Making Waves Community Development Magazine

Posted by on July 14, 2008

In the autumn 2006 edition of “Making Waves: Canada’s Community Economic Development Magazine” contributors tangle over the purpose of CED and social economy. Are they to make “the system” work? To make it bearable? Or to make a whole new system?

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Climbing Past the Summit
Capitalism is a tool that gets results – when community-based organizations apply it in the service of solidarity, sustainability, and justice, as well as efficient production.

An Inch Wide & A Mile Deep
The effort to create a role in a 21st-century economy for the towns of the Mississippi Delta has turned Southern Bancorporation into a hands-on facilitator of community development.

Learning Community Development Finance
Stewart Perry recommends three books, especially Richard Taub’s Doing Development in Arkansas, for a do-it-yourself orientation to community development finance.

The Master’s Tools?
A lot of CED practice aims to make marginalized groups “players” in a game that, when played well, pushes people like them to the sidelines. But what if they don’t want to join?

Success Without Succession?
In Winnipeg, Inner City Development Inc. is turning a good social “profit” as well as a financial one. Yet ICD may not be all that long-lived, nor is it likely to be replicable.

The problems of modern communities are not just complex, they are wicked. In fact, the degree to which we keep hankering after simple solutions may be a measure of our reluctance to make significant change happen.

Don McNair
Making Waves: Canada’s CED Magazine
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