Since first opening our doors in Toronto in 2004, we've learned a thing or two about building community. Heck, we even wrote a book or three on the topic. We know that community doesn't happen by itself. Part of CSI's "secret sauce" is its philosophy and practice of Community Animation. CSI Community Animators are staff whose responsibility is to turn coworkers into collaborators. They get to really know CSI members, working to understand their interests, their challenges and their needs. With deft facilitation and a ready smile, CSI Community Animators help move members along their journey to social impact.
We've also learned that shared physical spaces grow richer when members have the opportunity to connect virtually. So we've created a community intranet that allows members to create profiles and connect with one another no matter where they are. Through this community website, members can post news, jobs and events to our own promotional channels, turbo-charging their work while breathing even more life into the community.