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.