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Helping new nonprofits hatch: Incubation in the not-for-profit sector, Charity Village. June 25, 2014.

Cape Breton's creative community on cusp of change, says keynote speaker, Cape Breton Post. April 15, 2014.

Coworking connects entrepreneurs through shared office spaces, Toronto Star. March 16, 2014.

How CSI's spaces foster Social Innovation, ABC Eyewitness News. November 12, 2013. 

Co-Working and on a mission, July 24 2013. 

Solo workers come together to share desks--and a common purpose, Globe and Mail. Feb 21, 2013.

The new social innovation paradigm, Green Municipal Fund. Feb 15, 2013.

Coworking helps entrepreneurs save cash, improve relationships and scale sustainably, Toronto Star. Feb 20, 2013.

New program offers immigrants a foothold in the job market, Toronto Star. July 03, 2012. 

Co-work spaces bring the like-minded, Globe and Mail. June 17, 2011.

200 office-mates, one copier: It's all about sharing, Globe and Mail. Nov. 4, 2010. 

Social innovation centre pins hopes on expansion, Toronto Star.  May 9, 2010. 

Understanding Toronto's buzz, Sept. 17, 2008.

Focal point for social innovators, Toronto Star. Jan. 18, 2008. 

With their do-gooder powers combined, Globe and Mail. Jul. 19, 2005.

CSI Programs

Community Bonds

How a community bond turns social capital into financial capital, Financial Post. Dec. 22, 2014.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Social Finance 101, TVO. Dec. 3, 2014.

Toronto community space selling $1,000 bonds to fund social change, Metro. Nov. 21. 2014.

Centre for Social Innovation Spadina looking to move to a bigger location, InsideToronto. Nov. 20, 2014.

A new model of community centre building, The Toronto Star. Oct. 28, 2014.

The Centre for Social Innovation is set to open a new outpost at 192 Spadina, Toronto Standard. Oct 15, 2014.

Nonprofit sector is phasing itself out of the new financing future, Student Reporter. June 25, 2014.

CSI is example of succesful community bond venture, London Community News, Oct 24 2013.

Social innovation triggers impact investment in Canada, The Guardian. June 21, 2013.

'Social finance' could play role in funding clean energy, Toronto Star. Dec. 21, 2012.

Social Impact Bonds vs. Communtiy Bonds, CISED. Nov. 15, 2012.

Community Bonds: A play in one act, SEE change magazine. June 05, 2012. 

Turning social networks into financial assets, Ajah. May 14, 2012. 

Community Bonds: Actionable innovation for nonprofts an investors, Realty Times. March 20, 2012. 

Tonya Surman, Community Bonds, interviewed on Metro Morning. March 8, 2012.

Community bonds and the rise of local power, Corporate Knights. Feb. 23, 2012. 

Happy returns, NOW Magazine. Jan. 20, 2011. 

CSI's Catalyst

CSI's Catalyst featured on crowdfunding industry website, April 22, 2013.

Crowdfunding for change agents now live, IT Business. March 21, 2013.

Centre for Social Innovation launches crowdfunding platform, IT Business. March 18, 2013.

Agents of Change

Luke Anderson and Andray Domise, two CSI Agents of Change, named Torontonians to watch by Globe and Mail. Dec. 31, 2015.

Calling all social entrepreneurs: This competition will give the right idea a leg up, GOOD. May 1, 2013.

Awesome CSI

Ukulele "gangsters" descend upon the ttc, BlogTO, April 17, 2013.

Awesome grant, CBC Metro Morning. March 22, 2013.

Ukulele gangsters will shake up unhappy public transit commutes, Yonge Street Media. March 20, 2013.

CSI Locations

CSI Starrett-Lehigh

Top Listings: Goodbye boring offices, hello innovative spaces! AlleyWire. July 14, 2014.

Co-working Toward Changing the World, ArtInFact. May 19, 2014.

CSI NYC marks 1st year anniversary, American Entrepreneurship Today. May 2, 2014.

A trip to the Centre for Social Innovation, Furnish Green. April 24, 2014.

West Chelsea workspace aims to unite 'social good' organizations, DNA Info. March 18, 2014.

Social Innovation Reigns at This New York City Incubator,, January 2014

Makers Nation spotlight on CSI Starrett-Lehigh, Makers Nation, November 2013

Slideshow: Toronto brings its social, green, coworking wya to NYC, Upstart. Sept. 20, 2013.

Small nonprofits and social entrepreneurs share work space and ideas, The Chronicle of Philanthropy. July 18, 2013.

Social enterprise, squared, Nonprofit Quarterly. June 26, 2013.

A coworking space likely to put social enterprise on the NYC map, Forbes. June 21, 2013.

Centre for Social Innovation is a different kind of coworking space, treehugger. June 5, 2013.

Advice to changemakers, Forbes. May, 2013. 

What's good in NYC? The Centre for Social Innovation, Conscious Magazine. May, 2013.

Social Innovation builds its dream home in NYC, Fast Company. May 2, 2013.

CSI takes 24k S/F at Starrett-Lehigh for business incubator, Commercial Observer. July 19, 2012. 

CSI Regent Park

The city's next talent incubator starts putting down its Regent Park roots, YongeStreet. Feb. 1, 2012.

CSI's eastern promise, The Grid TO. Nov. 23, 2011.


Impact - A Social Enterprise Strategy for Ontario, October 2013

Social Innovation Shared Space Tour - Get on The Bus, August 2013 

Tonya Surman speaking on What is CSI, Start Up Canada, May 14, 2012.

Eli Malinsky, Re-working working, The Agenda with Steve Paikin. June 26, 2012. 

Tonya Surman, The Collaboration Economy, LAVIN. May 30, 2012.

The Centre for Social Innovation, My City Lives. March, 2012. 
Eli Malinsky, Director of Programs and Partnerships,  interviewed by SIX. Dec. 14, 2011. 

Tonya Surman, Community Bonds, TEDx. Oct. 11, 2010. 

Press Mentions

Pillar purchases building for new innovation lab, The Londoner. August 13, 2014.

OCAD U and CSI announce new partnership, Yonge Street. May 14, 2014.

Capitalism 2.0 in the advent of the growing income gap, Blue and Green Tomorrow. August, 2013.

What if Honest Ed's Doesn't become Condos? CSI joins in imagining alternative possibilities,Torontoist. July 2013. 

Eli Malinksy, 5 ways to make money and do good, Fast Company. April, 2013.

Eli Malinsky, Three pro tips for creating conditions for social innovation, Feb. 11, 2013.

Eli Malinsky, 10 resolutions for social entrepreneurs in 2013, FastCo.Exist. Jan. 04, 2013.

National startup campaign will think global, act local, Financial Post. Nov. 28, 2012.

Eli Malinsky, Five predictions for the future of social entrepreneurship, Forbes. Nov. 19, 2012.

Canada's best undervalued asset: its social entrepreneurs, Toronto Star. May 22, 2012.

Greed is good: national social business movement makes pit stop in Toronto, Toronto Standard. May 17, 2012.

Toronto incubates new brand of business-charity hybrids, Toronto Star. May 01, 2012.

'Everything' set to happen up on a downtown roof, Metro. April 15, 2012.

What's your scale for good? Forbes. Feb. 08, 2012.

The workspace collective, Ottawa Citizen. Jan. 21, 2012. 

Dreamers and doers are our saving grace, Toronto Star. Mar. 6, 2010. 

CEO Tonya Surman

Canada’s ‘innovation agenda’ isn’t just tech – it’s social, Globe and Mail, May 4, 2016

The Sharing Economy, CBC, Ideas, Podcast. Dec. 4, 2014.

The Leader: Tonya Surman, Toronto Star. Sept. 14, 2014.

Tonya Surman, Interview, CatalystCreativ. Feb. 28, 2014.

Tonya Surman, Building social entrepreneurship through the power of coworking, innovations by MIT Press. Volume 8, issue 3/4.

Tonya Surman, Social entrepreneurship: One part rage, one part opportunity, July 28, 2013. 

Tonya Surman, True confessions of a social entrepreneur, Forbes. July 8, 2013.

Tonya Surman, Why it's "up to us!", The Ashoka Canada Talk. March 28, 2013.

Tonya Surman, No more silos: amplifying impact through openness and collaboration, Social Media Week. Feb. 21, 2013.

Tonya Surman, A Conversation, Friends of Green. Nov. 04, 2012.

Tonya Surman, The Power of Working Together, Creating the Future, Nov 2012.

Tonya Surman, Keynote Speech, Community Collaboration Forum. Sept 19, 2012.

Tonya Surman, The power of collaborative space, TEDx. Nov. 18, 2011.

Tonya Surman on Insipring social innovation, Canadian Business Magazine. Nov. 6, 2011.

Tonya Surman talks about the Partnership Program. 2011.

Tonya Surman profile by TVO. Apr. 27, 2011.

Tonya Surman, Ashoka Canada Fellow profile. Apr. 2, 2010.

Tonya Surman profile by TVO. June 9, 2009. 

Tonya Surman profile by Apr. 28, 2009. 

CSI Members in the news

Our members are often featured in the media. Here is only a very small handful...

What if toys are the new textbooks?, Huffington Post, December 9 2013. 

Tool sharing store looking to open east end location, Global News, August 28 2013. 

Can tablets help educate prisoners--and keep them from returning to jail?, Forbes, featuring APDS. June 29, 2013.

A fresh "spin" on urban agriculture, Yonge Street Media, featuring City Seed Farms. July 10, 2013.

Toronto Tool Library, The Grid. April 5, 2013.

Pop-up markets make the white-collar district a bit greener, Globe and Mail. Apr. 04.

For the 99 per cent plus 1, NOW Magazine. Dec. 9, 2011.