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Education for Co-operation: How do we educate co-operators?

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is presenting this webinar to explore how the co-operative sector employs their 5th principle of co-operation - education, training and information.

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The featured speakers are Karen Miner, Christina Clamp and Erin Hancock.

Erin Hancock
Erin will begin by providing the results of a scan of Canadian co-op educational initiatives including those undertaken by primary co-ops, federations, universities and consultants. This research provides an understanding of what type of work is happening and points to opportunities for improvement as well. Erin is the Manager of Research and Education for the Canadian Co-operative Association.
Karen Miner
Karen will speak about the status of a current study for the 2014 International Summit Co-operatives on the state of co-operative management education. Also, she will profile the International Consortium of Leaders in Co-operative Business Education - a new, global network of institutions providing education and training for co-operative enterprises. Karen is the Managing Director of graduate level Co-operative Management Education at Saint Mary’s University.
Christina Clamp
Chris will report on a US-focused cooperative inventory project that captured: the scope of educational and/or training programs and materials; evaluation of specific materials; identification of other outstanding materials; and gaps in, or problems with, cooperative educational materials. Chris also conducted research to map the study of cooperatives in higher education in the USA and Canada in 2012-13.  She will report on the results of both studies and discuss the policy implications for co-op education. Chris Clamp is a professor of sociology at Southern New Hampshire University and director of the doctoral program in Community Economic Development and of the Center for Co-operatives and CED.  

Creating Funds for Social and Environmental Impact - National Launch of 'Community Finance Solutions'

Community Finance Solutions provides expert advisory support to high-potential initiatives creating new impact investing funds and innovative financial products. We envision a vibrant marketplace of effective impact investing funds and innovative financial products in communities across Canada, pooling and placing capital to create social and environmental impact.
The national launch will take place on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12 p.m. EST through a webinar. The launch event is entitled Creating Funds for Social and Environmental Impact and will provide an insider’s view on developing a new impact investing fund. The launch webinar will be moderated by Katie Gibson from the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing and will feature the following speakers:
  • Jane Bisbee, Social Enterprise Fund (Edmonton, AB)
  • Garth Davis, New Market Funds (Vancouver, BC)
  • Margie Mendell, Concordia University speaking about La Fiducie du Chantier de l'économie sociale (Montreal, QC)

Who is eligible for support?

Our clients are individuals and organisations located across Canada who are working to launch new impact investing funds or innovative financial products. Please see our online application for more details.
Community Finance Solutions could support the following types of initiatives:
  • Creation of an investment fund focusing on First Nations communities, affordable housing, sustainable food and water, or renewable energy;
  • Development of a community loan fund for local businesses;
  • Creation of a blended philanthropic and investment fund to finance projects with a social mission;
  • Issuance of a community bond to finance an infrastructure project; and
  • A variety of other impact investing funds and products that meet our established criteria.

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For more information or if you have further questions about Community Finance Solutions, please contact or visit our website. 

Good Till the Last Drop: Strategies to Manage Stormwater While Greening Communities & Creating Jobs

Speaker: Sharyn Inward, Program Manager, RAIN, Green Communities Canada
Managing stormwater with infrastructure improvements can help to mitigate the impact of traditional development practices, which can cause the combined volume of rain and wastewater to exceed a sewer system’s capacity. Pollutants in the runoff from rainwater can destroy biodiversity, while excess stormwater backups can result in the increase of street and basement flooding. Practices that can green stormwater infrastructure include modifications to a range of soil, water and plant systems in order to green housing, yards, community spaces and municipal lands that intercept stormwater, infiltrating a portion of it back into the ground, air and sewer system.
Affordable housing providers, municipal environmental service departments and community organizations will have an opportunity to learn about practical, cost effective stormwater management solutions, such as rain gardens, treescapes, rain barrels, container gardens and porous pavement. We will be joined by Green Communities Canada Sharyn Inward, who will discuss these strategies, along with exciting new programs in the United States that work with housing, neighborhood groups, schools and businesses to manage stormwater that, in addition to creating jobs, have created more livable, prettier communities with higher property values and improved health outcomes.

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Sharyn Inward has over twentyyears of experience researching, developing, funding, implementing, managing and evaluating community-based environmental awareness and action programs. Notable examples include Cancer Prevention (Women’s Health and Environmental Network) and Well Aware and Pesticide Free Naturally (Green Communities Canada). Sharyn’s latest work includes developing and implementing the RAIN Program, addressing lot-level stormwater management in eight Ontario communities and Depave Paradise, both for Green Communities Canada, as well as designing green buildings and houses in her spare time. Areas of specialization include community engagement, program development, water quality, stormwater, energy efficiency, green building, passive solar greenhouses and architecture for small, natural buildings.
  • Green Communities Canada(GCC) is a national association of community organizations that help people go green – in their homes and gardens, on the road, at work and in the community. Sharing knowledge and best practices, GCC is a leader in delivering programs and services at the community level, and is represented in every region of the country.

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Please note that, as always, webinars are free for CHRA members. 
For non-members, the cost is $40 + tax.

Building Leadership for the Long Haul

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm Eastern

What’s the difference between a plan that’s put into place and one that’s put on a shelf? People. If you want something to show for your hard work, you need to build strong local leadership and grassroots support. This webinar will focus on how to grow effective local leaders who can nurture volunteers, corral resources and build the public support that can move community design or planning work from paper to practice.

Join Milan Wall from the Heartland Center for Leadership Development to learn about their research on keys to thriving communities and effective leadership. Milan will describe characteristics of effective local leaders, roles and responsibilities to guide community action, and tips for recruiting new leaders in a changing world.

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This call is part of a capacity-building series offered jointly by CommunityMatters and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design.


What It Takes to Be an Effective Community Leader


Milan Wall, Co-Director of the Heartland Center for Leadership Development

Making Social Innovation Work Inside Your Organization

Warren Nilsson

11:00am-12:00pm Pacific, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern

  • Warren Nilsson, senior lecturer in social innovation, University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business; faculty member, UCT Bertha Centre for Social Innovation
  • Tana Paddock, coordinator, Organization Unbound
  • Marlon Parker, social entrepreneur and founder, Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs)

Tana Paddock

How can you build a capacity for innovation within your social purpose organization? Organizations that excel at social innovation tend to have in common one apparently simple practice: They pay a great deal of attention to the inner experiences of the people who work in them.

Please join SSIR on February 5 as Warren Nilsson and Tana Paddock discuss the theory and practice of "inscaping"—their term for the work of drawing on personal experience to generate the raw material of social change. Nilsson and Paddock will present examples and insights from specific organizations that use inscaping to foster innovation "from the inside out."

Marlon Parker

Joining them for the webinar will be Marlon Parker, founder of RLabs, a social enterprise based in Cape Town that promotes community-driven innovation in 21 countries.

The webinar will build on Nilsson and Paddock's article "Social Innovation From the Inside Out," in SSIR's Winter 2014 issue. There will be time for Q&A during the last 20 to 30 minutes of the webinar, which will be moderated by SSIR Senior Editor, Michael Slind.

This webinar is for people at nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other social purpose groups who want to create internal processes that will help to build a deep, long-lasting capacity for innovative thought and action.

Learn more about this webinar and register here. To view previous webinars in the SSIR Live! webinar series, go to

Regina Starr Ridley
Publishing Director
Stanford Social Innovation Review

P.S. Away from your desk on February 5? That's OK! Register and you can view this webinar on-demand three hours after the live event ends.


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