Raj Patel on the Value of Community Solutions
If you missed the 10th Annual CD/CED Gathering in Winnipeg last month - or just need a refresher - you can stream Raj Patel's keynote speech on the 'value of nothing' and the importance of community-based solutions to complex global problems. Raj Patel is a British-born American academic, journalist, activist, and writer of the best-selling books, The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy
and Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System
. This portion of Raj's speech was aired on CKUW radio.
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CCEDNet featured in profile on Weston Wheels
CCEDNet's work in supporting an innovative social enterprise in Etobicoke was recently featured in the National Post
. The article profiles Weston Wheels, a social enterprise trains at-risk youth to perform basic bicycle repair, while also offering them employment and life skills training. CCEDNet supported the Learning Enrichment Foundation (which operates the social enterpise) during the start-up phase and helped facilitate a strategic planning session.
British Columbia CED News
Vancouver offers sites for affordable housing
In what Mayor Gregor Robertson calls a “top priority”, the City of Vancouver is offering city-owned land for long-term lease to build new affordable housing. The “More Homes, More Affordability” program aims to develop 500 or so affordable units on six sites to begin alleviating an affordable housing crisis.
New Institute to Examine Co-ops & Peace
The University of Victoria will soon be home to a one-of-kind international institute designed to explore the relationship between co-operatives and peace. The Co-operative Institute for Peace and Social Inclusion will be mandated to examine how co-ops help build peaceful communities around the world, and what role they can play in international migration. The Institute will formally open its doors in January 2013. To learn more, or find out how you can participate in the Institute’s work, contact Ian MacPherson at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Source: CCA News Brief)
Co-ops in the City
Despite the rural roots of many co-op movements, co-operatives have come to play an important role in creating stronger, fairer urban communities. The Co-operative City Conference will showcase how co-ops can make sustainability the basis for bolstering key sectors such as housing, culture, local food systems while improving the quality of life in communities. The Conference takes place on November 23 at SFU Woodward's in Vancouver.
National CED News
McKinsey report finds strength in co-operative business model
Co-operatives grow at an identical rate to companies, and those mutuals in the food and agricultural have surpassed their corporate counter-parts. This is the message from the Mckinsey on Co-operatives report unveiled at the International Summit of Cooperatives on October 9 in Quebec City. The report concluded that the co-op sector is well poised for growth, but most pursue opportunities in new and fast-growing markets.(Source: ACCA news
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CED Book Club: Community Economic Development - Building For Social Change
Having made major gains in practice and having built local capacities through innovation, CED now stands at a crossroads. In Building for Social Change
, Eric Shragge, Michael Toye (CCEDNet's Executive Director) and colleagues from across the country offer a timely critical examination of CED practices and debates. This book is designed for CED practitioners, for others working in community-based organizations and those being trained.
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Unique Position to Focus on Co-ops in University Business Faculty
The Province of Manitoba has committed funding to create a chair in co-operative enterprises for the development and delivery of a co-op business program at the University of Winnipeg. According to Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, the program will “help raise awareness of the benefits of co-operatives to the general public and act as a resource for the business community.” This one-of-a-kind position will be responsible for developing the University’s faculty of business and economics’ concentration in co-operative management.
CED Tool: Community Information Database
The Community Information Database (CID) is a free internet-based resource developed to provide communities, researchers, and governments with access to consistent and reliable socio-economic and demographic data and information for all communities across Canada. This tool allows community researchers to create custom interactive maps from a wide range of economic, demographic, physical and cultural data.>> Read more