We bring together philanthropists, non-profits, government, businesses, and community members to accelerate impact on critical issues facing our communities at a systems level.
How we started
Founded by United Way of Calgary and Area, The Social Impact Lab (SIL) is a multidisciplinary team who aim to accelerate innovation and drive change for those in our community who struggle within an inequitable system.
The SIL is a collaboration between J5, a service design studio and United Way. We pair J5’s design methodology and United Way’s connection to community to cultivate innovation and growth in the social sector in Calgary. Our approach to social innovation is intensive, challenging and thought-provoking. Our goal is to see more people from across the social spectrum make connections, find common ground, build on their expertise, and see each other as collaborators for real change.
United Way of Calgary and AreaThe Social Impact Lab
In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut'ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Moh'kins'tsis, also known as Calgary.