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The prevalent economic development practice is ineffective, unaffordable and in need of a makeover.  In his book, The Local Economy Solution, Michael Shuman suggests an alternative where cities nurture a new generation of enterprises that help local businesses launch and grow.  These “pollinator businesses,” create jobs and the conditions for economic growth, and are doing so in self-financing ways.

Two years ago, CCEC partnered with like-minded organizations to present a conversation with Michael Shuman speaking to his book, “Local Dollars, Local Sense – How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street”See the blog   So, what's new? 

In his new book, he says, “A growing number of small, private businesses are facilitating local planning and placemaking, nurturing local entrepreneurs, helping local consumers buy local and local investors finance local business."  These functions are performed by “pollinators”.  They are locally-grounded, and succeed by building local support in pursuit of the shared goal of revitalizing the local economy.

Shuman feels that the traditional “economic development” model of chasing after large companies with huge taxpayer subsidy deals is the wrong way to revitalize a crippled or stagnant local economy.  He says, “economic development today is creating almost no new jobs.” 

There is another far more promising path.


At CCEC, your investments and funds give us the capacity to provide business loans to your neighbours who are creating “pollinator businesses”.  Refer friends and co-workers to CCEC.  Think of us when you are buying a home, renovating, going back to school or (fill in the blanks)!


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CFRO Vancouver Co-op Radio (100.5 FM) provides a whole host of programs about our city and our struggles. Notably, Each for All features BC's co-operative sector.  Host Robin Puga is eager to make the show a true meeting place for people interested in co-operation.  On March 31/15 Ross Gentleman of CCEC was his guest for an hour long conversation about CCEC Credit Union and credit unions more generally. Credit unions are consumer co-ops that provide financial services, owned by depositors. The conversation started with some of the history of CCEC and then it explored some of the innovations that this little credit union has introduced.  CCEC is still eager to push boundaries and develop community through the more effective use of our own resources. "What is your money doing tonight?" 
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The name CCEC comes from our early manifestation, the Community Congress for Economic Change, and the board has chosen to re-explore that 'economic change' dimension of who we are. Sometimes we can see ourselves as an innovator, an advocate, and a champion. Two terms that challenge us are economic democracy, and economic justice.  Over the coming few weeks we have a community organizer meeting with a number of community groups, members and non-members, to get a reading on how people see things in our contemporary world and where CCEC can take action.

Some members may receive invitations to meetings. The conversations are expected to generate good inputs into the Board planning work scheduled for later this year. At the same time, we invite input from all members. CCEC has the potential to seed change - by being vocal, by being innovative, and by being compassionate.  We'll provide updates!   

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Apply to the 7 month leadership program that gives young adults the skills and tools needed to become effective leaders in movements for social and environmental change.

  •  Are you concerned about things like climate change, poverty, public health and education, housing and government policy?

  •  Do you believe that global and local issues are connected?

  • Do you feel that our economic system is focused on profit at the expense of people and the planet?

The application deadline for Next Up BC is September 19, 2014. The program runs between October 2014 and May 2015.  Visithttp://www.nextup.ca/how-to-apply/ for more information.  

Next Up is co-hosted in BC with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

Next Up was created by a community of people who wanted to help emerging leaders develop new and better skills, smarts and ideas. The program is intense. Over seven months, we’ll dive into a number of topics and disciplines, combining theory, practice, deep thinking, and hard skills. We’ll look at some of the most pressing Canadian policy issues, with a focus this year on climate change. We will consider where “progressive” thinking is on these issues and how to solve them. We’ll look at how change is made in society. And we’ll meet some of the most innovative change-makers in the province — from the non-profit, labour, business and public sectors — who are working for a better world.


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A workshop at Living the New Economy

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 10 am -12:00 pm 

Performance Works Theatre on Granville Island, Vancouver

With Suresh Fernando and Michelle Colussi (Canadian Centre for Community Renewal), Ross Gentleman (CCEC Credit Union) and Kevin Harding (BC Cooperatives Association)

How will we finance building a new economy focused on social and environmental justice?  What are the key features of the new economy and the finance tools that are needed to support it? 

This session will share examples of community based finance models and engage participants in a discussion of how we might scale up their use in the Lower Mainland, and across the province.  Examples will include co-operatives, co-op and community investment funds, community bonds, micro credit, crowdfunding and impact investing.

Click here for tickets and more information. 

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BC may provide locals with a new way to fund novel social initiatives. An article in the online mag SOCIAL identifies BC as unique in North America insofar as securities legislation requirements.  While further research is likely needed, the evolution of crowd sourcing as a base for social innovation almost certainly will generate some great projects. 

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