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The Great Transition 2021: Building Utopias

Iconography of people holding up signs in front of a city with trees and bikesOne of the deepest political lessons of our times is that the radical left is undergoing a crisis. We are currently unable to articulate a clear vision for the future. “Anti-capitalism”, “anti-racism”, “Change the system, not the climate”, “Another world is possible”: our vocabulary expresses a negative and defensive political impulse, underlining our incapacity to put forward a positive, inspiring project.

Now is the time to act. The multi-faceted crisis we are going through requires the creation of new utopias. This is why The Great Transition invites you to reflect on alternative models and new political strategies in tune with our current situation. Click here for further details about our conference themes.

This year, we will be presenting over twenty panels covering various themes such as radical internationalism, alternatives to platform capitalism, the political economy of disability and the democratization of unions. Our keynote speakers include Holly Lewis, Asad Haider, Robert Brenner and Arlene Inouye. The theme – Building Utopias – is all the more important today as we seek to imagine and build the world to come.

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Communicating your Impact: Dashboards, Impact Reports and Infographics

Logos for Demonstrating Value, Common Approach, and Vancity Community FoundationMost organizations want to use the data they collect more effectively to make better decisions, support planning and demonstrate impact and value. A ‘Snapshot’ report, whether it's a dashboard, infographic or impact report, is a great communications tool to bring your organization’s data to life.  Participants will learn how they can design Snapshots themselves using the process outlined in the free-to-download guide, Developing a Snapshot: Communicating Your Value.

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Measurement that Makes Sense: Take Control of the Data you Collect

Logos for Demonstrating Value, Common Approach, and Vancity Community FoundationKeeping track of data can be a challenge. What’s important to collect? How do you bring data together to gain insights about what you’re doing, make good decisions and show your impact and value? In this workshop you’ll learn how to clearly define what information is most useful to collect to show performance and impact.  You’ll also learn how to go further with the guide Performance and Impact Measurement: Improving your Practices.  Time will be set aside in the workshop for your questions and to have an open discussion about the practical issues, challenges and solutions in measurement and evaluation.

This event is taking place on May 14 and May 21, 2021. 

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Register for the May 21 session

Measurement that Makes Sense: Take Control of the Data you Collect

Logos for Demonstrating Value, Common Approach, and Vancity Community FoundationKeeping track of data can be a challenge. What’s important to collect? How do you bring data together to gain insights about what you’re doing, make good decisions and show your impact and value? In this workshop you’ll learn how to clearly define what information is most useful to collect to show performance and impact.  You’ll also learn how to go further with the guide Performance and Impact Measurement: Improving your Practices.  Time will be set aside in the workshop for your questions and to have an open discussion about the practical issues, challenges and solutions in measurement and evaluation.

This event is taking place on May 14 and May 21, 2021. 

Register for the May 14 session

Register for the May 21 session

North Atlantic Accelerator Event

Image of illuminated map with text: "Make new contacts and discover ways to drive your project idea to the next level with experts from around the north atlantic region. North Atlantic Accelerator. May 10-14. Every day on Zoom. 12:00-13:30 EST. 16:00-17:30 GMT."In partnership with the Cooperation Council of Ontario (CCO), the North Atlantic Accelerator program is launching a five days event for social entrepreneurs and actors in sustainable economic development for rural regions. Join us every day at 12 pm EST / 4 pm GMT and discover ways to drive your project idea to the next level with experts from around the North Atlantic region. Experts from various countries such as Denmark, Iceland, Scotland, The Faroe Islands, The State of Maine in the US and Canada will convene for this once in a lifetime event. This event follows the Think Rural, Think Digital, Think Ahead hackathon held in April 2021. 

Mon 10 May | The Importance of Networking and Mentorship
Presenters:
Morten Larsen - CEO of Nukiga (Dmk/Greenland)
Sigrun Jonssveinsdottir - Director of Iverksetan - Faroe Islands
Lise-Lotte Terp - CEO of Arctic Consensus

Tues 11 May | Competencies for Innovation
Presenter:
Bala Kamallakharan - Founder - Startup Iceland

Wed 12 May | Markets - Rural Tourism
Presenters:
Jenny Kordick - Executive Director - Maine Outdoor Brands
Ásta Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir - Managing Director Iceland Tourism Cluster
Gord Knowles - Senior Coordinator, Investment Attraction and Economic Development, Destination Northern Ontario

Thur 13 May | Markets - Digital Health
Presenters:
Nik Fiorio - Lead Strategist - First Response Mental Health
Dr Andrea McColl- Senior Development Manager Life Sciences
Tom Rainey- Executive Director - Maine Centre for Entrepreneurs

Fri 14 May | Ecosystems
Presenters:
Gillian Galloway - Head of Innovation - Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
Bala Kamallakharan - Founder - Startup Iceland
Kyle McCall - Business Development and Commercialization Manager - Ontario Centre for Innovation
Moderator : Jean-François Parent, Director of Major Financing at CCO ; CCEDNet Board member

Register for any or all of these presentations

For more information, contact info@cco.coop 

Campfire Chat: Working with the Media – Easier Said Than Done!

10:00am - 11:00am Pacific
11:00am - 12:00pm Mountain
12:00pm - 1:00pm Central
1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern
2:00pm - 3:00pm Atlantic
2:30pm - 3:30pm Newfoundland

Mainstream media can be a powerful influencer.  An interview or article in a mainstream publication will reach a different audience than social media.  Just as important as reach, however, is clout.  With mainstream media, you can’t self-publish like you can with social media.  It means that someone else – a  journalist – needs to know your work and think it’s worthy of a story! 

Working with mainstream media brings risks, too.  As soon as you issue a media release or give an interview, it’s out of your hands.  Statements can be taken out of context and editors can do what they like with your story.  Building trust is paramount!

Have you had successful experiences with mainstream media in your advocacy work?  What about ones that went wrong?  What did you take away from those experiences? 

This campfire chat will provide you with an opportunity to share your own experience in working with the media in your advocacy campaigns, and learn from others’ stories in an informal peer-to-peer learning environment.  If you’re a novice, no worries, your stories are just as valuable!

Please join us on May 6!

Register for Campfire Chat: Working with the Media - Easier Said Than Done!

The Strengthening Community Economies Series is designed to build skills, provide support, and strengthen a culture of political action among CCEDNet members. To join CCEDNet or to find out more about our barrier-free membership policy, click here.

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