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- 06/25/16--15:51: Community Economic Development Opportunities in Alberta
- 08/30/16--10:08: Higher Education in Emergencies
Title: Community Economic Development Opportunities in Alberta
Authors: Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet); Momentum
Abstract: The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) and Momentum, a Calgary, Alberta based community economic development (CED) organization, have issued this brief in Alberta. The brief is directed to the Alberta government. The Government of Alberta is committed to investing in job creation, economic diversification, renewable energy, and being the best place to start and grow a small business. The innovative tools of community economic development (CED) can amplify these economic initiatives by enabling the creation of more social and co-operative enterprises, providing jobs for disadvantaged Albertans, and advancing community-owned renewable energy. The following three strategies can most benefit Albertans given the current economic challenges and opportunities in Alberta: Investing in a Community and Coop Business Secretariat, supported by the Ministry of Economic Development, and hosted at a community based agency. A focus on technical support and connecting businesses to capital and resources. Providing technical, regulatory, and financial support to community-owned start-ups and projects focused on renewable energy development. Creating a market exemption for everyday Albertans (unaccredited investors) to invest in local businesses, social enterprises and co-operatives, and ensuring they benefit from the Alberta Investor Tax Credit.
Title: Synergia Institute – 3 Week Study Program - Transition to Co-operative Commonwealth: Pathways to a New Political Economy
Abstract: Synergia will be organizing its first face-to-face program at the Synergia Summer Institute, September 4 - 23, 2016, at Monte Ginezzo in Tuscany. Transition to Co-operative Commonwealth - Pathways to a New Political Economy, is an intensive 3-week program that will cover Synergia's key online course subjects and feature many of our course developers and collaborators as instructors and workshop leaders. The course unites the global with the local through the diffusion of ideas, models, and practices that advance game-changing solutions in the following key areas: • Co-operative Capital & Social Finance; Alternative Currencies • Co-op & Commons-Based housing & Land Tenure; Community Land Trusts • Renewable Energy; Community-owned energy systems • Local & Sustainable food systems; Community Supported Agriculture • User-controlled health & social care; Social & Community Service Co-ops • Co-operative and Commons Governance • Platform Co-operatives, Digital Commons & Peer-to-Peer productions systems • Convergence and the New Political Economy; Principles, Propositions, and Practices This document provides the detailed Synergia program for further information about content, the program structure, instructors, fees and other details.
Title: Commentary: Posing questions to support and challenge -- A guide for mentoring staff.
Authors: Nevers, S.; Melrose, Sherri
Abstract: Staff development educators seeking to mentor health care practitioners towards thinking more critically may integrate a questioning approach into their teaching. However, posing questions that both support and challenge learners is an intentional process. This article provides an overview of the contextual considerations, dynamics and mechanics that educators need to understand in order to pose high level questions that invite learners to engage in reflection, problem solving and evidence informed practice. The approaches are framed from a constructivist theoretical perspective, a mentoring model of instruction and Socratic dialogue. The suggestions are practical mentoring strategies that can be readily integrated into everyday interactions with staff members. The suggestions are summarized into a succinct one-page guide.
Title: Higher Education in Emergencies
Authors: MacIsaac, Peggy Lynn
Abstract: Outlines contexts and strategies for providing opportunities for people in fragile context to access higher education.