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After 16 Months, The CSI Team is Taking A Moment to Breathe 

It’s been an overwhelming year and a half, to say the least. That’s why, from July 19 to August 13, the CSI staff team is taking time to recharge and reflect before we reopen (when it’s safe to do so). We’re calling these four weeks CSI Breathes

Rest is key to doing transformative work. As we co-design the future of work, exhaustion from overwork will not be something we take with us. We aren’t closing up shop by any means, but we are committed to collectively slowing down a bit. Read on to find out what this looks like and what CSI Breathes means for our members. 

Stories from
the Network

Have Your Work Values and Priorities Changed? You’re Not Alone. 

As many of us encounter more and more of the familiar trappings of our pre-pandemic lives, old lifestyle habits, values, and goals may not make sense anymore. Much of this shift is happening at our workplaces. 

What has shifted for you? Do you know what’s working for you in your career and what’s not? These answers can be difficult to gage. That’s where Challenge Factory comes in. 

Transform the TTC! Pandemic recovery fare policies for a thriving transit system

New report calls for lower fares to win back transit riders
A new report by CSI Member TTCriders is calling for lower fares to win back transit riders and make the TTC safe and accessible now. TTCriders will submit this report to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), which is creating a 5-Year Fare Plan this summer.

Myra Arshad

Toronto startup turning food waste into planet-friendly fabric
Myra Arshad, Founder of Earth Tech-accelerated venture ALT TEX and winner of our 2021 Earth Tech Pitch Night, spoke to the National Observer about her goal: dismantling the $104-billion global polyester industry, one of the primary climate villains of fast fashion.

CSI Accelerates

Accelerate from Anywhere, a joint initiative of the Centre for Social Innovation and Foresight Canada as part of Climate Ventures.

If you’re an aspiring or rising cleantech entrepreneur, you need to know about Accelerate from Anywhere. Co-led by the Centre for Social Innovation and Foresight Canada, Accelerate from Anywhere provides an “acceleration ramp” for Canadian cleantech entrepreneurs in every region and at all stages.

Whether you’re just starting to discover your path as an entrepreneur or already hard at work validating your solution and proving your business model, Accelerate from Anywhere will connect you to the most suitable program to support your growth. You’ll access networks, advisors, and top-notch training — all you need is an internet connection. Apply now!

CSI Educates

Refine your social purpose idea, build a business model, and develop an action plan to help you move forward.

Join a supportive group of early-stage women and gender non-binary entrepreneurs in our 9-week Start program. Apply before August 29!


CSI Connects

Ignite Your Career: Envision, Craft, And Collaborate | 3 Session Series
Wednesdays, August 4, 11, and 18,
2:30 – 4:00 PM ET

Join CSI Member Challenge Factory for a curriculum-based program about setting and achieving career goals. Discounted tickets available for CSI Members!


Want to get your events on our events calendar? Find out what membership could look like for you!

Social Impact Summer Connector

Social Impact Summer Connector
Thursday, July 29, 6:00 – 7:30 PM ET
Be Social Change is hosting an online networking opportunity for the social impact sector with inspiring, purpose-driven people from organizations that are innovating for a better world. Tickets are free for CSI Members with discount code SummerConnector100

Policy Matters: Hackathon

From Passion to Action: Interactive Grantwriting Workshop
Saturday, July 17, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
In this workshop from CSI Member OCIC, you’ll gain an understanding of the funding available to young people across the Canada, and to begin to develop the skills and proposals to launch local initiatives.

Email Marketing Best Practices for Nonprofits

Email Marketing Best Practices for Nonprofits
Thursday, July 29, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
It’s finally time to take the email marketing leap that you’ve always wanted to make. Whether you are looking to finally commit to getting started with email marketing or you know there are some best practices you missed when starting out, TechSoup Canada and Constant Contact will start you off on the right foot!

Groundwork: Food, Land, and Climate

Groundwork: Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide
Monday, August 9, 7:00 – 8:30 PM ET
Sunday Harrison, Executive Director of Green Thumbs Growing Kids (a founding CSI Member!), will be speaking at the third event in this series examining the food system as a source of carbon emissions, and agriculture as a climate solution.

It’s Up To Us

The climate emergency requires acting at a speed and scale not seen since the Second World War. The Climate Emergency Unit, led by A Good War author Seth Klein, has begun to meet with government officials to introduce this framework and the policies needed to achieve real emergency scale action. 

They’ve created this video that explains four key lessons from Canada’s Second World War mobilization that need to be applied to Canada’s climate response today. And if you want to dive deeper, check out our in-depth conversation with Seth about how we might actually mobilize to fight the climate emergency.


Job Board

Want to post your opportunities to our job board? Find out what membership could look like for you!

Program Engagement and Outreach Coordinator | Apathy is Boring
Deadline: July 15
This CSI Member is hiring someone to foster key relationships with organizations and community leaders, carry out recruitment strategies, and increase Apathy is Boring’s visibility.

Network Developer | Catalyst Community Capital Initiative
Deadline: July 21
Catalyst is seeking an independent consultant or firm to join the core partners (we’re one of ’em!) as a Network Developer to augment and amplify our resources, and manage the project, partners, and core activities.

Communications Director | Future Majority
Deadline: Rolling
This CSI Member is looking for an experienced communications professional to take their engagement with media, donors, volunteers and target youth voter audiences to the next level.

Accessibility Mappers and Logistics Coordinators | AccessNow
Deadline: Rolling
This CSI Member is looking for folks to help map the accessibility of stores, restaurants, and places in major cities.

Customer Success Specialist | Unwrapit
Deadline: Rolling
Unwrapit is hiring its first full-time team member! They are looking for a customer engagement guru to be their customers’ first line of support.


Go For It

CivicAction’s DiverseCity Fellows is a program for rising leaders in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area who are looking to amplify their leadership skills, grow their network, explore social issues, and discover how to make a positive change in their communities. Deadline: July 23

UNLEASH Plus is a global 6-month incubation program for entrepreneurs working on social or environmental challenges, culminating in a live pitch event. Deadline: July 25

WWF’s Nature x Carbon Tech Challenge is seeking cost-effective, innovative and user-friendly technologies (hardware and/or software) to support community-led carbon measurement of nature-based climate solutions in Canada. Each final award recipient will receive a contract worth up to $100,000. 

As Seen At CSI

"Butterfly Effect" augmented reality filter on Instagram

Keep your eyes peeled for a new Butterfly Effect mural on the front of CSI Spadina from artists Miigizi and Quinn Hopkins, organized by the Bureau of Light and Power. This one will have an official AR piece that will activate an animated story “locked inside” the mural.

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