About Us

Our Purpose 

Shifting Mindsets, Evolving Ideas 

We discover the problems behind a problem and uncover truths about how existing systems perpetuate social issues. Then, we work to prevent them from arising in the first place.

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 with 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. 

Social Impact Lab Alberta

The Government of Alberta, through the Creative Partnerships Alberta initiative, under Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, has granted $1.75M over four years to United Way of Calgary and Area to scale the offerings of The Social Impact Lab to all non-profits in Alberta. This multi-year funding supports capacity building within the non-profit and charitable sector.