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School for Social Entrepeneurs in Ontario? Seeking Consultant for Feasibility Study

The School For Social Entrepreneurs has been making waves for years in the UK, and the SSE is now exploring new sites and hosts for their incredible program. Rumour has it that an Australian SSE is next on the list, and SiG@MaRS has just secured funding to explore the possibility of an Ontario-based program

All we need now is the right consultant for the job. Click here for the RFP.

Ontario Nonprofit Network gets great review on Charity Village

Great article about one of CSI's incubated projects, the ONN - Ontario Nonprofit Network, by Elisa Birnbaum.... is starts.... Last month, a group of committed folk came together for the second annual Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) forum. Representing the diverse interests, concerns, and hopes of the Ontario nonprofit sector, it was apparent the 100-or-so attendees were ready to get down to business. Titled Our Sector, Our Vision: Shaping a cross-sectoral strategy, the event was unprecedented and opportune.

Field Trip! Visiting The Melting Pot in Edinburgh

Last week I had the pleasure of a part-work part-vacation visit to London and Scotland. The main purpose of the trip was to check out Social Innovation Camp in Glasgow...but more on that soon.

Bestseller Bootcamp and Rebecca Doll comment on CSI

There is nothing better than when your own tenants are able to capture and communicate the magic which is the Centre for Social Innovation. As Rebecca Doll, founder of Bestseller Bootcamp, describes in her blog, CSI is working hard to create the conditions for social innovation emergence.

CSI is hiring a Control Freak for Social Change

Job Opportunity – Program Manager (AKA – Control Freak for Social Change)

CSI is seeking an extraordinary individual - part left brain, part right brain, part project manager, part entrepreneur and part mother Theresa. We have insanely high expectations and are only interested in working with the cream of the crop world-changers. Control freakish, action-focused, charming, professional and crystal clear... is it really so much to ask?

Parkour, Pedagogy & Innovation

Last week I attended the Innovation Parkour held at MaRS as part of Net Change Week.  The event was hosted by Matt Milan and Michael Dila (Torch Partnership).   

June 11th Innovators Update


Every couple weeks, we send out a newsletter called the Innovators Update to keep everyone updated (hence the name!). Some of the highlights from this past issue are news about our 5th anniversary, the newly released CSI brochure, a conference on social enterprise, and an event titled "Collaboration through Co-Location: Strategies for Sharing Resources".

For a full listing, please visit:

ONN calls for nonprofit intake for economic stimulus fund

The Ontario Nonprofit Network calls the federal government to recognize that the nonprofit sector is poised and positioned to help build Canada's


CRA releases Guidelines on Fundraising by Charities

Canada Revenue Agency Guidance on Fundraising by Canadian charities

CRA has just released its Guidance on Fundraising. You can view the document in English at: and in French at:

Social Enterprise Council of Canada speaks for economic stimulus from feds for nonprofits

There is a tremendous opportunity to support enterprising nonprofits through the economic stimulus fund. These social enterprises can play a key role in revitalizing both our communities and our economy.  From CSI's perspective, Toronto cannot be forgotten in and is home to social enterprises that want to be part of fixing our future. CSI is actively engaged in collaboratives that would begin shovel-ready projects.  We would love to see the fed's pay attention to the multiple bottom line solutions that we can create on the ground in Toronto.


Job opportunity at Ontario Social Economy Roundtable

CSI is a proud partner in the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable and is delighted to announce that we are hiring. OSER is a collective of independent and connected organizations interested in facilitating a conversation about growing Ontario's Social Economy. We are looking for "an experienced bilingual project manager to manage the Roundtable activities in the first phase of Building the Ontario Social Economy, a province wide project funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation".  Check out the attached job description.

The BEST 5th Innoversary Party ever!!!

We chose to celebrate our 5th anniversary last Friday with a party at CSI! I thought it was so incredibly appropriate that we started the celebrations with an intimate cake cutting ceremony and story sharing with the tenants about the early days in the original suite downstairs. It was good to celebrate the birthplace of CSI and then continue our celebrations on the 4th floor where CSI had expanded to (a few years ago) for the great big party!