challenges), and Studio Y, an initiative designed to support youth in thriving in the new economy. Allyson has also been instrumental in growing the social innovation ecosystem; conducting public education; and influencing public policy and is currently leading an initiative to develop a pro bono marketplace for Canada.


Allyson’s Third Visit

Allyson returns to Adelaide for her final visit in 2019.

Details of this visit will be published closer to the date.

Doing good, better: creating opportunities for South Australia

During her first visit to Adelaide, Allyson engaged with a wide range of people in 70 events.

The Infographic summarises Allyson’s contacts and activities and she summed up the work she had done with local partners in her Preliminary Report.

Other resources relating to Allyson’s residency are listed below.

Infographic | An Overview of Allyson's Visit

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Preliminary Report

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Social Capital Video Series

Allyson Hewitt Oration | 17 May 2017

The Don Dunstan Foundation and IPAA presented a Social Capital Showcase on 2 May 2017, with Allyson Hewitt and a range of local speakers giving presentations on the social economy.

Allyson Hewitt | Initial Discussion with Key Partners

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Gail Fairlamb | Share

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Ante Juricin | Disruptive Technology in Philanthropy

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Lee May | Benefit Corporations & The Social Economy

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Matthew Salier | Impact Innovation

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Matthew Winefield South Australia: An economy in transition

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See below for a range of resources about the ideas of social enterprise and social impact.

Scaling Up, Scaling Out and Scaling Deep

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Corporate Responsibility Report

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Scaling Innovation for Impact

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Social Enterprise in Canada: Structural Options

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Periodic Table of Systems Change

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Health Trends

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Key Events of Allyson’s second visit were:

  • Her Open State Oration
  • the Open State BCorp Information Session
  • the IPAA Showcase

Allyson Hewitt Oration – Open State | 5 October 2017

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BCorp Information Session – Open State | 28 September 2017

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IPAA Showcase | 20 September 2017

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