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Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave.

192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

June 2018

Lunch & Learn: Service Delivery Design

June 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada
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On June 27, Civic Hall Toronto will host a lunch-time conversation with Clara Ganemtoré and Safiah Chowdhury of Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS) about their experience re-designing the service delivery model for Ontario Works. The project is exemplary for its human-centered approach and its meaningful engagement of front-line staff and users who depend on these services, and it has had a lasting impact on how TESS works. Background: To improve service access and residents’ experience for the 50,000 residents who…

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September 2018

Training: Digital Government 101

September 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

This training will ground you in key concepts of digital government and explore building buy-in for digital transformation. We’ll discuss what digital means when it comes to government and how it’s influencing everything from how we work, to what we expect, to how residents interact with their governments. We’ll introduce some foundational concepts and practices like human-centered design, Agile, and open government, as well as discuss how you might apply this in your day-to-day work as a public servant.  This training…

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CSI Spadina Moving Day!

September 21, 2018 @ 12:00 am
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

On Friday, September 21, CSI Spadina is moving across the street from 215 Spadina Avenue to a bigger, brighter home in 192 Spadina Avenue. That means that all current Centre for Social Innovation members, including Civic Hall Toronto member teams, will have their workspace moved from the 4th floor at 215 Spadina Avenue across the street to the 3rd and 4th floors at 192 Spadina Avenue. You can see CSI's FAQ on the move here. See you at the brand-new CSI…

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CSI Spadina First Day at 192!

September 24, 2018 @ 12:00 am
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

On Friday, September 21, CSI Spadina is moving across the street from 215 Spadina Avenue to a bigger, brighter home in 192 Spadina Avenue. That means that all current Centre for Social Innovation members, including Civic Hall Toronto member teams, will have their workspace moved from the 4th floor at 215 Spadina Avenue across the street to the 3rd and 4th floors at 192 Spadina Avenue. You can see CSI's FAQ on the move here. See you at the brand-new CSI…

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October 2018

Training: Agile for Humans (in the public sector)

October 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

Developed and led by agile trainer Matt Thompson, Agile for Humans is a hands-on workshop covering agile basics that work in the real world. Why “Agile for Humans?” The challenge is simple: agile methods like Scrum really work – but are often intimidating to implement, require more training than busy professionals really want or need, and can be hard to apply in hybrid or non-technical teams working in areas other than software development. “Agile for Humans” is a workshop designed…

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Procurement Innovation: A Discussion

October 26, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

How can we improve the way governments buy technology? At Civic Hall Toronto, we’ve noticed that conversations about government innovation often turn into conversations about procurement. The way governments buy things–especially digital things–can make innovation difficult. But procurement can also be a powerful tool for enabling greater collaboration between the public and private sectors, and for bringing practices like agile development and usability testing into government. On October 26, Civic Hall Toronto is hosting a special event for government members…

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November 2018

Training: Civic Tech Community Engagement 101

November 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

Led by digital government educator Kelly Halseth and Civic Tech Toronto community organizers Alex Jung and Jake Miller, this workshop will introduce government members to the concept of civic tech and the vibrant world of local civic tech organizing. Civic tech communities and the projects they spearhead are making a signifiant impact the world over by leveraging the power of technology and design for the common good. Understanding how to collaborate with civic tech communities is crucial for engaging residents in addressing civic…

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StreetARToronto Hosts: 2019 StART Networking Event & Photography Exhibit

November 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

The City of Toronto StreetARToronto (StART) program is a suite of innovative programs designed specifically for streets and public spaces. Initiated in 2012 as part of the City of Toronto Graffiti Management Plan, StART has been successful in working with street, mural and graffiti artists, cultural producers, Non-Profit Organizations, local residents and businesses to co-create vibrant, colourful, community-engaged street, mural and graffiti art. More information about StART is available here. StART will be holding 5 information sessions and related events…

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December 2018

Training: Agile for Humans 101

December 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

Developed and led by agile trainer Matt Thompson, Agile for Humans is a hands-on workshop covering agile basics that work in the real world. Why “Agile for Humans?” The challenge is simple: agile methods like Scrum really work – but are often intimidating to implement, require more training than busy professionals really want or need, and can be hard to apply in hybrid or non-technical teams working in areas other than software development. “Agile for Humans” is a workshop designed…

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Training: Human-Centered Design I & II

December 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

Led by Design Strategist Meghan Hellstern, this full-day workshop will introduce you to human-centered design – a mindset and process for creative problem-solving. This session is intended for public servants and others working in public good contexts at all levels who are interested in learning more about the mindset and methods of design thinking and human-centered design (HCD). It will also expose participants to the key practices under this umbrella: ideation, prototyping and testing. This course is built for those…

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January 2019

Code for Canada Open House

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

We believe the best organizations work in the open. Code for Canada's open houses are an opportunity for the public to meet the Code for Canada team, learn more about our programs (including Civic Hall Toronto!) and find out how to get involved in Canada's growing civic tech movement. We’re eager to get your feedback and learn how you think we can leverage technology, design and data to make life better for Canadians. The next open house will be on Thursday,…

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February 2019

Training: Human-Centered Design II

February 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

Led by Design Strategist Meghan Hellstern, this workshop will help you become familiar with the tools and techniques associated with human-centered design. This session is intended for public servants and others working in public good contexts at all levels who are interested in diving deeper into a critical set of practices under the human-centered design and design thinking umbrella: ideation, prototyping and testing. This course is built for participants with some basic knowledge of human-centered design as it will expose participants…

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Coffee Hour: Human Services Integration at the City of Toronto

February 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

The City of Toronto’s Human Services Integration (HSI) project is a multi-year partnership that is transforming the way in which residents access three income support programs in the city. The project is a case study in breaking down silos and delivering human services in a more human-centered, digitally accessible way. Come join us for a quick presentation and demo on HSI with Trish Lenz (Policy Development Officer) and Ian Boodhai (Senior Business Analyst) and a conversation over coffee with fellow Civic…

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