CCEDNet National Newsletter: July 2013

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Webinar on CED Investment Funds:  the Nova Scotia Experience

The CED Investment Fund (CEDIF) program in Nova Scotia is one of the leading Canadian models for mobilizing local investment in economic initiatives, managing more than $50 million in 48 funds --  all raised from local residents.  This CCEDNet session with Chris Payne, CEDIF Investment Manager, will introduce the model, illustrate the impacts it has had redirecting investments for local impact, and consider key lessons from Nova Scotia’s success. Register Now >>

Excitement Building for #SEWF

1,200 participants from 30 countries are expected for the Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary, Oct 2-4.  As part of the remarkable program, Thrive, Calgary's CED Network has organized five fabulous social enterprise tours.  A special CCEDNet gathering will be held just before the opening ceremonies on Oct 2. Register Now >>

Preparations for the 5th International Meeting of the Social Solidarity Economy

Activities are intensifying in preparation for the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy's (RIPESS) 5th International Meeting in Manila, Philippines, October 15-18.  CCEDNet has been a member of RIPESS for more than a decade, and is mobilizing to send a strong delegationConsultations are now underway to help clarify international visions of the social solidarity economy -- the deadline for comments is August 9.  On-line participation is also being planned.  Read more >>

CCEDNet Recommendations for the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

"For development to be sustainable, it must not only generate wealth: it must also advance social justice, reduce and eventually eliminate poverty, and remain within the limits imposed by ecosystem and resource resilience."  CCEDNet's brief to Environment Canada's consultations on the next federal Sustainable Development Strategy recommends taking a three-pillar approach to development.  Read more >>

A Historic Co-op Congress

At the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) last month, delegates voted to create a single bilingual organization to represent co-ops, credit unions and mutual insurance companies for all of Canada. Also at the Congress, CCEDNet member and longtime CED leader Melanie Conn received CCA’s Canadian Co-operative Achievement Award.  Congratulations to CCA, CCCM, Melanie and all of Canada’s dedicated co-operators who are building a better world. Read more >>

Vancity Wins National CED Award

Credit Union Central of Canada has awarded the National Credit Union Community Economic Development Award to Vancity for their Resilient Capital Program.  In just two years, Resilient Capital has invested more than $3.5 million in over ten social enterprises focused on addressing social and environmental challenges and building more resilient communities.  Congratulations to Vancity! Read more >>

Ideas for our Fall Webinar Series?

Our very successful webinar series will be continuing in September.  If you have suggestions for topics you’d like us to cover, tell us.  Webinars on social impact bonds, the versatility of coopscommunity resiliencefinancial management for sustainability the Canada Revenue Agency's new guidelines for Charitable Status and CED, the latest social economy research, and innovative microfinance mutuals are now available online.  Check out our Webinars page for more information on all the sessions.

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 a Youth and Women’s Employment Counsellor in Burkina Faso and a Financial Management Advisor in Senegal. See all postings >>

CED Resources

Our on-line searchable CED toolbox has over 400 resources on everything from Aboriginal Financial Institutions to the Youth In Charge toolkit. Look no further: Search the toolbox.  Here are a few recent additions. 

Strengthening Neighbourhood Resilience: Opportunities for Communities and Local Governments

This new report from the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria describes the characteristics of resilient neighbourhoods, highlights inspirational examples, and identifies key roles for different sectors to play in fostering resilient neighbourhoods. Read more >>

Economic and Community Development Outcomes of Healthy Food Retail

This report argues that new grocery stores, corner stores, farmer’s markets, and other food retailers generate significant economic activity in all communities, and specifically in low-income communities. It encourages researchers to consider the economic benefits (not just the health benefits) of innovations such as financing incentives, urban agriculture, and food hubs. Read more >>

Impact and Benefit Agreements: The Role of Negotiated Agreements

This research study from the University of Guelph found that IBAs did lead to benefits for Aboriginal communities when a collaborative approach was taken and authority over traditional lands strengthened negotiating positions. Read more >>

Community Development Evaluation Measures: Indicators of Success

This document brings together a collection of social and community well-being indicators that are intended as a resource for community development organizations in designing and developing evaluations of their programs and services. Read more >>

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How to Track and Analyze the Critical Numbers of Your Business
August 27, by webinar

Collective Impact Facilitator Session 1
September 4, in Toronto, Ontario

International Co-operative Governance Symposium
September 5 to 7, in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Collective Impact Workshop 1 for teams of 3-4
September 9, in Toronto, Ontario

Introduction to Social Enterprise
September 13, by webinar

2013 Community Futures Manitoba Conference
September 17 to 19, in Morden, Manitoba

18th Annual Social Venture Institute, Hollyhock
September 18 to 22, on Cortes Island, BC

Aurora Business Project Free Information Session
September 18, in Montréal, Quebec

Nonprofit Reframed: Strategy, Policy & Partnerships for Strengthening Ontario's Communities
September 19 to 20, in Toronto, Ontario

Making Social Change: Strategies for Funders
September 30 to October 1, in Calgary, Alberta

From Bridging to Bonding: Examining the Social Enterprise Research-Practice Continuum
October 1, in Calgary, Alberta

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

Social Media Engagement Certificate
October 2, in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Rural Communities: The Root to Health
October 3 to 4, in Minden, Ontario

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

Co-op Week 2013: A Better Way
October 13 to 19, All Across Canada!

5th RIPESS Global Forum of Social and Solidarity Economy
October 15 to 18, in Manila, Philippines


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