Atlantic Canada CED News: September 2013

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September 2013 Newsletter

Canadian CED Network News

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. Also, if you are a member and have something you'd like to share with the network, get in touch with us!
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) Research, 2) 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, taking over as researcher and policy advisor for Kirsten Bernas during the next six months while Kirsten Bernas is on secondment with the Province of Manitoba to work on its All Aboard Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Atlantic CED News

Nova Scotia Fruit Producer Gets a Boost

A Nova Scotia producer co-operative will soon be upgrading its operations, thanks to the federal Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Peter McKay, federal Justice Minister and a Nova Scotia MP, announced that ACOA is giving Scotian Gold Co-operative two business development loans totaling $350,000. The loans will help Scotian Gold upgrade its fruit pre-sorting and packing operations, including the introduction of digital pre-sorting technology. "These important upgrades will allow for more precisely pre-graded apples, safer operations, decreased costs and higher productivity to meet increasing market demand," said Scotian Gold CEO David Cudmore.

International Co-operative Governance Symposium

For three days in September, Halifax became headquarters for the world's co-operative community during the International Co-operative Governance Symposium. More than 120 co-operative practitioners and academics from 20 countries gathered at Saint Mary's University to hear  featured speakers and panelists from around the globe. Participants engaged in discussions on a variety of topics, from governance education and member participation to governance in different types of co-operatives and the roles of board members and delegates. Click here to download presentations from the symposium. To read additional coverage of the symposium, follow the link below.

[Source: CCA News Brief]

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 >>

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.

Upcoming Events

Financing a Co-op

Webinar >>

Seminar: Charities, Non-Profits, Co-ops, Social Enterprises and the Law
Fredericton >>

Social Enterprise World Forum

Calgary, AB >>

2013 Communities Collaborating Institute: Accelerating Impact

Edmonton, AB >>

Living Wage: Dialogue on Employer Involvement

Webinar >>

Co-op Week 2013: A Better Way
Worldwide >>

Government Funding for Business Start Ups

Webinar >>

2013 Communities Collaborating Institute: Accelerating Impact

Edmonton, AB >>

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Worldwide >>

5th RIPESS Global Forum of Social and Solidarity Economy
Manilla >>

2013 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference
Thunder Bay, ON >>

2013 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering
Winnipeg, MB >>

Social Enterprise Atlantic Conference
Halifax >>

2013 CWCF-CoopZone Conference
St. Albert, AB >>
Check our website for more event listings.

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