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Collaborative Leadership for Social Change

Canadian Poverty InstituteThe Poverty Studies Summer Institute is a unique study opportunity that brings together students, practitioners and ministry workers into an intimate learning community. Over a 3 week period, participants will engage in active learning and discussion about the causes and impacts of poverty and best practices in how to alleviate and end it. 

The Summer Institute offers courses that respond to the material, social and spiritual dimensions of poverty providing both the knowledge and skill base to work effectively in the practice of poverty reduction. The program will consist of 3 one-week intensive courses which may be eligible for credit for Ambrose University degree programs.

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Collaborative Leadership for Social Change

An examination of the elements of transformative collaborative leadership in order to equip students in the practice of community organizing, teaching them to reflect on their leadership capacity by engaging in a social change project. These skills are important because leadership that unites communities to take shared action is critical for social change and for developing strong communities.

LE 637, May 28 - June 1
Instructor: Ryan Anderson

Cando 25th Annual National Conference & AGM

Cando 25th Annual National Conference & AGM25th Annual National Conference & AGM will be held on October 22 - 25, 2018 at the Edmonton Mariott at River Cree Resort Enoch, Alberta.

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Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) is a federally registered, non-profit society that is Aboriginal controlled, community based, and membership driven. Cando is directed by a national regionally represented volunteer board of elected EDOs representing every region of Canada.

Cando has been instrumental in facilitating partnerships with EDOs, academics, Aboriginal leaders and senior corporate and government representatives. Cando is unique because it is the only national organization that focuses on education and professional development for EDOs working in Aboriginal communities or organizations.

Co-op Development for Poverty Reduction

KNOW PovertyWould you like to help build a thriving Co-op sector in Alberta and Canada? As someone with an interest in and passion for Community Economic Development and Co-ops, I would like to invite you to an upcoming professional development opportunity. This coming June, the Canadian Poverty Institute at Ambrose University in partnership with CoopZone is pleased to offer the following intensive course in Co-op Development:

Co-op Development for Poverty Reduction.
June 4 – 8. Instructor: Eric Tusz-King, CoopZone

This one week course provides an overview of co-operative enterprises and co-operative development as an effective approach to poverty reduction. Learn about the co-operative movement, its history in Canada and internationally, and the values and principles of co-operatives and their contribution to resolving social, environmental, and economic challenges.

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Through this course we are aiming to build up a strong cadre of skilled co-op developers who can help create a thriving co-op sector in Alberta.

This course is being offered as part of the annual Poverty Studies Summer Institute, KNOW Poverty. The Summer Institute brings together a diverse learning community of service practitioners, policy makers, university students and persons with a lived experience of poverty to reflect on the causes, impacts and solutions to poverty. Last year we had a dynamic group of over 100 learners from the social service, government, faith and academic sectors who shared, learned and connected with each other.

Other courses being offered this year that may be of particular interest to you and your staff include:

  • Working with Vulnerable Populations.
  • Intersections Between Poverty and Government Policy.
  • Human Rights and Poverty
  • Collaborative Leadership for Social Change.
  • Sociology of Poverty

Please find attached a program guide for more information about the courses being offered. Courses are available for university credit or professional development. A discount rate is available to organizations that would like to register 3 or more staff.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the program further, please do not hesitate to contact Derek Cook at 403-410-2913.

Download the brochure for Co-op Development for Poverty Reduction

SROI Accreditation Training

Social Value CanadaMay 30-31, 2018 in Calgary, join Social Value Canada for SROI Accreditation training. The course is a requirement for all individuals seeking accreditation by the SROI International Network.

Social Return on Investment, or SROI, is a system of accounting for all of the social and environmental value of your activities. Applying SROI to your work can have a whole range of benefits – from demonstrating impact in a clear and transparent way, to improving service delivery, winning contracts and tenders to being accountable to your stakeholders, SROI helps to maximise the potential of your social value.

For More Information or to Register

Please contact Mary at:

mary at simpactsg.com

Social Value Canada's SROI Accreditation course is delivered by accredited trainers and SROI practitioners.

DAY 1 – How to do an SROI analysis

Day one is a practical, step-by-step introduction to the SROI process. We will begin with some theory, but the process is best learnt by trying it, so candidates will learn how to develop an impact map – the heart of the SROI process – and explore appropriate real life examples.

DAY 2 – SROI Practitioner Training

Day two covers in depth, more theoretical issues behind SROI including valuation techniques and counterfactuals, as well as discussing examples of best practice at different levels of rigour.

Forming Cooperatives Webinar

Forming Cooperatives Webinar1:00pm to 2:00pm Eastern Time

In our third of five webinars, our speakers will introduce the steps involved in forming a cooperative including deciding on its legal entity, cooperative finances, and governance and decision making.

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Speakers:

Ro McIntyre, Red Emma’s Cafe and Bookstore
Ro has been a worker-owner at Red Emma’s Cafe & Bookstore for 4 years. Through their work at Red Emma’s they co-founded Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED), a local loan fund for worker-cooperative. BRED provides high touch technical assistance paired with non-extractive financing to help co-ops grow & thrive. Ro is currently the Educational Director at BRED and is happily spreading the good word of cooperatives in Maryland.

Annie Sullivan-Chin, A Bookkeeping Cooperative
Annie has been a worker-owner, bookkeeper, and consultant at A Bookkeeping Cooperative since 2013. She began her work with ABC as an intern with the Democracy At Work Network, helping ABC craft its cooperative bylaws and operations protocols. She is now a certified DAWN Peer Advisor, providing customized technical assistance to worker-owned and democratically-managed organizations throughout the country.

Facilitators:

Yvonne Yen Liu, Solidarity Research Center
Yvonne is the co-founder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that advances solidarity economies. She serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network and was named the 2018 Activist-in-Residence Fellow at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Parag Rajendra Khandhar, Asian American Solidarity Economies Project
Parag is a founding principal of Gilmore Khandhar, LLC, a law firm focused on legal, policy, and advocacy tools to advance economic justice, racial equity, and social transformation. He teaches at George Washington University Law School. Parag co-founded Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE) and the Asian American Solidarity Economies Network (AASE).

Incubating Cooperatives Webinar

Incubating Cooperatives WebinarIn our last of five webinars, our speakers will discuss how to incubate cooperatives as a community-based organization or worker center.

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Speakers:

  • Lan Dinh, Vietlead
  • Lolita Andrada Lledo, Pilipino Workers Center

Facilitators:

Yvonne Yen Liu, Solidarity Research Center
Yvonne is the co-founder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that advances solidarity economies. She serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network and was named the 2018 Activist-in-Residence Fellow at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Parag Rajendra Khandhar, Asian American Solidarity Economies Project
Parag is a founding principal of Gilmore Khandhar, LLC, a law firm focused on legal, policy, and advocacy tools to advance economic justice, racial equity, and social transformation. He teaches at George Washington University Law School. Parag co-founded Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE) and the Asian American Solidarity Economies Network (AASE).

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