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October 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.

A 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 ]

Saskatchewan CED News 

Saskatchewan Co-op Among Top 100 Companies

It was a good year for Saskatchewan co-operatives, according to SaskBusiness Magazine. A total of nine co-ops and mutual enterprises cracked the magazine’s Top 100 Companies List for 2013. Most impressively, Federated Co-operatives Limited claimed the top spot on the list, after several years at the #2 rank.  The purpose of the list is to "showcase the top companies in the province that are helping drive the economy". Listed companies need to have "homegrown roots" and head offices in Saskatchewan.
[ Source: CCA Newsletter, September 2013 ]

Saskatchewan's Anti-Poverty Plan: Does it Measure Up?

In the summer of 2012, the Saskatchewan government published its anti-poverty strategy, From Dependence to Independence. A report by the CCPA released earlier this year assesses the claims of the government’s strategy, critically comparing Saskatchewan’s anti-poverty plan to that of other provincial programs to reduce poverty. Report authors Brian Banks and Paul Gingrich demonstrate several serious shortcomings within the government's anti-poverty strategy, and argue that the government has not committed to the development of a comprehensive and integrated plan even though it claims to have done so.

U of S Receives Funding for Agricultural Co-op Program

The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan has been awarded $100,000 from an agricultural co-op in the United States to develop new courses focused on experiential learning in co-operatives. The Centre was the only Canadian academic institution to receive funding from CHS Inc., a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and co-operatives across the U.S. CHS is the largest agriculture co-operative in the United States and the second largest in the world. The funding will be used to develop a cluster of experiential activities, including case studies and a case competition as well as problem-focused research projects that will tackle the critical challenges facing co-ops and society at large.

National CED News

Canada 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 ]

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

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Upcoming Events

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

Northern Aboriginal Forestry and Housing Conference

Winnipeg, MB >>

Aboriginal Business Forum
Winnipeg, MB >>

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 >>

Leveraging the Co-operative Business Model as a Source of Competitive Advantage
Saskatoon, SK >>

ABLE 2013: Fostering Financial Empowerment
Calgary, AB >>

CWCF - CoopZone Conference 2013

St. Albert, AB >>

Ethnocultural Co-operatives
Webinar >>

Ethnocultural Co-operatives
Webinar >>

2013 Building Sustainable Communities Conference
Kelowna, BC >>

Charity Law Seminar Series
Winnipeg, MB >>

Living the New Economy
Victoria, BC >>
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