On the morning of Thursday, September 12th, fuelled by caffeine and pastries from the CSI Coffee Pub, six
groups of social entrepreneurs met at CSI Annex and readied themselves for the challenge at hand: To distil their
respective visions—and their business plans—for a revenue-generating social
project into a crisp yet compelling 20 minute pitch, presented to both a review
panel and interested members of the CSI community.
CSI staff team keeps growing, and we feel so privileged to add such amazing
talent to our crew. It’s with great excitement that we introduce Ben Marans,
Director of Shared Spaces, and Jane Zhang, Director of Online Services.
Submitted by Tonya Surman on August 1, 2013 - 3:56pm
A few weeks back a dear friend of mine suggested that young Rachel Parent could use a little support preparing to ‘debate’ Kevin O’Leary on the topic of Genetically Modified Foods - GMO foods. Would CSI help?
Wow! A 14 year old girl taking on the likes of O’Leary would be a serious challenge. But what an incredible opportunity to both educate the world about the complex issues surrounding GMO’s and to engage the collaborative metal of CSI’s community.
For the past two years, the Agents of Change Youth
competition has provided selected changemakers with free space, training, and
support. Agents of Change winners are given the opportunity to turn their world
changing ideas into real impact. This summer, we’re looking to find 10
innovative projects with a focus on building stronger, more resilient
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.