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Next Economy Conversations

Our monthly tête-à-tête with industry leaders 

Around the world, there are movements calling for systems change: a world that is sustainable, equitable, and prosperous for all. But what will that world look like, specifically? How are we each going to play a role in defining those specifics? Next Economy Conversations, our newest event series, brings the people building systems-level solutions into conversation so we can answer those questions, and learn from their successes and failures.

Join us at the next Next Economy Conversation

July 25, 2024

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Third floor lounge of CSI Spadina coworking lounge. People sit at tables and work, amongst soft furniture. There is a progress Pride flag handing from the ceiling.
Happy Pride, CSI! 🌈 To celebrate this year, we asked our community to share with us their favourite books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts that help to celebrate, uplift, teach, and honour 2SLGBTQIA+ stories. Below, we have an awesome roundup of recommendations from across the CSI community. Head over to your local library, tune in to watch, or plug in to listen and enjoy these diverse stories.
People sit on various soft furniture in a semi circle on the ground floor of CSI Spadina.
Welcome to Connections at CSI, a monthly recap of CSI hosted events and rituals! These community gatherings are just a few of the many events and workshops organized by the entire CSI community.
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It's Canadian Innovation Week 2024! This year's theme, "Innovate Where You Are", celebrates our members in all of their various stages, industries, and locations. And while you truly can't put our members in a box, we did our best to categorize them into this year's Innovation Week themes. Read on for a highlight on just a few of the thousands of CSI members who are innovating for a better world, and check out their advice to the next generation of innovators and changemakers.
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We exist in a world with overlapping crises that we wake up and face everyday. And so the next generation of climate action must tell a different story, and reflect a different reality. A reality where climate investments meaningfully improve the lives of residents, where every community in the country feels connected to the work, where we acknowledge the stakes and get down to the hard work of building a world that breaks down the individualistic silos and shows how much better life could be.
People stand or sit together in conversation on the ground floor of CSI Annex during Innovator Drinks.
Welcome to Connections at CSI, a monthly recap of CSI hosted events and rituals! These community gatherings are just a few of the many events and workshops organized by the entire CSI community.
June Callwood sits in an archyway at Casey House.
June Callwood’s life was full of social activism and fighting for what she believed in to make Toronto a better place for all. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting Callwood’s life and many achievements.
A group of people face a speaker, who is standing in front of a red curtain, in the lounge of CSI Spadina.
Welcome to Connections at CSI, a monthly recap of CSI hosted events and rituals! These community gatherings are just a few of the many events and workshops organized by the entire CSI community.
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Galloway’s work at CSI involves training AI models to identify invasive mussels on the bottom of the Great Lakes, expanding scientists’ knowledge of the density of these mussels on the vast lake beds. We spoke to Galloway to explore the impacts of invasive mussels, how AI technology can help, and how being a member of the CSI community has benefited Galloway.
A black and white photograph from the 1940s of the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.
You may know Viola Desmond from school lessons, from history books, from the ten dollar bill, or from the Viola Desmond room on the third floor of CSI Spadina! Desmond was an entrepreneur who helped to catalyze the Canadian Civil Rights movement.

Part of the CSI Connects Initiative

CSI Connects helps you build the relationships and collaborations to make change happen. Come to learn, share, make friends and allies. It’s as much about learning as it is about fostering belonging, cohesion and community resilience.

Community Animator Program

Community Animators sit in a circle on the ground floor of CSI Spadina, listening to two hosts speak from the center couch.

Are you a social entrepreneur, an innovator, or seeking to gain new networks and community?

7 hours a week. Unlimited Hot Desk coworking access. We are recruiting our next cohort of Community Animators (formerly known as our DECA Program) for CSI Annex and CSI Spadina. Applications for the spring/summer 2024 Community Animator Program cohort are now closed. If you’d like to apply for the waitlist, please send us a note: info[at]socialinnovation[dot]ca

Are you looking for a community who values changing the world and having fun doing it? Do you love meeting new people, solving new problems every day, and making sure our spaces flow? Does the idea of engaging in community building sound right up your alley?

Would you exchange 1 day a week for a fantastic free workspace and access to an incredible community? If the answer is a resounding YES, the Community Animator Program is perfect for you.

WHAT IS A Community animator?

Our Community Animators (CA) used to be known as DECAs (Desk Exchange Community Animator), but we thought that this was a more accurate name to reflect our secret sauce!

CAs welcome people as they arrive and are the first faces people see when they arrive at a CSI location. They foster a welcoming culture and they set the tone for the rest of their experience. They work with our members to help build and create connection and collaboration.

You exchange your time as a CA for unlimited access to CSI’s coworking locations and full access to membership resources – a $500+ value! You are a connector of ideas and people, helping to build and foster an incredible community – you are the heart of the CSI community.

The commitment: Exchange 7 hours on a dedicated day, once per week, for a 6 and a half month term.

The benefit: Free CSI membership, including unlimited hot desking and 10 meeting room hours, and inclusion to a vibrant, innovative community. You’ll also have access to training, development, networking and events.

CAs have the opportunity to develop and experience community engagement efforts, develop and contribute skills, and deepen their connections with their cohort and the CSI community, all while learning the behind-the-scenes magic of almost two decades of social innovation and the art of animation. 

WHY BECOME A Community Animator?

No pressure, but CAs are the glue that keeps the CSI community together and the glitter that makes it sparkle. This program is perfect for anyone wanting to learn about social innovation by immersing themselves in it. CSI is a network of networks with over 2,500 members. On any given day, you could meet someone who will change your life. Some CAs have gone on to start their own companies. Others have joined organizations working out of CSI. Some have found their next big opportunity and create their own network. A handful have even become full-time CSI staff. CAs have used their experience as Animators to support their goals. Where will your CAP experience lead you? 

WHO BECOMES A Community Animator?

CAs are diverse in every way. They have varied backgrounds including race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, age, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, ability, and religion. But they all have excellent customer service, radical hospitality, organization, communications, and problem solving skills. And perhaps most importantly, a commitment to approaching tasks and projects with sincerity, care, fun, and goodwill.

CSI Amplifies

Spread the good work

We want to tell the world about you! 

One of the perks of being a CSI Member is the ability to broadcast on CSI’s content channels. We’re happy to share your news, events, and opportunities on our social media platforms, newsletter, and blog!

Please note that this form is only for CSI Members and alumni. If you haven’t joined CSI yet, take a look at our membership options.

Submit Your Work to Our Comms Team

Ready to share your opportunity with us?

Don’t forget to include a short written explanation of your shareable, relevant links, and the deadline to share by date!

This community is just bursting with social impact events, networking opportunities, jobs, learning opportunities, and more. Please share your work with us as soon as possible so that we have time to help promote you! 

A few administrative things to keep in mind:

  • It will take 5-6 business days to process your entry
  • Due to the high volume of submissions, we cannot guarantee promotion of all entries across all platforms
  • Sharing your information with us at least 2-3 weeks in advance will help ensure timely promotion