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November Coop Lunch and Learn Series

November Lunch and Learn SeriesIf your organization wants to make a bigger impact in their local economy, then this free webinar series is not to be missed.

Training, education, and information is not only a co-operative principle, it’s an important part of growing any organization. Every Thursday during the month of November we are offering free noon-hour webinars that will expand your organization’s knowledge about strategic opportunities around economic development. All you need is to RSVP in advance.

Register for the November Coop Lunch and Learn Series

To best enjoy these webinars, we highly recommend watching this webinar with a colleague; invite them for lunch! All webinars run from noon-1PM (MST)

November 2nd: Co-operative Strategies that can grow your business save you money,

If your enterprise is looking to reduce costs, increase productivity, and build a strong work culture, then this 45-minute lunch hour webinar is not to be missed. Learn how co-operative strategies can be applied in your business, not for profit, or community.

Hosted by Seth Leon, Manager of Co-operative Services; Alberta Community and Co-operative Association

November 9th: Member Loyalty Programs: Enhance member value while supporting local business

North Parkland Power REA (NPP) has increased value to their members offering loyalty discounts to a range of local businesses. This strategy also connects their co-op to the local business community in a meaningful way. Learn how NPP devised and executed on this strategy, and the key actions needed to get started in your community.

Hosted by Andrea LaBrie, Member-Owner Representative; North Parkland Power REA ltd.

November 16th: As Local As Possible: Craft Brewing in Alberta

Alberta’s craft beer industry is exploding, having tripled in size over the past few years. Growth continues, all over Alberta, in an industry that has deep roots in the history of the province. Where has the industry come from and where will it go? How can your community play its part in making brewing a signature industry for Alberta?

Hosted by Terry Rock, Executive Director; Alberta Small Brewers Association

November 23rd:  Local Investing & Community Economic DevelopmentLearn about how to invest locally, raise capital for your local business, and how to grow your local economy. Recent changes to investment rules in Alberta will soon make things easier to invest locally and raise money locally. Learn how community economic development can help your business do well, and do good. This webinar will help frame local opportunities with long-term economic growth, opportunities to maximize your impact, access tax benefits, and mobilize growing networks.

Hosted by Courtney Hare, Public Policy Manager; Momentum

November 30th: How inclusive spaces increase market share and build stronger businesses

Creating welcoming spaces strengthen brand identity and improve customer experience. This webinar explains how to develop accessible and inclusive spaces that will help your business grow. Learn how to maximize your marketing and strengthen your brand. This webinar will also touch on project management for creating accessible spaces, and how to access grants.

Hosted by Sean Crump CEO and Head Chair; Universal Access

Local Organizing for Fair Economies

12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern Time

Join a conversation to explore how local organizing principles and approaches can contribute to the creation of more sustainable, fair and inclusive economies.

LePower Lab logod by Co-facilitators, Alejandra Bravo and Mercedes Sharpe Zayas, this interactive webinar will share the Power Lab's experience of connecting people and ideas for action to build local economies that strengthen communities and benefit everyone.

Delve into how community economic development organizations might contribute to changing social conditions for your organization’s constituencies and how the people you serve can become a base for action. Understand how to centre equity-seeking groups as primary actors in decision-making and agents of making material gains in their communities.

Register for Local Organizing for Fair Economies

Register now and connection details will be emailed to you, as well as a reminder a few days before the session.

PRESENTERS

Alejandra Bravo, Director and Co-Facilitator, Power LabAlejandra Bravo

Alejandra Bravo is the Director of the Power Lab, a new leadership learning initiative focused on local organizing for a fair economy. She is also the Director of Leadership and Training at the Broadbent Institute, where she builds backbone for progressive organizing in Canada.

Active in the community benefits movement, she supports leaders working to build campaigns and coalitions organizing for economic opportunities for historically disadvantaged and equity-seeking groups. Alejandra contributes to movement building as a facilitator, trainer, mentor and strategist with various social change efforts.

Previously she was Manager of Leadership and Learning at Maytree, where she designed and delivered political and civic training for emerging and diverse leaders. Alejandra has a 25-year history of working for progressive social change with grassroots, immigrant, and labour groups. She has worked as a community organizer, political staff and has been a City Council candidate in Toronto.

Mercedes Sharpe Zayas, Co-Facilitator, Power LabMercedes Sharpe Zayas

Mercedes Sharpe Zayas is a community planner committed to movement building and economic justice in the urban form.

Mercedes has been cultivating her participatory planning practice as the Workforce Planning Coordinator for the Parkdale People’s Economy, a network of over 30 community-based organizations and hundreds of community members organizing towards decent work, shared wealth, and equitable development in Parkdale. She has also worked as a Policy Research Intern at the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division, a Research Assistant for the Metcalf Foundation’s Inclusive Local Economies Program, and a Graduate Research Assistant with The Public Studio.

In her spare time, Mercedes is the Co-Director of Communications for PODER, a grassroots Latinx feminist organization in Toronto. She holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Anthropology from McGill University.

LOGISTICS

  • The session begins with a presentation by Alejandra & Mercedes followed by a question and answer period.
  • This session is in English.
  • You will need speakers or a headset on your computer.  To ensure your system will be compatible with our webinar platform, look at the Zoom quick start guide prior to the session. 

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Engaging Saskatchewan Co-operatives and Credit Unions in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action

8:30am - 4:50pm
Saskatoon Inn
2002 Airport Drive

This one day workshop will equip co-operatives and credit union board members, managers, and staff with the information and tools they need to engage their organizations in substantially responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action.

The workshop takes place April 9, 2019, in Saskatoon, at the Saskatoon Inn.

Registration deadline: March 29

Register now for Engaging Saskatchewan Co-operative and Credit Unions in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action 

This event is for co-operative and credit union board members, managers and staff to:

  • provide in-depth information on Truth and Reconciliation, Treaties, and the Calls to Action, and
  • discuss how co-operatives and credit unions can effectively engage in Truth and Reconciliation. 

The one day session will provide context and understanding as to how the Calls to Action and the goal of Reconciliation came into existence. This will be done through educational sessions focused on the History of the Indigenous Treaty Partners, History of the Treaties, History of the Breach of Treaties and the development of Systemic Racism, and then moving forward in to Reconciliation initiatives and understanding and applying the Calls to Action. In order for Reconciliation to be successful in Saskatchewan, we must explore the truths of our shared histories as Treaty Partners. 

This workshop will provide participants with the information and tools they need to engage their organizations and the communities they serve in substantially responding to Truth and Reconciliation, and the Calls to Action. Examples of how other organizations, including co-operatives and credit unions, have responded to Reconciliation and the Calls to Action will be provided. Facilitated discussions will be held with participants about options they have for effectively engaging their organizations and their communities in Reconciliation.  

This workshop is being organized in response to requests from attendees of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association Tools for a New Reality conference held March 20, 2018 where a session was held on Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. Participants in their evaluation of the conference requested more in-depth information on the Calls to Action and how co-operatives can effectively respond to them.

The workshop is being provided without charge.  It is being sponsored by the generous contributions of:

  • Synergy Credit Union,
  • Affinity Credit Union,
  • Innovation Credit Union,
  • The Co-operators,
  • Conexus Credit Union, and
  • SaskCentral.

Refreshments and Indigenous food focused lunch included.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Social Infrastructure

webinar supporters3:00pm to 4:00pm

Universities, colleges and institutes can play a much more significant role in the design and construction of much-needed social infrastructure In Canada and globally, including affordable housing, child care centres, women’s shelters and seniors’ care facilities. The most effective and sustainable way to do this is through authentic partnerships with non-profit organizations and community groups that mobilize the necessary local knowledge and public, private and philanthropic resources to implement these complex projects.

Register for the Community-Campus Partnerships for Social Infrastructure Webinar webinar

As leaders in this work, Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of Winnipeg have valuable experience and methods to share, to spread information on innovative models and support their replication and adaptation across Canada and the world. Guided by our Moderator, Ted Jackson, our presenters—SFU President Andrew Petter and University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation Managing Director Sherman Kreiner—will address the following key questions:

  • What kinds of social and green real estate projects are possible?
  • How can we structure effective community-campus governance and project-management bodies?
  • What combination of financial instruments and sources can be used to finance social infrastructure?

Webinar participants will be invited to pose their own questions online to the presenters before and during the webinar.

Visit the event website.

Towards Cooperative CommonWealth: Transition in a Perilous Century

Towards Co-operative CommonWealth: Transition in a Perilous Century social cardMar 25 - Jul 14, 2019

Towards Co-operative CommonWealth is a master class in movement building for a new model of political economy that is sustainable, democratic, and socially just. Offered by the Synergia Institute and Athabasca University, it sets out the practical models and pathways for meaningful systems change at multiple levels. The goal: to better secure our basic needs for land, food, livelihood, social care, energy, finance and more in these increasingly difficult times.

The course is suitable for newcomers to social change work as well as veteran activists, practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers. Individuals on their own and people working for social change through organizations, networks, and movements can leverage the course material and the expertise of the Synergia team to advance their own projects and activist work locally.

Enrol for Towards Cooperative CommonWealth

The course is offered in two sections: Section 1 is 4 modules over 4 weeks starting March 25th, followed by a 4 week intellectual pause to catch your breath from April 22 till May 20th, and Section 2 starts another 4 Modules from May 20th to June 22.

Following the course, feedback from the Synergia team will be available for three weeks to promote application of course ideas & models to your own projects or work.

*The course is free at the certificate level. The cost of degree accreditation is $269 CAD.​

OBJECTIVES

  • Outline and explain the problematic, and transformative vision.
  • Discuss emerging food system alternatives and strategies for transitioning to just, sustainable food systems.
  • Recognize the role of public policy and bottom-up innovation in renewable community energy.
  • Become familiar with the interplay of assumptions, interests, power, and technology feeding the growing precariousness of livelihoods and the implications for human wellbeing, and to explore emerging sector-, policy-, and place-based alternatives.
  • Outline the philosophy, rationale, and organizational forms of user-controlled models of health and social care.
  • Discuss enclosure, and the alternatives of commons and land trusts.
  • Describe community development finance and co-operative capital raising and their potential to secure democratic and socially directed investment for the common good.
  • Synthesize key ideas and practices that define systemic transition.

Target Audience: We imagine that if you were attracted to this course, you will be someone who shares our general world view and vision, and wants to broaden and deepen it and join us and others to develop it. That is its principal purpose, but a secondary purpose is to link people and projects that share these views in practical ways. You are likely to be people who are already engaged in social change work in three crucial movements – co-operation, commons, and sustainability. Most are already actively working to make this world view a reality. You may be active in the environmental movement, human or animal rights, social equality and development, the solidarity economy, co-operative finance and alternative currencies; the Transition Movement, permaculture, local food, eco-villages, the digital commons, peer-to-peer and open educational resources, community energy or many others.

For more information about Synergia Institute visit: synergiainstitute.org

Course is offered by Athabasca University in collaboration with Synergia.

"System Change Not Climate Change" Banner photo is copyright (c) 2009 by Kris Krüg and made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

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