Getting to Better

Welcome to Getting to Better, our blog for stories, insights, and industry trends surrounding social innovation, capacity building, design thinking, and human-centred design.

Women in Entrepreneurship - Overlap Co-Founder Lisa Grogan Shares Her Thoughts and Advice

Posted by Lisa Grogan

For Women Entrepreneurship Day, Overlap’s Co-Founder Lisa Grogan participated in a Twitter chat with Startups Canada that got other Canadian leaders talking about women in entrepreneurship.

You can view the full chat on Storify and continue reading for Lisa’s chat answers as she shares her experiences running a women-led company as well as her advice for women in entrepreneurship.

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Tags: Overlap, Social Innovation

We Asked Kids Age 2 - 12 What They Want the Future to Look Like

Posted by Jordan Nottrodt

On Monday, November 20th, UNICEF is helping #KidsTakeOver for World Children's Day. Kids around the world will deliver the news, share ideas, sit in parliament seats, and more.

It's a day for children, by children, to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights, and help them fulfil their potential. Learn more about World Children's Day.  And join UNICEF Canada's One Youth movement to help make child and youth well-being a priority across the country.

This is a day of fun with a serious message, and we wanted our community of kids to participate too. Below is a blog written by kids. To participate, we asked:



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Tags: Canada, Social Innovation, Foresight

What We Want Canada to Look like 150 Years from Now

Posted by Overlap

150 years ago, could we have ever imagined owning a car that would drive itself?

In just the past decade, new technology has made it possible to affordably map your own genome and to set your vehicle to drive itself. In 1867, prototypes for lightbulbs were being tested, the population of Canada was roughly that of Toronto today, and the average life expectancy was less than 50 years old.

July 1, 2017, marks 150 years since Confederation. Like a lot of Canadians, we have mixed feelings about that milestone. We don’t want to party it up while we still have so much work to do on acknowledging and repairing the damage done in our past.

At Overlap, the theme of this July 1st is how we hope to do better over the next 150 years.

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Tags: Canada, Social Innovation, Foresight

Harnessing the Power of Design Thinking in Addictions and Mental Health Care

Posted by Brooke Young

Utilizing design thinking in addictions and mental health care puts a deliberate focus on the needs of the people you are trying to serve, helping to cut through any distractions that can stall innovation. When we deeply empathize with the people we are trying to support, real progress is possible.

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Tags: Human-centred Design, Design Thinking, Social Innovation