that time of year when children and adults across the GTA return to the
classroom. They’ll sit behind desks, get lectured to, be tested, and if all
goes well, learn stuff. But will they be
engaged, and inspired? Will they acquire the skills they need to succeed in the
twenty-first century? Will they have any fun?
Will they, as education and creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson thinks they should, be woken up to
what they have inside of themselves?
By Oliver Nassar , Co-Founder of Podium , and CSI Member
I always thought that a podium was something
that public speakers stood behind. Nope. That's a lectern. A podium is
something that they stand on. Truth be told, we didn't realize the
difference until after we launched as Podium. Luckily, it would seem that most of our visitors don't
quite know the difference either. No vexing emails yet (fingers crossed).
By Mandy Wintink, Neuroscientist and Director of the Centre for Applied Neuroscience, and CSI Member
As a neuroscientist, I can’t help
but wonder what might be going on in the brains of my socially-innovative
colleagues at CSI. As a result, I have compiled some ideas about what might
actually be happening in your brain...
Tierney Smith, Community Engagement Manager, TechSoup Canada and TechSoup
your nonprofit just starting up, and looking for a professional email? Do you
work for a small charity that wants to save money on IT? Are you looking for
more flexibility to work anywhere with access to all your email and files?
In an unmarked upstairs lair in Kensington
Market, ten or so people—men, mostly—tap on laptops in an open room or mill
about a small kitchen. A passageway running through the space is lined on one side
by four 3D printers and on the other, by a narrow ledge crammed with curious
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.