CSI Network News: All Things #Elxn44



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What Our Members are Reading to Make an Informed Vote 
Our members are subject matter experts. We asked them what they’re reading (and writing) in the lead-up to the election. From housing to heath to climate and other core issues in between, they’ve got you covered. 

Everything You Need to Know About How to Vote 
Election Day is Monday, September 20. Do you have a voting plan? Here’s a step-by-step process breaking down everything you need to know about how to vote. 

Young People Are the Largest Voting Group. Will They Decide the Election? 
Gen Z is known for being outspoken, often leading climate strikes, protests, and online activism. Will that translate to the polls? CSI Member Future Majority explains what’s at stake and how “house parties” could increase youth voter turnout. 

Person holding up sign that says "There is no Planet B"

How the Major Federal Parties Plan to Tackle the Climate Crisis
In this roundup, CSI Alumni Canada’s National Observer summarizes each party’s key climate initiatives, and juxtaposes them beside reality checks.

Logos of the Liberal Party, Conservative Party, New Democratic Party, and Green Party under an illustrated roof

How the Major Federal Parties Stack Up on Housing
See how the federal parties compare across the right to housing, homelessness, financialization of housing, and more in this platform breakdown from CSI Member Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA).


CSI Accelerates

Start your journey as an impact entrepreneur

Spots are limited for Impact Entrepreneurship 101. Apply by this Sunday, September 19! Impact entrepreneurs are building companies that respond to social & environmental challenges. Learn foundations, upgrade skills, and start your impact journey for free in this Accelerate from Anywhere program.

Grow, a WOSEN program

Join a supportive community of facilitators, experts, coaches, and peers as you refine your business model and build leadership skills. Our WOSEN Grow accelerator is for trans and cis women, Two-Spirit, non-binary, and genderqueer entrepreneurs in the GTHA and Central Ontario. Today is the last day to apply!

CSI Connects

Lunch and Learn: Graphic Recording with Swoop Media and the Centre for Social Innovation.

Lunch and Learn: Graphic Recording
Monday, September 13, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Calling all daydreamers and big-picture-thinkers: learn how to put your thoughts on paper in a way that makes sense to you! Join CSI Member Laura Hanek of Swoop Media to get a sense of how you can use graphic recording and sketch noting to facilitate your learning. CSI Members get in free!

Lunch and Learn: Canadian Psychedelic Law

Lunch & Learn: Canadian Psychedelic Law
Monday, September 27, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Explore the history of and current developments in Canadian psychedelic law in this Lunch and Learn with CSI Member Marc Goldgrub of Green Economy Law Professional Corporation.

Facilitating Breakthrough: A Conversation with Adam Kahane and Tonya Surman

Facilitating Breakthrough: A Conversation with Adam Kahane and Tonya Surman
Wednesday, September 29, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Join author Adam Kahane and CSI CEO Tonya Surman as they dive into the practice and realities of working with teams and moving forward together, even in the face of polarization and extreme positions. 


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Virtual All Candidates Meeting with all Toronto-Centre Members of Parliament

Virtual All Candidates Meeting, Toronto Centre
Monday, September 13, 5:30 – 8:30 PM ET
Toronto Centre residents can tune into an all-candidates meeting tomorrow, co-organized by CSI’s Senior Programs Manager, Denise Soueidan-O’ Leary. Watch live on YouTube @RegentParkTV, or join them on Zoom to participate in breakout rooms.

Vote Bootcamp

Vote Bootcamp
Tuesday, September 14, 5:00 – 6:30 PM ET
How do we talk about voting? What do young people need to know? What kinds of barriers do we need to break down? How do we even break those down? Train your democracy muscle with this bootcamp from CSI Member Apathy is Boring.

Lead Steward Information Sessions

Lead Steward Information Sessions
September 14 and 15 (choose one)
Help improve biodiversity and restore natural areas in your neighbourhood! Find out how you can become a Lead Steward — leading a group of volunteers in habitat restoration — in this pilot program run by CSI Member Andrew Simpson and the City of Toronto!

Policy Matters Workshop Series

Policy Matters: Truth and Reconciliation
Thursday, September 16, 6:00 – 7:30 PM ET
Explore how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has shaped new ways of policy advocacy and meaningful ways youth can get involved in advocacy with Indigenous communities. This workshop is hosted by CSI Member OCIC.



Job Board

Want to post your opportunities to our job board? Find out what membership could look like for you!

Policy Coordinator | Santis Health
Deadline: September 14, 5:00 PM ET
One of our newest members is seeking a Policy Coordinator to help with research, project management, coordinating engagement activities, and communications and public relations activities.

Project Manager | Action Against Hunger
Deadline: September 17, 9:00 AM ET
This CSI Member is looking for someone to support their projects’ day-to-day needs.

Full-Stack Javascript Developer | CSI (that’s us!)
Deadline extended: September 17
We’re looking for someone to help automate, synchronize, and build functional, accessible and elegant user interfaces; and maintain, troubleshoot, and fix any bugs that come up.

Tech Infrastructure and Systems Specialist | CSI (that’s us!)
Deadline extended: September 17
We’re searching for someone to maintain our internal systems, ensuring operations run effectively and smoothly. You’ll be the pillar that helps CSI move forward!

Marketing Manager | Muuvment
Deadline: Rolling
Join this CSI Member’s team and help develop their brand, generate leads, and perform marketing experiments.


Go For It

Canadian students using business to solve social problems can win $10,000 or $25,000 to support their idea through Trico Foundation’s NU National Student Awards. Deadline: September 15

CSI Member Action Against Hunger has put out a Request for Proposals for web development services. Deadline: September 20

As Seen At CSI

The chalkboard in the ground floor of CSI Annex has a new look, just as we opened our doors for advanced polling this weekend.

Check out this quote about impact creation from our conversation with Bill Young, Founder of Social Capital Partners: “We never look at failure or success as either failure or success. We look upon it as part of the road map on the way to have the most impact we can possibly have. ‘Is this the route to get there?’ If it isn’t, we change. Success and failure have nothing to do with it.”

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