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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 8th AUGUST 2010

EVENTS

POLICY IN FOCUS WEBINAR

September 8, 2010
12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

Join Wendy Cukier to discuss diversity in leadership.

The webinar will be a discussion of the latest Maytree Policy in Focus issue, Diverse Leadership Fuels Organizational Effectiveness and Prosperity.

To register, contact: policyinfocus@maytree.com

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FIVE GOOD IDEAS ABOUT REIMAGINING YOUR ORGANIZATION

Tuesday, September 21
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
St. Michael’s College – Elmsley Hall, Charbonnel Lounge
81 St. Mary Street (closest subways are Bay Station and Museum Station)

Nick Saul, Executive Director of The Stop Community Food Centre, will share Five Good Ideas gleaned from his work in transforming a small, local food bank into a thriving community food centre. The Stop’s story has lessons and inspirational ideas for everyone interested in building healthy community organizations, inclusive public space and creating social change.

Register online at http://maytree.com/training/five-good-ideas (Space is limited so register early. There is no cost for the workshop and a light lunch will be provided.)

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INVITATION TO KAIROS 2010 REGIONAL MEETINGS

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for all the support you have given KAIROS and the actions you have taken over the last year. As many of you know, we were encouraged by MPs to reapply, and have done so. We are now awaiting the decision on this part of our work.

Meanwhile, we continue to work together on issues of human rights and ecological justice, and are encouraged in this by your ongoing support. Thank you.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our upcoming Regional Meeting in your area. Regional Meetings give us the opportunity to reflect on the previous year’s events, struggles, and successes in addition to providing the space for building connections and relationships. Local committees have organized these meetings with local issues in mind, and national staff will be on hand to introduce the upcoming campaigns and provide the newest resources and campaign materials for the coming year. The coming year’s campaign focus will be “The Land, Our Life: Indigenous Rights and Our Common Future.” Please visit the website for location information and to download the poster from your region:

http://www.kairoscanada.org/en/get-involved/network/fall-regional-meetings/

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HIGH PARK BBQ FUNDRAISER

Saturday Aug 14
12 noon-6 p.m.
High Park, Toronto (4th zone behind the swimming pool)

The Latin American Solidarity Network (LASN) is hosting a BBQ along with the Free the Cuban Five Committee – Toronto. This event will include food, drinks, music, soccer and other activities. The proceeds will go to two very good causes:
1. The legal defense fund for Ilian Burbano, a well respected member of our community, and the 8 Ontario Coalition against Poverty (OCAP) members that were arrested for peacefully protesting the special diet cuts by the Liberal government. Click for more info: http://ocap.ca/taxonomy/term/35

2. The Free the Cuban 5 Fund: The “Cuban 5” have been falsely labeled as terrorists in the U.S. Click for more info: http://www.freethefive.org/

Please RSVP to rburbano@hotmail.com and feel free to bring friends/partners and the whole family. Please also pass along the invitation to other supporters.

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REGIONAL SUMMITS ON HOSPITAL FEE-FOR-SERVICE FUNDING, ACROSS ONTARIO

The provincial government is changing the way hospitals are funded, moving away from block grants (called hospital global budgets) to a type of fee-for-service funding. This system has already been tried in the UK where it resulted in serious financial instability for hospitals, privatization and major cuts.

– Hamilton: Tues, Sept 21, 10am-3pm, Legion, 435 Limeridge Rd E
– Sault Ste. Marie: Wed, Sept 22-3pm, 10am-3pm, Legion, 96 Great Northern Rd
– London: Thurs, Sept 23, 10am-3pm, CAW Hall Local 27, 606 First St
– Sudbury: Sat, September 25, 10am-3pm, Legion, 1553 Weller St
– Ottawa: Mon, Sept 27, 10am-3pm, Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe St
– Toronto: Tues, Sept 28, 10:30am-3:30pm, Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St

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NEWS & VIEWS

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: GATHERING KNOWLEDGE ON EFFECTIVE PRACTICES IN UNION LED WORK RELATED LEARNING (MERX Reference # PR201340)

The project includes 2 related components: Gathering knowledge about specific effective practices in work related learning, led by, or with the full participation of unions; Gathering knowledge about the value of “Union Learning Representatives” as catalysts for, and facilitators of work related learning. Sponsoring organization: Centre for Workplace Skills/Centre pour les compétences en milieu de travail.

More info: http://bit.ly/cWqUfO
En français: http://bit.ly/9tNNkz

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: WORKER ADJUSTMENT IN CANADA: UNDERSTANDING EFFECTIVE PRACTICES (MERX Reference # PR201332)

This knowledge gathering project seeks to identify and document current Canadian practices in worker adjustment with a particular emphasis on identifying the elements of such practices that lead to the most successful outcomes.  Adjustment is understood as those policies and practices which are employed to actively help workers who have lost or who are in danger of losing their jobs. These can include programs of two broad types:
1    Programs focused on workers from specific workplaces who are threatened with job loss or have been given layoff notices.
2    Programs organized by employers who may be potentially hiring of workers laid-off elsewhere. Sponsoring organization: Centre for Workplace Skills/Centre pour les compétences en milieu de travail.

More info: http://bit.ly/a87shq
En français: http://bit.ly/dutee1

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UPDATE ON WORKFORCE ESSENTIAL SKILLS PROJECT

PTP – Adult Learning and Employment Programs is pleased to share an update on its “Workforce Essential Skills across Canada (WESCan)” project.

WESCan is a 2-year project funded by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES). Using our workforce literacy training system, including the CAMERA assessment and workwrite materials, PTP has been working closely with five partners across the country to build meaningful programming for adult learners. The resources that result from this project will be available for all interested parties.

More information can be found at: http://www.ptp.ca/wescan-workforce-essential-skills-across-canada/

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MAYTREE FOUNDATION: THE ONE SUMMIT BENEFIT

by Alan Broadbent

Did anything good come out of the G20 meetings? Apart from a luke-warm pledge on maternal health (which is unclear on abortion), and which might turn out like many G8-G20 “pledges” (remember aid to Africa?), was there a benefit?

Read more: http://maytree.com/spotlight/the-one-summit-benefit.html

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EVALUATING SOCIAL INNOVATION

Developmental Evaluation is a form of evaluation that has emerged for use in situations where more established forms of evaluation are not appropriate and may even be counter-productive.

In June 2010, Tamarack hosted a popular audio seminar on Developmental Evaluation (DE) with Michael Quinn Patton, one of the world’s leading authorities in evaluation. In his latest book, Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use, Michael provides real-life examples and frameworks that offer concrete ways to help – not hinder – the work of social innovators and change makers in an increasingly complex world.

Read full article: http://bit.ly/9jjbDB

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ENVISIONING THE FUTURE, FANNING THE FLAMES

15,000 Attend Detroit Social Forum: High-Energy Gathering Fires Up A New Generation of Activists in
U.S. Left and Social Movements

by Carl Davidson, The Bullet

When 15,000 vibrant and politically engaged people gather in one spot for five days and organize themselves into more than 1000 workshops, dozens of major plenaries and late night parties across five major cultural hot spots, no one article can claim to give a full account and get away with it.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/392.php

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

A NETWORK PERSPECTIVE ON STATE-SOCIETY SYNERGY TO INCREASE COMMUNITY-LEVEL SOCIAL CAPITAL
Danielle M. Varda
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 6 August 2010, 10.1177/0899764010378171
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010378171v1

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EXPLODING CITIES: HOUSING THE MASSES IN PARIS, CHICAGO, AND MEXICO CITY, 1850—2000
Harold L. Platt
Journal of Urban History 2010;36 575-593
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/36/5/575

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“WHOSE INQUIRY IS THIS ANYWAY?” MONEY, POWER, REPORTS, AND COLLABORATIVE INQUIRY
Elizabeth Kasl and Lyle Yorks
Adult Education Quarterly 2010;60 315-338
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/60/4/315

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JOB POSTINGS

ASSOCIATE PHONE MANAGER, GREENPEACE, TORONTO ON

[from Canada’s Green Job Site, http://www.GoodWorkCanada.ca]

Position: Associate Phone Manager (Part-time & weekend)
Organization: Greenpeace Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Reports to: Phone Manager
Salary rate: $19.59/hour plus excellent benefits package
Duration: until December 17, 2010 with possibility of becoming permanent
Work hours: 21 hours per week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 3:30 to 8:30 pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Closing date for applications: September 8, 2010

For more info: http://www.goodworkcanada.ca/greenjobs.php?id=11922

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CSI (CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION) SEEKS NEW COMMUNICATION STAFF LEAD!

The Communication Manager is a wizard of words, a communication strategist and the shameless promoter of all things CSI. Equally comfortable devising a marketing strategy and writing communication materials, this person will tell our story, engage our growing community and position CSI as a hub of social innovation in Toronto and around the world.

We seek an extraordinary individual who brings solid communication skills, marketing savvy, and a sense of style and creativity to the job.

For more info: http://socialinnovation.ca/sites/default/files/CSI_JobPosting_Communications_2010.pdf
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NOT THE DAILY GRIND: COME WORK FOR LABOR NOTES

What’s better than a job that keeps you in touch with the best of our movement’s troublemakers on a daily basis? Labor Notes is hiring for two job openings including a staff writer and organizer, a bilingual Latino outreach coordinator.

It’s an exciting time to work for Labor Notes, and we’re looking for experienced candidates to join our team. Click here for job descriptions: http://www.labornotes.org/jobs

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CSEW’S MANDATE:

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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