Impact Gaps Canvas: Tackling Heropreneurship using an Ecosystem Approach – online event, 21 and 28 September 2020

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[Public Event] Impact Gaps Canvas: Tackling Heropreneurship using an Ecosystem Approach


A two-part, research-focused workshop for social entrepreneurs to learn about the landscape and ecosystem they’re working within.

About this Event

“We are in an age of heropreneurship: everyone wants to ‘be’ a social entrepreneur. The myth of the entrepreneur creates a false hierarchy with ‘start-up founder’ at the top. We foster this obsession in our education, our funding, our awards, and our media. But we don’t just need more founders. We need more positive social impact.”

– Tackling Heropreneurship

During this two-part workshop on September 21 and September 28, you will learn how to use the Impact Gaps Canvas: a research tool designed by Daniela Papi-Thornton. The Impact Gaps Canvas teaches entrepreneurs how to take an “ecosystem” approach both at the outset of building their social enterprise and as an iterative process in working on initiatives that require us to constantly adapt, evolve, and respond.

Please note that by registering for this event, you are committing to Part 1 and Part 2 of this workshop.

This workshop is best suited for early stage social entrepreneurs who are looking to understand the landscape of their work: their problem space, existing solutions, and gaps to meaningfully catalyze impact and innovation.

Monday September 21, 12:00-1:30pm ET | PART 1 (90 minutes)

This session explores how well-rounded research identifies landscape gaps that lead to more impactful solutions and enterprise models.

Monday September 28, 12:00-1:00pm ET | PART 2 (60 minutes)

This session is focused on peer coaching and feedback on participants’ first iteration of their Impact Gaps Canvas.

By the end of this workshop series, you will:

  • Understand the value of an ecosystem approach to problem solving
  • Frame ecosystem research using the Impact Gaps Canvas
  • Begin to uncover the root causes of the challenges in your landscape
  • Learn how to use the Impact Gaps Canvas to research an issue you are passionate about and understand how to identify meaningful gaps within the landscape
  • Learn the importance of interviewing a variety of landscape stakeholders
  • Be ready to test assumptions through guided research

Participants are encouraged to watch this video and come to the sessions with the Impact Gaps Canvas tool downloaded and ready to be worked on. Printing the tool is not necessary.

This session will be facilitated by Peggy Sue Deaven, Program Lead and Facilitator at the Centre for Social Innovation.


[Public Event] Impact Gaps Canvas: Tackling Heropreneurship using an Ecosystem Approach