International Support Networks

Canadian Center for Community Renewal

CCCR assists nonprofit and for-profit organizations in building and maintaining strategic linkages between business and community. By interconnecting the expertise, interests, perspective, and resources of the entrepreneur with those of the community, people get a stronger grip on the future of their town, neighborhood, or region.

http://www.cedworks.com/index.html

Canadian Cooperative Association

The Canadian Co-operative Association provides leadership to promote, develop and unite co-operatives and credit unions for the benefit of people in Canada and around the world.

http://www.coopscanada.coop/

Canadian Social Economy Hub

The Canadian Social Economy Hub (CSEHub) acts as a facilitator promoting collaboration among six regional research centers across Canada and creating opportunities and exchanges with international networks. CSEHub reaches out to practitioners, to researchers and to civil society, through the regional research centers and their community partners.

http://www.socialeconomyhub.ca/

Danish Center for Social Economy

The center is the national body and voice for social enterprises and social entrepreneurship. The Center for Social Economy specializes in creating the all-round support and advocacy that allows social enterprise to flourish in Denmark: From business advice to network building to development of local and regional growth strategies to proving the positive impact of social enterprises at local and national levels. The center aims to create a culture of social enterprise where new ideas can quickly take root and grow

http://www.socialokonomi.dk/cso/index.php?page=forside1

European Co-operative Society (SCE)

A European Cooperative Society (Societas Cooperativa Europea/SCE) is a cooperative organization operating on a Europe-wide basis and governed by EC law directly applicable in the Member States, rather than by national law.

http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/areas/industrialrelations/dictionary/definitions/europeancooperativesociety.htm

European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE)

Euricse’s mission is to promote knowledge development and innovation for the field of cooperatives, social enterprises and other nonprofit organizations engaged in the production of goods and services. The Institute aims to deepen the understanding of these types of organizations and their impact on economic and social development, furthering their growth and assisting them to work more effectively. Through activities directed toward and in partnership with both the scholarly community and practitioners, including primarily theoretical and applied research and training, we address issues of national and international interest to this sector, favoring openness and collaboration.

http://www.euricse.eu/

European Research Network (EMES)

The European Research Network was formed in 1996 when the European Union sponsored a research network formed by a group of scholars. A community of researchers formed an offshoot of this group, and EMES was born. It was established as a non-profit organization in 2002. EMES is focused on defining the third sector and social enterprise in broad ways

http://www.emes.net/index.php?id=2

Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS)

Site is also host to the North American Network for a Solidarity Economy (NANSE). RIPESS is an intercontinental network that connects social and solidarity economy networks throughout the world.  As a network of networks, it brings together continental networks, that in turn bring together national and sectorial networks.  RIPESS believes in the importance of global solidarity in order to build and strengthen an economy that puts people and planet front and center

http://www.ripess.org/

International Cooperative Alliance

Geneva, Switzerland International umbrella for cooperatives of all kind, having some useful information regarding cooperative movement by sector and by region around the world.  Links to related sites and Research Register www.coop.org

http://www.ica.coop/al-ica

International Organization of Industrial, Artisanal and Service Producers’ Co-operatives (CICOPA)

Sectorial organization for the ICA for industry, services and Crafts. Its full members are representative organizations of producers’ co-operatives from different sectors: construction, industrial production, general services, transport, intellectual skills, artisanal activities, health, social care, etc. Its associated members are support organizations promoting cooperatives in those sectors.

http://www.cicopa.coop/

Lega Nazionale delle Cooperative e Mutue (LegaCoop)

The Italian Cooperative Movement, comprised of three main national federations, is one of the most powerful in Europe.  Founded in 1886, LegaCoop is the oldest and most well known in Italy.  It is comprised of a vast sectorial and geographically based network of over 15,000 cooperatives.  It acts to develop cooperation and mutuality, support the economic relations and solidarity of its cooperative members, and the diffusion of cooperative principles and values.

http://www.legacoop.it/

Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network

Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is a Canadian organization whose focus is the co-operative community. They focus on five primary objectives: spread knowledge of the co-operative form of economy; create tools to measure the value added by co-operatives; strengthen networks within the co-operative movement; inform public policy and the role and value of co-operatives in meeting social, economic and environmental goals; and build capacity within academia and co-operatives to frame an operationalized understanding of the ICA principles and to measure performance.

http://www.cooperativedifference.coop/

Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network

The Social Economy Space provides full-length documents or links to documents regarding the social economy. The purpose is to disseminate the most information possible by collecting and preserving intellectual works by academics and practitioners and ensuring its visibility and access.

http://dc.msvu.ca:8080/xmlui/handle/10587/9

World Council of Credit Unions

In pursuit of its vision to improve people’s lives through credit unions, the mission of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) is to be the world’s leading advocate, platform, development agency and good governance model for credit unions.

www.woccu.org

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