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2020 CRRF Virtual Conference: Supporting Rural Recovery & Resilience

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The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation has shifted its in-person gathering (originally slated to be held in Rimouski, QC) to a 'Virtual Conference' this fall to share highlights from the CRRF Rural Insight Series: COVID-19.

Join for two full days of FREE content and interactive discussions - you don't want to miss this jam-packed program of rural researchers and thought leaders as they share rural-specific lessons and insights about the challenges and opportunities posed by the pandemic.

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Alternative Provincial Budget Community Online Launch

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba office launched its Alternative Provincial Budget (APB) which proposes a number of strategic investments the Government of Manitoba can make to take action on the big issues facing our province, like poverty, climate change, and improving the well-being of Manitobans.  

Change Starts Here shows that there are choices the provincial government can make to narrow the gap between the rich and the rest of us, lift close to 80,000 Manitobans out of poverty and create thousands of good paying jobs in the low carbon economy. Under the APB plan, the average Manitoba family will be better off financially due to progressive tax and income transfer changes.

Join this webinar for an in-depth exploration of the report. 


Beyond COVID19 emergency: building collective and lasting responses through Social Solidarity Economy

Humanity is facing one of the most serious and uncertain crises in recent history. The current globalization of the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed it to spread to all countries. Even remote populations are at risk, as are populations in war zones and those living in cramped conditions with poor hygiene such refugee camps, putting the lives of human beings at risk in an increasingly globalized world.

This webinar will start the discussion on how we arrived at this point from an SSE perspective. It will also highlight concrete Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) responses that SSE projects are building (both in this emergency situation, and in general as a solution to the global challenges).

To ensure a comprehensive vision with grassroots SSE experiences from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America, this webinar will be split in three separate sessions run in English, French and Spanish. Each webinar will have different speakers representing voices and projects from all around the world.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Macro inputs: how have we reached this point? – analysis from SSE perspective
  • Concrete SSE solidarity responses to the emergency situation and role of SSE networks
  • SSE and its networks building collective and lasting responses beyond the current emergency

Note that the 12pm start time is Central European time, which translates to 6am Eastern Daylight Time. 

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Addressing Global Issues Starts with Community

Community is the lifeblood of every place. Positive relationships between neighbours boosts the wellbeing of everyone in the neighbourhood. Tapping into and investing in social capital is essential for developing thriving neighbourhoods.

When governments and agencies partner with community, new possibilities emerge and the impact can be exponentially greater even when addressing global issues such as climate change and pandemics. Join Jim Diers and Cathy Urquhart as they explore the power of partnering with neighbourhoods.

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Mushkiki (medicine) Healing Self & Systems

Speaker: Melanie Goodchild, Founder, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow and Associate

Melanie will share stories about her work supporting a regenerative future for Indigenous communities through Turtle Island Institute (TII), a project on the Tides Canada shared platform. TII incorporates prophecies, Anishinaabe gikendaasowin (knowledge), and cultural approaches together with systems thinking, complexity and resilience thinking to imagine and build a future where all of these energies align. Blending tools for systems transformation together with a focus on personal growth and leadership, TII is leading work on healing self and systems to tackle intractable problems. What kinds of mushkiki (medicine) do we need to foster transformative innovations? Melanie works with various thought leaders to nurture their capacities for self-awareness and inner change.

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Social Finance Webinar Series: Ethical, Environmental, Everyone!

Fair Finance Fund 2020 webinar series: every 2 weeks starting April 16th

  • Date/time (first webinar): April 16th, 12:00-1:00 pm EST
  • Registrants will receive zoom link
  • Series: Every other Wednesday 12:00-1:00 pm EST

Have you been wanting to learn more about innovations in investing and finance? Join us for our 2020 webinar series Social Finance: Ethical, Environmental, Everyone!

This Webinar Series from the Fair Finance Fund brings you experts in impact investing, social finance, social entrepreneurship and innovations in finance to present on their work and answer your questions. Each webinar will feature two speakers, facilitated by the team at the Fair Finance Fund. The series will discuss new models of investing for social purpose, managing risk in an integrated portfolio, the social and environmental impacts of social finance with stories from the field, and the best practices of investing for the future for people and the planet.

Our first webinar is on Thurs April 16th at 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

Speakers: Julia Vlad, VP Lending at New Market Funds and Brian Smith, Founding Partner and CEO at Rhiza Capital.  Learn more and register via the button below.

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