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Desk Exchange Community Animator Program

Are you a social entrepreneur, an innovator, or looking to gain new skills and opportunities?

7 hours a week. Unlimited Hot Desk coworking access. We are recruiting our next cohort of DECAs for CSI Annex, CSI Spadina, and the CSI Community Living Room in Regent Park. Apply to become a DECA.

Are you looking for a community who values changing the world and having fun doing it? Do you love meeting new people, solving new problems every day, and making sure our spaces flow? Does the idea of engaging in community building sound right up your alley?

Would you exchange 1 day a week for a fantastic free workspace, access to an incredible community, plus training, development, and resources? If the answer is a resounding YES, the DECA program is perfect for you.


To literally spell it out, DECA stands for:
Desk (the welcome desks are the forefront of our community at each CSI location, and ensure our services and spaces flow)

Exchange (you exchange your time as a DECA Animator for unlimited access to CSI’s coworking locations and full access to Membership resources – a $500+ value)

Community (you are the heart of the CSI community)

Animator (you are a connector of ideas and people, helping to build and foster an incredible community)

DECAs welcome people as they arrive and are the first faces people see when they arrive at a CSI location. They foster a welcoming culture and they set the tone for the rest of their experience.

The commitment: Exchange 7 hours on a dedicated day, once per week, for a 6 month term.

The benefit: Free CSI membership, including unlimited hot desking and 10 meeting room hours, and inclusion to a vibrant, innovative community.

DECAS have the opportunity to develop and experience community engagement efforts, develop and contribute skills, and deepen their connections with their cohort and the CSI community, all while learning the behind-the-scenes magic of almost two decades of social innovation and the art of animation. 


No pressure, but DECAs are the glue that keeps the CSI community together and the glitter that makes it sparkle. This program is perfect for anyone wanting to learn about social innovation by immersing themselves in it. CSI is a network of networks with over 2,500 members. On any given day, you could meet someone who will change your life. Some DECAs have gone on to start their own companies. Others have joined organizations working out of CSI. A handful have even become full-time CSI staff. DECAs have used their experience as Animators to support their goals. Where will your DECA experience lead you? 


DECAs are diverse in every way. They have varied backgrounds including race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, age, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, ability, and religion. But they all have excellent customer service, radical hospitality, organization, communications, and problem solving skills. And perhaps most importantly, a commitment to approaching tasks and projects with sincerity, care, fun, and goodwill.

Part of the CSI Connects Initiative

At CSI we connect the community to each other with convenings and communities of practice, socials, networking, and animation. Learn more about our approach here.