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Hi CSI Network,

Since we began to #StayAtHome in March 2020, a lot has happened. Now, as vaccinations are on the rise, and with a provincial vaccine passport on the horizon, there is hope.

And so, as of Tuesday, September 7, CSI is ready to open our doors to everyone once more. Our community — you — are our core and our strength, and we can’t wait to welcome you back.

Of course, we know that the risk of Covid-19 has not disappeared. That’s why we’ve taken extra precautions — like plastic dividers, sanitation stations, and directional arrows — to ensure everyone’s safety as we gather once again. Read about the safety measures and community events we have planned for the upcoming months. 

Stories from 
the Network

On September 7, CSI is Opening Its Doors
Starting September 7, we begin the joyful work of bringing life and magic back into our spaces. What will our future look like together? Find out what community events, rituals, and renovations we have in store. 

Welcoming You Back Safely 
Our team has been preparing to safely welcome those who are ready back to our shared spaces. It’s what Shona, our Chief Community Officer, calls “a slow and tentative return to joy.”  Read more about our COVID-19 safety policies. 


CSI Accelerates

Grow, a WOSEN program

Gain confidence in your business as you step into the next stage of your entrepreneurship journey! Our WOSEN Grow accelerator is for trans and cis women, Two-Spirit, non-binary, and genderqueer entrepreneurs in the GTHA and Central Ontario. You’ll join a supportive community of facilitators, experts, coaches, and peers as you refine your business model and build leadership skills. Apply by September 12!

Impact Entrepreneurship 101, an Accelerate from Anywhere program

Help create a sustainable future for all. Impact entrepreneurs are building companies that respond to social & environmental challenges. Learn the foundations, upgrade your skills, and start your impact journey with our free Impact Entrepreneurship 101 program, part of Climate Ventures’ Accelerate from Anywhere initiative. Apply by September 19!

CSI Connects

Lunch and Learn: Graphic Recording

Lunch and Learn: Graphic Recording
Monday, September 13, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Facilitators and consultants: learn how to make your sessions more inclusive and accessible with graphic recording and sketchnoting.

Tickets $10. CSI Members get in free!

Get the Scoop at CSI Annex and Laneway Coworking at CSI Spadina

Get The Scoop (CSI Annex) and Laneway Coworking (CSI Spadina)
Wednesday Afternoons
Gather in our new outdoor coworking space to (re)connect with other members and get the scoop on what’s happening in the social innovation world! These events are for CSI Members only – more info in your inbox soon!


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

Story Stick Project

Story Stick Project
September 9, 11, 12
Give form to your personal life story, hopes, and visions for the future with story sticks! CSI Member and Art Club Lead Pamela Schuller leads this community arts project. Participation is free, and all supplies will be provided.

Climate impacts and Indigenous-led solutions

Climate Impacts and Indigenous-led Solutions
Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET
Indigenous Climate Action is continuing their webinar series on decolonizing climate policy. They will discuss the impacts of climate change in their communities and Biomes, as well as the Indigenous-led solutions being implemented on the ground. 

Talk Climate to Me

Talk Climate to Me
Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 9:00 PM ET
Talk Climate to Me is a fun, free, unscary, online, team-based, live climate education experience for women in the GTHA, powered by Earth Tech-accelerated venture Project Neutral.


Job Board

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

Tech Infrastructure and Systems Specialist | CSI (that’s us!)
Deadline: September 7
We’re searching for someone to maintain our internal systems, ensuring operations run effectively and smoothly. You’ll be the pillar that helps CSI move forward!

Website and Information Systems Manager | Organic Council of Ontario
Deadline: September 10
You’ll get to manage and improve this CSI Member’s new application, increasing integration and efficiency, and creating a seamless user experience.

Senior Media and Communications Officer | Greenbelt Foundation
Deadline: September 10
This CSI Member is looking for a comms professional to develop core messaging for the organization, manage the development and dissemination of Foundation products, and oversee a well-crafted media relations program and ongoing issues management

Sales Manager | Springbay Studio
Deadline: Rolling
Join an award-winning mission-driven startup focusing on empowering future generations to become green leaders. We’re thrilled to see this Earth Tech-accelerated venture growing their team! 

PR/Communications Coordinator | Faith and the Common Good
Deadline: Rolling
Raise the profile of the Faithful Footprints program — helping reduce the United Church’s carbon emissions by 80% — as the newest addition to this CSI Member’s team.


Go For It

Nonprofits and social ventures: do you need a team of software engineers to build a web or mobile application (and more) to solve a problem? The University of Toronto’s CSC301 software engineering program is looking for partners. Deadline: September 10

If you are a Toronto-based organization, you can express your interest in hosting an on-site vaccination clinic for your employees to the City of Toronto. They also have guidelines that you can use to establish a vaccination policy for your workplace.

CSI Member Cape Breton University just launched a Master of Business Administration in Community Development

As Seen At CSI

Our Community Team is preparing our new outdoor coworking spaces for everyone’s return!

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