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Wasan island retreat on funding systems change

Location: Canada
Published Date: 6 September 2016

As part of SIX's funders node, we hosted a retreat on funding systems change with 22 global foundations and practitioners on the beautiful Wasan island in Canada. The retreat drew on the latest global thinking and practice and provided opportunities for peers to support each other.


The retreat was provided courtesy of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation's leadership on behalf of their partnership with BMW Foundation, Breuninger Foundation, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Community Foundations of Canada.


The retreat focused on funding systems change and was rooted in practice, sharing challenges and case studies that opened doors to important insights. The retreat provided a unique and focused opportunity for foundations working on systems change, or moving towards systems change, to support each other, and develop practical strategies to overcome shared challenges.


We were delighted to work with Tim Draimin and Kelsey Spitz of Social Innovation Generation in Canada, Anna Birney of Forum for the Future and Rachel Sinha of the Systems Studio, to design and host the retreat.


This retreat is part of a series of meetings of the SIX Funders node. The SIX Funders Node helps global foundations address the lack of shared knowledge between organisations globally that support social innovation; be a catalyst to answer some key questions, and in turn creates more positive social change; and increases the funding for systemic change and social innovation. This work includes more than 30 selected foundations globally, and is being led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (US), Rockefeller (US), the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation (Canada), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK), LankellyChase (UK), and Nesta (UK) amongst others.