CED magazine: Making Waves

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Sun Jul 22 16:12:52 CDT 2001


From: Don McNair <mcnair at junction.net>

With particular reference to Oregon, Quebec, and CCEDNet (a 
national organization of CED practitioners), the Spring 2001 
issue of “Making Waves: Canada’s Community Economic 
Development Magazine” offers good news about how people 
are transforming systems and institutions to express 
community-based values, principles, and practices.  

For more information, visit www.cedworks.com and select 
“Making Waves” on the menu bar. Apologies for cross-
postings.  

CONTENTS

SYSTEMS CHANGE: CAN WE SETTLE FOR LESS?
Mike Lewis makes the case for keeping public policy debate 
and advocacy 
front and centre to the concerns of CED practitioners. This 
must not the 
precinct of the “policy wonk.” If we don’t change the expressed 
rules by 
which society functions, our most heart-felt community 
initiatives may well 
entrench injustice and dependency, not reduce it.

WALKING TO THE FUTURE
“I'm skeptical about grand designs couched in abstract 
language,” says 
Silver Donald Cameron. So he came away satisfied, even 
invigorated, from 
the CCEDNet National Policy Forum last March in Vancouver 
(see below).

OREGON BENCHMARKS This process of state-wide planning 
(now into its 12th year) is helping Oregon to build a culture of 
collaboration and learning where once there was only 
competitive interest groups. An “outcome orientation” has 
proven critical to this success.  

TILLAMOOK COUNTY, OREGON A case study of how one 
natural resource-dependent county has integrated local, 
outcome-focussed initiatives with the state’s “benchmarking” 
process.  

CCEDNET NATIONAL POLICY FORUM A detailed report on 
CCEDNet’s conference this March in Vancouver, B.C., and 
the debate over five recommendations for public and 
institutional policy reform. On the basis of this forum, the 
culmination of a 2-year discussion with CED practitioners 
across the country, CCEDNet has honed a national policy 
agenda and re-cast itself as the business end of a national 
movement.  

FULL PARTNERS Nancy Neamtan, executive director of 
RESO (a CDC in southwest Montreal), explains the 20-year 
process that has turned the community sector into an 
influential participant in municipal and provincial policy-
making.  

RENEWING HOPE WITHIN NEIGHBORHOODS OF 
DESPAIR Stewart E. Perry reviews Herbert J. Rubin’s recent 
book by this name. It “dips into the real life of the U.S. 
practitioners in our field, 
 provides a framework that 
illuminates the spread of the CED approach and offers insight 
for the potential of all social change in the North American 
environment.”  

Don McNair
The CED Bookshop/Making Waves magazine
Centre for Community Enterprise
2905-31st Street, Suite 5, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5H6 Canada
(tel) 250-542-7057 (fax) 250-542-7229 (e-mail) 
mcnair at junction.net
On-line bookshop -  http://www.cedworks.com





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