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.

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On September 11th, ten CCEC members got together for a “Community Conversation” on the BC Economy.  CCEC was hosting one of the planned 100 Community Conversations associated with the SFU Public Square project that culminates with a Community Summit later this month.

Simply put, the BC Economy question being considered was, “How can we create wealth, ensure social equity, and protect the environment?”  The response of our members was animated and insightful.

The group first challenged the idea of a ‘BC Economy’, expressing the view that it was really an aggregation of several local and regional economies that were very distinct.  The consensus view was that the framing of the question was biased to mega-projects, large scale interventions and comparisons to global ‘norms’; a view that discounts small business and local exchange.   One voice noted that this abstraction was much removed from people’s everyday life.

Secondly, the conversation explored the term ‘create wealth’.  Harvesting natural ‘wealth’ is not creating wealth.  And GDP growth is a narrow indicator that certainly does not measure community well being.  Much discussion evolved around other more meaningful measures of community health in political-economic terms; suggestions included child poverty rates, street homelessness counts, and a happiness index.  It was observed that the ‘wealth created’ by the Exxon Valdez disaster, as an example, was not to be pursued as a ‘good thing’.

The group also wondered aloud about the waste created by industrial activity and a culture of consumption.  Why does conventional economics ignore, or downplay, the despoiled air, water and earth passed to future generations?  Why are there such inequalities with so many left in the margins?  Why do those in power deny and discount climate change?  

The evening generated a set on observations which has been passed along to SFU Public Square, to be part of their process and report.  Beyond that, CCEC was encouraged to foster more conversations with members about our political-economy;  to foster individual agency and the explore the role of group action and projects as may be appropriate.  You may not know that "CCEC" was originally adopted by the credit union because the precursor organization that collected pledges to found the credit union was the Community Congress for Economic Change. 

You are encouraged to take part in other events associated with the upcoming  Community Summit

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There are many ways in which CCEC is unique as a financial institution,  One significant way is that our members contribute to a scholarship fund that subsidizes the registration cost for our youth to attend Camp YES.   In 2013, our members contributed over $2,000 which allowed us to sponsor four youth. 


The youth who attended CampYES are very grateful to our members for your support.  Here are their words of gratitude: 


Everyone was so nice, and didn't judge anyone! We could be ourselves, and that felt great. I loved the activities, and making friends, and doing tye die shirts. Thanks for having me, I really had a blast. - jayde becker  

I enjoyed doing reflections learning about other people's day and about their life story.  Something I would take home with me from camp is the passion and trust I had with everybody.  I was 'co-operating' with everything that was happening at camp.
- Jayne Peters 


  I met so many people who were there for to to talk to and meet. I became a better person in my own way. In the self-awareness session, I learned that people do care and not to be afraid.  I feel great.  Thank you for allowing me to experience the camp.   - Mabel James
Thank you for sponsoring me. I enjoyed every moment of it.  I learned how to work together, the three kinds of leadership, and workshops including thought of the day, self-awareness, communication and co-operation.  I am taking home with me friends, trust, confidence and many other things. 
I highly suggest other youth to come to CampYES! - Rosalie Peters 


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Connected Local Economics

Vancouver: Sept. 30 6pm  
Location:  Room 1200, Segal Building, SFU Vancouver

Register here.   
Read our blog, Does Local Ownership Matter? our notes from his recent webinar.

What makes a thriving economy that builds connections between people and the places they live?

Please join us for an engaging and interactive evening with economist, attorney, and award-winning author MICHAEL H. SHUMAN. Mr. Shuman will share his thoughts on economic development as practiced today, and will set out an alternative set of principles and practices involving a local living economies approach that focuses on local business and an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports them.

After the presentation, The Vancouver Design Nerds will lead the audience through a nerd jam! The audience will breaks into teams of 6 – 8 people and tackle ten different economic design challenges. A Design Nerd Jam is a tried tested and true method for collaborative brainstorming and innovation. The cornerstone of the process is Collaborative Rapid Idea Generation, Participant Empowerment and Fun!

“Many people have critically examined economics on the basis of social outcomes, inequality, climate change and so on. But only Michael Shuman has examined two different approaches: 'attract and retain' versus 'local living economy' on the basis of jobs, wealth and competitiveness. Better still, Michael Shuman has taken great care to present in a way that speaks to the concerns of real people. With his somewhat quirky sense of humour, Michael will present compelling data, great examples, & a crisp framework for building local living economies.” Nicole Chaland, Program Director, SFU’s Certificate Program for CED Professionals

Event entry is by donation, but registration is required. There will be tapas and a cash bar. All proceeds support the bursary program for SFU’s Certificate Program for Community Economic Development.

Space is limited- register today!

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