The evening was essentially a social mixer, with a quick icebreaker game to help people chat up their neighbours (we had stickers placed on our back and needed to figure out what the word was and find our match). Once again, I found that the crowd broke up into chatty clusters very quickly but this time I was better prepared and didn't get quite as intimidated (it really isn't an intimidating crowd at all, but as an outsider, you do tend to get jitters). I met some wonderful people doing great work and had a few very interesting conversations. CSI truly is a hub of inspiration.
To round off the night, I went on a tour of the working space at SCI, which only made me want to work there. Desperately. What a beautiful space and a fantastic concept! As if that weren't enough, when I came back down, I ran into some people from my current office with whom I never have a chance to socialize. As I'm in the last days of my contract, this was a wonderfully unexpected opportunity to catch up and actually get to know each other, and we discovered that we get along incredibly well and have many things in common. We stayed well past the official end and I hope to repeat the experience again next month. In the meantime, I will spend as much time as I can at SCI and hopefully find a way to be a part of this amazing community. Highly recommended!
WHAT: Six Degrees of Social Innovation
WHERE: SCI Annex, 720 Bathurst St.
WHEN: April 4 - 6:00-8:00 pm
INSIDER DETAILS: Check with your network to see if anyone you know knows anyone who has a ticket to this event. If not, try getting in touch with CSI (in person, through Facebook, or Twitter) to try and score an invite. If all else fails, I hear you can show up fashionably late and walk into the party without having to present a ticket. If you really want to be part of this community, you can find a way to get in.