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News and happenings from the Centre for Social Innovation NYC   --   September 29, 2020

Dear CSI NY friend,

As with many businesses and non-profits across New York City, COVID-19 has forced us to rethink our path forward to position our amazing community of changemakers for long-term success. Given the toll the pandemic has taken on our business model, the CSI NY Board has made the difficult but strategic decision to move the CSI NY community completely virtual and close its physical location. 

We know this news will come with lots of emotions and we want you to know that CSI remains committed to supporting the broader community of social innovators, especially now when the work of changemakers is so incredibly important.

CSI Global (our wonderful family north of the border) is inviting all of CSI NY’s members onto its new online community - the Common Platform - a thriving community of hundreds of extraordinary social entrepreneurs and changemakers. We’ll be sharing more details on the Platform soon. 

Our online community will remain grounded in NYC with a new New York City-based Online Community Animator as we transition our 200+ members to our new digital home.

We are eternally grateful to our founding partner RXR, whose generosity and steadfast support over the years helped this community thrive.  We are excited to continue our work together as we navigate this new terrain.

CSI NY was opened in 2013 right after Hurricane Sandy and played host to dozens of community groups that formed to respond to that crisis. Since that time, our community has grown exponentially, becoming home to hundreds of incredible social purpose organizations, and welcoming hundreds and thousands of visitors from around the world. CSI remains committed to amplifying, catalyzing and supporting the work of our talented and caring pioneers, entrepreneurs and changemakers who are part of our community, and who have helped bake social innovation into the broader fabric of New York City. 

The creative vision, tireless efforts, and empathy of changemakers are more important now than ever before as we collectively respond and adapt to the new reality of COVID-19.  The world needs you, and we’ve still got your back.  The vibrant community of CSI will be accessible virtually (pun intended) wherever you are, and when we are able, we will begin to convene in spaces across NYC.

The journey of a social innovator is long and beautiful, filled with laughter, joy and struggle. It ain’t easy being an entrepreneur and the title of social entrepreneur is even tougher. We know it and we know you do too. Despite the complexities and obstacles, we forge ahead and find ways to continue developing solutions for the unprecedented challenges we face.  Through it all, CSI will be here for you.

Whether you popped by CSI for an event, held your training workshop or conference in our event space, or pulled overnighters for a deadline in our coworking space, we thank you for being a part of CSI and for creating such a special space and vibrant community over the years. We wish you strength and courage, and look forward to connecting with you in the virtual space.

Tonya Surman
Founder and CEO
CSI Global
tonya@socialinnovation.ca

Shireen Idroos
Executive Director
CSI NY
shireen@socialinnovation.org

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