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The Funding Network raises $50K for deserving start-ups during recent crowd funding party

What does it look like when a live crowd funding event raises over $50K for innovative and deserving startup organizations? Check out this video of the The Funding Network's recent event hosted at CSI Starrett-Lehigh to find out. 

Building Social Entrepreneurship through the Power of Coworking

By: Tonya Surman - CEO, Centre for Social Innovation
Published in: Innovations, Volume 8, Issue 3/4, 

Our Six Resolutions for Social Enterprises in 2014

Our NY resolutionThe New Year is often a time when you tell yourself you’ll eat less cake, play more, and work less. For real this time. But we know we’re going to eat plenty of cake and work hard. We’ll just make sure our work feels more like play.

From CSI Starrett-Lehigh: Thank you New York!

2013 has been a wild ride. One year ago, we had just opened a pop-up space in suite 325 in the Starrett-Lehigh building in NYC, and we were starting to host a few events. We were working day and night to make CSI Starrett-Lehigh a success but some pressing questions hung over our heads: Would we secure the resources we needed to operate? Would the construction go according to plan? Would the design vision come together? And, most of all: Would anyone actually join?!

Why Some Communities Foster More Entrepreneurs Than Others

By: Richard Florida, for The Atlantic Cities

The B Corp Better Gift Guide

The B Corp community in Canada believes that where we spend our shopping dollars matters, and we're convinced that better businesses make better gifts. In an effort to help jump-start (or wrap-up) your holiday shopping this season, we've put together a collection of some of our favourite "better" businesses (see below). Some are B Corps. Others are based out of the Centre For Social Innovation in Toronto. A few others are free-agents bringing their own kind of impact to your holiday "to-do" list.

Network your network: The importance of human connections to growing your community organization

By: Rania El Mugammar - Director, Editor in Chief at SpeakSudan

SpeakSudan began around my kitchen table while eating biscuits and spiced tea. We needed something, my friends and I, something that was ours. Hailing from the Eastern part of the African continent, we grew up on stories – the story-telling and oral histories which built our civilizations. They were central in our lives, crucial to our survival and the most powerful form of commnuication we could generate from our positions as marginalized youth.

Canada’s Notoriously Good Bitcoin Future?

By Michael Cayley, Founder Cdling Capital Services, and, Vitalik Buterin, full time Bitcoin writer and developer.

The Collider, CSI's community newspaper, is out! Download your copy now

This issue of The Collider is packed full of news, articles, and announcements, from a special on education to the neuroscience of social innovation. Download your copy of The Collider.


The Collider, CSI's Community Newspaper

An empirical study of coworking performance

The attached paper is by Orly Weiser, a Ryerson MBA student who studied the impact of coworking spaces on culture/community building.

Social Enterprise World Forum 2013

For the three days at the beginning of October, Calgary was the epicenter of a global conversation as it hosted 1,500 international delegates at the Social Enterprise World Forum.  It was a supercharged atmosphere of positivity as people explored, discussed, and challenged one another on topics of social finance, Indigenous social enterprise, collaboration, policy & research, and social innovation.

A new DECA is born

By Katherine Hodgson, CSI Spadina DECA

From the first day of Desk Exchange Community Animator (DECA) orientation there is an instant feeling of inclusion and welcoming into the CSI family. Upon arrival, instead of the awkward silences, I was greeted as though this was a family reunion where second cousins you barely know greet you with warmth and affection.