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February 2013 Newsletter
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What is CED? Photo Contest: Enter Today!

CCEDNet is preparing a ‘What is CED’ video for our website and social media, and we want to hear from you! Send us a photo illustrating CED in action or what CED means to you with a short description, and you will be entered in a draw for a visit by a senior CCEDNet staff member to deliver a “What is CED” community workshop. Raise your profile, share your story, and be part of the growing movement for inclusive and sustainable communities in Canada! The deadline for submissions is November 12.

Check In With the Bustling CCEDNet Blog

  1. Beyond the Lifeboat: Fresh from the Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary, Brendan Reimer looks at social enterprise as one part of our socio-economic restructuring [ Read more ]
  2. Build a Global Agenda: Our Executive Director Mike Toye checks in from the International Meeting of the Social Solidarity Economy in Manila [ Read more ]
  3. The CED / Food Connection: CCEDNet interviewed Stefan Epp-Koop of Food Matters Manitoba in advance of the 2013 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering [ Read more ]

Alberta CED News 

Calgary on the World Stage at Social Enterprise Forum

All eyes were on Canada and Calgary as social entrepreneurs and social enterprise supporters from across the globe attended the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) earlier in October. This international event featured valuable learning and networking opportunities, keynote addresses from policy makers (the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin and Hon. Jason Kenney), and even a rodeo. In case you missed it, or need a recap, here are some resources that came out of the 2013 SEWF.
  • Social enterprise: From problem solving to creating new possibilities >> Read more
  • The Greater Social Enterprise Promise Highlighted at World Forum >> Read more
  • New Economy Coalition's Bob Massie Speaks CCEDNet's Opening Reception [ VIDEO ] >> Read more
[ Source: Ted Rhodes/Calgary Herald ]

Annual Co-op Events Approaching

Two major co-operative events are taking place in Alberta in November. The first event is the Annual Gathering of Alberta Co-operatives (Nov. 1-2) in Red Deer. The focus for the Gathering will be learning more about the audacious goal of the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade to make co-ops the fastest growing form of enterprise by 2020. The second event is national in scope: The CWCF-CoopZone Conference (Nov. 7-9) is being hosted in St. Albert. The CoopZone Conference will provide valuable learning and networking opportunities with Canada's leading worker cooperators and developers.

Alberta Social Enterprise Awarded

Four deserving groups were in the hot seat at the Social Enterprise World Forum's Venture Pitch Contest, a Dragon's Den-type event in which social enterprises were "pitched" to Forum participants. The winner of the competition was Localize, a social enterprise which has worked with Calgary Co-op and other retailers to promote local food. Localize provides a shelf-labelling service to grocery stores that identifies local and regional food in stock. As winners of the competition, Localize will receive $20,000 in venture funding to support their business growth and development.

CCEDNet Partners with Building SustainAble Communities Conference

The Fresh Outlook Foundation is hosting its 6th Building SustainAble Communities conference November 25th to 28th in Kelowna. The program will include success stories from the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors in topics such as, 1)  Community leadership 2) Community planning, and 3) Environmental preservation. CCEDNet is supporting the economic stream of the conference with a keynote contribution from Mike Lewis drawing on his recent book The Resilience Imperative, and sessions by Executive Director Mike Toye.

National CED News
Social Economy Framework Adapted in Québec

Québec's National Assembly unanimously adopted a proposed law on the social economy earlier this month. Quebec is now part of the global movement that recognizes the social economy by adopting a legislative framework dedicated to it. The framework law recognizes two key civil society partners who will be instrumental in its implementation: the Chantier de l'économie sociale, and the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité. The Chantier de l’économie sociale’s Nancy Neamtan responded by saying: "This is a great day for Quebec! Recognizing the social economy as an important component of the Quebec economy, along with the private and public economy, gives us hope."

A Week to Celebrate: Co-op & New Economy Week 2013

Thousands - if not millions - of people around the world dedicate 52 weeks of their year to helping build stronger, fairer, and more sustainable communities. This week has been a special time to pause, reflect, and celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations in the co-operative sector and those participating in the new economy movement. It has been a valuable opportunity to raise awareness of the important work being done by co-operatives and new economy initiatives around the world so that we can build their capacity and maximize their impact.
Co-op Week 2013: A Better Way takes place from October 13 -19. In a Co-op Week address, Prime Minister Stephen Harper commended Canada's co-operative sector for its work in helping to “build social cohesion, trust and equity" in our economy and communities.  New Economy Week 2013 occurs from October 12 - 18.

[ CED Book Club] What Then Must We Do?

In What the Must We Do? Gar Alperovitz speak directly to the reader about why the time is right for a new-economy movement to coalesce, what it means to build a new system, and how we might begin. He also suggests what the next system might look like -and where we can see its outlines already taking shape. He propose a possible next system that is not corporate capitalism, not state socialism, but something else entirely - Alperovitz calls for a evolution, not a revolution, out of the old system and into the new. That new system would democratize the ownership of wealth, strengthen communities in diverse ways, and be governed by policies and institutions sophisticated enough to manage a large-scale, powerful economy.

[ CED Tool ] The Guide to Going Local

Produced in collaboration with our partners at the Center for A New American Dream, the Guide to Going Local is full of ideas and advice on how to strengthen the local economy in your town: through buying local, highlighting new entrepreneurs, instilling local pride, investing locally, and more.
With how-to tips, fun videos, and useful resources, the Guide to Going Local provides the inspiration and practical tools you need to get started on projects in your community in four key areas: 1) Building Pride in Your Local Place 2) Fostering Local Entrepreneurship 3) Buying Local (and Sustainable) and 4) Investing Locally

A Little Bird Told Us: Top Tweets of the Month

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Upcoming Events

Co-op Week 2013: A Better Way
Worldwide >>

Build Your Social Enterprise Workshops
Edmonton, AB >>

Business Revitalization Centres

Calgary, AB >>

Co-operative identity and branding
Webinar >>

GONE!? Where'd It Go?! Online Backup Solutions
Webinar >>

Enterprising Non-Profits Nova Scotia by Webinar
Webinar >>

2013 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering
Winnipeg, MB >>

Co-operative Use of Agricultural Equipment and Labour
Webinar >>

It's Got to be Good, It's Free! | Free Tools for Non Profits
Webinar >>

Building Your Social Enterprise Workshop
Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley >>

Collective Impact Facilitator Workshop
Calgary, AB >>

Gathering of Alberta Co-operatives
Red Deer, AB >>

ABLE 2013: Fostering Financial Empowerment
Calgary, AB >>

CWCF - CoopZone Conference 2013

St. Albert, AB >>

Symposium on Housing & Hunger in BC
Vancouver, BC >>

Build & Grow Your Social Enterprise: Non-Profit Workshop
Winnipeg, MB >>

Ethnocultural Co-operatives
Webinar >>

2013 Building Sustainable Communities Conference
Kelowna, BC >>

Living the New Economy
Victoria, BC >>
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