Friday, March 22, 2013
CSI Catalyst Launch Party
First, the space: if you've never been to CSI Annex, I highly recommend a visit. The space is not only visually stunning, it is warm, inviting, and positively buzzes with collaboration and innovation. It was full of young socially responsible professionals working away at coffee tables and antique-looking couches and rather made me wish I worked there too! An onsite coffee shop, a communal kitchen, a random piano, and unisex washrooms only add to the charm and reinforce CSI's mission. I will definitely be grabbing my laptop and parking myself at one of those coffee tables next time I have some time to pop downtown to do a bit of work. A truly inspiring space.
YCR and SociaLIGHT.
Finally, there was a networking portion after the presentation. I couldn't stay long because I was already late for class, but everyone else got chatting and exploring further and there was a real sense of community in the room. Many of those in attendance seemed to already know each other and were happy to reconnect. CSI generously provided affordable drinks (with the first one on the house) and complimentary nibbles, and there was not a disposable plastic cup, plate or fork in sight! Events that promote the social good and reflect this commitment in the way they run their events = awesome.
WHAT: CSI Catalyst Launch Party
WHERE: CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St.
WHEN: March 20, 2013 - 5:30 pm
INSIDER TIPS: I had to run after the presentation portion because I have an evening class, so this wasn't an issue for me but generally, I would feel quite out of place when everyone else seems to know each other (yes, self-confidence can evaporate quite rapidly under the right circumstances!). If this is you as well, bring a friend for support and to help you keep the conversation going when you approach new people. Between the two of you, you'll be able to come up with good questions to ask and comments to make to make the best use of the opportunity to meet new people.