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CSI Network News: How Purpose Construction is building inclusion from the ground up



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Next Economy

Building Inclusion From the Ground Up: A Next Economy Conversation with Kalen Taylor 

Kalen Taylor is a serial social entrepreneur and Executive Director of Purpose Construction, a social enterprise that combines social housing development and rehabilitation with trades training and employment run by and for people underrepresented in the skill trades.

For our latest Next Economy Conversation, Kalen sat down with Tonya to discuss how they are “building circular systems from the ground up,” integrating affordable housing, employee social enterprise, and social finance into a multi-pronged approach to building the Next Economy.

Vanessa Ling Yu, director of caterToronto. Photographer: Samuel Engelking

CaterToronto care packages tackle food insecurity with tenderness
Rather than following a “you get what you get” system for people experiencing various degrees of food insecurity, this CSI alumnus used connections within the food industry to fill packages with culturally-appropriate, high-quality and fresh foods. 

Stories from
the Network

How Temo Primrose Gare Created A Television Series to Tell “Our Stories” Differently  

After working as a journalist for years, often covering stories about people from marginalized communities, something shifted for WOSEN participant, Temo Primrose Gare, when news of George Floyd’s murder broke. Now, a year later, her debut Bell Media television show, “Our Stories,” is determined to tell the stories of marginalized people beyond the limits of a tragic news cycle or a trending topic.

Youth Friendly Guide

The Youth Friendly Guide
Across all sectors, we depend heavily on the innovation, creativity, and ingenuity of the next generation to not only enliven our work, but to shape and define the world of tomorrow. CSI Member Apathy is Boring created a guide to engaging young people in your mission.


CSI Accelerates

On left, black text says "Kickstart your business." Above, "Accelerate from Anywhere" next to the Climate Ventures logo. Below, the Centre for Social Innovation and Foresight logos. To the right, a photo of three smiling people ideating with post-it notes on a glass window.

Do you have a cleantech idea you want to bring your market? Explore product-market fit, validate your value proposition and business model, and navigate a faster path to market with support from experienced executive coaches who hold you accountable to your goals. Apply to Accelerate from Anywhere by August 20.

CSI Educates

Refine your social purpose idea, build a business model, and develop an action plan to help you move forward in 9 weeks.

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


CSI Connects

Ignite Your Career: Envision, Craft, and Collaborate

Ignite Your Career: Envision, Craft, and Collaborate
Wednesdays, August 4, 11, and 18, 2:00 – 4:30 PM ET
Have your work values and priorities changed? You’re not alone. Learn how build a roadmap for a roadmap for a career tuneup from the experts at Challenge Factory in this three part series. CSI Members get discounted tickets!


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

Black Spaces Symposium
Thursday, July 22 – Saturday July 24
The Black Spaces Symposium unites artists, activists, professionals, and educators within the African Descent community to honour their heritage, inspire the future, and build strong community connections. 

The Science And Art Of Environmental Policymaking With Dr. Anastasia Lintner

The Science And Art Of Environmental Policymaking With Dr. Anastasia Lintner
Thursday, July 29, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Learn about the process of environmental policymaking and our professional and personal roles in shaping Canadian environmental policy in this workshop from CSI Member Sustainability Network.

Virtual ProPride: Beyond Equity Towards Justice

Virtual ProPride: Beyond Equity Towards Justice
Wednesday, August 11, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Join CSI Member Pride at Work and their partner The Enchanté Network us as they explore intersecting identities to help create more inclusive workplaces. This event will be offered in French.

Nonprofit Driven

Nonprofit Driven 2021
October 27-28
This year, CSI alumni Ontario Nonprofit Network’s flagship conference will look at how to rebuild with a key focus on inclusive and sustainable recovery.

It’s Up To Us

Bear Standing Tall and his family

CSI Member Bear Standing Tall created an online Indigenous Awareness course — an hour-long, high-level overview of social issues that Indigenous Peoples endure in Canada. It also includes an eBook, How to ally with Indigenous Peoples, that covers nearly 300 small everyday acts of reconciliation.


Job Board

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

Project Manager, WOSEN | Pillar Nonprofit Network
Deadline: July 19, 5:00 PM ET
Pillar, our partner in the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN), is seeking someone to support project planning and execution, grant administration, budget management, reporting, and organizational alignment.

Manager – Equity, Diversity & Inclusion |
Deadline: July 23
Based out of CSI Spadina, is looking for a creative and strategic thinker to join them on their equity and inclusion journey.

Various Volunteer Positions | TEDx Toronto
Deadline: July 26
TEDx Toronto is looking to fill positions across their Marketing, Creative, Logistics, Talent, Community, Fund Development teams!

Marketing Manager | TechSoup Canada
Deadline: August 7
TechSoup Canada, a CSI program, are looking for a marketer to strengthen their brands and drive new member acquisition, member retention, and conversion.

Philanthropy Tech Project Manager | Grantbook
Deadline: Rolling
This CSI alumni is looking for a self-motivated philanthropy specialist who is equally adept at communicating with computers as with people!


Go For It

Blueprint is a mentorship and grant program designed to support the advancement of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour business owners across Canada. Recipients will receive a $10,000 CAD grant to help take their business to the next level. Deadline: July 27

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation has opened up an open call competition for Community Land Trusts (CLTs) and Land Assembly solutions for affordable housing. Successful applicants will receive $100,000 to $250,000 per project. Deadline: August 27

The Indigenous Community Business Fund is providing $117 million in non-repayable financial contributions to help support First Nations, Inuit and Métis community-or collectively-owned businesses and microbusinesses whose revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As Seen At CSI

Cebu the dog

Cebu the dog

Dogs and their humans are trickling back into our spaces! Say hello to Cebu, chilling in the third floor CSI Spadina lounge.

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