April 2012

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Canadian CED Network News

New Board Members

This year, three seats were up for election on CCEDNet’s Board of Directors. By the nomination deadline of April 6, we received three qualified nominations, leading our Elections Officer to declare elected by acclamation:

  • Indu Krishnamurthy, Montréal, QC
  • Caroline Lachance, Trois-Rivières, QC
  • Christine Landry, Winnipeg, MB

Congratulations! Click here to find out more about our new Board members.

Join us for the Annual General Meeting on June 6 in Toronto

CCEDNet’s 2012 Annual General Meeting will be held on June 6 at 7pm, in conjunction with the Ontario CED Conference, at the Learning Enrichment Foundation in Toronto. Members who cannot attend in person will be able to take part via webinar or teleconference.

>> Click here for more information

Connections 2012: Community Investment Solutions for a Better Ontario

This year’s Ontario conference will focus on innovative investment strategies that build on local skills, assets and people to reduce inequality and strengthen communities. A wide range of partners will come together to share practical solutions that can increase community resiliency, and identify strategic solutions for concerted action over the medium term.

Join us at the Learning Enrichment Foundation, in Toronto on June 7!  Travel subsidies are available for participants from rural Ontario. 

>> Read more  

Federal Cuts to Co-ops Will Hurt Communities

On April 13, the Canadian Cooperative Association and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité shared news that the Co-operative Development Initiative and almost all of the Rural and Co-operative Secretariat had fallen victim to government cuts. At a time of economic volatility, this decision will hurt community economies and employment where it is needed most across Canada.

>> Click here to see CCEDNet’s statement on the cut and other articles

Provincial-Territorial Network of Ministers Responsible for the Social Economy

The coalition of groups involved in the National Summit on a People-Centred Economy has been supporting a recent invitation by Québec’s Minister Laurent Lessard to convene a provincial and territorial network of ministers responsible for the social economy. Letters have been sent to all provincial ministers that received an invitation. Consider writing to your provincial or territorial minister, encouraging them to accept this invitation and reinforcing the significance of the social economy in your province or territory.

>> Read more 

Valuing Your Work – Social Return on Investment

Our web page of resources and examples of social return on investment and return on investment calculations continues to grow (click here to visit the page).

If you have others to add, please email them to Kirsten, and see her recent article on SROI in SEE Change Magazine

SROI-Canada will be offering accreditation training on May 7th and 8th in Toronto, and June 4th and 5th in Vancouver >> Learn more 

Social Impact Bonds... What?

The recent federal budget repeated the government’s intention to test 'social impact bonds.' A social impact bond -- very different from a community bond -- is a financial instrument that raises private capital, and links financial returns to the achievement of a social outcome. CCEDNet has created a page with some resources explaining what this new trend is about, and some concerns about shifting responsibilities between non-profits, governments, and private investors.

>> Read more 

Energizing Young Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Tourism Webinars

CCEDNet has partnered with the Rural Ontario Institute to deliver three webinars on innovative approaches to rural CED. The first, Energizing Young Entrepreneurs is April 25 at 12pm Eastern.

The next webinar by CCEDNet’s International Committee will be on Sustainable Tourism, with examples from Uganda and First Nation communities in Canada. It will be May 1, at 1pm Eastern.

Past International Committee sessions, including Women’s Economic Empowerment, Fair Trade and CED, community forestry, microcredit, the co-construction of public policy and FIESS 2011, and food security and sovereignty are also available on our website.

International Co-operation

CCEDNet’s International webinars are supported by Uniterra, one of Canada’s largest volunteer placement programs. With placements from two weeks to two years, there are always opportunities to explore new cultures, share your expertise and support local organizations that are working actively to improve living conditions around the world. Current postings include a Public Hearings Advisor in Peru, and a fundraising advisor in Malawi.

>> Click here for more information on the latest available positions

Spark in the News

Spark, CCEDNet’s capacity building service in Winnipeg, has been getting even more media attention recently. “I wouldn’t call it a spark, I’d call it a jolt... It’s so empowering to the organization. You can’t underestimate the value of building capacity with non-profits.

>> Click here to read the article and find out more about Spark

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Have a video you want to share? We post and ‘favourite’ videos on our YouTube Channel, such as this one from CCEDNet member Affirmative Industries in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, which won the Celebrating Communities Excellence in Social Enterprise award.

We also post frequent news updates and announcements to our Facebook fan page and Twitter stream.

>> Click here for links to our Facebook page, Twitter stream and YouTube channel



CED Events and Resources

Register Now for CCA/CCCM Congress and AGMs

The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM), in co-operation with the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité (CQCM) invite you to Montreal on June 27-29 for their 2012 joint annual Congress and AGMs. This year's Congress will celebrate with the theme of the International Year of Co-operatives, Co-operative enterprises build a better world.

>> Read more

Thriving Communities Summit

On Saturday, April 28, from 9am-12pm PST, founding CCEDNet member Mike Lewis will be part of this international on-line conference talking about some of the key themes from his new book The Resilience Imperative, co-authored with Pat Conaty, a fellow at the new economics foundation in the UK. 

The Thriving Communities Summit is part of the Spring of Sustainability -- the largest virtual sustainability conference ever, presenting more than 100 sustainability pioneers.  The Thriving Communities Summit and Spring of Sustainability series are free.

>> Find out more

2012 Communities Collaborating Institute

Registration is now open for Tamarack Institute's 2012 Communities Collaborating Institute, Innovating Together.  With Margaret Wheatley, Tim Brodhead, Michael Jones, Al Etmanski, Alan Broadbent, Jenny Kain, Joe-Anne Priel and the Tamarack Team, this 5-day event offers sessions on Innovating Together, Collaborative Leadership, Learning & Evaluation, and Engagment, Policy & Systems Change.  It is October 1-5, in Kitchener, Ontario.

>> Find out more

CED News from Across Canada and Around the World

  • British Columbia has Introduced an Act Allowing Social Enterprise Companies
    >> Read more 

  • Nova Scotia social enterprises will now have access to small business loans, via a program offered through Nova Scotia Credit Unions and administered by the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council
    >> Read more

  • The Québec budget allocated $30 million to a new investment fund for co-op development
    >> Read more

  • A report from the European Union explains why integrated approaches are needed to improve social cohesion in disadvantaged neighbourhoods
    >> Read more

  • Community Development is driving the economic recovery in the United States.
    >> Read more

  • The New Economics Institute is organizing Strategies for a New Economy, June 8-10, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    >> Read more

  • Real Prosperity Starts Here, the 2012 BALLE Business Conference, May 15-19, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    >> Read more 

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