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Organizing Across Sectors & Silos: Weaving Networks

CCEDNet geese imageJoin CCEDNet for the May installment of our Local Organizing for Fair Economies (LOFE) community of practice, "Organizing Across Sectors & Silos: Weaving Networks."

The conditions for social, economic, and environmental policy change are strongest when government hears a loud, collective voice from across communities. At the same time, it's hard to maintain deep principles of inclusion, autonomy, grassroots leadership while building unified messages and advocacy.

Sometimes we end up at such a high level that the specifics are lost. Sometimes there's too much compromise for collective effort to feel right. Other times there are 'too many cooks in the kitchen' or all the work gets lumped on one leader.

How do we bridge across movements and build powerful coalitions but also maintain strong collaborative, inclusive, and participatory practice? Can we avoid the pitfalls of consolidating or homogenizing our incredible movements and instead create 'economies of network' to build power?

Join us for a conversation exploring how we organize across sectors, break down silos, and weave our movements. We'll learn about the 'network weaving' model and then discuss other practical tools, practices, and principles for building collaborative and active organizing structures.

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Beyond COVID19 emergency: Food sovereignty and the right to food

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 firstly address how the present crisis is affecting the right to food and food security from both producers and consumers points of view, and then to explore how the existing social solidarity economy can provide an important part of the answer. It is essential to break with the neoliberal existing commodification of food to do so and build legislation to support connecting farmers to markets. 54 states and other bodies now have some form of SSE legislation in place. How can we use this to better implement the right to food, in both formal and informal economies?

As expressed in RIPESS’ statement, the challenge we face is how to build an alternative model of development, driven by the needs of all peoples and communities around the world, and the protection of our planet. The window of opportunity is now open to accelerate the process, capitalise on the thousands of ingenious solutions being created within communities and make positive change permanent and global in all its diversity.

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Social Finance Webinar Series: Ethical, Environmental, Everyone!

Have you been wanting to learn more about innovations in investing and finance? The 2020 Social Finance: Ethical, Environmental, Everyone! 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.

Speakers for Thursday April 30th:

Béatrice Alain, Chantier de l’économie sociale
Seth Asimakos, Saint John Community Loan Fund

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Stepping Stone Program: Info Session Webinar

Do you need working capital for things like developing new online markets, seasonal inputs, new distribution channels, new local supply chains? The Stepping Stone Loan is a short term loan offering meant to help local food and farm businesses thrive and change. It is quick and easy, between $5000 and $10,000 for a one year term, 3.65% interest, with an accelerated application process and full interest and principal repayment at the end of the term. The Fair Finance Fund has loans from 20,000 to 100,000 also available to meet other needs.

This information session will provide you with an overview of the Fair Finance Fund, what we offer, what you need to know to qualify and apply for our Stepping Stone Loan, and how to put your best foot forward in your application. Join us for this webinar on the Zoom platform.

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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. 

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