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Title Scaling up: the convergence of social economy and sustainability / edited by Mike Gismondi, Sean Connelly, Mary Beckie, Sean Markey, Mark Roseland.
Imprint Edmonton : AU Press, [2016]

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Subject Cooperative societies -- British Columbia -- Case studies.
Cooperative societies -- Alberta -- Case studies.
Sustainable development -- British Columbia -- Case studies.
Sustainable development -- Alberta -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Case studies.
Alt Name Gismondi, Michael Anthony, author, editor.
Roseland, Mark, author, editor.
Connelly, Sean, 1975- author, editor.
Markey, Sean Patrick, 1970- author, editor.
Beckie, Mary, 1954- author, editor.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 301 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Contents List of Tables and Figures -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Social Economics and Sustainability / Mike Gismondi, Sean Connelly, Mary Beckie, Sean Markey, and Mark Roseland -- 1. Towards Convergence: An Exploratory Framework / Sean Connelly, Mike Gismondi, Sean Markey, and Mark Roseland -- 2. The Green Social Economy in British Columbia and Alberta / Mike Gismondi, Lynda Ross, and Juanita Maroi -- 3. The Role of the Social Economy in Scaling Up Alternative Food Initiatives / Mary Beckie and Sean Connelly -- 4. Human Services and the Caring Society / John Restakis -- 5. Towards Sustainable Resource Management: Community Energy and Forestry in British Columbia and Alberta / Julie L. MacArthur -- 6. Evolving Conceptions of the Social Economy: The Arts, Culture, and Tourism in Alert Bay / Kelly Vodden, Lillian Hunt, and Randy Bell -- 7. Non-Profit and Co-operative Organizations and the Provision of Social Housing / George Penfold, Lauren Rethoret, and Terri MacDonald -- 8. Land Tenure Innovations for Sustainable Communities / Marena Brinkhurst and Mark Roseland -- 9. Sustaining Social Democracy Through Heritage-Building Conservation / Noel Keough, Mike Gismondi, and Erin Swift-Leppäkumpu -- 10. Strong Institutions, Weak Strategies: Credit Unions and the Rural Social Economy / Sean Markey, Freya Kristensen, and Stewart Perry -- Conclusion -- "Social Economizing" Sustainability / Mike Gismondi, Sean Connelly, and Sean Markey -- List of Contributors.
Summary "When citizens take collaborative action to meet the needs of their community, they are participating in the social economy. Co-operatives, community-based social services, local non-profit organizations, and charitable foundations are all examples of social economies that emphasize mutual benefit rather than the accumulation of profit. While such groups often participate in market-based activities to achieve their goals, they also pose an alternative to the capitalist market economy. Contributors to Scaling Up investigated innovative social economies in British Columbia and Alberta and discovered that achieving a social good through collective, grassroots enterprise resulted in a sustainable way of satisfying human needs that was also, by extension, environmentally responsible. As these case studies illustrate, organizations that are capable of harnessing the power of a social economy generally demonstrate a commitment to three outcomes: greater social justice, financial self-sufficiency, and environmental sustainability. Within the matrix of these three allied principles lie new strategic directions for the politics of sustainability. Whether they were examining attainable and affordable housing initiatives, co-operative approaches to the provision of social services, local credit unions, farmers' markets, or community-owned power companies, the contributors found social economies providing solutions based on reciprocity and an understanding of how parts function within the whole--an understanding that is essential to sustainability. In these locally defined and controlled, democratically operated organizations we see possibilities for a more human economy that is capable of transforming the very social and technical systems that make our current way of life unsustainable."-- Proviced by publisher.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 11, 2016).
ISBN 9781771990226 (electronic bk.)
1771990228 (electronic bk.)
9781771990233 (electronic bk.)
1771990236 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 927183363
Additional Format Print version: Scaling up. (CaOONL)20159067960