CCEDNet Webinars Available Online
New webinars on the latest social economy research and microfinance are now available online. We also have sessions on social impact bonds, the versatility of coops, community resilience, financial management for sustainability and the Canada Revenue Agency's new guidelines for Charitable Status and CED, among others. Check out our Webinars page for more information on all the sessions. CCEDNet also partnered with the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria for a webinar series they recently offered on youth social entrepreneurship. The three webinars
explore how young people and youth-serving organizations are using social enterprise to create sustainable livelihoods.
Saskatchewan CED News
Community Learners High School
Much more than an educational institution, the Community Learners High School is helping young Saskatonians rebuild their lives. This innovative program, run by the Youth Development Corporation, blends education and skills training for young people that have been involved in the criminal justice system. Students attend the school for half of the day, and then work in one of YDCs social enterprises in the afternoon. YDC currently operates a bakery and a computer refurbishing business that provide training, mentoring, and a pay cheque to youth who might otherwise be unable to attain employment. Last year, 42 youth attended YDC’s school, and many are starting a new life path.
Treasure Trove of Co-operative Information & Resources
The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan is home to a treasure trove of co-operative resources and information. The Centre has an extensive co-operative library and an online archive of co-operative historical documents and photographs. The collection is the largest stock of co-operative materials in Anglophone Canada, and is the only lending library specializing in co-operatives and social economy organizations in North America. Keep the Centre in mind for your next co-operative project, as the Centre's trained staff offer research support and assistance in accessing information to anyone interested in the history, development and future of co-operatives.
Tee Up for Co-ops
Dig your clubs out of the garage and brush off your golf shoes - registration is now open for the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association’s 18th Annual Co-op Classic Golf Tournament. This annual event is held to raise funds for the SCA’s Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada. This year’s Tournament is taking place on July 12th at the Harbor Golf Club & Resort. Registration closes on June 28th.
National CED News
Taking Community Economic Development Mainstream
Members and supporters of the Canadian CED Network are well aware of the economic and social benefits of CED. But what would it take to bring these ideas into the mainstream? After studying this question for a year, Localise West Midlands has come up with some answers. Using CCEDNet's definition of CED
as a starting point, their research report provides directions for how CED can be integrated into local economies to help create more successful, socially just and diverse places. The report also includes a literature review on the benefits of localised economies, which finds that CED-led communities out-perform communities with centralized economies on several indicators including job creation, social inclusion, and income distribution.
CED Tool: Grant Connect
Imagine Canada has recently launched a new tool, Grant Connect, which is an innovative and comprehensive funder database providing detailed searchable information thousands of funding opportunities for Canadian charities, as well as easy to use donor management tools. Imagine Canada is now inviting non-profits across the country to take part in a free trial of this new service, as well as informational webinars. This proprietary grading system analyzes the capacity of each listed funder as well as their connection to your non-profit's cause. Through Grant Connect, you'll instantly know who your best funding prospects are without having to do hours of research.
CED Book Club - Youth Homelessness in Canada
Youth Homelessness in Canada: Implications for Policy and Practice
aims to fill a gap in the information available on homelessness by providing an accessible collection of the best Canadian research and policy analysis in the field. In this book, leading Canadian scholars present key findings from their research on youth homelessness. In an effort to make this research accessible as well as relevant to decision-makers and practitioners, contributing authors have been asked to address the 'so whatness' of their research; to make clear the policy and practice implications of their research so as to better inform the efforts of those working to address youth homelessness.
A Little Bird Told Us: Top Tweets of the Month
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- Top 10 Ingredients of a Local Economy: And The Pioneers That are Leading the Way http://bit.ly/14BwsOo @bealocalist #neweconomy
- From #Housing to #HealthCare, 7 Co-ops That Are Changing Our Economy: #Coop stories from diverse sectors http://ow.ly/kmIJ1 @yesmagazine
- Canada should take the lead in encouraging social enterprise http://ow.ly/kmHCl #socent
- New research highlights role of #coop's in strengthening environmental health of local economies http://ow.ly/kUKeH #food
- Social enterprises need a new 'ecosystem' of support, according to a sector expert http://ow.ly/kmIay #socent