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RIPESS at the WSF2018
FSM / WSF 2018

The World Social Forum 2018, will be held from March 13 to 17, 2018, in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, where several members of RIPESS LAC will be attending, as well as members from RIPESS Europe and XES, who will be presenting the Thematic Social Forum on Economies of Change, which is planned to be held in Barcelona in 2019.

The World Social Forum (WSF), which began in Brazil, is one of the largest gatheringswhere civil society experiences are shared and solutions are agreed on solutions, in terms of solidarity and democratic perspectives. The event brings together tens of thousands of participants from around the world, who will be debating various topics, from social development, to the solidarity economy, the environment, human rights and democratization, among other themes.

The slogan of the WSF 2018 is “Resist is to Create, Resist is to Transform” and it points to the need for alternatives for another possible world.

As mentioned in the forum application letter, strong resistance movements are once again emerging in Brazil due to the Neo-liberal reforms being implemented in the country. This context will be sure to generate opportunities for cooperation between the alternatives that already exist both there and in the world.

RIPESS LAC, the RIPESS network of Social Solidarity Economy of Latin America and the Caribbean seek to consolidate alliances and facilitate the convergence of alternative practices at a continental level.

We invite you to join the conference: The Solidarity Economy Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean: cooperate in the network! (on 15 March from 9.am- UFBA – Faculdade de Comunicação – Room 3), in which several members of RIPESS LAC will be present: Luciano Mina and Rosemary Gomez (from the Brazilian Forum of Solid Economics – FBES) and Alicia Canaviri Mallcu (The Solidarity Economy and Fair Trade Movement of Bolivia). To contact RIPESS LAC write to: americalatinacaribe@ripess.org

The event will also be an occasion to present the project for the Thematic Social Forum on Economies of Change, which is currently being promoted by RIPESS Europe, the XES(the Catalan Social and Solidarity Economy Network) and RIPESS Intercontinental, and which is planned to take place in Barcelona, Spain, in April 2019.

Besides bringing together networks of public authorities, universities and social movements, this forum aims at strengthening alliances and strategic actions in the whole range of today’s transformative alternatives (SSE, the commons economy, feminist economy, collaborative economy, fair trade, ethical finances, degrowth, food sovereignty, etc.), by focusing on creating practical solutions for a resilient, co-operative and solidarity-based society.

You are invited to participate in the construction of this forum, contributing with your experience and skills. You can contact the organizing team at: forum2019@ripess.org; and for those who will be at the forum, to also attend the presentation event (on March 15 from 1.pm – UFBA – Faculdade de Farmácia – room 1)) where Jason Nardi and Josette Combes from RIPESS Europe will be present, as well as Fernando Paniagua from XES.

Finally, RIPESS has been invited to participate in several conferences, among which are (dates to be confirmed – See the final programme):

 

We hope to see you at WSF 2018!

“Europe and SSE – the time has come!” (January 12, 2018) in Lille

With nearly 170 participants and high density debates, the conference “Europe and SSE, the time has come!” organised by RTES and REVES was a success and a strong impulse to follow up the committed work.

A dense morning allowed to draw the landscape of the question of social and solidarity economy at a European level. The presentation of a mapping to highlight the different SSE approaches in the Union countries, the presentation of a report from the experts group with the European Commission, the testimonies of the local authorities committed in social and solidarity economy projects with a European dimension or financing, the presentation of the position of RIPESS Europe on the co-construction of public policies (see here) and finally the strong words of experts on these questions and of the Commission representative, Ulla Engelmann and of European MEP, Marie-Christine Vergiat, allowed to tackle the issues around this thematic.

The complete article is available in French here.

Finland: “Local and Decentralised” Pixelache 2017
October 5, 2017
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[by Ruby Van der Wekken]
Commons.fi and visiting RIPESS coordination team participated at the Pixelache 2017 Local and Decentralised Festival. For Commons.fi already having the intention to participate the Pixelache Festival, the possibility to have the RIPESS team over was a great opportunity to share on all and strengthen own objectives. Read more

9th ILO SSE Academy in Luxemburg: the Future of Work
ILO Academy Sep 2017 Luxembourg

The 9th ILO SSE Academy took place in Luxembourg city in the last week of September 2017. Echoing the ILO ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization (2008), the 9th SSE Academy was centered on the future of work, exploring a diverse set of themes such as the digitalization of work, the circular economy, the creation of decent work for refugees, among others.

The recent ILO report “SSE and the Future of Work” was presented, you can download a copy (pdf EN) here.

As RIPESS Europe was represented during this Academy, we had a chance to connect and share with participating representant of governments, local, regional and national policymakers, SSE actors and members of civil society through different workshops, study visits and informal exchanges.

Watch the video (in French): Laura Aufrère (RIPESS Europe) talks about SSE and the Future of Work

Other videos and documentation can be found in the “Collective Brain” website.

The Prague Forum on Social Solidarity Economy
October 5, 2017
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[by Markéta Vinkelhoferová] Some 80 representatives of social solidarity economy got together in Prague on May 24th at the SSE Forum to discuss the issues of alternative economy, new cooperatives, social entrepreneurship, food initiatives, sustainable ways of production and distribution. It was organised by a Czech NGO Ecumenical academy, a RIPESS Europe member from June 2017, a partner organisation within SUSY – Sustainable and Solidarity Economy project in the Czech Republic. Read more

REAS: Solidarity Economy for the people of Catalonia
October 4, 2017
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reas logo

REAS network of networks of alternative and solidarity economy is an associative network of confederal character grouping 14 territorial organizations and 4 sectors of social solidarity economy in Spain. As could not be otherwise, it is a horizontal, plural space and a coexistence of different sensitivities and identities, both national and socio-political.

However, and through the vindication of the transformative role of solidarity economy, we share, among others, the values that have to do with the fraternity between people and among peoples, solidarity with those who suffer any onslaught from the powers (whether capitalist, anti-democratic or patriarchal) and the defense of the right to self-management and democratic participation of individuals, enterprises and organizations, communities and peoples.

This is why we can not dismiss the serious events in Catalonia without showing a message of solidarity with its people and, in particular, of fraternity with the individuals, enterprises and organizations that make up the rich movement of the social economy solidarity, committed to democracy and individual and collective freedoms.

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Co-building of public policy: a perspective for European SSE

The European Union is at a historical moment, confronted by social and political challenges that European members need to overcome to build a common future. Notions such as economic progress, inclusive society and social justice need to be discussed in the perspective of the coming phases for the European development, with greater specification on the cross-cutting mechanisms for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2020-2030 plan for European development.  RIPESS Europe developed a concept concept note on SSE Public policies (pdf). Read more

A solidarity economy Summer in Berlin and Germany
October 3, 2017
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SoliOli German team

[by Luca Asperius] The initiative SoliOli, that succesfully closed its second campaign last Spring with more than 33.000 euro of direct orders from Germany to Greek cooperatives, organized a small trip to visit them in Greece, learn directly about their structure and workflows and strengthen the link between the producers and the consumers.  Read more

RIPESS Intercontinental celebrates 20 years with a new website
October 3, 2017
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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new RIPESS Intercontinental website: ripess.org.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of our movement we decided to redesign our website to give you more complete and updated content on RIPESS and SSE, as well as easier navigation on our website. Read more

Zagreb: Our Good Food conference 2017
September 28, 2017
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By Dražen Šimleša

ZMAG (Green Network of Activist Groups) organised Our Good Food – conference on sustainability of food systems in a beautifull old cinema Europa building in the centre of Zagreb. The event started on the 15th of September with a theater screening of documentary Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective and later a talk with the director of the movie Costa Boutsikaris. On Saturday 16th of September there was a whole day conference with 100+ participants and the place got too small place for so many interested people. Read more

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