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Good Foot Courier places a box inside of a blue reusable bag.
CSI is chock full of amazing member organizations and entrepreneurs working on changing the world. Sustainable climate action start ups, literacy initiatives, newcomer services, and building leadership skills are just a few of the many ways our members are making a difference. Did you know that in addition to their changemaking work, some organizations also offer up awesome benefits to their fellow CSI members? One of those groups is Good Foot Delivery, a CSI member since 2014.
CSI Annex hosts Six Degrees: Toronto Talks Election 2022
We hosted the first Six Degrees event in several years at CSI Annex, along with partners The Green Line and the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Six Degrees: Toronto Talks Election 2022 brought together more than 60 attendees, as well as local candidates, to discuss urban futures and the October Toronto municipal election.
Toronto landscape in summer. Blue skies, clear water and grass.
CSI members are doing world changing work, all over the globe - including right here in Toronto! One of our former DECAs and current members, Charles Ozzoude, is running for city council in Ward 1-Etobicoke North in the upcoming municipal election. We spoke to him about his experience as a first time candidate, the accessibility of politics, and how his time at CSI has helped him.
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Jini served on CSI's board, and the first board of the Ontario Nonprofit Network (also co-founded by CSI's CEO Tonya Surman). Tonya would often describe Jini as her first call when she was starting something new, and a catalyst for much of the change she has made in her career.
Four people sit in chairs in a coworking space, in the Climate Ventures room of the Centre for Social Innovation Annex. Two people are in conversation, one is working on a laptop, and the other is observing the conversation.
CSI provides a home and community to Canada’s social innovators who are working to put people and planet first, and all those entrepreneurs and trailblazers have to start somewhere. We’re thrilled to highlight some of our members who are working with youth to help grow our future leaders in honour of World Youth Skills Day.
Garden patio mural at CSI Annex by Jordan Aelik. Featuring flowers, squirrels, and racoons.
We were lucky enough to have Jordan Aelik from Canada Comics Open Library (CCOL), one of our Annex members, spray paint a new mural for us.
CSI Spadina third floor lounge with a rainbow flag hanging from the ceiling.
As the CSI community celebrates Pride, we’re spotlighting some of our current and past members doing important work for the LGBTQ2S+ community. These members are challenging biases in the workplace, uplifting stories from community members, providing educational resources, and much more.
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We’re excited to honour and recognize the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples as we celebrate National Indigenous History month in Canada. We’re building on the Indigenous-led innovators that we highlighted last year, spotlighting CSI members and alumni whose work centres and celebrates Indigenous communities, and supports reconciliation.
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It’s Canadian Innovation Week once again! It's 2022, so we're looking back at 22 of our favourite innovations to come out of CSI over the years, pulling from our founding members (Stephen Lewis Foundation!) programs and accelerators, and our time in New York City, to showcase some of the greatest hits that have emerged from our 18 year old experiment in social innovation.