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Posted: Fri October 18 2013
By: Michael Toye
A very full four days wrapped up today at the 5th International Meeting of the Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) in Manila. My last blog post outlined the ambitious agenda organizers had laid out for the event, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing the development of the social...
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Posted: Wed October 16 2013
By: Brendan Reimer
Two weeks ago nearly 1,000 people from 25 countries attended the Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary. Representatives from all levels of government spoke on the virtues of social enterprise and committed support to the sector. Workshop presenters and keynote speakers, including former Prime...
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Posted: Tue October 15 2013
By: Michael Toye
As a fitting part of New Economy Week and Co-op week, today 400 participants from 35 countries gathered in the Philippines to share strategies for growing the Social Solidarity Economy as an alternative economic model around the world.  This is the fifth global meeting organized by RIPESS, the...
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Posted: Mon October 7 2013
By: Ryan O'Connor
Access to healthy and affordable food is a key component of living a healthy lifestyle; it's also an essential part of creating healthy and strong communities. Food nourishes local economies when locally sourced and ethically produced goods are readily available. A sustainable food system is...
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Posted: Fri September 27 2013
By: Ryan O'Connor
Such models, not driven by quarterly results or share prices, can take the long view As we emerge from the global recession and focus on building B.C.’s economy into one that’s strong, stable and capable of serving its citizens over the long term, it is time to bring co-operatives...
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Posted: Fri September 20 2013
By: Molly Dunbar
From the “Gift That Gives Twice”, to “Transforming Our City, One Purchase at a Time,” Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE) has a history of directing purchasing in Winnipeg in a way that has generated social value for the community while addressing community identified needs and goals. This...
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Posted: Mon September 16 2013
By: Paul Chamberlain
Which social enterprise has been running the longest?  How many Ontario volunteers do you think contribute their time to social enterprises?  How many people do Ontario social enterprises actually employ?  If you are anything like me, you have heard a lot of interesting stories about...
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Posted: Mon August 26 2013
By: Brendan Reimer
Italy. Wow. The country is beautiful, the people are passionate, and the co-op sector is incredible. This summer, I had the great privilege to be invited by Vancity Credit Union to join their two-week study tour of the Italian co-op community as a representative of Assiniboine Credit Union, where I...
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Posted: Mon August 19 2013
By: Michael Toye
Last week I got to spend a couple of days in discussions with a remarkable core group of academics, practitioners and students working on the Scaling Innovation for Sustainability research project.BALTA-SIS, as it is known, grew out of the national social economy research program.  One of the...
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Posted: Tue August 6 2013
By: Michael Toye
Earlier this spring, I was amazed to read a new research report prepared by UK group Localise West Midlands evaluating how localised and community economic development can be scaled up to help create more successful, socially just and diverse places. Their literature review struck me as one of the...

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