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A new report from the Errol Black Chair in Labour issues examines how investing in Social Enterprises can reduce green house gases. Read full report.
Challenging traditional notions of development, these essays critically examine bottom-up, community economic development strategies in a wide variety of contexts: as a means of improving lives in northern, rural and inner-city settings; shaped and driven by women and by Aboriginal people; aimed at employment creation for the most marginalized. Most authors have employed a participatory research methodology.
Worldwide interest in community economic development has grown rapidly in recent years. There has been a blossoming of “how to” manuals, as well as analyses of co-operatives, development corporations, gender and CED, financing CED, planning CED, government and CED, etc. Yet, with a few exceptions, in all this discussion very little is said about the basic objective of CED: is it designed to fill holes left by capitalism or is it intended to replace it? There is equally little on a theory of CED - its rationale, modus operandi, successes, failures, strengths, and weaknesses.