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Feminist Economy : The tenderness revolution

Feminism, feminisms, are more alive than ever before because they are also more essential than   before.  The conquests obtained allow that we, women,  can not only have  access to the labour market organized by and for men, but also change this economic model that was built on our work done in silence. Even if the Spanish legislation recognized (to an extent) a certain number of these rights,  in reality the violence against women continues to take place by psychological and physical means  in the work environment, family and society. It is for these reasons that we occupied the streets on the 8th of March, as well as to demand the recognition of a new economy that doesn’t only focus on money and is more concentrated on all life forms. A Care Economy,  ignored by the patriarchal system but used for its power.

We can consider a myriad of ways to be feminist. One of these is very simple: to create our own social enterprises.  We are talking about a generation of woman whose introduction in the work world is an acquired right with which they were born and grew up.  Their purpose is to form an active part of Economy by transforming it in Social Solidarity Economy.  In SSE, to be a woman entrepreneur is a politic issue.  The Economic model for which she works is not The Homo Oeconomicus one, focused on productivity and  on satisfying the material needs. It’s based on a model that puts life at the center  and considers other kinds of needs:  on one side there are the physiological needs  and on the other ,  in a more subjective way (but not less important),  the needs of tenderness, care and social links that are also a part of Economy.  As Daniela Osorio (from Xarxa d’Economie Solidaria Catalunya) said:

“We are accustomed to the rationalization of politics and the androcentric strabism; to put tenderness at the center of things becomes a revolutionary question.”

And this revolution of tenderness is the radical difference between Feminist Solidarity Economy and Patriarchal Capitalist Economy.

European Congress: the partners of Universse 2017

The 4th European Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) Congress will take place in Athens on the 9/10/11th of June. Cooperatives, grassroots initiatives, SSE organisations, groups and people that work to promote and advance SSE from all over Europe will meet for the event.

RIPESS (Réseau Intercontinental pour la Promotion de L’Economie Sociale Solidaire) is a Network of networks and initiatives for the promotion of Solidarity Economy in Europe and the world.
RIPESS brings together, in Europe (as elsewhere on the five continents), thousands of concrete experiences that identify as solidarity economy: self-managed productive cooperatives, solidarity markets, responsible consumption and food sovereignty, time banks, services of proximity, environmental and ecological initiatives, financial alternatives (local currencies, ethical finance), structures for the promotion gender equality, innovative educational experiences, fair trade enterprises, local development associations and more.
RIPESS Europe organizes every two years a Solidarity Economy Congress with the local member networks (Barcelona 2011, Lille 2013, Berlin 2015 ).

In 2017, Ripess Europe organizes UNIVESSE 2017 the 4th European Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) Congress that will take place in Athens on the 9/10/11th of June, in collaboration with Greek partners:

From Athens:

Dock ‘Social Solidarity Economy Zone’
“Dock” is a permanent infrastructure that supports Social Solidarity Economy projects.
Its people are active members in the field of Social Solidarity Economy with constant participation in cooperative ventures, social actions and the networking of the ecosystem.

Hub (Komvos) for the Social Economy, Empowerment and Innovation
Komvos is a collective for the development and empowerment of projects in the field of Social Solidarity Economy. Through the production of programs and exchange of knowledge, it aims at strengthening the operational capabilities of active projects, at the maturation of new projects and the overall expansion of the field of Social Solidarity Economy. Its most recent action was the organization of training seminars for the Social and Solidarity Economy in cooperation with the Simon Fraser University of Canada.

Festival for Solidarity and Cooperative Economy
The Festival for Solidarity and Cooperative Economy from 2012 until now contributed in the development of Solidarity and Cooperative Economy in Greece and in its consolidation in people’s consciousness as a reality. Its role is important for the networking of all projects, the synergies and the birth of new initiatives and ideas.

Coordination of KOINSEP in Athens
KOINSEP are the social cooperative enterprises. Their goal is not the profit, but the creation of projects for unemployed workers who with their own forces try- in the crisis- to ensure their daily survival with dignity, while they are presenting another standard of collective living, working and creating.

Nationwide Coordination of Solidarity Schools
It is an attempt to coordinate nationwide the structures involved in education in the field of solidarity, with the primary purpose among others to formulate the accumulated experience. It launched in 2015 with the initiative of the Solidarity School of Mesopotamia, along with the Solidarity School of Keratsini.

Efimerida ton Syntakton – EfSyn (Journalists Paper)
“The newspaper of Editors”, which is issued by the “Cooperative of workers in newspapers and magazines” through the “Independent Mass Media Inc” and in which the Cooperative is the major shareholder, was formed mainly by former employees of the “Eleftherotypia” and “Sunday Eleftherotypia” – journalists, technicians and clerks- but also former employees of other media.

and from Thessaloniki:

The Initiative of cooperation for Social Solidarity Economy (PRO.S.K.AL.O.) aims to contribute to an action plan that will establish a comprehensive system of work, consumption and life and will lead to the social liberation of human on a sustainable planet.

People’s University of Social Solidarity Economy (UnivSSE)
This is a self-managed cooperative collective, created in Thessaloniki in 2013. It aims to promote education, training, retraining and information of the participants in ideas, values and principles of social and solidarity economy, direct democracy and synergism.

During the 3day Congress, we are going to have the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas, experiences, expertise and common strategies around SSE.
RIPESS Europe considers SSE to be a dynamic space that spreads all over Europe, in which people organise 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 its 6th General Assembly of RIPESS EU – Solidarity Economy Europe will be held in Athens as well, as part of the Congress.

The undergoing programme of the Congress will include the following thematic issues :

1. Concepts, forms and fields of social solidarity economy and cooperativism
2. Responsible consumption, production and climate change
3. Practices of SSE on social integration with a special focus on refugees issues
4. Social innovation: Research, technology, education and tools for SSE
5. Commons: Approaches and practices on digital, natural, urban, cultural common goods
6. Public policies ( local, national, European level) promoting SSE: From whom, for who, what for.
7. Open space / Free zone

Contact :

Contact organizing team : call@universse2017.org – www.universse2017.org

Contact Ripess EU : info@ripess.eu – www.ripess.eu

RIPESS at the World Social Forum 2016
WSF 2016

The next World Social Forum will be held in Montreal from 9 to 14 August. Under the first theme of the WSF ” Economic, social and solidarity alternatives  against the capitalist crisis” RIPESS organizes two activities: first a crossed perspective between continents on the challenges and opportunities in the construction of the SSE movement (Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America) and an activity on Social and Solidarity Economy in Latin America. The network member US SEN is also organizing a workshop on Solidarity Economy in the US. Read more

A General Assembly under the sign of openness and conviviality

La Bergerie de Villarceaux, lovely eco-centre and organic farm outside Paris, was the convivial setting for RIPESS Europe’s 5th General Assembly, which took place from 20 to 22 June 2016, thanks to the hospitality of the Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH). Several new members and observers participated.

During an opening session, Claudia Neubauer presented the FPH and its positioning with respect to the Social Solidarity Economy (SSE). Jean Louis Laville gave a indepth perspective of the potential role of the SSE to respond against the growing ecological and social economic violations by the globalized neo-liberal system. Stressing the need to establish effective cooperation with public institutions, Laville stated that the SSE should works in the direction of a just transition by encouraging new forms of collaboration between the SSE and the public policy actors. After the meal prepared by the Bergerie’s restaurant team with their locally produced food, the evening was devoted to the presentation of the activities and motivations of participants wishing to become new RIPESS Europe members. Read more

RIPESS at the GSEF 2016 in Montreal
GSEF 2016

RIPESS Intercontinental and RIPESS Europe participate in the Global Social Economy Forum in Montreal, September 7-9 2016.

As per today, the GSEF has registered participants from over 50 countries and government representatives from nearly 250 international cities. It is therefore an excellent opportunity to learn about good practices from local governments and the SSE around the world and an outstanding opportunity to share your experiences globally!

As a member of the sponsorship committee of GSEF2016, we encourage you especially to participate, to form delegations, and come to discuss and work on the central theme of the Global Social Economy Forum -GSEF2016: collaboration between local governments and the social and solidarity economy actors for the development of cities;

and also, with more than 30 workshops and working groups and visits.

  • Share your best practices and learn about others in the social and solidarity economy taking place around the planet in collaboration with local governments
  • Identify opportunities and issues regarding coordinated action between your local governments and SSE stakeholders
  • Promote coordinated international actions to foster the development of the SSE in your area.

>> More information on GSEF2016

>> Register to GSEF2016

RIPESS will be present with a representation of all its members – from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Oceania; organizing a working group on Collaborations & international synergies for ESS and will held its Board of Directors following the Forum, on the 10th and 11th of September.

If you are not able to attend, but you want to submit some proposals of collaboration, documents, ideas or references of projects, or even recommend any other organization to invite, we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity by writing to the following e-mail address: laure.jongejans@ripess.org, and we will make sure to relay them.

REAS presents the new portal for responsible procurement in Spain
REAS Contrata Responsable

Through different dissemination activities of the Spanish solidarity economy network (REAS), a campaign to facilitate the inclusion of social clauses in the processes of public procurement was started, to stimulate institutions to purchase based on ethical, ecological and transparency criteria and extend the knowledge of these tools of social justice, equity and sharing throughout the social solidarity economy  and society in general.

The campaign claims the use of public procurement as a useful way to work in depth on social core values such as cohesion and social inclusion, local and sustainable development and efficiency, fairness and transparency in public spending. In this sense, the “Guide to the public socially responsible procurement” published by REAS Euskadi underlines how “it is illogical to transfer the public budgets to companies that pollute,  do not respect the rights of the workers, who practice gender discrimination and do not meet the criterion of 2% of disabled persons required by the legislation”.

Adapting the legislation of the Spanish State purchasing and public procurement requires a definition of the legal framework and the ethical criteria affecting 17% of GDP (18 million euro according to 2015 data). Social and solidarity economy networks, environmental organizations and social movements have multiplied the criticism about the slowness with which the required minimums are translated at the level of our administrations. Indeed, the European directives published in 2014 and which should have been adopted at latest in April 2016 have not yet been incorporated in the legal system of the Spanish State.

Read the rest of the article (in Spanish) here.

Building the SSE local authorities network
Red municipios catalanes ess

Some forty municipalities adhering to the manifesto “Towards a network of municipalities of the social and solidarity economy” discussed the mission, the vision and the strategy of this new supramunicipal grouping claiming to “contribute to the promotion of social and solidarity economy of Catalan municipalities through a permanent dialogue of both actors and practices”. […]

A metropolitan strategy to promote SSE

The foundation goal of the network of municipalities for the Cooperative social and solidarity economy is to continue, improve and intensify a shared metropolitan and territorial strategy to make the SSE one of the main instruments for overcoming social inequalities and to guide towards a democratic, just and sustainable economic model for people and for their lives.

Read the rest of the article (in Catalan): here.

Prague: Solidarity economy is developing in Eastern Europe
June 7, 2016

by Josette Combes (MES)

On April 28 2016 in Prague, a conference titled «Social Solidarity Economy » took place, organised by the Ekumenickà Academie. RIPESS Europe participated with Josette Combes in a round table dedicated to international experiences. Asked by Markéta Vinkelhoferovà, after a presentation of RIPESS Europe and a definition of SSE, I described the experience of parental nurseries in an intercultural context, the issue of caring for the infants being one of the major problems for young families. Ashish Kothari presented the forms of organisations that Indian societies have invented to resist to the effects of a particularly unequal society and to establish a radical and ecological democracy. Another Indian, Lakshmi Narayan, showed how a women’s cooperative managed the waste of their village and were able to become financialyy autonomous and regain trust in themselves. Konstantina Kranou spoke of the different formes of SSE in Greece, illustrating the example of the popular canteens and other forms of solidarity that arised to help solve the situation of refugees.  Read more

It’s the fourth! The SSE Fair in Madrid returns (June 4-5 2016)
May 28, 2016
feria ess madrid junio 2016

The Social solidarity economy Fair returns for the 4th edition and offers to the citizens of Madrid all kinds of alternatives for consumption such as sustainable fashion, natural cosmetics, furniture, decoration, tableware and drugstore, ethical finance, solidarity insurance, education and training, renewable energy, construction and eco-efficiency, cleaning and gardening, sustainable transport, agro-ecological food healthy and proximity, entities engaged in free culture, that make design and graphic arts with free software or media as the La Marea, Diagonal and the Salmón Contracorriente.

More info (in Spanish) here.

New report “European CSA Overview” in 22 countries

The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement is being increasingly recognized for offering an alternative to the unsustainable industrial food system and thus as a concrete approach in the transition towards agroecology and food sovereignty.

In the “European CSA Overview”, the European CSA Research Group combines the knowledge of actors from 22 European countries. All these actors are from the interface of research and farming and have an intimate knowledge of CSAs in their respective countries. The Report thus gives an insiders’ perspective on the state and the dynamics of the CSA movement in the continent. With this Report, the European CSA Research Group aims to improve knowledge generation and sharing amongst CSAs in Europe and to create awareness among policy makers and the wider public that functioning alternatives to industrial food dependency exist.
Apart from presenting the results of a Europe wide census, this report analyses the agro-ecological dimension of CSA practice.

Enjoy the reading (clinking on this link) of this inspiring document!

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