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Learn Ruby on Rails in Paradise

Developing for the web goes beyond HTML and CSS. CSI members are eligible for substantial discounts on a fantastic technology bootcamp in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

 
You’ll go from HTML/CSS basics to Web Application Developer in just 9 weeks: CSI…

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Congrats to CSI member Ilana Ben Ari, 2014 Ariane de Rothschild Fellow

We’re thrilled that CSI member Ilana Ben Ari has been named a 2014 Ariane de Rothschild Fellow. The founder of Twenty One Toys, Ilana and her team are creating toys designed to teach empathy. They even had an elf building toys in the lobby of CSI Annex…

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Helping new nonprofits hatch: Incubation in the not-for-profit sector

Note: This article in Charity Village by Jodie Shupac covers how CSI played an incubation role for the Ontario Nonprofit Network and how incubators can help the nonprofit sector.read more

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Learn Ruby on Rails in Paradise

Developing for the web goes beyond HTML and CSS. CSI members are eligible for 5% discount on a fantastic technology bootcamp in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. 
 
You’ll go from HTML/CSS basics to Web Application Developer in just 9 weeks: CSI alumni …

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2014 American Express Ashoka Changemakers Emerging Innovators Announced

We’re thrilled that three CSI members were among those selected by Ashoka as future leaders of social change in North America. Congrats to:read more

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We asked the Ontario parties what they know about social innovation and how they will support it – Read their responses!

Do the leaders of the provincial parties know what social innovation is? Are they enabling those of us that are putting the wind in the sails of the new economy? Who will insure that there is equal access to government supports for nonprofit and for-pr…

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CSI NYC members kicking butt (and underdevelopment) abroad

By Jordan Phoenix

We’ve all heard the saying before: The road to hell is paved with good intentions. International development is one field that has seen its fair share of well-meaning initiatives backfire—by fostering aid dependency and harming local economies, for example (see the article 7 worst international aid ideas for more). 

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Warning labels on gas pumps: It may be coming to West Vancouver

By Robert Shirkey, Executive Director of Our Horizon and a member of CSI

“My name is Emily Kelsall and I am a teenager who is scared for my future.”

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Discount for Business Innovation Summit 2014!

CSI has a a deal with the Conference Board of Canada and the Centre for Business Innovation that allows members to attend the Business Innovation Summit 2014 at a reduced rate. See below if you’re interested…
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Kids become creators, teachers, and animators!

By Ted Killin, CSI Reporter
Like never before, children and young adults are making their voices heard and offering their own solutions to the problems we face. Several organizations in Toronto are providing a springboard for youth who are keen to help…

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Don’t just say you’re making a difference, show it: Evaluation 101

By Cameron Norman

When we say we’re making a difference, changing the world, and inspiring innovation: what do we mean and how do we know it? When you’re speaking to partners, investors, clients, or community members, you need a better answer than “We just are.” Frankly, a good answer to that question helps you out just as much as everyone else. Evaluation provides a means to help you articulate what you’re doing, how well you’re doing it, and what to do next.

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Two Toronto orgs using art therapy to help those with mental health issues

By Beatrice Paez, CSI Reporter
The city can be an alienating place for people with mental illness.
It’s hard to talk about, it’s heavily stigmatized, and for those learning to cope, it can often be overwhelming.
But, as two organizations in Toronto are…

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Equity crowdfunding prepares to disrupt US markets

By Jordan Phoenix, CSI Reporter
New York City – Crowdfunding has become somewhat of a revelation for creative and business-savvy types all around the globe over the past few years. The amount of collective funds raised worldwide via crowdfunding platfo…

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Turnout Toronto – a civic engagement fair at CSI

By Jodie Shupac, CSI Reporter

The room buzzing with energy and curiosity, last month’s Turnout Toronto event felt, in the best way, somewhat reminiscent of a middle school science fair. Held January 14 in the CSI Annex Lounge, Turnout Toronto—aptly named, with over 500 people in attendance—was indeed intended as a kind of civic engagement fair, an innovative opportunity for CSI members and non-members alike to get acquainted with a diverse range of local advocacy and civic engagement groups.

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Events at CSI: uncover opportunities for collaboration

Our Toronto and New York City Events Coordinators share some highlights from the past year…
By Erin Kang, Events Coordinator at CSI in Toronto
Toronto – Events at CSI exemplify the very spirit that sets us apart, showcasing the diversity and connecti…

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First episode of CSI’s TV series: ARTivism – Painting the World’s Tallest Mural

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Our Six Resolutions for Social Enterprises in 2014

The New Year is often a time when you tell
yourself you’ll eat less cake, play more, and work less. For real this time.
But we know we’re going to eat plenty of cake and work hard. We’ll just make
sure our work feels more like play. Instead of telling ourselves what we won’t
do, we took the time to think about what we will do to create more awesome in
the world. So here’s our list of resolutions.

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The B Corp Better Gift Guide

The B Corp community in Canada believes that where we spend our shopping dollars matters, and we’re convinced that better businesses make better gifts. In an effort to help jump-start (or wrap-up) your holiday shopping this season, we’ve put together a…

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The B Corp community in Canada believes that where we spend our shopping dollars matters, and we’re convinced that better businesses make better gifts. In an effort to help jump-start(or wrap up) your holiday shopping this se…

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Canada’s Notoriously Good Bitcoin Future?

By Michael Cayley, Founder Cdling Capital Services, and, Vitalik Buterin, full time Bitcoin writer and developer.read more

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A new DECA is born

By Katherine Hodgson, CSI Spadina DECA

From the first day of Desk Exchange Community Animator (DECA)
orientation there is an instant feeling of inclusion and welcoming into the CSI
family. Upon arrival, instead of the awkward silences, I was greeted a…

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The time is now for a Student-Centered Curriculum

By
Vareia Boxill, founder of Technovation Academy of Science and Technology, and CSI Memberread more

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What if classrooms were coworking spaces?

Educational Consultant Ryan Burwell
thinks they should be – and it starts with lessons in assessment  
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Future of Food Salons – Eat some bugs!

By Aruna Handa,
founder of Alimentary Initiatives, and CSI Memberread more

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Regent Park’s approach to local food is a case study in changing neighbourhood economies

By
Charlotte Bondy, CSI Reporter
First
published in Yonge Street Media, Sept. 25, 2013.read more

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A look behind the Podium

By Oliver Nassar
, Co-Founder of Podium
, and CSI Member

I always thought that a podium was something
that public speakers stood behind. Nope. That’s a lectern. A podium is
something that they stand on. Truth be told, we didn’t realize the
difference until after we launched as Podium. Luckily, it would seem that most of our visitors don’t
quite know the difference either. No vexing emails yet (fingers crossed).

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Work in the cloud with Office 365 for Nonprofits

By
Tierney Smith, Community Engagement Manager, TechSoup Canada and TechSoup
Global
Is
your nonprofit just starting up, and looking for a professional email? Do you
work for a small charity that wants to save money on IT? Are you looking for
more flexi…

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Toronto’s Maker Movement part of a new industrial revolution?

By Jodie Shupac
A version of this article was published in
the Toronto Star
, Sept. 2013

In an unmarked upstairs lair in Kensington
Market, ten or so people—men, mostly—tap on laptops in an open room or mill
about a small kitchen. A passageway running through the space is lined on one side
by four 3D printers and on the other, by a narrow ledge crammed with curious
trinkets. 

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Introducing our new Director of Shared Spaces and Director of Online Services

The
CSI staff team keeps growing, and we feel so privileged to add such amazing
talent to our crew. It’s with great excitement that we introduce Ben Marans,
Director of Shared Spaces, and Jane Zhang, Director of Online Services.

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Dream Weavers are Agents of Change building community for young adults with autism

By Amy Weinrieb, CSI Programming Team

This summer we’re on the hunt for 10
innovative projects with a focus on building stronger, more resilient
communities. Could this be you? We sure hope so!

For the past two years, the Agents
of Change competition has provided selected changemakers with free space (yes,
FREE), training and support.

You could make CSI your home too!
Applications for Agents of Change Youth: Community close on FRIDAY JULY 26.
Apply Now!

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How Agents of Change Youth could accelerate your success!

By Amy Weinrieb, CSI Programming Team

For the past two years, the Agents of Change Youth
competition
has provided selected changemakers with free space, training, and
support. Agents of Change winners are given the opportunity to turn their world
changing ideas into real impact. This summer, we’re looking to find 10
innovative projects with a focus on building stronger, more resilient
communities!

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Agents of Change Youth: What does community mean to you?

By Amy Weinneb, Programming Intern
This summer, our Agents of Change Youth program
is focused on community! What does that mean? We are looking for projects and
ideas that help strengthen communities. From rooftop community gardens, to
educational pro…

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Action Against Hunger’s Race Against Hunger – Engaging youth through school-based events

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Odette Hutchings, Communications Assistant at Action
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Let’s hack the curriculum

Former
high school teacher Ryan Burwell reflects on what he’s learned at CSI, and how
these lessons can help revolutionize education.

By Ryan Burwell

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CSI programming to help you succeed!

By Leah Pollock, Program Coordinator

At the Centre for Social Innovation, we have always facilitated an
environment of growth through community. Whether it’s through intentional
events like Six Degrees of Social Innovation or through collaboration by
osmosis, we have seen member projects grow and transform through the
relationships they form.

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Stories @CSI: Literature for Life empowers young mothers through reading circles

By Maria Karpenko, CSI Reporter

Just how powerful can stories be?
Jo Altilia had always thought of stories as a force for good, but she
experienced the full extent of their power at a poetry reading in Chicago many
years ago when a woman, inspired by the poem “Black Goddess”, was finally able
to kick out her abusive boyfriend.

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Stories @CSI: Purpose Capital puts capital where it matters

Purpose Capital

By Lisa Ferguson, CSI Reporter

Imagine having the
opportunity to help define and build a new type of market. It’s not yet clear
who the key players are going to be. You get to create some of the first
research, first products and first deals. You get to shape the future.

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How a CSI member uncovered a painter (hiding) in CSI’s Leasing Coordinator

Amazing member success
stories happen all the time at the Centre for Social Innovation. Yet we never
tire of them. Au contraire! They thrill us every time!

This story
is especially thrilling to me because, well, it’s about me.

At CSI,
we talk a lot about the impact our members have on each other. After all, they
come to CSI to find collaborators, to accelerate their missions, or to simply absorb
the kind of energy they can’t get at home in their pyjamas.

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Stories @CSI: Patient Commando is improving healthcare outcomes through patient narratives

By Lisa Ferguson, CSI Reporter
Actor Daniel Stolfi was
undergoing chemotherapy treatment when he started writing a one-man comedy show
about cancer. His friends and family thought he was crazy. No one was going to
laugh at cancer, they told him.read more

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Stories @CSI: Regent Park Focus putting a lens on the positive with community-created media

By Lisa Ferguson, CSI Reporter

There is no
doubt Regent Park is in a period of massive transformation. The revitalization
of Regent Park is converting what was once Canada’s oldest and largest social
housing complex into a mixed-income, mixed-use community.

But change is
happening beyond the cranes and bulldozers, and has been happening long before construction
started.

“I think if you
search you could see many, many examples of the change that residents themselves
are making,” says Adonis Huggins.

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Issue 2 of CSI’s The Collider is out!

The second issue of CSI’s burgeoning community
newspaper, The Collider, is out and available to download and share!
Featuring articles, photos, stories, events and more from the world’s
most dynamic community of social innovators. Download here. rea…

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Stories @CSI: Designing multi-stakeholder decision making processes with Swerhun Inc.

Swerhun Inc. designs and delivers multi-stakeholder decision making processes. She works for towns and cities across the GTA, the US, and internationally to help build relationships between leaders and the constituencies they serve.

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Stories @CSI: Designing multi-stakeholder decision making processes with Swerhun Inc.

Swerhun Inc. designs and delivers multi-stakeholder decision making processes. She works for towns and cities across the GTA, the US, and internationally to help build relationships between leaders and the constituencies they serve.

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Guest Post – Non-profit law: ONN asked. Government listened

March 28th, 2013 by Brian Iler

For some time now, Ontario Nonprofit Network has been highly critical
of the as‑yet unproclaimed Ontario Not‑for‑profit Corporations Act. The
Ontario Government hadn’t listened much.

Until now.

This morning, the Ministry of Consumer Services announced:

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Stories @CSI: Peacebuilding Circles keep youth out of jail and on track

By Maria
Karpenko, CSI Reporter

In Whitehorse, Yukon, a youth high on
drugs got into a boat and ended up on an island with a house. In his delirious
state, he set the house on fire. He was charged and convicted of arson. The
judge then called the aboriginal community together in order to get their
advice on sentencing, remarking that he’d have to send him to jail unless the
circle participants came up with a better solution.

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Regent Park Food Partnership REOI

The Regent Park Food Partnership (RPFP) invites
food and urban agriculture related organizations and resident groups to submit
expressions of interest to partner with the RPFP to operate and program one or
more components of the new six-acre park being…

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NEW CSI’s community newspaper, The Collider – Download here

We launched our inaugural issue of The Collider this month. Download your copy here.

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Stories @CSI: Cycle Toronto makes streets safer for all

By Lisa Ferguson

Stuck on a barely mobile Queen St. streetcar, I was a
captive audience for an advertisement that captures the frustration of
commuters in Toronto these days: “Getting. Around. Town. Can. Take. An. Eternity.”
It. Sure. Can. There’s no question that streets in this city are congested. Cycle Toronto aims to change that by getting more
people cycling, more often.

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NEW: CSI Legal Services

CSI is now
offering a Legal Services Program for members requiring legal support at
affordable rates. Participating Members
receive discounted rates on services provided by CSI-based Participating
Lawyers. Members can also book free 1/2 hour legal…

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Five Predictions For The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship

Our own Eli Malisnky, Executive Director of CSI in NYC, gives five predictions for the future of Social Entrepreneurship in Forbes. Share you thoughts with us. Tweet if you agree!read more

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CSI Bond Holders Nominated for Social Finance Awards! VOTE NOW!

Our Community Bond holders have been chosen as finalists for the Social Finance Awards!Voting is now open to the public. VOTE NOW! 🙂
The deadline for casting your ballot is Nov. 8th.read more

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Guest Blog: Can "Smart Phones" Support Social Innovation?

Guest Blogger: Rolfe Larson, deisgner of Social Impact, the first GPS-based social enterprise finderread more

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VIDEO: CSI Regent Park Launch Party

VIDEO: For those who missed it, and for those just dying to relive it, a little video to remember the opening of CSI Regent Park. 🙂
CSI Regent Park Launch Party from Centre for Social Innovation on Vimeo.

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It all started @CSI

A CSI member and participant in CSI’s Project Wildfire contest and Small Bussiness Success classes shares her dreams and impact. Help boost her campaign at ideaBOOST. Rock on Theresa!

Hi everyone,
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Oikocredit Canada financial cooperative membership drive

Can you help Oikocredit Canada Central reach our goal for our membership drive?Registration is free for a 1-year trial membership online. You’ll get 4 emails annually and can opt out.
Click here please:http://www.oikocredit.org/en/looking-t…

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APPLY NOW – Student Applications Open for School for Social Entrepreneurs-Ontario’s Inaugural Fellowship Program

Student Applications Open
Apply Now!
We welcome applications for SSE-O’s Inaugural Fellowship Program from individuals of all backgrounds and experiences. read more

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SoJo announces public launch to transform ideas for global social change into action

Sojo, a collection of online tools for social innovators, is out of Beta and has been endorsed by UNESCO! Check out their site here http://theSoJo.net!read more

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Re-working working: CSI on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Our Director of Programs and Partnerships, Eli Malinsky, recently dropped by The Agenda to talk coworking and collabration with Steve Paikin! 
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Call for entries – The Voluntary Sector Reporting Awards

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CSI in the Toronto Star: Toronto incubates new brand of business-charity hybrids

This is time of great ferment in the non-profit sector. Every week or so a new organization pops up that stretches the boundaries of charity, blends altruism with entrepreneurship or shows that community work can be self-financing.read more

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The Everything Roof in Metro News!

The Everything Roof made another media
appearance in Monday’s Metro newspaper. The Everything Roof is an initiative of
the About Face Collective and an incubated CSI project. Lauren and Natalie of
the About Face Collective came to CSI with a dream……

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Pop-up markets make the white-collar district a bit greener – Globe and Mail

Our lovely CSI member and CSI Food Constellation lead Aruna Handa was interviewed by the Globe and Mail about her company’s initiative, Toronto Office Markets. This incredible initiative is getting fresh local foods to people right where they work, cre…

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Ten Days Left to Support The Everything Roof!

Everything Roof from The About Face Collective on Vimeo.read more

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