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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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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Training: Digital Government 101

February 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

This introductory training workshop will ground you in key principles and practices of digital government and how it can lead to better outcomes for residents. We’ll hone in on three competencies we believe are key for leading digital transformation in the public sector: user-centricity, working iteratively, and co-creation, and give you a rundown of Civic Hall Toronto workshop topics.  This training is for government members only. Government members can RSVP here. Please email shea@codefor.ca to learn more.

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March 2019

Training: Civic Tech Engagement 101

March 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

Led by Code for Canada educator Kelly Halseth with contributions from Civic Tech Toronto organizers, this workshop will introduce government members to civic tech and local civic tech organizing. Civic tech communities and the projects they spearhead are making a significant 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 challenges, and for building stronger, more effective public services. This…

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Coffee Hour: Data 101 in Government

March 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

Mystified by how "data" fits into your work? Uncertain how to best use the data you have? Curious about all the hype around machine learning and AI? Led by Alex Chen, Senior Statistics Advisor with the provincial Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, this session will go over the fundamentals of data in a government environment. Built for those who are interested in starting to explore all things data, it will provide best practices, tools and techniques around data…

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April 2019

Training: Agile for Public Good

April 9, 2019 @ 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 Public Good is a hands-on workshop covering agile basics that work in the real world. 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 Public Good is a workshop designed to bridge…

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Data Visualization: Telling Stories with Data

April 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

Excited about best practices and tools for data visualization? Keen to learn how to present the data you have in an informative, visually engaging way? Curious about the ethical implications of data being used for evidence-based policy making? Join us for the next instalment of our Monthly Member Event series on Data Visualization. Building from our Data 101 in Government event, this Lunch & Learn event will showcase techniques for data visualization in government, with a focus on crafting an…

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May 2019

Civic Hall Toronto 1st Anniversary Celebration

May 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

Civic Hall Toronto is turning one! Over the past year, we’ve been working to foster a culture of collaboration between government and the local civic tech community, and provide a supportive space for learning and testing ideas. Join us May 16 to celebrate everything we – and our members – have accomplished together, and learn how we’ll be building on that success in year two. You’ll hear from our members and other civic innovators about their work with Civic Hall…

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CSI Hosts: BLOOM

May 31, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is turning 15! CSI is celebrating a journey that started with 14 member organizations opening the doors at 215 Spadina 15 year ago, and now includes 1,000 organizations building the new economy from three buildings in Toronto. BLOOM will capture the energy of the social innovation sector and CSI's rich history with a blend of interactive installations, live music, and animations. Mix and mingle with thought-leaders while enjoying complimentary drinks and bites from Paint…

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June 2019

Training: Digital Government 101

June 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada

This introductory training workshop will ground you in key principles and practices of digital government and how it can lead to better outcomes for residents. We’ll hone in on three competencies we believe are key for leading digital transformation in the public sector: user-centricity, working iteratively, and co-creation, and give you a rundown of Civic Hall Toronto workshop topics.  This training is for government members only. Government members can RSVP here. Please email shea@codefor.ca to learn more.

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January 2020

Work Session: Digital Bootcamp

January 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, happening 10 times

Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada
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The Ontario Digital Service and other government partners across Canada have teamed up to offer a free online bootcamp to help public servants apply a digital mindset to their work. You'll learn: 1. How to apply the culture and values of digital workplaces — even if you don’t work in tech 2. The top trends driving digital transformation worldwide 3. Best practices for working better — like Agile, human-centred design and Lean The course will be starting on January 21…

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Work Session: Digital Bootcamp

January 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, happening 10 times

Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada
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The Ontario Digital Service and other government partners across Canada have teamed up to offer a free online bootcamp to help public servants apply a digital mindset to their work. You'll learn: 1. How to apply the culture and values of digital workplaces — even if you don’t work in tech 2. The top trends driving digital transformation worldwide 3. Best practices for working better — like Agile, human-centred design and Lean The course will be starting on January 21…

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February 2020

Work Session: Digital Bootcamp

February 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, happening 10 times

Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada
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The Ontario Digital Service and other government partners across Canada have teamed up to offer a free online bootcamp to help public servants apply a digital mindset to their work. You'll learn: 1. How to apply the culture and values of digital workplaces — even if you don’t work in tech 2. The top trends driving digital transformation worldwide 3. Best practices for working better — like Agile, human-centred design and Lean The course will be starting on January 21…

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Work Session: Digital Bootcamp

February 11 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, happening 10 times

Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada
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The Ontario Digital Service and other government partners across Canada have teamed up to offer a free online bootcamp to help public servants apply a digital mindset to their work. You'll learn: 1. How to apply the culture and values of digital workplaces — even if you don’t work in tech 2. The top trends driving digital transformation worldwide 3. Best practices for working better — like Agile, human-centred design and Lean The course will be starting on January 21…

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Work Session: Digital Bootcamp

February 18 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, happening 10 times

Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada
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The Ontario Digital Service and other government partners across Canada have teamed up to offer a free online bootcamp to help public servants apply a digital mindset to their work. You'll learn: 1. How to apply the culture and values of digital workplaces — even if you don’t work in tech 2. The top trends driving digital transformation worldwide 3. Best practices for working better — like Agile, human-centred design and Lean The course will be starting on January 21…

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Work Session: Digital Bootcamp

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, happening 10 times

Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada
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The Ontario Digital Service and other government partners across Canada have teamed up to offer a free online bootcamp to help public servants apply a digital mindset to their work. You'll learn: 1. How to apply the culture and values of digital workplaces — even if you don’t work in tech 2. The top trends driving digital transformation worldwide 3. Best practices for working better — like Agile, human-centred design and Lean The course will be starting on January 21…

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March 2020

Work Session: Digital Bootcamp

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, happening 10 times

Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada
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The Ontario Digital Service and other government partners across Canada have teamed up to offer a free online bootcamp to help public servants apply a digital mindset to their work. You'll learn: 1. How to apply the culture and values of digital workplaces — even if you don’t work in tech 2. The top trends driving digital transformation worldwide 3. Best practices for working better — like Agile, human-centred design and Lean The course will be starting on January 21…

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Work Session: Digital Bootcamp

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, happening 10 times

Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada
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The Ontario Digital Service and other government partners across Canada have teamed up to offer a free online bootcamp to help public servants apply a digital mindset to their work. You'll learn: 1. How to apply the culture and values of digital workplaces — even if you don’t work in tech 2. The top trends driving digital transformation worldwide 3. Best practices for working better — like Agile, human-centred design and Lean The course will be starting on January 21…

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Work Session: Digital Bootcamp

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, happening 10 times

Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada
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The Ontario Digital Service and other government partners across Canada have teamed up to offer a free online bootcamp to help public servants apply a digital mindset to their work. You'll learn: 1. How to apply the culture and values of digital workplaces — even if you don’t work in tech 2. The top trends driving digital transformation worldwide 3. Best practices for working better — like Agile, human-centred design and Lean The course will be starting on January 21…

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Work Session: Digital Bootcamp

March 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, happening 10 times

Centre for Social Innovation – 192 Spadina Ave., 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Canada
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The Ontario Digital Service and other government partners across Canada have teamed up to offer a free online bootcamp to help public servants apply a digital mindset to their work. You'll learn: 1. How to apply the culture and values of digital workplaces — even if you don’t work in tech 2. The top trends driving digital transformation worldwide 3. Best practices for working better — like Agile, human-centred design and Lean The course will be starting on January 21…

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