The VIRTUAL Toronto Summer Institute (TSI) – original

Let’s do it anyway.

Respect for the pandemic has determined that we cannot gather face-to-face in Toronto this summer. One response could be ‘so be it’. But the Institute (TSI) has always been on the edge of new practices, experiments, ideas. Thus, we have been working to invent the Virtual Toronto Summer Institute (TSI) 2020.

Gerima Harvey and his djembe will drum a welcome so we will begin virtually heart to heart.

For our Virtual launch, John McKnight, co-founder of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute – will help us think into the future. There will be ‘breakout groups’ so we can talk to each other and make some of the reconnections we all need. And we will be announcing a few of the ‘next events’ on the Virtual TSI calendar.  

Our launch event is Thursday, September 17, 1:00-3:00pm EST.  Registration will be limited (and free). If you can’t make the live broadcast, it will be taped and posted so the sharing can continue. Registration will open one month prior to the event.

Virtual TSI 2020 – a virtual global gathering, including
buzz groups on the topics we care about..

There will be several Virtual TSI events over the year – leading up to TSI 2021 (July 10-15) when we hope we can gather together – and hug. In the meantime, we are learning Zoom – and other software so that we will create virtual events based on some of the component elements of TSI.  Currently, we are trying ‘soft launches’ of some events, and soon, we will be announcing new offerings – some of which will depend on your creativity and ingenuity – making your contributions into our Virtual Learning Marketplace. 

Virtual TSI Launch Event: John McKnight

Sept. 17.2020 1:00 – 3:00 EST


We will not go back to normal. 

Normal never was. 

We normalized Greed, Inequity, 

Exhaustion, Depletion,

Extraction, Disconnection, 

Confusion, Rage, Hoarding,

Hate and Lack.

We should not long to return, 

my friends.

We are being given the opportunity to stitch

a new garment, 

One that fits all of humanity & nature.

A poem from Sonia Renee Taylor.

TSI Videos:  snapshots of the spirit…
a hint of what’s to come…

An Elegant Overview from TSI 2018 (courtesy of David Hasbury & Patti Scott – plus everyone there.)

A video scan of spirit of TSI 2017 featuring Gerima Harvey on the Djembe during the opening and much more.

TSI 2019 Video Memories courtesy of Jennifer Brown… (6.48)

Additional Resources

Summer Institutes – Toronto, McGill, Bolton UK – some video clips

McGill Summer Institute – historical documents

Summer Institute AUDIO clips – a selection

Summer Get Togethers – Early Inclusion History