British Columbia 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. 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! 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.

British Columbia CED News

Virtual Water Cooler for Social Enterprise Launched

A valuable new resource for Canada's social enterprise sector was officially launched earlier this month. is the new home of the Vancouver-based Enterprising Non-Profits and the Social Enterprise Council of Canada (SECC). The website is envisioned as a virtual water cooler for the sector, and hosts a wide variety of social enterprise resources, and tools for everyone from consumers and investors to start-up social enterprises and people hoping to learn more. Fresh news from across the sector will be published Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Canadian CED Network is a longtime partner of both enp Canada and the SECC.

Home Street Home: New Report on Youth Homelessness in Vancouver

A new study seeks to shed light on the often overlooked issue of transitions into homelessness among at risk youth in Vancouver. Based on consultations with young people, the report provides policy options for preventing youth homelessness, and the first incident of homelessness in particular. The key recommendation is to place youth workers in secondary schools to support the academic and social development of at risk youth, and to provide connections to appropriate community supports.


Five B.C. Co-ops Awarded Funding

Five emerging co-operatives in British Columbia have been awarded a total of nearly $50,000 for the "profound positive impact" they have brought to their communities. The financial support was delivered as part of The Co-operators Co-operative Development Program, which awarded grants of $5,000 to $15,000 to fourteen co-ops across Canada. Recipients are involved in a wide range of business operations, including car sharing, renewable energy, local food and agriculture. The five B.C. recipients are: 1) Okanagan Car Share Co-op 2) Metro Vancouver City Farms Co-op 3) Shift Delivery Co-op 4) SIKAT Trading Co-op 5) Victoria Women in Need Community Co-op. Congrats to all recipients!

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.

Upcoming Events

Community Social Planning Council AGM

Victoria, BC >>

Financing a Co-op

Webinar >>

Canadian Centre for Economic Gardening Conference

Building Your Social Enterprise Workshop

Kootenays >>

Living Wage: Dialogue on Employer Involvement

Webinar >>

Government Funding for Business Start Ups

Webinar >>

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

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Worldwide >>

International Credit Union Day
Worldwide >>

2013 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering
Winnipeg, MB >>

Building Your Social Enterprise Workshop
Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley >>

Symposium on Housing & Hunger in BC
Vancouver, BC >>

2013 Building Sustainable Communities Conference
Kelowna, BC >>

Living the New Economy
Victoria, BC >>
Check our website for more event listings.

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