CSI New York: proving innovation has no boundaries

Hello, New York! You’ve got an immeasurable number of intrepid, bootstrapping innovators making up the fabric of your community. There are seeds of change everywhere you look — and now, those movers, shakers, and changemakers have a new home on The Common Platform.


Join a curated community of changemakers
Promotion through CSI's public and private channels
Invitations to regular members-only events
Special rates on skills training and workshops

Join New York City's Changemakers on The First Platform Dedicated to Social Innovation

You’ll get access to The Common Platform: an online space where social innovators can gather, share, align, and build.

That’s a fancy way of saying you’ll get to connect with the CSI New York community, spread the word about the cool things you’re up to, and unlock access to useful resources to help you amplify your impact.

Already feel like you’re missing out? Fill out this form and you’ll receive an invite as soon as The Common Platform is ready for our friends in New York.

The Story of CSI New York

In May 2013, we brought CSI’s secret sauce to New York City, moving into the Starrett-Lehigh building in Manhattan. Nestled in the epicentre of an evolving art, innovation and technology scene, CSI New York became a bright, vibrant, 24,000 sq. ft. home for changemakers working across sectors.

For seven years, we built community, hosted thousands of events, and catalyzed innovation. In 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the difficult decision to close the doors to this building.

Though CSI New York is no longer in the Starrett-Lehigh building, the passion, motivation, and sheer energy of our community lives on outside of its walls. 

Polaroids of new CSI New York members on a wooden wall

Seven years of laughter, impact, and memories

Memories of the Space

Before we left the Starrett-Lehigh building in 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic, we took the time to document our beloved CSI space with a 360 video.

We designed the space with our values in mind. Everything custom-built was fashioned by local craftspeople using reclaimed materials, from tables made with old freight elevator doors to the vintage wallpaper in our meeting rooms. The cabinets and shelves in our shared kitchen are from a run-down mill. (Have a look at this post by Furnished Green for more on the design and some great photos!)

We brought the space to life with touches like art, unique light fixtures and repurposed treasures throughout, but it was, of course, the community that really gave the space its energy and appeal.

Explore this video and take a trip down memory lane!

The CSI New York community lives on

We’re currently getting ready to welcome our friends across the border.

Fill out this form and you’ll receive an invite to the party as soon as we’re good to go.