CSI, we believe that new innovations are the key to turning the environmental,
social, cultural and economic challenges we face into opportunities to improve
our communities and our planet. We know that early stage social ventures often
struggle to raise capital to test and scale their ideas. Well, we’re all about
solutions, and we don’t like excuses! That’s
why I am so pleased that we were able to announce the launch of the $600K Ontario
Catapult Microloan Fund.
Culture is the glue that holds our shared workspace together and the air
that breathes vitality into the lives of everyone who moves through it.
The Centre for Social Innovation is an amazing shared workspace with a
palpable vibrancy that everyone who enters feels. We have built a
culture of collaboration, entrepreneurship and solutions for a better
world. We are proud of how far we have come, but we know that we can do
So here is the thing! After nearly 9 years of pushing the social innovation
agenda, toiling to define social enterprise, pushing policy, and challenging
the sector to think outside the box, they are finally catching up with us!
the Centre for Social Innovation opened its third location in the new
Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre at 585 Dundas St. East. This is an
exciting step for CSI as we dig deeply into our exploration of how shared
spaces for social innovation can contribute to the revitalization of a
It’s true. CSI is, indeed, opening our
4th location in NYC this winter. We are excited, humbled and
focused. I believe this is a tremendous opportunity for CSI and our community,
but I’m sure many of you would like to know why New York and why now?
While Wall St. and Bay St. have revealed
themselves to be deeply disconnected from the process of true value creation
and unable to respond to Main Street opportunities, there is a new set of tools
– crowd funding – that is giving rise to the citizen investor. There is a
unique role for social enterprise to play as a part of this new movement.
the 2012 Federal Budget, I am struck at how it positions Canada as the world’s water and
resource supplier. Is this all Canada
really has to offer? Is this politically visionary?
Is this the Canada that we want? Or is it a narrow-minded, short-term view that
enslaves Canada to responding to the whims and needs of the real global
Perhaps an old concept for many of us, this article in the Harvard Business Review, "Shared Values" by Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer may be a defining moment in the transformation of thinking about capitalism.