About the SIIL project
The Social Innovators' Integration Lab (SIIL) is a shared observatory for the social economy, social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Announced in November 2015 and officially launched in May 2016, it is an initiative managed under the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM)'s Social Economy Initiative and supported by McGill University.
Located within the Quartier de l'innovation (QI) district, SIIL aims to nurture a presence for McGill researchers, students, and practitioners to work alongside social economy organizations with the overarching goal to develop scientific and practical knowledge to better understand social economy, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation in urban environments.
The SIIL Action Program is built around three pillars of engagement, with an underlying course of action to foster interactions among students, researchers, social-purpose enterprises, social entrepreneurs, community-based organisations, “traditional” economic actors, and community residents. These groups and individuals work together to co-produce both scientific and practical knowledge relating to the social economy.
To connect people from various backgrounds through virtual and physical spaces.
Actions: Mapping the SE/SI ecosystem, Mapping SE/SI initiatives (SIIL map), Open workshops and courses
To better understand social economy, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation in urban environments.
Actions: The SIIL map, Research project on "Designing business models for social enterprises to inspire circular economies"
To teach social economy, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation using multi-format materials.
Actions: Courses at the Salon 1861, SEI Impact Internship Program, Trainings / Workshops / Tools for SE/SI