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More high fives! Four new role changes at CSI

Well, the good news doesn’t stop coming! Last week we announced two staff “graduations,” with Erin Kang, our Events Manager, moving to Program Manager at Shape My City and Kyle Shantz, our Community Membership coordinator, being promoted to Marketing Manager.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce more changes, with four CSI staff moving into exciting new positions all within CSI:

Shona Fulcher - Director of Community

Highs, byes and high fives


Press Release: Innovation Works & CSI Announce New Approach to Bolster Ontario’s Social Innovation Ecosystem

For Immediate Release:

May 19, 2016

Innovation Works and the Centre for Social Innovation Announce New Approach to Bolster Ontario’s Social Innovation Ecosystem

(London, ON) – Innovation Works, London’s new coworking space for social innovators, has announced a first-of-its-kind affiliation in Canada with the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), Canada’s first coworking space and a globally recognized leader in the field of collaborative communities and innovation since its inception in Toronto in 2004.

CSI welcomes Rahul Raj to its Board of Directors

The Centre for Social Innovation is thrilled to announce that Rahul Raj, a social entrepreneur and corporate transformation strategist, has joined CSI’s Board of Directors.

“As a social entrepreneur who has innovated in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors, in big and small organizations, we know that Rahul's strategic insight and creativity will be critical to helping CSI take our work to the next level,” says Tonya Surman, Co-Founder and CEO of CSI.

Tonya Surman, CSI CEO, becomes a BALLE Local Economy Fellow

Our own Tonya Surman has been named to the 2016 cohort of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Local Economy Fellowship.

Tonya joins 36 leaders recognized as representing some of the most innovative local economic and community development solutions in the U.S. and Canada. Together, this group of Localists serves more than 52,400 local businesses, and impacts another 471,000 small businesses through work in government and policy.

Desk Spaces Available at CSI Regent Park!

New York Times Article

In Toronto, a Neighborhood in Despair Transforms Into a Model of Inclusion [Read Story]

Profound Learnings from the Indigenous Innovation Summit

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.

Using Policy to Transform Markets, Change Behaviours and Tackle Climate Change

By Barnabe Geis

My friend Tonya Surman, the CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), often refers to three approaches to changing the world: behavior change, market transformation and policy.

When we contemplate how these interact with one another, we can get a sense of how governments can use policy and partnerships to influence behaviours and support market transformations that will mitigate climate change.

Changing Behaviours

15 CSI Members changing the world in 2015

2015 was a big, challenging, rockin’ year for CSI and our members. It was also a tough year around the world with many social and environmental crises escalating. They are daunting reminders of how much is at stake, and that progress is a hard-fought battle to achieve. To this end, our 2,500 CSI members tackled issues locally and globally, from finance to farming and everything in between. Their achievements are far too numerous to include, but here are a few of our heroes...

CSI and Impact Hub Ottawa praise new Innovation Ministry and recommend ‘Social Innovation’ as part of portfolio

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new cabinet includes a Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Mississauga-Malton MP Navdeep Bains.