When I was in Toronto back in, er, September, I had lunch with my friend Sarah. Afterwards, she gave me a tour of the super-cool Centre for Social Innovation in downtown TO. Housed in a gorgeous heritage building, it’s home to seemingly dozens of small non-profits. Clustering them in one locations enables them to enjoy shared resources and economies of scale.
Sarah just blogged about the Centre having a new website (yes, powered by Drupal), created by our friends at Communicopia. It’s a great-looking site, and features plenty of photographs of the space. Here’s the official blurb on the home page:
The Centre for Social Innovation is a dynamic space in downtown Toronto, Canada. Our mission is to spark and support new ideas that are tackling the social, environmental, economic and cultural challenges we face today. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re creating the spaces that social innovation needs to thrive and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re contributing a few of our own ideas along the way!
Hmm…this blurb feels a little too written by the marketing committee, but you get the idea. I prefer language that says what it does on the box, so to speak. You have to dig a bit to get at what the Centre–at least what its physical space–is for.
Anyhow, it’s a remarkable place full of remarkable people. On top of all the social change activity, it has this super-cool living wall in the foyer, and one of Toronto’s only green roofs.
I see that one of the Centre’s tenants is Mammalian Diving Reflex, a theatre group doing some really interesting work around the globe. Er, they too could stand to simplify the text on their home page.