New Issue: Making Waves: Community Development Magazine

Posted on May 11, 2009

The Spring 2009 edition of Making Waves has been released on-line at http://www.cedworks.com/waves.html. Find a summary of the contents below.

Apologies for cross-postings.

An Agenda for the Renewal of Our Communities
Sherri Torjman of the Caledon Institute urges organizations of every sector to outgrow habits of short-term, outcome specific, and uni-dimensional action. Instead, let them apply themselves to a “shared space” of programs, investments, and enterprises that build community resilience.

Seven Prerequisites of Transformation
How is it that so many noted authors have such similar ideas about the habits, practices, and attitudes essential to community transformation? To Michelle Colussi, these “prerequisites” read like an evaluation checklist for her practice. For yours too?

A CED Dating Service
Skilled, community-minded professionals and purposeful but cash-poor community organizations – sounds like a match just waiting to happen, doesn’t it? Well … sort of. Recent experience in Winnipeg suggests that it is doable and worthwhile, but requires a sharp eye for the specifics of supply, demand, and times of delivery.

Equity Capital for CED
To make a real difference, community economic development organizations have to own productive pieces of the local economy. But making those investments requires in-house competence and capacity that are equal to the task, as well as capital. In New Hampshire’s Community Development Finance Authority, reports Dr. Stewart E. Perry, CEDOs have a state agency that supplies all three.

Finally, note that this autumn a special edition of Making Waves, “Capital for Communities,” will broach the ways and means to give capital a catalytic (rather than catastrophic) role in community change. Go to http://www.cedworks.com/mw2003e_01.html for more details.

Don McNair
Making Waves: Canada’s CED Magazine
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