Project Ukelele Gangsterism, or ‘PUG’, as
its participants call it, has returned with ‘PUG 2.0’; a bigger and badder
rendition of what was first inaugurated on April 17th as part of the
Awesome Foundation at CSI. This time, PUG took the PATH by storm, hacking a new
location but sticking to its original ballad to shake things up for the
Torontonian commuter who found him or herself walking through this 28km
pedestrian walkway the morning of the 26th.
It’s safe to say that most of us wear
clothes. In fact, I might even go so far as to suggest that the donning of garments
is, for everyone, a quotidian task. This might seem like a banal observation,
but for Kelly Drennan, founding executive director of Fashion Takes Action, it
provides the foundation of her initiative.
The Programming team is
focused on CSI member success. Whether this is through workshops (shout out to
our Dean of Social Entrepreneurship, Mike Brcic), mentorship or raising capital
(Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund and our crowdfunding platform, Catalyst), we
want to build the skillsets of our social entrepreneurs to ensure their
long-term success. As we see it, your success is our success.
an introductory post to the CSI community, I wrote about my new role in the
organization as the Director of Culture (DOC). And you may still be asking yourself, so what
exactly does the DOC do? In an attempt to answer this question, I have
spent the past few months learning about CSI's existing culture, while
researching some of the most culturally-renowned organizations like Google,
Zappos and even NASA.
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.
Just how powerful can stories be?
Jo Altilia had always thought of stories as a force for good, but she
experienced the full extent of their power at a poetry reading in Chicago many
years ago when a woman, inspired by the poem “Black Goddess”, was finally able
to kick out her abusive boyfriend.
is a global leader in supporting talented and passionate entrepreneurs building
sustainable models that tackle social challenges.
Centre for Social Innovation, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, Toronto+Acumen, and
the Social Enterprise Incubator know that these entrepreneurs and innovators are
hard at work and need to focus on the opportunities that will further their
missions and accelerate their success.