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Social Innovation Blog

The home that Community Bonds built

Community Finance
By Timothy Nash, Financial Planner and Economics Professor
This blog was originally published at Nash's The Sustainable Economist 

The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is a co-working space founded in 2004.

The Tango of Collective Impact

Reposted from The Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement. To learn more about the complex tango of Collective Impact and how to scale up your community impact efforts, register to attend the Tamarack Institute’s first-ever Collective Impact Summit happening October 6-10, 2014 in Toronto, ON.

By Liz Weaver

Photos from #ShareFestTO - a night of celebrating the city's Sharing Economy

On July 16, 2014, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), in partnership with the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (creators of the Toronto Tool Library), Studio Y, ShareTO, Social Innovation Generation and a collective of sharing organizations in Toronto, invited the city’s sharers and uninitiated to #ShareFestTO, a night of celebrating and building connections in the flourishing sharing economy.

It was a grand success!

Apply for a loan today and harvest the rewards in the Fall!

Apply for a loan today and harvest the rewards in the Fall!

Ran Goel, the latest recipient of a Catapult microloan is a farmer. His business, Fresh City Farms, can be found in Toronto at Downsview Park.

Congrats to CSI member Ilana Ben Ari, 2014 Ariane de Rothschild Fellow

Twenty One ToysWe're thrilled that CSI member Ilana Ben Ari has been named a 2014 Ariane de Rothschild Fellow. The founder of Twenty One Toys, Ilana and her team are creating toys designed to teach empathy. They even had an elf building toys in the lobby of CSI Annex last X-mas. No joke.

Helping new nonprofits hatch: Incubation in the not-for-profit sector

Note: This article in Charity Village by Jodie Shupac covers how CSI played an incubation role for the Ontario Nonprofit Network and how incubators can help the nonprofit sector.

2014 American Express Ashoka Changemakers Emerging Innovators Announced

AshokaWe're thrilled that three CSI members were among those selected by Ashoka as future leaders of social change in North America. Congrats to:

We asked the Ontario parties what they know about social innovation and how they will support it - Read their responses!

Ontario ElectionsDo the leaders of the provincial parties know about social innovation? Are they enabling those of us that are putting the wind in the sails of the new economy? Who will insure that there is equal access to government supports for nonprofit and for-profit social enterprises? Will our next government support citizen-financing and crowdfunding? Green energy? Electoral reform?

Google for Nonprofits is Now Available in Canada!

Wishing your nonprofit could save money, use technology more effectively, or reach more supporters? Good news - with the help of our program, TechSoup Canada, Google for Nonprofits has now launched in Canada! As of today, June 9th 2014, Canadian Registered Charities, Canadian Federal Nonprofits, and Canadian Provincial Nonprofits can now apply to join the program, which offers access to Google’s suite of free products and tools.