October 2012 National Newsletter

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The Resilience Imperative:  Remaking the CED Agenda? 

Community Economic Development gained prominence in the 1960s as an integrated response to the complex problems of poverty and local revitalization.  Now 40 years later, facing climate change and growing energy costs, the lessons learned about how to build inclusive and sustainable local economies are more relevant than ever.  On October 16, join us for a feature webinar with CCEDNet founding member Mike Lewis to discuss the ideas in his new book and look at practical strategies for a cultural shift to solidarity, co-operation and sufficiency in a future that respects the earth’s ecological limits.  Register Now.

Co-ops: The "Swiss Army Knife" of Community Economies webinar now on-line

2012 is being celebrated far and wide as the International Year of Co-operatives.  Why celebrate?  One of the reasons is because co-ops are changing people's lives everywhere.  How has an oregano co-op managed to reverse the migration of rural Bolivian families to the city?  Why are 'differently-abled' people in the Philippines able to create their own jobs?  How have Inuit and Dene members of Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. gained local control in key economic sectors?  Our September 24 webinar was recorded so you can find out too

CCEDNet’s International webinars are supported by Uniterra, one of Canada’s largest volunteer placement programs.  With placements from two weeks to two years, there are always opportunities to explore new cultures, share your expertise and support local organizations around the world.  Current postings include an Employment Training Advisor in Botswana, and an Organizational Development Advisor in Nepal.  See all postings.

Upcoming Webinars on Financial Management for CED Organizations, Charitable Status, and more

The sessions on co-ops and resiliency are part of CCEDNet's new national webinar series.  We'll also be looking at the financial management of CED organizations and the Canada Revenue Agency's new guidelines for charitable status of CED activities, with some of the leading experts in the country.   Watch our Webinars page for more info.  Are there other topics we should cover?  Tell us.

Registration Now Open for the Manitoba Gathering

Register Now for the 10th Annual Manitoba CD/CED Gathering to hear a keynote address from internationally renowned author and activist Raj Patel, and customize your day by choosing among 30+ workshops that will explore the theme, Community Economies: Enough, For All, Forever.  >>Find out more

Three Free e-Books on Canada's Social Economy

Have you downloaded the Canadian Social Economy Hub's e-books?  Assembling Understandings presents a thematic analysis of the more than 400 research projects carried out.  Canadian Public Policy and the Social Economy brings together the major policy publications that were produced.  Community-University Partnerships examines the challenges and successes of the partnership research model.  All books can be downloaded for free, or purchased from the University of Victoria bookstore.  CCEDNet is maintaining the CSEHub website as an ongoing resource from the research program. 

CED News & Resources

  • Social Impact Purchasing Summit - Enterprising Non-profits is hosting this event to explore the potential of scaling up social impact purchasing.  November 7 & 8, Vancouver.  Read more and register>>
  • Community Bonds - The Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto has launched communitybonds.ca and a guidebook which share their experience of raising $2 million towards the purchase of their building using this innovative financial tool.  Read more>>
  • Accelerating Impact:  What's Next for the Impact Investing Industry - CCEDNet sustaining member Ted Jackson has co-authored with Karim Harji this new report for the Rockefeller Foundation that examines the evolution of impact investing over the last four years and makes recommendations for the industry.  Read more>>
  • Calling Young Co-operators! - CCA's National Young Co-operators is looking for co-op champions aged 18-35 to share their creativity and motivation.  Deadline for Applications: Nov. 2.  Read more>>
  • A New Dialogue for Co-ops in Canada? - The Canadian Co-op Association and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité welcomed the report of the House of Commons Special Committee on Co-ops and called on the government to implement its recommendations.  Read more>>
  • CED: A Lens for the Alberta Social Policy Framework - As part of the Government of Alberta's consultations for a new social policy framework, Thrive, Calgary's CED Network, prepared a submission recommending a CED lens, utilizing the economy and marketplace in innovative ways to improve social conditions.  Read more>>
  • A New Look for BALLE US - With their new 'Be A Localist' campaign, BALLE US envisions a global system of human-scale, interconnected local economies that function in harmony with local ecosystems to meet the basic needs of all people, support just and democratic societies, and foster joyful community life.  Watch the video>>
  • The Value of Integrated Service Delivery - This blog posting from the Corporation for Enterprise Development in the US highlights some key lessons on the integration of services for low-income families.  Read more>>
  • Investing in What Works - This book prepared for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Low-Income Investment Fund brings together nearly 30 influential voices on the past, present and future of community development in the US.  It is a free download.  Read more>>
  • Real World Impact Measurement - Spoiler alert:  Evaluation can be tricky in CED.  This Stanford Social Innovation Review article offers four essentials for measuring your impact.  Read more>>   For more evaluation resources, see our website.
  • Co-operatives are old fashioned? - Myth: busted! (by this article in the Guardian).  Read more>>

Fall Calendar

Imagine 2012: International Conference on Co-operative Economics
October 6 to 11, in Quebec City, Quebec

Evaluation for Advocacy and Systems Change
October 11, by teleconference

Creating Rural Connections 2012:  Regional Realities and Approaches
October 11 to 12, in Olds, Alberta

Supportive Environment for Social Enterprise
October 12, by webinar

Social Finance and Innovation for Adult Basic Learning:  Opportunities and Challenges
October 14 to 16, in St. John, New Brunswick

The Resilience Imperative:  Remaking the CED Agenda?
October 16, by webinar

Social Enterprise World Forum
October 16 to 18, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Community Economies:  Enough, For All, Forever – the 10th Annual Manitoba CD/CED Gathering
October 19, in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Cando 19th Annual National Conference & AGM – “Building Capacity-Building Communities”
October 22 to 25, in Membertou, Nova Scotia

Social Enterprise Development Path and Resources
October 26, by webinar

Exploring the Intersection of the Economic and Social Elements of Co-operation
October 29, by webinar
Forum pancanadien sur le développement économique en francophonie canadienne
October 31 to November 2, in Gatineau, Québec

Co-operating to Build a Better West
November 1 to 3, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Powering Up!  Food for the Future - Food Secure Canada’s 7th National Assembly
November 1 to 4, in Edmonton, Alberta

Social Impact Purchasing Summit:  Intentionally Leveraging the Ripples
November 7 and 8, in Vancouver, BC

Financial Management for CED Organizations
November 7, by webinar

2012 Social Finance Forum: Measuring Up
November 8 and 9, in Toronto, Ontario

CWCF Co-opZone Conference 2012
November 8, 2012, in Ancaster, Ontario

Thriving Neighbourhoods 2012
November 12 to 14 in Melbourne, Australia

Gathering of Alberta Co-ops 2012
November 16 and 17, in Red Deer, Alberta

Living the New Economy
November 19 to 25, in Vancouver, BC

Co-operating to Build a Better Nova Scotia
November 22 to 24, in Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Co-operative City
November 23, in Vancouver, BC

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