I am Canadian. My family arrived in this country as far back as the 1600's in Moncton, NB. My Acadian roots were interwoven with Russian-Ukrainian's of northern Saskatchewan and somewhere in there, there are rumours of a Cree mother. My parents met in Marathon, Ontario, but I was raised in Toronto and pride myself on being a latte drinking, cycling, urbanist with a business-savvy social justice twist.
The Centre for Social Innovation has just ‘gone firm’ on the purchase of 192 Spadina! This spectacular 64,000 square foot brick and beam building was built in 1920 and is known as the Murray Building. Formerly a printing company, with a stint in the garment industry, the Murray Building currently houses about 60 new media, arts, urban and other small businesses.
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.