CCEDNet Newsletter - December 2010

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1. Happy Holidays from CCEDNet

The Board and staff of the Canadian CED Network extend our best wishes to you, your families and colleagues throughout the holiday season, and we look forward to continuing to work together for sustainable and inclusive communities in 2011.

2. 8th Annual Winnipeg Gathering a Gigantic Success

On October 19th, community leaders and engaged citizens from across the country came to Winnipeg for the 8th annual CED/CD Gathering. The record setting 605 participants enjoyed a day of networking, knowledge sharing, and workshop learning in over 25 activities. This year's theme was “Cultivating Co-operation,” which allowed us to explore the co-op model as an effective CED tool. Ian MacPherson appropriately set the day's tone with his keynote speech, Cultivating Co-operation: The Roots Run Deep, which focused on the long history of co-ops and cooperative action in Manitoba.

The momentum the Gathering has gained over the past eight years now extends beyond the boundaries of Winnipeg, and it has become a leading conference opportunity for CED practitioners and enthusiasts. CCEDNet would like to thank the many people whose hard work made the event a huge success. We look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Visit MAFRA's vimeo page for video footage of some of the 2010 Gathering's workshops.

3. International Volunteering Opportunities

Are you interested in applying your skills and expertise to development projects around the world? CUSO-VSO offers a variety of overseas volunteering placements and is currently recruiting for overseas volunteers from a variety of in-demand professional fields, including: business, communications, community, education, engineering and technical, health, HIV and AIDS, and natural resources.

For more information:

CCEDNet’s International Committee works to expand international partnerships among members in order to foster the emergence of a globalized civil society solidarity movement. For information on the Committee’s activities and the work of other partners, see:

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4. Launch of the International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy

The Canadian CED Network (CCEDNet) was one of the partners at the official launch of the International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy on November 12. The Forum will showcase successful models of public policy development that involve government and civil society partnerships from around the world to support the social and solidarity economy. Approximately 1,000 participants including practitioners, researchers, funders, and government officials from Quebec, Canada and more than 50 countries around the world will take part in conferences, thematic workshops, cultural events and site tours.

The Forum will be held from October 17 to 20, 2011 at the Palais des congrès in Montréal.

To see the News Release:

The organisers are currently looking for presentations proposals in the five themes of the event. For more information see:

5. Canadian Task Force on Social Finance Report

In recent months, a Task Force on Social Finance (TFSF) was assembled by Social Innovation Generation to deliver recommendations that will ignite the development of an investment marketplace dedicated to addressing Canada’s social and environmental challenges.

The Task Force on Social Finance report was launched on November 30. It is a 37-page document that outlines seven actions Canada needs to undertake, in parallel, to mobilize new sources of capital, create an enabling tax and regulator environment, and build a pipeline of investment-ready social enterprises.

To see the report:

For more information about Task Force on Social Finance


6. Manitoba’s Neighbourhoods Alive! Independent Evaluation

Neighbourhoods Alive! is a long-term, community-based, social and economic development strategy that supports and encourages community-driven revitalization efforts in designated neighbourhoods, including housing, employment and training, education, and safety and crime prevention

This fall, the value of the NA! community-led model was confirmed by an independent evaluation conducted by EKOS Research Associates to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the program. The evaluation identified local involvement, resident-led priorities and community-driven initiatives as program strengths, and noted that 91 per cent of those who noticed revitalization efforts in their neighbourhoods believed Neighbourhoods Alive! Projects were helpful.

Further information on other NA! Success stories and programs are included in a report and evaluation that can be viewed at

7. Voices from the Field III: Lessons and Challenges from Two Decades of Community Change Efforts

In the 1990s, ‘Comprehensive Community Initiatives’ (CCIs) arose as an ambitious strategy to address the needs of residents of poor communities in the United States. Looking back over the past two decades, the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change has reviewed 48 major CCIs. By assessing the evidence about what CCIs and related community change efforts have accomplished, summarizing key lessons, and providing commentary from a variety of practitioners and observers, this volume offers a framework for thinking about place-based investing in the future.

To read the full document:

8. International Labour Organization (ILO) Social Economy Reader

On October 25-29, the ILO Interregional Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy, held a Social Economy Academy in Turino, Italy. The Academy was a high-level capacity building programme on the social and solidarity economy attended by government and labour representatives from around the world. Nancy Neamtan from the Chantier de l’écomomie sociale in Québec played a key role in preparing the Reader for the Academy and providing training at the event.

Filled with international examples, the Reader prepared for the event is a 100-page document that covers: understanding the social and solidarity economy; governance and management of SSE organizations, policy frameworks for developing the SSE, and building the SSE through partnerships and networking.

The Reader is available in English, French and Spanish at:

9. Solidarity Economy: Origins and development of the concept and the movement

Yvon Poirier, Chair of CCEDNet’s International Committee, has prepared a historical overview of the concept of the solidarity economy. This short article chronicles the emergence of the concept of the solidarity economy from the mid-19th century to its recent resurgence in the 1980s and growing prominence internationally through the 1990s and the last decade.

The article is posted on the blog of RIPESS North America, the continental network for the promotion of the social and solidarity economy of which CCEDNet is a member.

To read the article:

10. Podcast from the Great Transition

The Great Transition is a term referring to finding ways to survive and thrive through financial crises, climate change and the peak and decline of global oil production. It provides a comprehensive blueprint for building an economy based on stability, sustainability and equality.

At the end of October, the New Economics Foundation hosted a one-day working conference, bringing together world experts on steady-state economics, to lay the foundations for a new economic model that will show that rapid transition is necessary, desirable and possible.

The full recording of the event is available, to stream and download from the website.

To read the Great Transition

11. Resources from the Communities Collaborating Institute

The Communities Collaborating Institute is an annual week-long learning event providing a unique opportunity to join a dynamic learning community of practitioners from across Canada and beyond who are committed to deepening their capacity to lead community collaborations.

The 2010 Institute offered streams on: collaboration for community change; collaborative leadership; learning and evaluation; and engagement, policy and systems change.

CCI workshop presentations, power points and resources are available at:

12. New Canadian CED Network Social Economy research products

These two papers take a close look at the policy frameworks to support CED and the social economy which exist in Québec and Manitoba. The papers take a historical view of the supportive policies developed in these provinces and seek to identify the main factors which made this development possible.

As these are the two Canadian provinces most advanced with respect to CED policy, it is hoped that such an analysis may provide models to inform the policy and advocacy work of the social economy movement in other parts of the country as well as abroad.

To see Québec paper:
To see Manitoba paper:
For more information about social economy:


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