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HEAD START - What's happening now

This Canadian worm farm turns office waste into plant food
The farm, which is around 45 miles north of Toronto, collects food waste from offices across the city for a small weekly fee. That waste is then fed to the worms in stacked bins for a couple of months until it is fully digested into castings. Wastenot Farms dries and sells those worm castings to urban farms and garden centres.

California passes landmark bill to remake gig economy
The legislation will affect at least one million workers who have been on the receiving end of a decades-long trend of outsourcing and franchising work, making employer-worker relationships more arm’s-length. Many people have been pushed into contractor status with no access to basic protections like a minimum wage and unemployment insurance.


IT'S UP TO US - Change happens at CSI

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is designed to support the Sponsorship Agreement Holders of Canada, their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors. They are offering two free information sessions to share how you can sponsor refugees with your friends, family, or colleagues through the Blended Visa Office Referred program.

WHAT'S TONYA READING? - A peek in our CEO's bookbag

Tonya says: "Dancing at the Edge is a dense, loaded, brilliant argument for a new set of competencies for leadership. Moving well beyond the industrial paradigms of performance management, hierarchy, technocratic and bureaucratic approaches to problem solving, it captures the skill sets to handle complexity, uncertainty and culture.

Building on Jacques Delors's 4 pillars of learning: to be; to be together; to know; to do.

Dancing on the Edge speaks to being, humility, balance, intuition, empathy and faith. It speaks to the self-transforming mind, reflective practitioners, producers, the emasculating effects of industrialization, the neurotic pursuit of competence, trashes our modern interpretation of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, introduced holarchy, adhocracy, small acts of creative transgression, trickster energy, liquid modernity and so much more.

I loved this book... but it isn't for everyone."


GO FOR IT - Accelerate your impact

In 2010, 58 people collectively invested $2M in the Centre for Social Innovation, enabling us to purchase a 720 Bathurst — aka CSI Annex. The concept of Community Bonds was born. Since then, we’ve inspired others to turn to their communities when they are in search of crucial capital. Are you interested in how this innovative financing tool can help your not-for-profit build its next capital project? Tapestry is hosting a free Community Bonds 101 webinar, sign up today!


DREAM JOB ALERT - Work in our network

G(irls)20 is seeking an experienced researcher for the purposes of conducting original research about young women in leadership in Canada. They seek a partner with experience working with small not-profit-organizations, who brings an intersectional and equity framework to research and stakeholder relations. They will conduct interviews with stakeholders in Western Canada, Ontario, and Eastern Canada.  The project will look at the existing literature and compliment it with qualitative interviews with stakeholders. A proposal should include a project budget, timeline and action items.  

SAVE THE DATE - Upcoming events

You are invited to an Information Session on September 11 about Toronto Enterprise Fund's Employment Social Enterprise Idea Accelerator. (If you would first like an overview of employment social enterprises, register for the ESE 101 webinar here).

Could finding a down payment partner get you the home you want now? On September 11, learn about a number of new creative ideas that have emerged to solve the down payment challenge.

Entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and all change-makers working to make a difference in Fintech, Education, Environment, Energy and Agriculture are invited to the Cooperathon Design Jam for Impact on September 14!

On September 17 Join The Word On The Street for their inaugural The City Imagines keynote with Toronto city builder Ken Greenberg. The event asks how Torontonians can build an inclusive, creative city for the 21st century.

Are you a leader looking to motivate your team and set transformative goals? From September 16 to 19, do three days of in-depth and transformative work at Betterboss. (If you are in the not-for-profit space, use: NOTFORPROFIT for a substantial discount!)

Housewarming is a storytelling experience where Women of Color welcome you into their space, their lives, and share their stories with you. The first experience is on September 21.

On September 24, attend Manager's Boot Camp Essentials Part I and II. Learn how to coach and develop your staff to reach their peak performance and how develop your staff when their performance falters.

Innoweave will be hosting a Social Finance Investment Readiness Exploration Webinar on September 25. Come learn about social finance opportunities and explore how your organization can benefit to enhance your impact.

Where does my pension fund stand when it comes to climate change? On September 26, attend Protecting your Pension and the Climate Workshop and find out. Beneficiaries of all pension funds welcome.


EXCERPT - Words from the world of social innovation

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