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Google for Nonprofits is Now Available in Canada!

Wishing your nonprofit could save money, use technology more effectively, or reach more supporters?read more

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Call for Proposals: Business Skills for Growth Workshop Series, Fall 2014, Artscape Launchpad

From Toronto Artscape

Artscape is inviting creative entrepreneurs, and those working in support of them ( for example, Art Service Organizations, or professional services businesses operating within the creative industries, ), to come together and craft an ‘a la carte menu’ of workshops tailored specifically to the commercial aspirations of the creative community. Workshops will be delivered in the Fall of 2014.

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Community building through public art

By
Rudayna Bahubeshi

Bell murals It can be as big as a
250-foot mural, as small as a painting on a nondescript utility box, and as
ephemeral as a mob of “gangsters” descending on a subway car to play ukuleles
for unsuspecting morning commuters.

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Network your network: The importance of human connections to growing your community organization

By: Rania El Mugammar – Director, Editor in Chief at SpeakSudan

SpeakSudan began around my kitchen table while
eating biscuits and spiced tea. We needed something, my friends and I,
something that was ours. Hailing from the Eastern part of the African
continent, we grew up on stories – the story-telling and oral histories which
built our civilizations. They were central in our lives, crucial to our
survival and the most powerful form of commnuication we could generate from our
positions as marginalized youth.

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What Non-Profits Need to Know about Crowdfunding

By Christopher Charlesworth, cofounder of HiveWire
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Guest Blog: Building the Resilient City-Region

André Sorensen
André Sorensen is Associate Professor of Urban Geography in the Department of Social Science, University of Toronto Scarborough. He has published extensively on urbanisation, land development, and urban policy processes. 
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Feeling the love from China :-)

Nothing makes us happier than seeing new shared workspaces popping up around the world.read more

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GameChangers open house a hit! Don’t miss last chance to sign up!

On Feb. 4, CSI hosted the GameChangers open house, welcoming dozens of eager participants—women and men, students and professionals in game and software development—interested in the experience of collaboratively designing a digital game.read more

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The CSI Food Constellation

Members, farmers, restaurateurs, market coordinators and others from across Toronto were convening at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Annex to discuss the programming and logistics of the common space and kitchen.
 “There was such a great…

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Cash Mobs and Carrots

Another example of social innovation in action. I read an article today (on paper – no link!!???) about “Cash Mobs,” which have their roots in Flash Mobs… BUT, their goal is to convene people to shop together. No, it’s not empty consumerism…it’s ab…

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CSI [hearts] Lagos

I met Femi Longe in Gdansk, Poland in November as part of the Social Innovation Exchange “winter school”.  We made a quick connection owing to our shared interest in the practice of social innovation and our desire to facilitate social impact at…

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Social Innovation – A Matter of Scale?

I recently came across an article entitled “Social Innovation: A Matter of Scale”. The author’s position is most succinctly captured when he argues: read more

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YWCA Toronto issues ‘community housing’ bond

Check it out. The YWCA Toronto issues a community housing bond to the Muttart Foundation. This is great and another amazing example of what can happen when you mix mission and money. I like to think that this was inspired by the CSI Community Bond and …

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What does social innovation look like?

Being in the business of social innovation isn’t easy. The reality is that the term – and the field – is so hard to define that it’s almost impossible to say anything with certainty. I’ve read practical and academic debates galore and the truth is that…

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Accelerating Social Innovation – CSpark

Last week, the Centre for Social Innovation hosted The Accelerator – a two-day “venture development bootcamp” for the ten winners of the first phase of the ClimateSpark Social Venture Challenge. ClimateSpark is a three-phase experiment in open innovati…

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What Works? Seeking new ways to make social change

The Young Foundation, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, is putting out an open call for inspiring stories which give a ‘behind the scenes’ view on how social change unfolds. Their goal is to uncover new and untapped ways to catalyse social…

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Reflections on the Community Innovation Summit – Co-Creating a Greener Toronto

On Saturday, the Centre for Social Innovation hosted the LiveGreen Toronto Community Innovation Summit (more background here – http://socialinnovation.ca/innovation/communityinnovationsummit). The event was the culmination of the three-year Live Gree…

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SiG Fall Webinar Series: Canadian Ideas in Social Innovation

Social Innovation Generation is pleased to announce that the Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series is concentrating its next webinar events entirely on Canadian ideas in social innovation.read more

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Metcalf Launches Inclusive Local Economies Program

The Metcalf Inclusive Local Economies Program works with people and organizations to develop long-term strategies that create sustainable economic opportunities and generate wealth for low-income people and communities in Toronto.read more

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ENP Social Enterprise Funding Program is back!

Is your nonprofit organization thinking about starting or expanding a revenue generating program? Enterpriing NonProfits Toronto (enp-TO) is a program that provides capacity-building workshops and up to $10,000 in matching grants to social enterprises….

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CSI Seeks Café Operating Partner

CSI Seeks Café Operating Partner We are a dynamic community of world-changers and we are seeking the killer latte! read more

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CSI Launches ClimateSpark Social Venture Challenge – $500,000 in Funding

You heard it! The Centre for Social Innovation is teaming up with the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and the Toronto Community Foundation to launch the ClimateSpark Social Venture Challenge. After all our research, writing and thinking about open innovation,…

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CSI Opening New Space for Design + Social Innovation

We’re opening a new workspace at the Centre for Social Innovation Annex for people working at the intersection of design and social change.read more

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Community Bonds for Community Power: The SolarShare story

In 2010 CSI launched the first Community Bond. Fast forward a year later and other enterprising nonprofits are quickly following suit. The latest of which is SolarShare, brought to you by the fabulous folks at TREC Renewable Energy Co-op. read more

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DiverseCity Fellows 2012 – Call for Applications

DiverseCity Fellows is a one-year action-oriented leadership development program for rising city-builders. The program is designed to support city-builders who are deeply committed to enhancing their leadership abilities and practicing collective le…

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