Sunday, December 21, 2008

Free dotCOOP domain names to new co-ops!


For a limited time, dotCoop is giving away one free domain name to young co-operatives. You must be within the first 100 to make the request, and have been organized as a co-op for less than a year. Contact the NCBA .Coop Sales Partner at 202-383-5442 or if you qualify or would like more information.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

2009 National CED Conference Request for Presentations - Expressions of Interest

Full Circle: Sharing a Vision for the 7th Generation

June 3-6, 2009
University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB

In every deliberation we must consider the impact on the seventh generation...
- Great Law of the Iroquois

The 2009 National CED Conference Committee is accepting ‘Expressions of Interest' for presenters and presentations. Concurrent workshops are scheduled for June 4 & 5. These workshops should represent a range of CED streams and lenses that reflect our member priorities and provide topics of interest to all participants. Please view our workshop sheet by clicking here. This year, a key theme will be Indigenous Models of CED.

You are invited to respond by filling out the Expression of Interest Form for consideration as we develop the workshops and program for this conference. Please identify where your proposed presentation would fit on the workshop worksheet. Deadline for submissions is January 08, 2009. Please contact Lydia Giles (, National Conference Coordinator, if you have questions about the process for submission.

The 2009 National CED Conference will be held June 3-6 at the University of Winnipeg in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. Plan to join more than 400 community economic development workers, volunteers, professionals and supporters from across Canada to explore ideas and share insights on community economic development activities and policies.

Come also to help us celebrate the Canadian Community Economic Development Network's 10th anniversary!

For more information, click here.

Call for papers: ‘Volunteering: the making of communities?’

Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference: Manchester, 26th – 28th August 2009.

‘Volunteering: the making of communities?’

Against a background of concern at declining political participation, anxieties about welfare provision, and worries about the meaning of citizenship, increasing attention is being given to voluntary activity as a potential panacea to the problems of post-Fordism (Brown et al., 2000). Associated with this has been increased interest in social capital and norms of trust and reciprocity(Putnam, 1995) and claims for the relationship between volunteering and social capital, active citizenship, social inclusion and health and wellbeing significantly raising the profile of volunteering in political and academic discourse.

Research assessing geographical variations in the quantity of voluntary activity being undertaken at the international (Salamon et al. 2003, Dekker et al. 1998) and national (Low et al. 2007, Kitchen et al. 2006) scales is well established. Whilst variations in the amount of voluntary activity undertaken by individuals of particular socio-economic group (Williams 2003a, 2003b, 2002), ethnicity (Reilly 2004, Pankaj 2002) and age (Onyx and Leonard 2002), for example, is also increasingly well documented. The nature - that is - the motivations for, processes of and experiences and meanings generated through voluntary activity for both individuals and groups remains relatively under-researched, however. To analyse this will require identifying the activity that is undertaken, not just as an understanding of a political voluntary sector, but as fluid and diverse volunteering communities.

This session uses the above as a starting point, to facilitate discussion between academics, practitioners and policy makers. Themes covered in the session may include, but are certainly not limited to:

* How far is the commonly postulated relationship between voluntary activity and social capital, active citizenship and ‘community’ justified?

* To what extent can it be said there are links between nature, well-being and voluntary activity?

* How does the nature of and motivations for voluntary activity alter throughout the lifecourse?

* To what extent are barriers to the establishment of, and participation in, voluntary activities successfully negotiated?

* To what extent is a sense of ‘place’ generated through voluntary activity?

* Is there a relationship between ‘informal’ and ‘formal’ voluntary activity?

* What are the aims of ‘grassroots’ initiatives including Time Banking and LETS, and how successful are they in achieving these?

* What are the implications of the ‘professionalisation’ of certain forms of formal voluntary activity for (potential) volunteers and volunteer involving organisations?

* How are policy initiatives aiming to ‘develop’ voluntary activity, and to what ends?

Please submit any questions and abstracts (of approximately 250 words) to: Mike Woolvin ( or Stuart Muirhead ( or phone 01382 384 286.

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 30th January 2009.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The December 2008 ECO-SOC INFO bulletin of The Canada Research Chair on Social Economy is now available on its website!

Up-to-date references on research on the social economy, as well as related events (new research centres and projects, events, call for papers), are prepared monthly by the Chaire de recherche du Canada en économie sociale at UQAM - Université du Québec À Montréal (

Click HERE to access


  1. Les enjeux et la place des coopératives et des OBNL dans le système de santé au Québec
  2. From tackling poverty to achieving financial inclusion—The changing role of British credit unions in low income communities
  3. Foundation Impact on Environmental Nongovernmental Organizations
  4. Simple Measures for Social Enterprise
  5. Do Occupational Group Members Vary in Volunteering Activity?
  6. Defining the co-operative difference
  7. Innovation in social enterprise: achieving a user participation model
  8. The Economics of Nonprofit Organization: In Search of an Integrative Theory
  9. Finding that grit makes a pearl: A critical re-reading of research into social enterprise
  10. Cooperative games and cooperative organizations
  11. Reducing the negative consequences of identity: a potential role for the nonprofit sector in the era of globalization
  12. Challenging tensions: critical, theoretical and empirical perspectives on social enterprise
  13. Le dépanneur Sylvestre. Une coopérative de solidarité multifonctionnelle dans l’Outaouais
  14. Les OSBL d'habitation au Québec, l'offre et les besoins en soutien communautaire
  15. Mobilisation par le logement social. Projet pilote Îlot Pelletier. Rapport sur l'évolution de la mobilisation locale autour du projet pilote
  16. Les approches volontaires et le droit de l'environnement
  17. The role of co-operatives in poverty reduction: Network perspectives
  1. RAPPEL - Forum Social Mondial – Amazonie 2009
  2. RAPPEL - Forum on the Solidarity Economy : Building Another World
  3. 11e Colloque annuel des étudiants-es de cycles supérieurs du CRISES
  4. RAPPEL - IV Forum international - Globalisation de la solidarité
  5. RAPPEL - 2009 CASC/ACÉC Conference
  6. 9th Annual Meeting of the European Civil Society Ph.D. Dissertation Network
  7. RAPPEL - First European Research Conference on Microfinance
  8. 2nd International CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Social Entrepreneurship Course Announcement


Harvard Extension School: 23070
Location: Sever Hall 214
Meeting Time: Tuesday 7:35-9:35 pm, 27 January through 19 May 2009

If willing and motivated, virtually anyone, in any sector, can be a social entrepreneur. Yet most of the best examples to date had no formal training in social entrepreneurship because such training was not available. This course addresses five crucial elements that may better orient and equip the prospective social entrepreneur. It provides a conceptual framework for understanding social entrepreneurship in the context of changing social arrangements; a vocabulary for thinking and communicating about social values in concrete terms; seven practical tools to launch, lead, and manage a social venture that succeeds financially, without a cost to social justice; specific funding sources for the venture; and an idea foundry to test and forge specific concepts for social entrepreneurship before taking the plunge.

Download the syllabus:

From the course instructor:

If you are serious about social change, I strongly encourage you and/or one or more of your colleagues to attend the following course. Here’s why:

1. Having the opportunity to reflect on theoretical and practical approaches to social change may actually improve one’s performance in identifying and selecting courses of action, ultimately leading to greater effectiveness.

2. This course is designed to address how to be socially entrepreneurial in seven different models of social change strategy, including charity, the market, education, public policy, grassroots activity, social movements, and philanthropic funding.

3. We will be working in teams to examine and document specific ways that social entrepreneurship is being applied in organizations in each of the seven models of social change, an opportunity that will not only open your eyes to how things are getting done by others, but will give you the chance to share your ideas for how things can work even better.

It’s going to be fun, intense, and productive. But the course is strictly limited to only 40 students. Sign up now: or call 617- 495-4024.

Monday, November 10, 2008

K-Net: An Amazing First Nations Initiative in Tele-health and Online Education

The Social Economy Centre (OISE/UT) Presents

Speakers' Series

Brian Beaton
K-Net Services Coordinator
Brian Walmark
Director of Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute

Wednesday, November 12, 2008, Noon – 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 12-199

Brian Beaton…is the coordinator of K-Net Services, the telecommunications department of Keewaytinook Okimakanak; a tribal council serving First Nations in Ontario's far north. He will discuss the migration of broadband and the development of applications such as telehealth and digital education through the expansion of the Kuhkenah Network, the largest First Nations-owned and managed broadband network in Canada.

Brian Walmark…is the Director of Research at Keewaytinook Okimakanak, a tribal council serving First Nations in Ontario’s far north. The KO Research Institute (KORI) was created by the Chiefs with a twin mandate, to build research capacity at the community level and to build bridges with like-minded academics who are willing to put the research priorities of the communities first over the institutional imperatives of traditional academic research. Brian will be speaking about several of the research projects that KORI has undertaken as well as the partnerships with academics and graduate students.

Bring your lunch and a mug – Coffee, tea and Water will be provided. For more information, contact Lisa White at, or visit our website at

This event will also be webcast live on the Internet.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

October 12-18 is National Co-op Week in Canada

National Co-op Week will be celebrated in Canada next week (October 12 - 18). Ontario's 1300 co-operatives and credit unions, and Canada's 13 million co-op and credit union members are part of a global movement that is 800 million members strong. International credit union day will be celebrated Thursday October 16. Many individual co-operatives and credit unions will be hosting events in their branches all week long.

In the face of globalization, concentration of ownership, and advancing technology, co-operatives and credit unions have two significant advantages over their investor-owned competitors. First, unlike the private, public or voluntary sectors, they are guided by internationally shared values and principles designed to ensure fairness and equity. And second, they are controlled by their members - members who can say of their co-op or credit union: It Belongs to Me!

National Co-op Week is always a busy time in the co-operative sector. It is a time to celebrate and promote the role, accomplishments and contributions of our co-ops and credit unions. Co-op week events help raise the visibility of the co-op business model, and improve understanding and awareness of co-operatives.

The National Co-op Week brochure may be downloaded from the On Co-op website

Monday, October 06, 2008

Working Skills Centre is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year!

30 years of helping immigrant women integrate in the Canadian society/workforce through providing them with appropriate training and opportunities to gain Canadian work experience.

We've been working on the 30th anniversary gala for months now - it will be very entertaining night with food from around the world, and great performances and even an auction (big/small items). You will have the chance to hear the stories of our graduates/students through different art forms. It is taking place on Tuesday, October 28th, from 6-9pm, at St-Lawrence Hall, at King and Jarvis.

Tickets are only 60$, and they're going fast! Check out the website for the ticket order form. I hope to see you there! Please pass along to people who would be like a great night out (or a treat!). Thanks!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Social Economy Centre Announces New Podcast Series: ON CUE

The Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto has started a new podcast series called ON CUE: Community University Extension. The podcast features its 2008-09 Speakers' Series. The first episode is The Conversion of Alexandra Park Public Housing into Atkinson Housing Co-operative featuring speakers Tom Clement, Executive Director, Co-operative Housing Association of Ontario, & Jorge Sousa, University of Alberta (September 24, 2008).

To subscribe, paste this URL into your browser:

Upcoming episodes include:
October 15/08: Participatory Local Development and Grassroots Planning: From Kerala to Leh
November 12: K-Net
December 3: Social Purchasing
January 21/09: Youth Initiatives
February 18: Mandatory Community Service
March 18: Food Security
April 22: Green-Collar Jobs
May 20: New Canadians and the Social Economy

Friday, October 03, 2008

Making Waves, Autumn 2008 issue preview

Here's a sample of what's on tap in the next edition of Making Waves magazine ...

Et si la crise alimentaire profitait aux paysans africains?
Hyperinflated food prices may be just the opportunity West African countries need to rebuild their neglected agricultural sectors. For that to happen, producer organizations have to educate policy-makers and urban consumers about the linkage between family farms, food sovereignty, and an affordable (though not cheap) food supply. Lisez-le maintenant.

Good & Scary
Some analysts of Peak Oil and climate change go out of their way to inspire terror and guilt. Some good that does. In The Transition Handbook: from oil dependency to local resilience, Rob Hopkins spurs his readers to imagine compelling, alternative ways of life. Read about it now.

"Winging It" Is Not Enough
There are social entrepreneurs out there with the street smarts and chutzpah to make an enterprise - any enterpise - go. To satisfy the leadership needs of a growing sector, however, we require systematic, comprehensive training specific to the needs of social enterprise.

Many retail consumers make it a habit to blend social, environmental, and economic criteria with issues of price and quality in their purchasing decisions. Here's ways for corporate, public, and nonprofit actors to follow that lead.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Ontario Co-operative Association e-newsletter receives a facelift

The On Co-op e-newsletter has received a facelift. The new, two-column format is easier to read, and places 'housekeeping' information in a separate column on the right. The e-newsletter has been tested with a number of browsers and e-mail programs for compatibility, which is important as it is sent to more than 5600 e-mail addresses every two weeks or so.

In this issue (September 30, 2008):
Click here for PDF version












Ontario Co-operative Association:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Social Economy Centre Speakers' Series
Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
St. George subway station
Room 12-199

Speaker: Dr. Manjula Bharati
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay, India

You are invited to a presentation on the micro level planning process in Leh, India, an innovative participatory process influenced by the highly acclaimed People's Plan of Kerala. Dr. Manjula Bharathi, an internationally renowned researcher who participated in both processes of democratic decentralization, will discuss key issues faced by local communities in understanding and articulating their own development problems, and how these can be resolved.

This session will be moderated by Daniel Schugurensky, Transformative Learning Centre, OISE, University of Toronto

Bring your lunch and mug. Water, coffee and tea will be provided. For more information, contact Lisa White at: (416) 978-0022 or

The event will be broadcast live at the time of the event and we will accept email questions from remote participants. Click here to view the webcast.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,

University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

St. George subway station
Room 12-199

Tom Clement
Executive Director, Co-Operative Housing Federation of Toronto

Jorge Sousa
Assistant Professor, University of Alberta

Tom Clement will introduce, “Atkinson Co-op Revolution,” a short film about community development activities resulted in young people engaging in their co-op by running for the board of directors. Atkinson Co-op’s board now has five directors under 25 years of age, and Tom will be joined by members of the Atkinson Co-op to respond to questions and to share their experiences.

Jorge Sousa will discuss the Atkinson conversion as it relates to housing policy and community building initiatives, including the need to align the two. Jorge will also describe ongoing efforts to convert public housing projects into co-operative communities in other jurisdictions.

This session will be moderated by David Hulchanski, Director, Centre for Urban and Community Studies, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Bring your lunch and mug. Water, coffee and tea will be provided. For more information, contact us at: (416) 978-0022 or

The event will be broadcast live at the time of the event and we will accept email questions from remote participants. Click here for instructions and to view the webcast.

For more information about the Speakers' Series, contact Lisa White at the project office: (416) 978-0022

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The September ECO-SOC INFO bulletin of the Canada Research Chair on the Social Economy is now available on its website!

To download a pdf file of the Bulletin (260 kB), click here.

Here you will find up to date references on the research on the social economy as well as a review of related events (new research centres and projects, events, and call for papers).

Marcel Lauzière Named New President & CEO of Imagine Canada

TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Don McCreesh, chair of the Board of Imagine Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcel Lauzière as President/CEO of Imagine Canada. Marcel will begin his duties effective November 20, 2008.

Marcel Lauzière is currently President with the Canadian Council on Social Development, a position he has held for eight years.

Board chair Don McCreesh said, after an extensive search the Board of Directors believes it has chosen an excellent leader.

"Marcel is a superb choice to lead the organization," said McCreesh. "His charitable and nonprofit sector experience and track record of success make him uniquely qualified for the position. All of us at Imagine Canada look forward to building upon the current work we do on behalf of the sector with Marcel at the helm."

Marcel Lauzière takes over from Georgina Steinsky-Schwartz, Imagine Canada's President & CEO for more than four years.

"I am honoured to be appointed the new President and CEO of Imagine Canada," says Lauzière. "This is an amazing organization that is there to support charities and nonprofits working in communities all across the country. These organizations play such a crucial role in strengthening our social fabric and it will be a real privilege to work with so many of them in
the years ahead."

Since 2000, Marcel Lauzière has been the President of the Canadian Council on Social Development. Marcel has recently returned from 2 years in New Zealand where he was Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Social Development. Marcel had responsibility for Strategic Policy, Research and Evaluation and for the Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector. Prior to this, he worked as Special Advisor to the President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He was also the founding Executive Director of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Marcel has served on a number of boards and advisory committees including the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Social Conditions, Imagine Canada, the Voluntary Sector Forum, the Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations (NVO) and the International Council on Social Welfare.

Imagine Canada:

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

September 2008 Social Economy Researcher of the Month - Ray Dart

Interview with Ray Dart by Annie McKitrick
(MP3 file, 10:41 mins, 4.9 MB)
Please click on the above link to listen to the interview.

Raymond Dart is an Associate Professor in Business Administration, and also Principal of Peter Gzowski College at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, where he teaches Entrepreneurship, Organization Analysis, Nonprofit Organizations and Qualitative Research Design. He both consults and researches widely in the nonprofit sector with a particular focus on ’social innovation’ (i.e. clever approaches to societal and environmental problems solving), social enterprise, and environmental organizations and sustainable development. He has recently published in the journals Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Nonprofit Management and Leadership and is part of the Social Economy SSHRC group based in Ontario and led by Jack Quarter and Laurie Mook.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Journal call for papers from Social Enterprise Journal


In September 2007 Emerald, a leading international publisher of management journals and databases, acquired the publication and production of the Social Enterprise Journal (SEJ) from Social Enterprise London (SEL) with Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) serving as the Editor. The SEJ has flourished since its inception in 2005. The three volumes published to date by SEL have attracted considerable interest from both academic and social enterprise communities, and have been downloaded many thousands of times each year. The aim is to make SEJ a quality peer-reviewed journal, with an editorial board comprised of leading international scholars in the field.

Social enterprise is a powerful global concept, which describes those businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally re-invested for that purpose in the business or in the community. It is an umbrella term for a range of alternative business models, which combine civic engagement and public service with wealth creation. Social enterprises share a number of common characteristics including an enterprise orientation, a social mission and social ownership based on wider stakeholder participation. Internationally social enterprises provide solutions to market perceived failures in both the private and public sector and assist sustainable development. The mission of SEJ is to provide an opportunity for practitioners, academics and policy-makers to share new insights into how social enterprise is contributing - and may increasingly contribute - to a more prosperous and sustainable society, economy and environment and how this can be evidenced.

In 2008, the SEJ will increase from one issue per annum to three, will be peer-reviewed and will be sold internationally, with a focus on cutting-edge research and an inter-disciplinary approach.

Call for submissions

Social enterprises have not been the subject of rigorous research to determine the current practices and needs of managers within this developing area. It is also debatable whether we have a robust and agreed "map" of the sector. The SEJ seeks to address this void by inviting scholars and practitioners to present their theories and frameworks for understanding social enterprise, and invites research that examines a range of topics related to this developing sector of the social economy.

The editorial team has consciously chosen not to restrict the subject areas for this journal, but to open the door wide to all scholars publishing in social enterprise. The SEJ will accept both rigorous research papers and shorter case study submissions that address key aspects. Issues of importance, which can be addressed at a global, national and/or individual social enterprise level, include but are not limited to:

• Theorisation of the nature of social enterprise

• Strategic management tools and their application within social enterprises

• Entrepreneurship in social enterprises

• Social enterprise delivering public services

• The sustainability of social enterprise

• Governance systems for social enterprises

• Value creation and competition based on social resources

• Stakeholder management theory in social enterprises

• Accountability and measuring impact

• Social capital, building and its measurement

• Strategic marketing in social enterprises

• Ethical marketing and ethical consumerism

• Values based marketing

• Managing people in a social enterprise environment

• Social enterprise and social exclusion from the labour market

• Achieving diversity through use of social enterprise models

• Network theory within the social sector

• Longitudinal case studies examining the emergence of management mechanisms in social enterprises

• Empirical studies looking at added value training, skills development in the labour market through social enterprise initiatives

Submission instructions

Papers must be electronically submitted (in a Word format file) to the new Editor of the SEJ, Bob Doherty, Senior Lecturer in Social Enterprise, Liverpool Business School, JMU at

There are two different types of submissions, short case study papers, which are about 3,000 words in length, and full papers, with a maximum length of 5,000 words(not including references). Please see the Emerald web site; for formatting guidelines. All submitted papers will be refereed according to a peer refereeing process. Authors wishing to discuss their paper prior to submission may contact the editor by e-mail.

Friday, July 18, 2008

ECO-SOC INFO bulletin for July 2008

English follows.

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Le bulletin ECO-SOC INFO de juillet 2008 de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en économie sociale est maintenant disponible sur son site Internet !

Cliquez ici pour y accéder !

Vous y trouverez des références récentes sur la recherche en économie sociale, de même qu’une recension de l’actualité provenant du milieu de la recherche (nouveaux centres et projets de recherche, événements, appels à contribution).

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The July’s 2008 ECO-SOC INFO bulletin of The Canada Research Chair on Social Economy is now available on its website!

To read it, click here !

Here you will find up to date references on the research on the social economy as well as a review of related events (new research centres and projects, events, call for papers)

(Discúlpenos por favor si el envío es múltiple)

El boletín ECO-SOC INFO de julio 2008 de la « Chaire de recherche du Canada en économie sociale » está ahora disponible en su sitio Internet!

Para leerlo, haga clic aquí !

Habrá recientes referencias sobre la investigación in economía social así como una recensión de los eventos actuales (nuevos centros y proyectos de investigación, avisos de licitación y otros eventos).

Monday, July 14, 2008


North American and Caribbean co-operative researchers and educators are visiting Ottawa in late July and invite you to participate in their conference. The Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE) welcomes members, students and friends to attend its first-ever institute held in Ottawa, which runs July 29-Aug 1. The theme of the conference is The Sustainable Cooperative: Vision. Leadership. Education. As part of the conference, participants will visit area co-operatives and caisses to witness their environmental and social innovations. Other parts of the program will focus on sustaining leadership (Francoise Morissette), valuing what counts (Laurie Mook), strategic planning (Jim Hoyt), and greening co-operative organizations. Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish is provided during formal presentations. Visit for registration packages and program information.


Lou Hammond Ketilson, Director, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, has received the Merit Award from the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC). Developed to promote research on co-operatives in Canada, CASC is a multidisciplinary network of researchers whose work involves co-operatives. Dr Hammond Ketilson is the first women to receive the award.


It was standing room only for the On Co-op membership and guests during the Association's Annual General Meeting, held Friday June 20th in Guelph. Donna Bailey, Chair of the board of directors, introduced the Ontario Co-operative Association's new vision, mission and values statements during the business meeting. Reflecting its role as a 'gateway to co-operation,' On Co-op's new mission is to lead, cultivate and connect the co-operative sector. All three statements, which continue to support On Co-op's four strategic areas, were approved by the board in May after consultation with the membership and staff over the past 8 months.

For more, see

Better Business Practices for Sustainable Social Change: International conference

Deadline for submission of abstracts to Nitte International Conference extended to 20th July 2008.

The Justice K.S.Hegde Institute of Management, India and the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. are pleased to invite you to be a part of the International Conference on "Better Business Practices for Sustainable Social Change" on 29-30 December, 2008. It's a rare opportunity for researchers, decision makers and the representatives of business and third sector from all around the world to exchange ideas and understand the best practices.

For more details visit our website:

The Canadian CED Network Welcomes New Executive Director

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet), Canada’s leading voice for community economic development (CED), is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Toye as Executive Director, effective July 22, 2008. Mr. Toye succeeds Rupert Downing, who will be leaving the Network to move on to other areas of interest in the CED field.


Monday, May 12, 2008

Screenings: Threads of Wrath: Stirring the Fibres of Fairness

Threads of Wrath: Stirring the Fibres of Fairness, is a documentary on different conceptions of fairness in the cotton trade in Burkina Faso, a small French speaking country of West-Africa. It focuses on the daily interaction between cotton producers and the SOFITEX, a large state company with a regional buying monopoly, and puts it side by side with different Western conceptions of trade justice. Come out to learn how 6-month payment delays and quality control corruption in the fields relate to the growing and popular Fair Trade movement!

There will be THREE screenings of the film:
- May 16th from 7-9pm
- May 17th from 7-9pm
- May 25th from 4-6pm

at the Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Road (just south of Dundas), in the Alterna Room on the 4th floor. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Émanuèle Lapierre-Fortin, a recent U of T graduate who spent 10 months working in Community Economic Development in Burkina Faso and wrote her honours thesis on Fair Trade Cotton. Freshly roasted fair trade coffee (the best you'd ever have!) and samosas will also be served!

This event is a fundraiser to support the efforts of the Trade Justice Education Network, which engages high school students and community groups in issues of trade justice and encourages them to take meaningful action. The suggested donation is 10-20$.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


The Centre for Social Innovation and BC-based Enterprising Non-Profits (ENP) have officially launched ENP-Toronto—a pilot program to spark and support social enterprise in the Greater Toronto Area. The Enterprising Non-Profits Program provides matching grants of up to $10,000 to non-profit organizations that are exploring the development of business activities (social enterprises) for the dual purpose of generating revenue and furthering their mission. This funding will allow non-profits to access the technical assistance they need at any stage along the social enterprise development path, from idea exploration and development to project launch and growth. Organizers will be hosting social enterprise workshops and ENP-TO orientation sessions in spring and fall 2008. To join our mailing list for further announcements, including the call for proposals, visit

A number of co-ops and related organizations are listed among the project’s funders including Alterna Savings, Carrot Common, Citizen’s Bank and The Co-operators Group.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Reform

Sector weighs in
From: Canadian FundRaiser eNews, March 15, 2008, Article 4

The Ontario government, or its Government Services ministry, cannot complain there was no response to its request for input from the sector on the directions it should take in modernizing governance of the voluntary sector (CF August 15, 2007).

The bureaucrats are now dealing with two large missives from The National Sector Task Force on Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Reform – a co-operative effort of Imagine Canada and the Charities Bar – and a brief from the Ontario Nonprofit Network Expert Working Group.

All three documents are lengthy, technical and detailed in their recommendations, but essentially agree in their overall recommendation that Ontario needs a separate law governing the operation of nonprofit corporations.

As the National Sector Task Force puts it: “The Task Force recommends passage of a new Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. It should be an organizational statute drafted as companion legislation to the Ontario Business Corporations Act. These two statutes should be harmonized, except where there is a clear and compelling case for different measures.”

With a similar approach, the Ontario Nonprofit Network notes: “We believe a dedicated Not-for-Profit Corporations Act is needed. The revised act should focus exclusively on incorporation of not-for-profit and mutual benefit organizations that have public benefit objects.”

As background for its many detailed recommendations and the over-riding major one that a new act should be drafted to govern not-for-profit corporations, the National Sector Task Force notes in its Executive Summary to the second submission that the Ontario Corporations Act was first enacted in 1907 and updated in 1953. Since then, the scope of the act has been substantially reduced as a variety of acts detailing with specific business areas were carved out of it, and then in 1971 the Ontario Business Corporations Act was created.

Not updated

“As business and other types of corporations were modernized through new statutes, the OCA came to govern largely not-for-profit corporations,” says the Task Force. “While other corporate statutes were further updated and modernized, including the OBCA in 2007, the OCA was not. The OCA can no longer be considered effective framework legislation for Ontario’s nonprofit corporations.”

The OCA provides the statutory framework for creation, governance and dissolution of not-for-profit and charitable corporations in the province, it points out, prescribing a corporate structure and organizational model under the supervision of a board of directors of each organization.

However, it agrees with the government that the legislation is overdue for wholesale review, and to that end brings forward 27 recommendations in response to the seven issues raised in the government’s second of three consultation papers.

For the complete submissions:;;

Monday, March 31, 2008

Social Economy Centre Meets with the Honorable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education of Ontario, to Discuss the Social Economy in High School Textbook

On March 28, 2008, Social Economy Centre members Jack Quarter, Laurie Mook, Daniel Schugurensky, Jan Haskings-Winner and Denyse Guy along with Andre Brisebois of Conseil de la Cooperation de l'Ontario (CCO) & Tanya Gracie of the Ontario Co-operative Association met with Ontario Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne to talk about the presence of the social economy in high school curricula and textbooks. The presentation was based on two studies conducted in 1995 and 2005 on this topic. The two studies found that the social economy has a significant presence in Canada and Ontario, but such presence was under-represented significantly in curricula and textbooks. The Social Economy Centre expressed concerns about this situation, and asked that in the next curricula revisions this matter will be addressed. The Minister planned to follow up with her staff and her office will get back to us regarding the next steps.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Announcing the first ever searchable database of Ontario co-ops, credit unions and caisses populaires

On Co-op launches first-ever online and searchable directory of co-ops, credit unions and caisses populaires operating in Ontario. We're calling it the e-directory.

Check it out at .

The e-directory is publicly accessible and fully searchable by name, city, keyword and postal code. It features basic contact information and detailed descriptions. A handy feature is the ability to display a Google map for each location. E-mail addresses are never revealed, which helps eliminate spamming - instead a contact window appears, and a security code must be entered.

Government, the public and academics can use the e-directory to see what co-ops are in their community, what products or services are provided by co-ops, and to contact a co-op if they choose. The co-op sector, credit union system and co-operative champions can use the e-directory to find out more about their "co-op cousins".

We recommend every co-op, credit union and caisse populaire check its own listing as soon as possible, as well as search for other co-ops by city, keyword or name to understand how the e-directory works. We anticipate the directory will very quickly evolve into a central hub for accessing co-op information and we would like to ensure the best possible experience for anyone looking for co-op information.


1. Contact information. Are the correct co-op name, address, phone (local and toll-free) and fax numbers displayed? Check to make sure the e-mail address and website links are valid and go to the correct person/department in your organization. Verify that the Google mapping function correctly identifies your address. If you have more than one location, check each one for accuracy.

2. Description. The keyword search looks here, as well as at your name. Words core to your business should be here (examples - fair trade, banking services, organic, dairy, housing, energy, child care, etc). This isn't a listing of all of your products, but allows people who view the description a useful glimpse into your business. The description field is 50 words maximum and must be in sentence/paragraph format.

3. Category. Confirm that your organization is listed in the correct category(s).


1. INCOMPLETE, MISSING OR INCORRECT INFORMATION; ORGANIZATION NOT LISTED (INCLUDING MAIN, BRANCH OR SATELLITE OFFICES); OR ORGANIZATION TO BE REMOVED FROM THE LISTING: Click on the "Contact Us" button. One of the choices available from that screen is to update your information. Please provide us with all the details, including what should be changed. We will receive the message, confirm the information and make the changes to our database, generally within 1-2 business days. On Co-op has an e-directory review board to review each addition/deletion/change before it is uploaded to the e-directory to ensure we are adding the correct information.

2. If you have questions or suggestions about the e-directory program/interface itself, send your thoughts to us using the "Contact Us" button. We will continue to enhance the look and functionality of the e-directory over the next few weeks, and your input is important.

3. Where did the information initially come from? We've been updating our records for the last few months, and been checking other publicly available sources to make sure we haven't missed listing any co-operative, credit union or caisse populaire that is based in, or operates in, Ontario. IF WE HAVE, PLEASE LET US KNOW!!

On Co-op has created, and will operate and maintain the e-directory. As each co-op reviews and updates its information, the e-directory will become larger and even more accurate. Remember that there is no one organization or government agency in Ontario that has ever compiled this type of information on ALL of Ontario's co-operatives, credit unions and caisses populaires in one place before.


• Please forward this e-mail to others in your networks, and include the information in your print and electronic communications. The more people and organizations that know about the e-directory, the larger and more accurate it can become.

• Associations, federations and alliances are encouraged to send this message to all of their members so that as many individuals and organizations as possible can verify the directory information. If you operate an intranet, blog or RSS feed, consider placing a link to the e-directory there.

• Please include a link to the e-directory on your website (perhaps on your home page or co-op contacts/links page). You may use this text, or feel free to create your own:

Ontario is home to more than 1,300 credit unions, caisses populaires and co-operatives, operating in over 1,900 locations throughout the province. The Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op) maintains a searchable electronic database of Ontario's co-operatives, credit unions and caisses populaires at


The co-op sector will have about a week to review and verify the information before the information goes to the media. We will be sending a press release to all major media, scheduled for the week of March 17th. At that time, we expect a great deal of interest from the public, including academics, government and others.

Visit to access the e-directory. Please review your listing as soon as you can.

** Please forward to others in your network... including your board, staff, committee members, champions, supporters and friends. Co-operative information is best shared! If this message didn't come directly from On Co-op, you may be added to our e-newsletter distribution list by sending your contact information to Mark Ventry If you'd like to receive our printed mailings (sent January and September), please send us your mailing address.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Online Articles of Interest

Journal of Gender Studies, Volume 17 Issue 1 2007
One college campus's need for a safe zone: a case study
71 – 74
Authors: Sandy D. Alvarez; Jeffrey Schneider

European Journal of Industrial Relations 2008
Torgeir Aarvaag Stokke
The Anatomy of Two-tier Bargaining Models
14: 7-24

Review of Radical Political Economics, Winter 2008, Volume 40, No. 1
Mara Fridell, Ian Hudson, and Mark Hudson
With Friends Like These: The Corporate Response to Fair Trade Coffee

Gender, Work & Organization, Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 202-225, March 2008
'Why Do All the Women Disappear?' Gendering Processes in a Political Science Department
Johanna Kantola

Local Economy, Volume 22 Issue 4 2007
Enterprise, Diversity and Inclusion: A New Model of Community-based Enterprise
Author: Tony Swash

Sociological Spectrum Mid-South Sociological Association, Volume 28 Issue 2 2008
Author: John Markert

Gender & Society 2008 22: 31-55
Hava Rachel Gordon
Gendered Paths to Teenage Political Participation: Parental Power, Civic Mobility, and Youth Activism

Studies in Continuing Education, Volume 30 Issue 1 2008
Theories and methods for research on informal learning and work: towards cross-fertilization
Author: Peter H. Sawchuk

American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 51, No. 6, 721-736 (2008)
Understanding the Impact of Homelessness on Children: Challenges and Future Research
John C. Buckner

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Call for papers - Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC)

JUNE 5 - 7, 2008

Cooperative Renewal: Cooperatives in the Twenty-First Century

Cooperatives and theories of cooperation have successfully adjusted to extensive social, economic, and political challenges over the more than a century and a half of since the writings of Robert Owen and others influenced the founding of the Rochdale Cooperative in 1844.

In fact, renewal could be seen to be an essential feature of cooperative study and practice. However, it could also be argued that the combinations of forces confronting cooperatives and theories of cooperation in the twenty-first century pose the most serious challenge yet to their relevance and continued survival. This conference encourages scholars, practitioners, and "fellow travellers" of cooperation to participate in discussing frankly the necessity for, forms of, and challenges to, cooperative renewal as well as the adjustments required (if at all) for cooperation to survive and thrive throughout the upcoming century in Canada and the wider world.

Call for papers is available here:

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thinking Beyond Borders: Ideas, Values and Concerns of Food in a Global World

The 2008 Canadian Association for Food Studies Conference and AGM
University of British Columbia in Vancouver on 31 May – 1 June 2008

Come to the beautiful University of British Columbia campus located on the Point Grey Peninsula and in one of the most livable cities in the world: Vancouver, British Columbia. Here, daytime temperatures in late May allow for dresses, shorts and short-sleeved shirts!

Following two successful meetings in 2006 and 2007, which demonstrated the impressive breadth and depth of research being undertaken by Canadian food scholars, the Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) would like to welcome you to its third annual conference and annual general meeting. CAFS promotes critical, interdisciplinary scholarship in the broad area of food systems, including production, distribution, and consumption.

During the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to share with colleagues from across Canada the latest research, education, programs and policy development relevant to food studies. There will also be additional learning and social opportunities, including a full day of pre-conference tours and a reception following the Saturday conference sessions, hosted by UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

Food Tours: Friday 30 May 2008

Each tour is priced at $25 and includes a light meal as well as public transportation. The tours will be coordinated so that it will be possible to attend more than one tour.

Tour 1) Food Unfair: where a city block separates two vastly different food landscapes

Friday morning
We will walk down Hastings Street into the Downtown Eastside and discuss the food access challenges faced by some of Vancouver's most vulnerable population groups. Then step into a different world. Only a block away, we find plentiful Pender Street with Chinatown and its rich selection of foods and fresh produce. How can two such distinct food landscapes exist in one neighborhood? Learn how Vancouver is using its food policy mandate, in combination with neighborhood revitalization strategies to address a range of urban challenges.

Tour 2) Growing in Vancouver: a half-day tour through a selection of the many exciting examples of urban agriculture in Metro Vancouver.

Friday afternoon
As Metro Vancouver prepares to host the 2010 winter Olympics urban agriculturalists are working hard to fulfill the motion passed by city councilors to build 2010 new community garden plots. Find out what is happening in the city: from roof top gardens, to school and community gardens. Come see the city growing!

Tour 3) The Green Table Network: Can eating out be sustainable?

Friday evening
On this tour you will be introduced to the Green Table Network and see examples of how progressive restaurants and catering companies in Vancouver are taking steps to tread more lightly on the earth. You will hear and see how participating businesses are reducing waste, increasing recycling, conserving energy and water, using local foods and adopting other eco-friendly practices. At the end of the tour a light meal will be provided by one of the participating restaurants or caterers.

To register: (early bird deadline 31 March 2008)

For further information about CAFS, the conference, and Call for Papers, visit:

For further information about the Conference location:
- City of Vancouver:
- Super, Natural British Columbia:
- UBC Campus map and driving directions:

See you in Vancouver!


31 MAY – 1 JUNE 2008


Following two successful meetings in 2006 and 2007, which demonstrated the impressive breadth and depth of research being undertaken by Canadian Food Scholars, the Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) will host its third annual general meeting at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on 31 May – 1 June 2008. Founded in 2005, CAFS promotes critical, interdisciplinary scholarship in the broad area of food systems: production, distribution, and consumption.

CAFS recognizes the need for coordinated interdisciplinary research efforts not only in academia, but in response to societal needs for informing policy makers, assessing the outcomes of community-based work, and demonstrating the environmental and social impacts of changes affecting food systems and food policies. To encourage interdisciplinarity, and to reflect the broad range of important work happening in this field, we encourage academics and/or community members to submit proposals for either sessions or individual papers related to this year’s theme.

The 2008 CAFS conference theme, which reflects the Congress theme, is “Thinking Beyond Borders: Ideas, Values and Concerns of Food in a Global World”. We invite session proposals and individual paper proposals dealing with aspects of societal ideas, values and concerns related to food in an increasingly ‘global’ world. Submissions dealing with crossing borders, either actual or metaphorical, to create food communities are particularly welcome. However, submissions are not restricted to this theme. The conference also encourages proposals dealing with issues such as curriculum and program development and evaluation, research priorities, methodological issues, policy and funding priorities in food studies.

SESSION PROPOSALS: Please send the session title, name and organizational affiliation of the session organizer(s). Please also include the authors’ names, affiliations, and abstracts (150 words) of each paper to be included in the session. If you suggest a chair for the sessions, please include this as well. If possible, we appreciate it if submissions are in both English and French. The program committee will work with session organizers to ensure disciplinary diversity and content compatibility.

PAPER PROPOSALS: Please send a brief abstract (150 words), along with your paper title, and name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s). If possible, we appreciate it if submissions are in both English and French. The program committee will work to ensure disciplinary diversity and content compatibility when placing individual papers within sessions.

The deadline for proposals is: Friday, February 1, 2008

Organisers will aim to include some papers in a special issue journal or an edited collection; we will also aim to create conference proceedings. Therefore, please ensure all papers are formatted in Chicago style.

CAFS members are drawn from an array of disciplines including (but not limited to) adult education, agriculture, anthropology, economics, environmental studies, health studies, home economics, human nutrition, geography, literature, psychology, philosophy, policy studies, public health, rural studies, sociology, social work and urban planning. CAFS membership is open to academics, students, policy makers, community workers, professionals, practitioners and others interested in food studies research. CAFS encourages research that promotes local, regional, national, and global food security, but does not advocate or endorse specific policies or political platforms.

All proposals should be sent as a rich text (.rtf) or Word (.doc) document and sent to:

Patty Williams (email:

Further information is available at:
Canadian Association for Food Studies:
Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences:


Appel de communications

Troisième assemblée générale annuelle de
l’Association canadienne des études alimentaires

31 mai-1er juin 2008

« Penser sans frontières : idées, valeurs et préoccupations en alimentation
dans un contexte de mondialisation »

Suite à deux rencontres couronnées de succès en 2006 et 2007 qui ont démontré l’étendue et la profondeur des recherches entreprises par les chercheurs universitaires canadiens en alimentation, l’Association canadienne des études alimentaires tiendra sa troisième assemblée générale annuelle à University of British Columbia, Vancouver, les 31 mai et 1er juin 2008. Fondée en 2005, l'Association (CAFS) promeut des études savantes critiques et interdisciplinaires dans le vaste domaine des systèmes alimentaires que sont la production, la distribution et la consommation.

La CAFS reconnaît le besoin de coordonner ses efforts de recherche interdisciplinaire non seulement du point de vue académique, mais aussi en réponse aux besoins sociétaux afin d’informer les dirigeants politiques, d'évaluer les effets des actions communautaires, et de démontrer l’impact environnemental et social des changements affectant les systèmes alimentaires et les politiques alimentaires. Afin d’encourager l’interdisciplinarité, et refléter la gamme des travaux d’importance dans ce domaine, nous encourageons les membres de la communauté universitaire et/ou communautaire à soumettre des propositions soit de colloques scientifiques soit de communications individuelles reliées au thème de cette année.

Le thème de la conférence 2008 du CAFS, qui reflète celui de la Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines qui nous accueille, est celui-ci : « Penser sans frontières : idées, valeurs et préoccupations en alimentation dans un contexte de mondialisation ». Les colloques scientifiques, ou la présentation de communications individuelles, traitant d’idées, de valeurs et de préoccupations sociétales en lien avec l'alimentation des populations dans un contexte de plus en plus de mondialisation sont sollicités pour cette conférence. Les soumissions au carrefour de frontières (sens concret ou métaphorique), dans une optique de création de communautés bien alimentées, sont tout particulièrement bienvenues. Cependant, les soumissions ne se restreignent pas à ce thème. La conférence encourage aussi les propositions traitant de questions de développement de programmes et d’évaluation, de priorités de recherche, de questions méthodologiques, de politiques, et de priorités de financement des études alimentaires.

Proposition de colloques scientifiques : Faites nous parvenir le titre du colloque scientifique, le nom et l’affiliation des organisateurs du colloque. Aussi, inclure les noms des auteurs, les affiliations ainsi qu’un résumé (150 mots) de chacune des communications qui seront présentées au colloque. Si vous voulez suggérer un président de session pour le colloque, l’inclure aussi. Si possible, nous apprécierions que les soumissions soient présentées en français et en anglais. Le comité du programme travaillera avec les organisateurs des colloques afin de s’assurer de la diversité disciplinaire et de la compatibilité du contenu.

Proposition de communications : Veuillez envoyer un bref résumé (150 mots) avec le titre, ainsi que le(s) nom(s) et affiliation(s) de l’auteur ou des auteurs. Si possible, nous apprécierions que les soumissions soient présentées en français et en anglais. Le comité du programme travaillera ave les organisateurs pour s’assurer de la diversité disciplinaire et de la compatibilité de contenu en situant les communications individuelles dans les colloques scientifiques appropriés.

La date butoir de réception des propositions est fixée le vendredi 1er février 2008.

Les organisateurs souhaitent inclure quelques publications dans une édition spéciale d’un journal ou dans une collection éditée; nous prévoyons aussi préparer les actes de la conférence. En ce sens, nous recommandons de vous assurer que tous les écrits soient conformes au style Chicago.

Les membres de la CAFS proviennent d’une variété de disciplines incluant (mais ne s’y limitant pas) l’éducation aux adultes, l’agriculture, l’anthropologie, l’économie, les sciences environnementales, les sciences de la santé, l’économie familiale, la nutrition humaine, la géographie, la littérature, la psychologie, la philosophie, les sciences politiques, la santé publique, les études rurales, la sociologie, le travail social et l’urbanisme. Peuvent devenir membres, les étudiants, les enseignants, ceux qui rédigent des politiques, les travailleurs sociaux, les professionnels, les praticiens et autres personnes intéressés par les recherches en alimentation. La CAFS encourage la recherche qui promeut la sécurité alimentaire au niveau local, régional, national et globale, mais ne recommande pas ou n’endosse pas de politiques spécifiques ni de plate-formes politiques.

Toutes les propositions doivent être envoyées par courriel dans un document en format (.rtf) ou Word (.doc) à :

Patty Williams (email:

De plus amples informations sont disponibles sur les sites Internet suivants :
Further information is available at:
Canadian Association for Food Studies:
Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences:

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Call for Papers - New Views of Society: Robert Owen for the 21st Century

Conference date: 11-14 September 2008, New Lanark, Scotland
Deadline for proposals & papers: 30th March 2008

This major international conference will be a 2 stage event appealing to both academics from a range of disciplines and co-operative practitioners.

The first part of the conference (from the morning of Thursday 11th September to lunchtime on Saturday 13th) will consist of a series of interdisciplinary thematic sessions exploring various aspects of Owen’s ideas and their contemporary and future relevance. The second part of the event (from lunchtime on the 13th to lunchtime on the 14th) will have a practitioner focus. It will consist of invited speakers, interactive workshop sessions and the AGM and Annual Research Roundtable of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies.

While this formal call for papers is for contributions to the first part of the conference, the organisers hope that academic contributors and delegates will choose to stay on for the whole event.

The conference will include a tour of the New Lanark Mills Visitor Centre and a Dinner on the evening of Saturday 13th September. Accommodation will be available either in the New Lanark Mill Hotel, or New Lanark Youth Hostel.

This event is being organised by the UK Society for Co-operative Studies as part of a programme of events throughout 2008 to mark the 150th Anniversary of Robert Owen’s Death in co-operation with partners including the Co-operative Group, Co-operative College and New Lanark Heritage Trust.


Deadline for receipt of proposals for papers or other contributions: 30th March 2008
Papers that have been selected will be confirmed by the 31st May 2008


Robert Owen was one of the giants of social, political and economic life in the nineteenth century. He combined an intellectual critique of emerging industrial society with a remarkable capacity for practical innovation. At New Lanark Mills in Scotland, not only did he pioneer the use of new technology in the textile industry, but he combined this with radical ideas about education and management.

He was one of the guiding inspirations for the global Co-operative Movement and under his influence ‘prophets of co-operation’ travelled all over Britain and internationally. As a ‘practical utopian’, he established, inspired and lived in various community experiments in both Britain and the USA organised according to his co-operative philosophy, and while in the UK these endeavours are generally thought to have ‘failed’, in the US his descendants are still to be found living at New Harmony, and the influence of his activities there upon the development of US politics has been significant.

In considering Owen’s legacy as part of the programme of events being organised to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death, this conference is not intended to be an exercise in historical nostalgia. Rather, it aims to use the inspiration of Owen’s thinking in a wide range of areas to consider and debate the contemporary and future relevance of his ideas in the twenty first century.


Session topics are grouped into 3 main themes. Below each theme are suggested some aspects of Owen’s thought in these areas that might be usefully explored, but this is not by any means an exhaustive list and the organisers would welcome further relevant proposals.

Part 1: Economic justice

- Ethical issues relating to trade
- Co-operative Management in theory and practise
- Trades Unions in the 21st Century
- Micro finance and Credit Unions

Part 2: Practical Utopia

- Community living and co-housing
- Time currencies
- The ‘e-commonwealth’
- ‘Socialism’ then and now

Part 3: Education for a better world

- Co-operative structures for delivering education
- Children’s Rights
- Co-operative Learning
- Adult and Continuing Education

There will also be a ‘history workshop’ style session on the Friday and Saturday exploring the impact and experiences of Co-operatives established for social change in the UK from the mid 1960s onwards. Please let us know if you have something to contribute to this theme.

Guidelines for papers and other contributions:

- 500 word proposals for papers or other contributions to sessions must be received (either by post, email, or both) by the UK SCS Secretary, Richard Bickle, no later than 31st March 2008.
- Proposed presentations should be no more than 20 minutes each in total.
- Presentations should make some reference to Owen’s work in the relevant area and show the ideas being explored relate to his thinking.
- Please include full contact details for the proposed speaker/s and clearly mark which session theme you feel your proposal fits in to.
- While we urge you to propose papers according to the session themes outlined above, if you have a proposal which does not fit into these topic areas, but which you feel is still relevant to the wider conference, please send it in anyway with a covering note explaining why you think it should be considered.
- The organisers are open to innovative or interactive formats for presentations. If this is what you are proposing, please set out exactly what you have in mind.
- The UK Society for Co-operative Studies does not have the funds to cover your attendance at the conference. However, we are negotiating a limited number of bursaries to support participation from individuals who could not otherwise afford to do so. If you are likely to require this kind of assistance, please inform the Secretary as soon as possible.

Richard Bickle (Secretary), UK Society for Co-operative Studies
Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS
Tel: 07768 184882, Email:,

Monday, January 14, 2008

Community-University Exposition (CUexpo) - May 4-7, 2008

We would first like to acknowledge that we will be meeting on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish First Nations.

Bringing the resources, dreams, assets and issues of our communities and our post-secondary institutions together is a movement that is building across Canada. We would like to most cordially invite you to participate in the third national CUexpo, the Community-University Exposition 2008 (CUexpo 2008)

Goals of CUexpo 2008

* celebrate and create opportunities for new community-university partnerships;
* support research that is collaborative and community-based and leads to positive change;
* create a space for policy-makers and university and community representatives to take action on research, resource-sharing and research ethics;
* provide opportunities for networking across Canada and world-wide.

Themes for CUexpo 2008

* community-university engagement, partnerships and ethics
* climate change and sustainable community green economic development
* life-long learning, popular education and community / green mapping
* environmental and social justice
* Youth engagement, food security
* Community and green economic development
* Aboriginal perspectives and cultural diversity
* women, poverty and social inclusion
* Homelessness, housing, health promotion and well-being

For more information, visit

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Call for Papers / Demande des communications - ANSER / ARES - January 14 deadline

Inaugural Annual Conference / Conférence annuelle inaugurale


University of British Columbia
June 4 – 6, 2008

Deadline for receipt of proposals via email attachment: / Date limite de présentation des propositions en pièce jointe par courrier électronique :

January 14, 2008

La version française:

ANSER is a newly formed organization for the support and encouragement of research in the broad fields of social economy, the voluntary sector, and nonprofit organizations in Canada. We will hold our inaugural conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2008 from June 4-6, 2008 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. All those engaged in applied and theoretical research related to the ANSER mandate, including researchers from outside of Canada, are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables by January 14, 2008. ANSER is not limited to faculty and graduate students from universities and colleges; consultants and practitioners who engage in research are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Examples of areas of interest include:

• accountability and performance evaluation in community organizations;
• charitable giving and philanthropy;
• citizen engagement, mobilization, and movements;
• civil society;
• community economic development;
• community service learning/community-university partnerships;
• conceptualizing the social economy;
• foundations;
• gender, race, diversity in the social economy;
• governance, democracy, and participation in community organizations;
• nonprofit mutual associations;
• nonprofit sector/government relations;
• organizational change in the social economy;
• public policy;
• regulatory and legal dimensions of nonprofits and the social economy;
• social and environmental accounting;
• social capital/informal co-operation;
• social economy human resource management and labour relations;
• social enterprises/social purpose businesses;
• volunteering.

Types of Proposals

Three types of proposals will be considered: individual papers, panels, and roundtables. Proposals should be submitted as email attachments in Microsoft Word to with the type of proposal indicated in the subject line (for example, paper, panel, or roundtable) . Proposals will be subject to peer review and notification of acceptance will be provided by February 28th. Authors of accepted papers will be required to provide a 5-8 page (double spaced) summary of their paper by May 1, 2008, for publication in online conference proceedings (editor, Peter Elson).

Paper Proposals

Paper proposals typically are presentations of research findings and theory on a topic. Paper proposals can also be think pieces and discussions of research and thesis proposals. Paper proposals should include a cover sheet containing the paper's title, name and affiliation of presenter(s), and contact information of each presenter including email. This should be followed by an abstract of not more than two pages including the paper's title and key reference sources.

Panel Proposals

Panels are collections of three or four papers on a related theme. Ideally, these papers build upon each other, thereby adding to the coherence of the panel. For a panel, the cover sheet with contact information for the entire group should be the first page, followed by a one-page overview of the panel, including its title, and then up to 2 pages for each participant (as described under paper proposals).


Roundtables are discussion groups ideally suited for the discussion of research needs or research in progress around specific topics, e.g., "Current research needs in nonprofit organization governance," with a designated facilitator. Roundtables, typically consisting of three to four individuals, are ideally suited for a mix of researchers and leaders of community organizations. For a roundtable, the cover sheet with contact information for the entire group and the roundtable's title should be the first page, followed by a two-page summary of the primary issues to be addressed.

Conference Information

Participants in the ANSER 2008 Conference should register through the website of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences , which includes a reduction for early registration. The fees, posted on the website, include those for the Congress and the association. The Congress website also includes information on accommodation, discounts for travel, and local information. For more information, email us and please check the ANSER website for updates.

February 16 - Visionary Farmers and Visionary Consumers: How organics is transforming our world

Saturday, February 16, 2008 - one-day conference
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

89 Chestnut St., U of Toronto Conference Centre
Presented by Canadian Organic Growers
$65 ($85 after Jan 15); COG members $55

Includes an organic lunch and mini-market!
Info and registration: or 1-888-375-7383 or email:

Why are more farmers and consumers choosing to go organic? Join us as we share how organic is making a difference in how we eat and live. You will be stirred with inspiring stories, the difficult challenges and the proven visions that are bringing organic food from the field to the table, creating new careers, markets and a more livable planet. Is there a role for you?

Keynote speaker: Helge Hellberg, Executive Director of Marin Organic
Marin Organic is an award winning, innovative organization of local farmers that is realizing a vision for the first all organic county in North America. They have inspired schools, businesses and governments to take a stand for an alternative way of doing business and in doing so show us what a sustainable food system looks like.

Panels on topics including “Where’s the local in organic?”; “Being organic in a non-organic world”; “Can organics feed Ontario”; and “Ensuring organic integrity”.
Panelists include: Ann Clark, Gavin Dandy, Dag Falck, Wayne Roberts, Wally Seccombe.

Plus a career track – meet the intrepid “new” farmers who, despite lacking land and farming skills, took the leap and followed their dreams of being organic farmers.

For a complete agenda, see

January 24-27 - 27th Guelph Organic Conference, Canada's premiere organic event

January 24-27, 2008
University of Guelph

Trade show and Organic food expo:
Saturday Jan 26 - 7 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday Jan 27 - 9 am to 4:30 pm

For complete event details, registration and workshop schedule, visit the conference website at: