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Community Innovation and Social Enterprise conference 2021

Image of Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University with text: "Community Innovation and Social Enterprise Virtual Edition. Save the date. Thursday July 8 2021" Community-based ventures have been a strong part of the Canadian economy for more than a century and recent innovative practices have made the social enterprise sector a hot topic in national and international vistas.  The conference brings together practitioners, researchers, and community organizations, from home and afar, to discuss current practices, challenges, and innovations in advancing social entrepreneurship, economic development and community livelihoods.  

Directors of community organizations, social entrepreneurs, researchers, public policy makers, and people interested in community-based development, innovation, and entrepreneurship attend this popular biennial conference. As a conference attendee, you will hear from practitioners and researchers on community innovation, social enterprise, place-based development, and their effect on community health and economic development.

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Social Enterprise World Forum Rural Forum

SEWF 2021 logoSEWF 2021: Co-hosted with Common Good Solutions (Nova Scotia, Canada)

In 2021, the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is partnering with Common Good Solutions in Nova Scotia as event co-host to shine a spotlight on Canada, while addressing priorities and issues for social enterprises around the world. Key themes will include climate change, young people, social procurement, economic recovery and indigenous social enterprises. 

SEWF will be kicking off their new annual event programme with a Policy Forum in April. This will be followed by the a Rural Forum in June and SEWF 2021 in late September/early October. They will close the year with the SEWF Academic Forum in November. All events will be in English and French and will have digital participation with their flagship forum – depending on travel restrictions – blending online and in-person sessions (to be confirmed 1st March).

The new event strategy recognises the ongoing and lasting impacts of COVID-19 on the SEWF community, as well as the opportunity digital presents and builds on the success and lessons learned from last year’s event and also the Community Consultation SEWF recently undertook. 

Rural Forum (8 & 9 June)
Social enterprises are often the glue that keep rural communities together. And yet they face a range of challenges that their urban counterparts do not. That’s why SEWF has created a dedicated event to support, connect and build the rural social enterprise community.

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Other SEWF 2021 events

  • Policy Forum (27 & 28 April)
    • Join the launch of the new Social Procurement Community of Practice! Effective policy is essential to facilitate the development of social enterprise. Whether you’re a policymaker, agency or intermediary involved in policies, you will be able to connect and learn at this event. 
  • SEWF 2021 (September/October)
    • SEWF's flagship forum is one of the world’s leading events for social enterprise. It provides a space for connection and community, conversations and collaborations. It’s also an opportunity to be informed and inspired by masterclasses, presentations and panel discussions.
  • Academic Forum (November)

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Social Enterprise World Forum Policy Forum

SEWF 2021 logoSEWF 2021: Co-hosted with Common Good Solutions (Nova Scotia, Canada)

In 2021, the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is partnering with Common Good Solutions in Nova Scotia as event co-host to shine a spotlight on Canada, while addressing priorities and issues for social enterprises around the world. Key themes will include climate change, young people, social procurement, economic recovery and indigenous social enterprises. 

SEWF will be kicking off their new annual event programme with a Policy Forum in April. This will be followed by a Rural Forum in June and SEWF 2021 in late September/early October. They will close the year with the SEWF Academic Forum in November. All events will be in English and French and will have digital participation with their flagship forum – depending on travel restrictions – blending online and in-person sessions (to be confirmed 1st March).

The new event strategy recognises the ongoing and lasting impacts of COVID-19 on the SEWF community, as well as the opportunity digital presents and builds on the success and lessons learned from last year’s event and also the Community Consultation SEWF recently undertook. 

Policy Forum (27 & 28 April)
Join the launch of the new Social Procurement Community of Practice! Effective policy is essential to facilitate the development of social enterprise. Whether you’re a policymaker, agency or intermediary involved in policies, you will be able to connect and learn at this event. 

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Other SEWF 2021 events

  • Rural Forum (8 & 9 June)
    • Social enterprises are often the glue that keep rural communities together. And yet they face a range of challenges that their urban counterparts do not. That’s why SEWF has created a dedicated event to support, connect and build the rural social enterprise community.
  • SEWF 2021 (September/October)
    • SEWF's flagship forum is one of the world’s leading events for social enterprise. It provides a space for connection and community, conversations and collaborations. It’s also an opportunity to be informed and inspired by masterclasses, presentations and panel discussions.
  • Academic Forum (November)

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The Intersection of Racial Inequality, a Global Pandemic, and Climate Change

Banner with information about webinar12:00pm to 1:00pm Eastern Time

What lies at the intersection of racial inequality, a global pandemic, and concerns about climate change? Our democracy.

BIOGRAPHY:

Celina Caesar-Chavannes is a business consultant, coach, and international speaker. She currently serves as the Sr. Advisor, EDI Initiatives and Adjunct Lecturer at Queen’s University and was the former Member of Parliament for Whitby, Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Parliamentary Secretary for International Development.

The lecture will be bilingual. If you have any questions, please contact ilst@glendon.yorku.ca

Register for The Intersection of Racial Inequality, a Global Pandemic, and Climate Changer

Social Innovation Masterclass Program Coordinator

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) is inviting applications for the position of Social Innovation Masterclass Program Coordinator, supporting the delivery of a newly developing module of CCEDNet’s Community Leadership Program focused on social innovation (SI) and social finance (SF) from a community-based perspective.

Compensation: 
$23.51 / hr
Deadline: 
25 Jan 2021

Community-Based Action for Just Transitions

11:00am - 12:15pm Eastern TimePicture (through a purple filter) of people marching and holding a banner that says "Peoples Climate March"

Local movements and community organizations are key players in the transition to low-carbon societies. A growing number of frontline groups is mobilizing just transition language and framings to support their fight against racial, gender and social injustices within their communities. This session of our Just Transistion Research Collaborative webinar series will bring together researchers and grassroots activists to discuss the role of community-based efforts in promoting and implementing just transitions and bringing about transformative change at the national and international levels.

Register for the Community-Based Action for Just Transitions webinar

Speakers

  • Lizeth Chacon, Executive Director, Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA)
  • Gerald Taylor Aiken, Research Associate, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)
  • Ankit Kumar, Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield

Moderator: Edouard Morena, Lecturer in French and International Politics, University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)

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