‘Fruits of Solidarity” is an exports campaign project of Greek coop products (mostly olive oil & oils), supported by Dock – Social Solidarity Economy Zone* aiming at the creation of a new node in the existing network of production, distribution, exportation and consumption of coop products, based on the principles and values of social solidarity economy.
Last days to contribute to the crowdfunding campaign to support the participation in the Solidarity Economy Congress in Athens (see the campaign here: https://en.goteo.org/project/universse2017congress
When the planet is coughing and people are suffocated under the capitalist sphere, it’s time to reach for the sky. We must continue to draw the constellations between the Social Solidarity Economy initiatives, ranging from cooperatives to mutual associations, exchange networks, alternative currencies, time banks, eco-communities and grassroots initiatives which form the European SSE galaxy. First of all to create essential connections for the emergence of collective intelligence, but also to work together in a common direction, using the same map.
Our mission is to Democratize Economy, Emancipate Society and Empower Change! By highlighting SSE and its impact, we hope to motivate more people to adopt its philosophy and add their stars in the UniverSSE. We aim to show that SSE can create new work opportunities, true relationships among people, real democracy and greater care for the environment.
UniverSSE is a story of a huge galaxy that shines around Europe and tries to help us raise our sight to other solutions.
From the 9th to the 11th of June, we will hold a congress at The Agricultural University of Athens: the 4th European Social and Solidarity Economy Congress – UniverSSE 2017 (See the program here: https://universse2017.org/en/p
For this 3 day congress, SSE organizations, groups and individuals from all over Europe will meet, and have the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas, experiences, expertise and common strategies around SSE. We are also happy to announce that the 6th General Assembly of Ripess EU will be held in Athens, as part of the Congress.
This is where YOU come in. So that no one is eclipsed, it’s important to be able to cover all travel and accommodation expenses for members of Social and Solidarity Economy groups that are coming to participate in the congress, especially those who can not afford to come. We need also to finance the administrative costs of the event. We have started a crowdfunding campaign to collect 5000€ to support the project. Comet or an asteroid, everyone must be able to take part in this collective journey and express their voice. We no longer content ourselves with watching the world of tomorrow through a telescope, let us be the explorers! Can you afford to give 10, 20, €50 or more to help create the UniverSSE? Please donate, promote this important meeting, and spread the crowdfunding campaign far and wide! Let’s not leave anyone behind!
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UniverSSE 2017 is the 4th European Congress for Social Solidarity Economy that will take place in Athens from the 9th till the 11th of June. Cooperatives, grassroot initiatives, SSE organizations, groups and people that work to promote and advance SSE from all over Europe will meet for the event.
During the 3day Congress, we are going to have the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas, experiences, expertise and common strategies around SSE. We consider SSE to be a dynamic space that spreads all over Europe, in which people organize their social and economic activity in many different ways. This event is a great opportunity to enhance SSE’s visibility in Greece and to build strong connections amongst people, groups and coops on a European level. We are also happy to announce that the 6th General Assembly of Ripess EU will be held in Athens as well, as part of the Congress.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
Our motivation is to include in the Congress as many key players in the field of SSE as possible. Spread around Europe there are many different groups linked to SSE that are working on a local or a national level. In order to build a stronger network in between these groups we want to create a space of cooperation. So this summer in Athens the UniverSSE2017 congress will take place. It will be the meeting point for people, collective ventures, SSE organizations and groups all around Europe, who work to promote and enhance SSE. Based on the 7 thematic spaces of the Congress, we will discuss and exchange experiences, ideas, expertise and conclusions around SSE and decide on the next steps to implement strong cooperation on a European level.
These are the reasons that we want to organize the UniverSSE 2017 congress. The participation of everybody is crucial in order to achieve the goals described above. We want initiatives from all countries to be able to participate and share their experiences, especially groups from countries that face the bigger financial and social problems. Everybody has a place in the SSE universe, regardless of the financial conditions, lets not forget that Solidarity is a building block of this economy.
GOALS OF THE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN
Our main goal is not to leave anyone behind. Through this campaign, we would like to cover the travel and accommodation expenses of members of SSE groups that will share with us valuable practical experiences by participating in the Congress. As those groups don’t have the means to cover those expenses neither the connection to other projects, the campaign will help them to join, cooperate and plan with us the future of UniverSSE. Furthermore, a smaller amount will be used to cover administration costs, such as printing material (posters and brochures) that will be used during the Congress and also the cost of production and printing of a booklet with the results of the Congress. This booklet will be distributed on a European level and it will be a useful reference guide that will help in spreading the information and inspiring more people to join the SSE universe. Solidarity for us is not just a word, is an everyday practise in all the aspects of our lives. So we invite you all to help us make this possible!
HELP US BUILD A COMMON SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY UNIVERSE IN EUROPE!
During this summer (from July until September) the campaign of solidarity exports travelled to Berlin, after Belgium and Luxembourg through the cooperation of social organisations and SSE initiatives in Germany and in Greece. The “heart” of the campaign is how an alternative – fair and solidarity trade , without mediators with full access to all information about quality, origin, working conditions, environmental impact of the products is possible.
[Article – appeal from MES – Mouvement pour l’Economie Solidaire]
At a time of strong social mobilization, of struggles against the “security” and freedom of expression repression, by citizens movements in which we are engaged, we invited the networks to converge around the SSE, in a meeting which took place on May 17, 2016. In fact, democracy is in danger. Disenchanted citizens are turning away from representative democracy, tempted by political adventurism and closing upon themselves. The counter-powers are being attacked and have limited influence. Therefore citizens organize themselves and initiatives that are alternatives to this blocked, perverted and inequitable system which resulted from the ultra-liberal drift are emerging all over. [Continues in French]
The movements for social solidarity economy express their support and solidarity with the Brazilian society and solidarity economy, which live crucial moments in defense of democracy and transformations achieved by the social movement in recent years.
We invite organizations of the social solidarity economy on all continents to support this Declaration and to disseminate information about the alarming situation in Brazil with their media and social movements, with the aim of breaking the hegemonic discourse imposed and state clearly that it is a blow against democracy.
In Twitter posts, please add #EconomiaSolidariaPelaDemocracia
April 18th, 2016. Read more
As the European “refugee crisis” is getting worse every day and governments react with emergency and short term strategies, mainly to contain the number of people entering the EU or keeping them in specific areas (with agreements that ignore human rights, such as the one between the EU and Turkey), more and more people are organising and welcoming those fleeing from war zones such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq. Some cities as well have started to mobilise, such as Barcelona, which has created a system to inform, assist and involve refugees in a more open and democratic way. In Germany and Italy, many communities are moving and involving social solidarity economy initiatives to help refugees out of the emergency.
In Greece, Solidarity for all is working with many solidarity initiatives that are now concentrated on the issue. There is also a Refugees’ Fund crowdfunding campaign, promoted by Fair Coop. This fund will focus on helping autonomous and self-managed projects involving refugees and solving their need to retain full control over the decisions made in their lives.
For example new settlements, and the creation of productive and holistic initiatives with which they can fulfill their material and immaterial needs on a daily basis, while offering something useful to the society in which they find themselves.
For contributions and more info click on this link: https://coopfunding.net/en/