National CED News: January 2013

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Social Impact Bonds: Beyond the Hype

Social Impact Bonds have been attracting significant attention recently as an alternative way of financing innovative programs that can solve complex social issues and reduce government costs. With community agencies facing funding reductions and governments looking to cut spending, can social impact bonds help? On February 25, join us for a webinar with Professor Margie Mendell and Christian Novak to understand what social impact bonds are, how they can be used, and what practitioners and policy makers should consider in their application.   Register Now.

Upcoming Webinars: Microfinance, SROI, Social Economy Research, and more

CCEDNet's national webinar series continues with sessions on microfinance, social return in investment, current research and others.  Check out our Webinars page for more information on all the sessions, including recordings and resources from past webinars on the versatility of coops, community resilience, financial management for sustainability and the Canada Revenue Agency's new guidelines for Charitable Status and CED.

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 Organizational Development Advisor in Botswana, and a Community Health Advisor in Bolivia.  See all postings.

Youth Leading Change: Report from the WUSC International Forum

CCEDNet Emerging Leaders Co-Chair Sandra Badcock represented CCEDNet at the World University Service of Canada International Forum where she shared her experience in CCEDNet and connected with youth from around the world.  Read about Sandi's Experience >>

The 10th Annual Manitoba Gathering the biggest yet!

Over 600 community members, CED practitioners, government officials and everyone in between attended the 2012 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering, shattering previous attendence records.  With an energizing  keynote address by Raj Patel, a warm welcome by Premier Greg Selinger, and another stellar lineup of workshops, the event was considered by many to be the best yet!  Find out more >>

Yvon Poirier Joins CCEDNet's Board

Longtime CCEDNet member Yvon Poirier was recently appointed to CCEDNet's Board of Directors to fill a term ending at the spring Annual General Meeting, which will be held in Winnipeg this year.  Yvon represents the CDÉC de Québec and is Chair of CCEDNet's International Committee.  Meet Yvon.  Board membership is open to all CCEDNet members, with at-large Director positions elected each year.  If you are interested in joining the Board, contact Michael Toye or watch for this year's Board nomination information, which will be sent to members in February.

It's Membership Renewal Time

CCEDNet membership renewal notices were recently put in the mail.  Watch for your notice and renew your membership!  If you have any questions, contact Nikyta Mathieu Champagne, Administrative Coordinator. 

CED News & Resources

  • Social Enterprise World Forum - The SEWF is coming to Calgary, October 2-4, and CCEDNet will be organizing a special gathering for members.  Save the dates now and watch for more information.  Read more >>
  • The Quebec Microfinance Mutual: A Canadian First - Québec's National Assembly passed a law in December creating the first microfinance mutual that will be able to combine loans, training and business advisory services with insurance products and asset-building savings services.  Read more and register for CCEDNet's upcoming webinar
  • City of Hamilton Proposes a CED Strategy - In December, the City of Hamilton Economic Development Staff proposed a three-year pilot project for a community-based economic development strategy.  The proposal notes that "A trend seems to be emerging to include the principles of CED as part of municipal economic development strategies."  Read more >>
  • New Book: Investing in Place - Sean Markey, Greg Halseth and Don Manson have teamed up to articulate a pragmatic and innovative vision for development guided by innovative, place-based solutions that seek to build viable communities and resilient local and regional economies.  The book focuses on northern British Columbia’s rural and small-town economies but contains insights applicable to many economic revitalization strategies.  Read more >>
  • Community Land Trust Handbook - From the UK, the This handbook is a complete A - Z of how to start, build and run a community land trust project, from the first idea to the bricks and mortar.  It is accompanied by model policies and best practice material. Read more >>
  • The Digital Leaky Bucket - Ever wondered how much money comes into, or flows out of your local economy?  The Digital Leaky Bucket  is an online version of a popular education tool used by Coady International Institute graduates to help community members understand their local economy and the flows of money coming into and out of their community. Read more >>
  • Social Finance Concepts - At the 2012 Social Finance Forum, the federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development invited organizations to submit innovative ideas to help shape the future of social finance in Canada.  CCEDNet worked with partners to ensure that effective CED and cooperative financial models from across the country were included.  Read more >>
  • Upcoming Deadlines for the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund - About $5 million remains to be distributed in the upcoming requests for proposals between January 2013 and April 2014 for projects that increase accessibility to financial literacy education for people normally be excluded from mainstream financial organizations, enabling them to develop skills, knowledge and confidence in financial issues. Read more >>
  • Nova Scotia Introduces Community Interest Companies Act - The Government of Nova Scotia recently introduced the Community Interest Companies Act, which will allow businesses formed under the Companies Act to be designated as community interest companies. They will have characteristics of both businesses and non-profits, combining entrepreneurship with a social purpose.  Read more >>
  • A New Approach to Local Economic Development - Growing out of the Metcalf Foundation's Inclusive Local Economies Program in Toronto, is a platform for communication, collaboration and innovation on economic well-being in low-income neighbourhoods.  Read more >>
  • Sustainable Partnerships: Successful Practices and Lessons Learned from CED and the Social Economy - This is the text of a presentation made by CCEDNet Executive Director Michael Toye at the Forum pancanadien sur le développement économique en francophonie canadienne, introducing for examples of effective collaboration between government, community agencies and the private sector.  Read more >>  
  • Report from the Asia Solidarity Economy Forum - Yvon Poirier, Chair of CCEDNet's International Committee and co-author of the monthly International Newsletter on Sustainable Local Development, attended the Asia Solidarity Economy Forum in Indonesia last fall.  Read his report >>


My Community First!
February 12-15, in Prince George, Grande Prairie & Whitehorse

Vancouver Local Economy Summit
February 13 to 14, in Vancouver, BC

Social Enterprise for Community Change
February 14, by webinar

Social Impact Bonds: Beyond the Hype
February 25, by webinar

Transition Towards an Ecological and Social Economy
February 27, in Montréal, Québec

From Microcredit to Microfinance: Grameen 2.0?
March 13, by webinar

Social Enterprise Heroes
March 27, in Vancouver, BC

Social Return on Investment: Capturing Value and Values
March 28, by webinar

Being Continued:  Social Economy Research in Canada
April 18, by webinar

6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education: Let's Build Transformative Knowledge to Build Social Change
May 13 to 15, in Barcelona Spain

Summer Institute on Program Evaluation
June 3 to 7, in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Nonprofits and the Social Economy @the Edge: 6th Annual ANSER Conference
June 5 to 7, in Victoria, BC

Community-University Expo 2013
June 12 to 13 in Corner Brook, NL

North Atlantic Forum
June 13 to 15 in Hólar, Iceland

2013 Canadian Responsible Investment Conference
June 17 in Vancouver, BC

Citizen-Led Sustainable Change: Innovations in North American Community Development
June 23 to 25, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Cape Breton University Creative Community Business Conference
July 10 to 12, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Social Enterprise World Forum 2013
October 2 to 4, in Calgary, Alberta

2013 Communities Collaborating Institute
October 7 to 11, in Edmonton, Alberta

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