BC is bursting with social innovation at all stages, from ideas to established programs. BC Ideas is a community of action, designed to identify, convene and invest in the best of these social innovations.

The first wave of more than $45,000 in investments will be distributed through an online collaborative competition, BC Ideas: Solutions for Stronger Communities. The competition seeks innovative solutions to health, social, and environmental challenges facing BC communities. Click here to learn more, and nominate social innovations in your community.

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The idea centre

  • Winning Ideas for a Stronger British Columbia

    John Converse Townsend November 28, 2012
  • Dialogue

    Ask a Media Expert! - an open dialogue

    October 22-November 16 , 2012
  • Using Pinterest for social change

    Bianca Bartz October 30, 2012
  • BC Ideas Peopleís Choice Investment Finalists

    John Converse Townsend October 26, 2012
  • Financing Social Change: A Brave New World

    Nabeel Ahmed October 23, 2012
  • How to launch your social change idea

    April Dutheil October 15, 2012
  • Idea Phased Projects

    Sonia Bianchi October 10, 2012
  • Haida Gwaii, A Community of Creativity

    April Dutheil October 4, 2012
  • How to Lead With Your Moral Compass

    April Dutheil October 4, 2012
  • Open Dialogue Series Schedule October & November

    Sonia Bianchi September 28, 2012
  • Leadership Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes

    Bonnie Foley-Wong September 24, 2012
  • Socially Responsible Investing 101

    Timothy Nash September 21, 2012
  • Q&A with Elizabeth Lougheed Green, VanCity

    Elizabeth Lougheed Green September 17, 2012
  • beyond the money II

    Money vs. Mission Analysis: Choosing Structure For Your Social Venture Part II

    Sheila Gayatri Evani September 12, 2012
  • beyond the money

    Beyond the Money vs. Mission Analysis: Part I

    Sheila Gayatri Evani September 11, 2012
  • decoda

    The Community Value of Learning: Inside and Outside of School

    Leona Gadsby September 5, 2012
  • socentchat

    Build It Even Better: #SocEntChat About Stronger Communities Tomorrow

    John Converse Townsend September 4, 2012
  • guthro

    The Early Entrepreneurship Experiment

    Taylor Conroy August 30, 2012
  • guthro

    Cooking Up Change: North Shore Culinary Society of BC Wins Mini-Growth Investment

    John Converse Townsend August 27, 2012
  • boy

    Idea of the Week ñ Cleantech Community Gateway

    Alia Lamaadar August 20, 2012
  • mn

    Q&A with BC Ideas Entrant, Margaret Naylor

    Sarah Mintz August 17, 2012
  • embers

    Idea of the Week ñ EMBERS Staffing Solutions

    Perry Stein August 15, 2012
  • neighbours

    Community Building Right at Home

    Catherine Clement August 13, 2012
  • US

    Q&A with Ken Gauthier, Urban Systems

    Ken Gauthier August 10, 2012
  • butt

    Culture, Spirituality, Mentorship: Unleashing the Potential of Aboriginal Youth

    Kristie Wang August 6, 2012
  • fund

    Itís 8:30am. Do you know where your donors are? A guide to building a donor base

    Andrew Price August 3, 2012
  • Container

    Container Building, Part II: Decisions, Decisions

    Peter Mortifee August 2, 2012
  • arts and health

    Strong Communities Open Doors for Cost-Effective, Sustainable Change

    Kristie Wang August 1, 2012
  • sport and tech

    Using Sport & Technology to Strengthen Communities

    Ted Barton July 31, 2012
  • strengthening communities

    Strengthening Communities

    Sarah Mintz July 30, 2012
  • Gen Why

    Mini-Growth Investment Recipient Announced: Gen Why Media

    John Converse Townsend July 30, 2012
  • Esther Jang

    Are You Investment-Ready? Yes, You Are!

    Bonnie Foley-Wong July 27, 2012
  • Esther Jang

    How to Write a Case for Support

    Esther Jang July 25, 2012
  • Taylor Conroy

    ìDestroying Normalî Fundraising with Taylor Conroy

    Taylor Conroy July 24, 2012
  • Fund&Capac

    Fundraising & Capacity Building

    Sonia Bianchi July 23, 2012
  • Ag and Food Security

    Agriculture & Food Security - an open discussion

    Sarah Mintz July 16, 2012
  • discussion schedule

    Idea Centre Schedule - join community discussions about issues and topics that matter to you

    Sarah Mintz July 16, 2012
  • Swan Bay

    Swan Bay Rediscovery - Empowering at-risk aboriginal youth with cultural skills

    Kristie Wang July 12, 2012
  • early investments

    Early entry investment recipients announced

    Kristie Wang July 11, 2012
  • fusion kitchen

    Idea of the week: Fusion Kitchen

    The Fusion Kitchen July 06, 2012
  • container housing

    Building a container for your vision

    Peter Mortifee June 22, 2012
  • Start

    A start-up story

    Nicole Huska June 07, 2012
  • Financial Sustainability

    Financial Sustainability for Social Ventures, a Promising Source of Innovation

    Kristie Wang June 04, 2012
  • Make change happen

    Let's #SocEntChat about solutions for stronger communities on May 30

    John Converse Townsend May 25, 2012
  • Make change happen

    What's a Related Changeshop Anyway?

    Kristie Wang May 14, 2012
  • Collaboration is innovation

    Collaboration is the New Innovation

    Alison Hockenberry May 15, 2012
  • The social innovator's journey is a drop in the bucket

    The Social Innovator's Journey

    Guest Author May 15, 2012

BC Ideas is an online competition, which asks British Columbians like you to bring forward innovative ideas and programs that address the challenges facing our province.

The BC Ideas Winners have been announced! Click here to see a list of all 33 winners, or check out our Winners Announcement blog post to learn more about each winner and the funding they received.

Join the BC Ideas community, where you can connect with like-minded British Columbians, read the latest news on solutions working in BC, and share your thoughts with leaders, experts, and people just like you. Check out some of the solutions below. Welcome to a community of possibility, of problem solvers, of British Columbians.


Featured Changeshops

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    A program for healthy school cultures! Development skills for kindness & caring in relationships, connection, support and education. Nonviolence is...
  • Canada
    PlaceSpeak is a place-based public consultation platform that connects citizen participants with proponents of issues taking place in their own neighbourhoods...
  • Canada
    An on-line community of sustainable community economic development practitioners who have graduated from Simon Fraser University's CED certificate course and...
  • Canada
    EMBERS is an innovative community development charity based in the heart of Vancouver Downtown Eastside, one of the most culturally vibrant yet economically...



Mentor to discuss options of financial development.
The Nicole's Farm model creates profitable, sustainable farms on small acreages combining bio-intensive farming methods operating through a...
We need help and advice developing a comprehensive business plan for media and communications business that specializes in civic engagement...
Today, against a backdrop of lingering media memories and unresolved trauma for some, we are reminded of the many remarkable displays of...
We're looking for interested teachers across British Columbia to teach the study guide on human rights in their classrooms.
Funding for the revision of the National CASA training materials, to Canadianize them and to ensure they are culturally relevant
Locating office space, likely co-locating with a like minded NGO.
Continuing networking, outreach and media exposure to improve opportunities to ensure ongoing sustainability
CoRPS needs expert/s to co-create the program and advise during the course of pilot implementation in the next 6 months.
Is there anyone in the Victoria BC area who is able to be a co-sponsor of this project by providing us with the use of a performance venue...
Safe Harbour: Respect for All is a long-standing community-based diversity program that creates opportunities for storefront businesses,...
At the North Shore Culinary Society of BC, exciting events are unfolding. For example, we have recently opened a training kitchen and food...
Wee need secretarial and office help desperately. All of our supporting documents, except the oldest (not even typed) business plan and my...
Living in a remote destination has its challenges. Residents battle higher food and living costs and businesses are challenged to operate...
Elevate requires low-cost gym space to run its programs. If you are connected to or know someone able to offer low-cost gym space in the...
Need of cultural activities in school and fund summer camps in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve/Haida Heritage Site. Canoe Journey's and...
STOP A BULLY required financial supporters to handle the current rate of growth of the program.
We are seeking funding support to get this project off the ground. The total project budget is $20,000. We have secured $10,000 in base...
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