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Community building through public art

By Rudayna Bahubeshi

Bell murals It can be as big as a 250-foot mural, as small as a painting on a nondescript utility box, and as ephemeral as a mob of “gangsters” descending on a subway car to play ukuleles for unsuspecting morning commuters.

Getting to yes!

What would happen if we all thought about designing systems, products, or policies that were all about “getting to yes”?

By Adil Dhalla, Director of Culture a.k.a “The DOC”

ONN: Idea incubated at CSI goes from project to province-wide network for nonprofits

By Sarah Matsushita, Communications & Network Engagement Manager, Ontario Nonprofit Network

Ontario’s nonprofit sector is a driver of the economy with over 55,000 organizations creating $50 billion in economic impact for the province, and employing 600,000 people. The nonprofit sector is a key way for Ontarians to help shape their province.

Ten Things I'll Miss About CSI - a love story from a departing member

By: Victoria Alleyne, Founder of Career Skills Incubator.

Turnout Toronto - What it was and why it matters!

The Centre for Social Innovation recently hosted Turnout Toronto - a civic engagement fair for citizens looking for ways to get involved in their city.  Hundreds of Torontonians showed up to learn how to make Toronto even greater, and to share their ideas on how to bring on

The Funding Network raises $50K for deserving start-ups during recent crowd funding party

What does it look like when a live crowd funding event raises over $50K for innovative and deserving startup organizations? Check out this video of the The Funding Network's recent event hosted at CSI Starrett-Lehigh to find out. 

Building Social Entrepreneurship through the Power of Coworking

By: Tonya Surman - CEO, Centre for Social Innovation
Published in: Innovations, Volume 8, Issue 3/4, 

Our Six Resolutions for Social Enterprises in 2014

Our NY resolutionThe New Year is often a time when you tell yourself you’ll eat less cake, play more, and work less. For real this time. But we know we’re going to eat plenty of cake and work hard. We’ll just make sure our work feels more like play.

From CSI Starrett-Lehigh: Thank you New York!

2013 has been a wild ride. One year ago, we had just opened a pop-up space in suite 325 in the Starrett-Lehigh building in NYC, and we were starting to host a few events. We were working day and night to make CSI Starrett-Lehigh a success but some pressing questions hung over our heads: Would we secure the resources we needed to operate? Would the construction go according to plan? Would the design vision come together? And, most of all: Would anyone actually join?!

Why Some Communities Foster More Entrepreneurs Than Others

By: Richard Florida, for The Atlantic Cities