CCEDNet Blog a Hub For CED Thinking
If you haven't already checked out the blog over at our website
, you are missing out. Cruise over to it and make it a regular stop in your online adventures, you'll be glad you did. Here are two recent contributions:Paul Chamberlain: How Much Do You Know About Social Enterprise in Ontario?
Brendan Reimer: Are We As Co-operative As We Think We Are?
New Resource from CCEDNet: Public Policy Advocacy
Creating a supportive policy environment is an essential, and often daunting task for many non-profit organizations. The Canadian CED Network has created a new resources to help simplify the policy advocacy process. Public Policy Advocacy: Best Practices is a best practice guide that takes readers through three critical steps to effective policy advocacy: 1)
Prepare, and 3)
Act. Also included are four principles, which encourage readers to be patient, cultivate partnerships, and be ready embrace opportunities.
CCEDNet Welcomes New Staff
CCEDNet is pleased to announce that Darcy Penner has joined the staff team! He will work with members toward the CCEDNet - Manitoba Policy Forum in November, and then on advancing the policy priorities of the Network's members. Darcy graduated with an Honours Degree in Politics from the University of Winnipeg, and recently completed an internship with CCEDNet member Food Matters Manitoba. Amid a variety of other volunteer experiences, Darcy also recently completed a pro-bono match through our Spark service with another of our member organizations. Darcy will take over as researcher and policy advisor for Kirsten Bernas during the next six months while Kirsten is on secondment with the Province of Manitoba to work on its All Aboard Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Alberta CED News
Poverty Costs 2.0 - A Blueprint to Reduce Poverty in Alberta
A new report by Action to End Poverty in Alberta (AEPA) and Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC) provides real solutions and a concrete implementation plan for Alberta's forthcoming poverty reduction strategy. The report follows up on the Poverty Costs publication (2012), which presented the economic case for a preventative poverty reduction strategy in Alberta. Building on this evidence, Poverty Costs 2.0 discusses what measurement to use as a poverty line, and includes policy recommendations for social assistance, wages, housing, health, and financial literacy. Despite a strong economy, 10–12% of Albertans live in poverty and are not able to share in the abundance that Alberta has to offer.
[Source: Momentum Newsletter]
Storytelling Key to Demonstrating Impact of Social Enterprise
Alberta's social enterprise sector is ripe with innovation and exciting new start-ups, according to Stephanie Robertson. Taking this innovation to the next level, however, will require stronger measurements of their results and impact. Ms. Robertson is President of the Calgary-based SiMPACT Strategy Group, which works with social enterprises to help them understand and demonstrate their social value. Stephanie will be discussing the subject of measuring and demonstrating the value at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary in October. [Source: Enterprising Non-Profits]
Young & Free: 30 Scholarships Available!
Thirty deserving current or aspiring university students throughout Alberta will be awarded $1000 scholarships through Servus Credit Union's Young & Free Alberta Scholarship Program this year. To qualify, applicants must submit either a maximum 90-second video or a 300- to 500-word essay answering the following question: “What has been your most significant life lesson? How has it changed you and how will you use it to shape your future and your world?” The deadline for applications is September 23 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced November 1.
National CED News
Canada on the Global Stage: Social Enterprise World Forum
CCEDNet is pleased to be a supporting partner in the upcoming Social Enterprise World Forum
in Calgary. Registration is now open. This world class event is not to be missed. The impressive roster of speakers include the leading thinkers and actors in the social enterprise sector from across the globe. Among the presenters are several CCEDNet members and staff.
Just prior to the SEWF opening session, join CCEDNet members and friends for a networking reception offering new contacts and new ideas from North American leaders working towards inclusive community economies. Bob Massie, President and CEO of the New Economics Institute
will share insights into the growing New Economy movement in the US, and Canadian leaders will respond with their perspectives on promising strategies for transformative economic change. Register now >>
Registration For The 2013 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering Now Open
Over the past decade, the Gathering has grown in attendance and developed its content to now stand as the premier event on the Manitoba CED calender. We are proud to offer this annual celebration of the work we see every day in Manitoba's communities. While the CED community in Manitoba is thriving, there remains stories to be told, people to meet, and challenges to overcome. The Gathering is the nexus of these efforts. Click below to register or here to learn more.
We look forward to seeing you there!
2013 National Co-operative Week: October 13 - 19
From October 13-19, co-operators across the country will be celebrating the many ways in which co-operatives build stronger communities, both here in Canada and around the world. The theme of this year's celebration is A Better Way,
which highlights the fact that co-ops provide a better and fairer way to do business during times of economic uncertainty and inequality.
In the true spirit of cooperation and sharing, the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) has posted downloadable resources on its website to help you spread the word, including the Co-op Week poster, website ads and email signatures.
[ CED Tool ] Building a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System
The current state of evaluation in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors points to the need for a more strategic approach to evaluation. In this guide, FSG, nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research, provides a framework and set of practices that can help organizations be more systematic, coordinated, and intentional about what to evaluate, when, why, with whom, and with what resources.
[ CED Book Club ] Cooperation, Community, and Co-ops in A Global Era
In this new publication, Dr. Carl Ratner discusses issues that are necessary to describe the nature of cooperation and how it can be promoted as a social and ethical ideal amidst a sea of competing interests. Dr. Ratner uses the framework of cooperativism, that is the system of social institutions, social philosophy, cultural psychology and politics that promotes cooperation, as a starting point. Elements of cooperativism are derived from a rigorous analysis of various sources, including the needs of tendencies of human culture and human psychology.
A Little Bird Told Us: Top Tweets of the Month
Here is a brief sampling of some of our most popular tweets from the past 30 days. Click here
to follow us on Twitter.
- Poverty rates increase in contentious national survey - Stats Can's latest results show 15% of Cdns live in ow.ly/oU9VJ
- How the 'marriage' of gov't to industrial makes it harder for people to find authentically local : ow.ly/oKSd7
- What @ heard about @, nicely summed up by @. Lots of our member-directed work in here: ow.ly/oAWGf
- New report reveals the cyclic relationship between mental illness and concentrated urban poverty ow.ly/ofvVf via @
- A group of teens in have started a youth co-op & they offer services & you should use them ow.ly/nXMzN
- Social Enterprise, CED and the New Economy at the Social Enterprise World Forum. Read more at ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/node/12576 @