Community of Social Innovation

COSI’s mission is to foster and advance the sharing of insights around teaching, data, theory and methods in the social innovation space, and to provide focused opportunities to mentor junior scholars in the domain.

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Tina Dacin
"Our community is purposefully small, not dominated by any one school or perspective, and our objectives remain quite simple. Our goal is to build a community of scholars who teach and conduct research in this area."
Tina Dacin, Smith School of Business

What is the Community of Social Innovation?

The Community of Social Innovation (COSI) is a network of academic scholars from North American and international institutions, led by Dr. Tina Dacin (Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business, Queen’s University) and Dr. Jerry Davis (Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan). COSI’s mission is to foster and advance the sharing of insights around teaching, data, theory and methods in the social innovation space, and to provide focused opportunities to mentor junior scholars in the domain. An annual COSI gathering provides members with the opportunity to share cutting-edge research and provide feedback to develop the scholarly efforts of others.

Purpose

  • Collaboration and Advancement of Social Innovation Research

Members

  • Scholars from universities around the world.

Activities

  • Workshops
  • Paper Presentations
  • Open Mic
  • Paper Development
  • Roundtable Feedback Sessions
Toronto

COSI Gathering 2019

  • Friday, May 31, 2019, 2:00 PM -
    Sunday, June 2, 2019, 12:00 PM
  • Toronto

Questions? Contact us

Membership

COSI accepts new members on an on-going basis. COSI members comprise graduate-level students, and junior or senior faculty from international institutions. All applications are reviewed by the COSI steering committee and accepted based on the following criteria:

  • Academic in-progress or completed degree, with evidence of study in the areas of social innovation
  • Knowledge of expertise in topic areas as demonstrated by authorship on scholarly articles
  • Current affiliation with a reputable academic institution (i.e. enrolled student, postdoctoral fellow, professor).

Member Benefits

As a member of the COSI community, you will have many opportunities to share insights around teaching, data, theory and methods in your areas of expertise, and to take part in mentoring and networking opportunities through the following offerings:

  • Access to diverse resource sharing, including papers, case studies, syllabi
  • Regular news updates from the COSI community
  • Events calendar
  • An invitation to the annual COSI convening
Wendy Smith

"A colleague and I received great feedback on both our theory and empirical projects on hybrid organizations. We really appreciated the opportunity to share our work with the COSI community."

Wendy Smith, Associate Professor of Management, Alfred Lerner School of Business, University of Delaware

Our History

The idea of COSI emerged from initial conversations between a group of scholars interested in collaborating to build a community with a common interest at the intersection of social innovation and social movements. The group formed a small steering committee in order to continue these discussions, culminating in the official launch of COSI in 2010 with an inaugural workshop held in Montreal.

Each annual gathering provides opportunities for COSI members to share cutting-edge research and network with junior and senior scholars working in the domain. Workshops include roundtable discussions on paper development, presentations from scholars, and informal discussions and networking opportunities.