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.