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Mike Lewis
January 8, 2014

As one contemplates 2014, the wondrous, unique, tiny blue dot we dwell upon is in deep trouble. It is no news to anyone who knows me that I live between despair and hope. There are plenty of reasons for both. Alas, uncertainty is the only constant.

The personal question that continuously emerges from accepting this tension is where to put ones tiny repository of time and talent. If one is committed to making hope more concrete rather than despair more convincing, how do I concentrate my little bit? At the age of 61, this is the question I cannot seem to shake.

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Guylaine Leclerc
June 28, 2012

L'Union culturelle des Franco-Ontariennes vient de recevoir un financement de 3 ans de la part de Condition féminine Canada pour la mise en œuvre de son projet « Entreprendre l’économie ensemble ». Cette initiative est basée sur une pratique d'engagement et de développement communautaire qui autonomise et soutient les communautés à planifier et à développer leur modèle.

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Jean-Marc Fontan
March 12, 2012
Les acquis et l’impact du Regroupement québécois de recherche partenariale en économie sociale (RQRP-ÉS)

La connaissance de l’économie sociale en 2012 est totalement différente de ce qu’elle était au début des années 2000. Nous avons grandement contribué à transformer l’image sectorielle et territoriale de l’économie sociale non seulement au Québec, mais aussi au Canada et dans le monde (principalement en Europe et en Amérique latine).

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Jean-Marc Fontan
March 11, 2012
The Québec Network of Research Partnerships in Social Economy (RQRP-ÉS) - its Learnings, Its Impact
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Ethel Côté
February 15, 2012


Conjuguer affaires, sens des affaires, viabilité et mission sociale

Parfois il est triste de constater à quel point des centaines de bénévoles et gestionnaires multiplient leurs efforts afin de soutenir à bout de bras des organisations à but non lucratif qui survivent.

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Mike Lewis
January 19, 2012

It’s a sad case. In Vancouver a 50-foot lot on the west side with a single family home was only $1.2 million a year ago. Today it is $1.65 million. For the somewhat less pricey average two story Vancouver home, it would take 94% of the average families household income.

As for apartments, a small, 2-bedroom downtown went from $542,000 to $610,000, less than half the average house but still completely unaffordable for an average income family. Since the 1970s, real household incomes increased by 9% while the price of a condo has gone up 280%.

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David LePage
January 18, 2012

Among nonprofit organizations in Canada, there’s few bigger successes than Momentum, in Calgary. With an annual revenue of over $5m, and 18 programs serving 4700 clients per year (most of them living on household incomes under $20,000), Momentum is huge compared with most of the nonprofits I know – and I know a lot. And it’s all happened in the last 20 years.

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Ethel Côté
October 3, 2011

Un mouvement pour faire reconnaître et soutenir le développement des entreprises sociales prend forme et continue de croître tout en se positionnant au sein de l’Économie sociale et solidaire.

En même temps que la mobilisation d’une variété d’acteurs, d’actrices et de partenaires se vit, le développement et la consolidation de milliers d’entreprises sociales se réalisent à travers le Canada tant en milieu rural qu’urbain.

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David LePage
September 19, 2011

The story of social enterprise development in British Columbia is an interesting one. It's a bit like people building a jigsaw puzzle - not with a box they took off a shelf with a picture on the lid and everything, but with whatever pieces they and their friends bring to the table. We've had lots of players providing lots of puzzle pieces. And now we have many pieces but no final picture.

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Michelle Colussi
August 5, 2011

The U.S. debt crisis is a reminder to all of us that our economic lives are very much at the mercy of an unpredictable, tenuous, global system built around debt. National and international organizations can buy time by going more deeply into debt. But what about communities? What can make communities less vulnerable to the global debt mess?