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About Catalyst

The Centre for Social Innovation’s Catalyst crowdfunding platform allows change agents to harness the power and wisdom of the crowd to fund a project that will benefit people and planet. It is the only crowdfunding platform based in a real world dynamic community of social innovators. CSI’s shared spaces, services and programming are available to help support and accelerate the success of project creators. Catalyst stems from a partnership between the Centre for Social Innovation and HiveWire, where HiveWire is the implementation and service provider. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more detailed information, and if you still have more questions than fire us an email at info@csiCatalyst.org, we’d love to hear from.

About The Centre for Social Innovation

The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is home for a diverse community of people and organizations that are working to make the world a better place. We have three locations in Toronto, a new location in New York City, and a growing online community. CSI provides its members with the spaces, relationships and knowledge they need to translate ideas into impact.  We’re part coworking space, part community center and part incubator for people and organizations that are changing the world.

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We know that society is facing complex economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges. We also know that new innovations are the key to turning these challenges into opportunities to improve our lives, our communities and our planet.

All around the world, people are striving to prove that another way forward is possible. They know – as we do – that it’s up to us to create the world we want to live in. The Centre for Social Innovation is where people work, connect, create and transform.

WHAT IS SOCIAL INNOVATION?
The first thing you should know about social innovation is that there is no set definition. We’re not too hung up about it. To us, social innovation refers to ideas, strategies or entrepreneurial activities that address social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet. We get really fired up about a social innovation when it is systems-changing, when it permanently alters the perceptions, behaviours and structures that gave rise to these challenges in the first place.

Social innovations come from individuals, groups or organizations working for the public good in the for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors. Increasingly, they are happening in the spaces between these three sectors as perspectives collide to spark new ways of thinking. The Centre for Social Innovation operates in the spaces between sectors and among a vibrant mix of people, projects and organizations. We’re creating new spaces, both physical and virtual, to catalyze and support social innovation.

Together, we’ll catalyze new ideas for a better world. Join us!


About HiveWire

HiveWire is a triple-bottom line enterprise that leverages the crowd to help allocate resources, build awareness and make a positive impact. We help organizations access the power of the crowd through the application of innovative technology. One of our goals is to facilitate connections between investors and opportunities by developing integrated ecosystems that generate shared value. HiveWire is pleased to have partnered with the Centre for Social Innovation to help catalyze social innovation via crowdfunding! HiveWire is based in Toronto, Canada. Please see the HiveWire website for more information.

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We want to hear from you! Email us at info@csiCatalyst.org

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