Reflections on the 2016 Getting to Maybe Social Innovation Residency

Reflections on the 2016 Getting to Maybe Social Innovation Residency

At a meeting of the Social Innovator Network of Calgary in November 2015, a colleague shared information about the second Getting to Maybe Social Innovation Residency that would be held in June/July 2016 at the Banff Centre. This sounded like a phenomenal opportunity to connect and learn with other people who also eat, sleep and breathe social innovation – until I remembered that I was the mom of a ten-year-old, and couldn’t just step out of life for an entire month.

And yet seven months later, thanks to the generosity of the Suncor Energy Foundation and the support of family, friends and colleagues, my daughter (accompanied by her pet fish, Carson) and I took up residency at the spectacular Banff Centre. I joined a cohort of 28 individuals from across the country who differed in age and project focus, but shared an openness to personal and professional exploration and a calling to create meaningful change. We were guided in this mountain adventure by brilliant faculty members and mentors, who were wonderfully generous about sharing their time and knowledge with our cohort both during and outside of our scheduled class time. 

In we dove – very, very deeply.

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