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The value of creative participatory practices

The City

By Mojan Jianfar, Director of Projects and Partnerships, The STEPS Initiative

Limitations to participatory practices

We’re at it again! CSI is buying a new building in Downtown Toronto!

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.

Burning Man: An adult playground

By Sylvia Kim, CSI Regent Park Manager, Centre for Social Innovation

Techno-blasting “Skull head” car, fire-breathing punk octopus tentacles followed by tutu-wearing unicorn bicycle riders. And that was just the first day. By day two of Burning Man I was running low on incredulous cliché responses for what I was seeing.

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.