Saskatchewan 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.

Saskatchewan CED News 

Growing Income Gap Also Raising Affordability Gap for Housing

Money has been pouring into Saskatchewan for over decade now, but who has been benefiting from this growth? As if too often the case, the rich are getting richer and growing the income gap in Saskatoon (and Regina too, though to a lesser extent). The 2010 median income for families in Saskatoon is $8,000 more than it was in 2005. However, Len Usiskin, a founding CCEDNet member, sees another side of this growth. He recently spoke with the Star Phoenix and pointed out that "the affordability gap for housing - what it costs to rent or buy a house compared to what people's incomes are - is rising year after year."

Saskatoon Car Share Co-op Receives Funding

The Saskatoon Car Share Co-op was recently awarded $10,000 in funding to support the "profound positive impact" it has brought to Saskatoon 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 emerging co-ops across Canada. Grant recipients are involved in a wide range of business operations, including renewable energy, local food and agriculture. 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.

Several events are being held in Regina on October 15 to mark the occasion, beginning with the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony and Proclamation of Co-op Week, and the Co-operative Council of Regina Co-op Week Luncheon each taking place at the Legislature. New to this year's celebration will be a tour of Regina co-operatives, organized by the Saskatchewan Co-op Association. Finally, the SCA's Co-operative Merit Awards Banquet will take place in the evening.

[ 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 >>

2013 Social Enterprise World Forum
Calgary, AB >>

Living Wage: Dialogue on Employer Involvement

Webinar >>

Government Funding for Business Start Ups

Webinar >>

2013 Saskatchewan Co-op Week Events
Regina, SK >>

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 >>

Living the New Economy
Victoria, BC >>
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