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Posted: Wed June 11 2014
By: Michael Toye
You may have seen from some of our 15th anniversary blog posts that the concept and practice of community economic development originated in the United States.  Although the tools and strategies for creating inclusive and sustainable communities are constantly evolving differently in...
Mike Lewis's picture
Posted: Tue June 10 2014
By: Mike Lewis
This is Part 4 of a 4-part series. Click here to read the first in this series.  Notes from 2002: Contemplating the Future  CCE/CCCR’s history has been one of organizing, networking, leveraging and then consolidating gains, and, at times, making some unfortunate mistakes. Its accomplishments, such...
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Posted: Tue June 10 2014
By: Mike Lewis
This is Part 3 of a 4-part series. Click here to read the first in this series.  Building the Base continued...  A strategic addition to this agenda came into play in 1991. The National Welfare Grants (NWG) program announced a competition to fund CED related research as one...
Mike Lewis's picture
Posted: Tue June 10 2014
By: Mike Lewis
This is Part 2 of a 4-part series. Click here to read the first in this series.Building the BaseBy mid-1988 I was in a position to take more time to extend our networking. Connections and work relationships with people like Dal, Nancy and Bill became the base from which the Centre for Community...
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Posted: Tue June 10 2014
By: Mike Lewis
What is set out below are personal notes extracted from a much longer reflection on the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Centre for Community Enterprise (which later became the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal) mostly written in 2002. While only snippets are included here, they do set...
Katie Derksen's picture
Posted: Fri June 6 2014
By: Katie Derksen
You work for a community development organization that's facing a somewhat technical problem but with limited budget. You really need that new logo/HR advice/strategic plan. What do you do?Well, if you live here in Winnipeg, you contact Spark, where we work with you to find the right professional...
Mr. Rupert Downing's picture
Posted: Mon June 2 2014
By: Mr. Rupert Downing
From Rapping in buses in Winnipeg, to Aboriginal Theatre in Saskatoon, to Folk Music in St. John's, the Canadian CED Network has embraced the true spirit and culture of community in Canada. I am so proud of being part of a civil society organization that linked up the very best of our community...
Stewart Perry's picture
Posted: Tue May 27 2014
By: Stewart Perry
Garry Loewen, in his reflections, noted that there was initially a sense that there was a little too much testosterone in the beginnings of CCEDNet.  He did not report (perhaps out of a sense of propriety) one example that I always chuckle about. We were in one of the first meetings and for an...
Paul Born's picture
Posted: Tue May 20 2014
By: Paul Born
CCEDNet had several starts. Mike Lewis on several occasions brought us together. Once with the Americans. They started an association - we did not. About 17 years ago today, I was eating Vietnamese food with Mike Lewis and Victor Krahn, a staff member from the CED organization I led then...
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Posted: Fri May 16 2014
By: Stewart Perry
I was involved initially in Canadian CED via Greg MacLeod, and the beginnings of New Dawn Enterprises.  Sometime in that period, Greg (after I told him of the importance of the national organization of CDCs in the US) tried to start a pan-Canadian organization, called the Federation of Community...

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