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Italy: International Deep Dive of Mapping Initiative
January 24, 2017

March 10-15 2017 in Florence, Italy

This Deep Dive will enable p to make participants in-depth analysis and tackle the existing challenges to developing a common, distributed, semantic mapping process among different mapping initiatives. Initiatives who share a commitment to making visible diverse human economies and challenge dominant ways of thinking about society and economy.

Mapping practitioners from initiatives such as Transformap, GreenMaps, ESSGlobal (Ripess) and others identified this need at an informal meeting during the World Social Forum (WSF) 2016 in Montreal. The goal is to exchange and articulate a common framework for shared data beyond our own maps and processes. This framework will be tested by applying it in a concrete region with assistance from local activists – namely the region around Florence. This will show the potential for how mapping alternatives can expand from the local to the global level.

Mapping supports the strategic development of Commons, SSE (Social Solidarity Economy) initiatives and other alternatives. Community mapping is becoming part of engaged planning processes, school programs and leadership development projects.

Mapping generates action as it guides the way we explore, experience and interpret the world. Mapping is universally understood and contributes in a very palpable way to developing a new “world-view”. Maps change perceptions and support the discovery and creation of links between initiatives, increasing opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

This mapping lab is part of the Panorama of SSE in Europe and is co-promoted by RIPESS EU.

More information and program here


Annual colloquium of the SSE Inter University Network (RIUESS) in Marrakech from 22 to 24 May 2017
December 9, 2016
Universite Cadi Ayyad - Marrakesh

The University Cadi Ayyad in Marrakech and the University of Haute-Alsace are organizing the annual Colloquium of the Inter University Network of Social and Solidarity Economics (RIUESS) in Marrakech in conjunction with the Euro-Mediterranean Network sustainable development and social link (2DLiS), the Moroccan network of Social and Solidarity Economy (REMESS) in Marrakech (Morocco) from the 22nd to the 24th of May 2017.

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7th ILO SSE Academy: presentations, materials, photos and videos

21The 7th ILO Social and Solidarity Economy Academy took place in San José, Costa Rica, from the 21st to the 25th of November 2016. You can access its presentations, materials, photos and videos through the following channels:

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World Social Forum 2016: towards a post-capitalist transition
WSF 2016

by Jason Nardi

The World Social Forum this year took place for the first time (as international event) in the “global north”, hosted in the city of Montreal, Quebec – Canada, from the 9th to 14th of August 2016. According to the organisers, there were a total of 35.000 participants from 125 countries, 1000 volunteers, 1300 self-managed activities, 15 great conferences, and 6 days of events. The success of this 12th edition of the WSF was severely tested by the missed-participation of activists (especially from Africa and Latin America) who were denied VISA permits by the Canadian government.

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GSEF 2016: an alliance between local governments and SSE actors

The Global Forum on Social Economy took place at Montreal’s Conference Centre from September 7 to 9. This third edition, jointly organized by the city of Montreal and the Chantier de l’économie sociale, was held under the slogan “Local Governments and actors of the Social Economy. Allied for the development of smart and sustainable cities”.

More than 1300 participants, 62 countries represented, 330 cities and 120 initiatives have demonstrated the dynamism and diversity of collective entrepreneurship.The opening was attended by Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal and co-organizer of GSEF2016, M. Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul and Co-President of the GSEF Association, M. Kyong Song Yong, President of the Seoul’s Solidarity Economy Network and Co-President of the GSEF Association, Jean-Martin Aussant, General Director of the Chantier de l’économie sociale and co-organizer of GSEF2016, Mr. Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, M. Jean – Yves Duclos, Minister of Family, Children and Social Development from Canada´s Government. Read more

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

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.

RIPESS has a new Executive Secretary

Laure Jongejans, European Citizen (French-Dutch, with Spanish origin) has an international career of 15 years, including 10 years spent with conviction in the field of Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) in Europe, Latin America (andean region), in West and Central Africa and Maghreb.

She oriented her career towards this way of “doing economy” for the first time from the international cooperation´s field, research activities, consulting, and subsequently she took part in a Mediterranean cooperative SSE platform (iesMed), finally entering a Catalan cooperative which promotes SSE and local development (Calidoscoop).

Taking over the responsibility of Eva Mascolo-Fortin who lives in Quebec, Laure exercises her role as Executive Secretary of RIPESS intercontinental network, from Catalonia, more specifically from Barcelona, possibly a “future European capital” of the SSE?

INAISE 2016: International networks convergence, opportunities, challenges
From left to right: Gérald Larose, Claire Brodin, Milleder Villegas, Chantal-Line Carpentier, Alain Arnaud, Yvon Poirier and Laurence Kwark

The International Association of Investors in the social economy (INAISE) held its annual conference in Montreal, May 11-13 May. About 180 participants were present. This association includes various types of institutions of social and solidarity finance on an international level, ranging from cooperative financial institutions such as the Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins, Banca Etica in Italy, ethical banks like Triodos Bank in the Netherlands and Community Sector Banking in Australia. Several microfinance institutions, Oikocredit or the African Network MAIN, are also members. The complete list, with members in every continent, is found on the website. Historically, relations between INAISE and RIPESS exist since at least 2004.

> See the link to the Program & Presentations

The conference this year focused on the theme Contributions, promises and challenges. Among other things, the plenary sessions were carried on the following topics:

  •         Financial tools for the empowerment and solidarity and responsible economic development;
  •         Cooperatives and their role in the social economy and local development;
  •         Family farming and value chains;

Thereafter, the participants exchanged in workshops on social economy and women entrepreneurshipsocial economy and sustainable development as well as savings and credit unions.

The penultimate session focused on the Foundations and support for the social economy. Usually foundations make grants according to their mandates. These grants come from revenues on investments and interest. What is new is that foundations give themselves responsible investment policies and even dedicate a portion of their funds for patient capital funds for SSE enterprises. One of the obstacles to this practice in laws and regulations that prevent or restrict the development of such a practice.

RIPESS was invited to participate in the roundtable International networks: convergence, opportunities, challenges. Six organizations in the social economy and ESS spoke:

  •         Milder Villegas – President INAISE
  •         Gérald Larose – Vice President – Mont Blanc Meetings (MBM)
  •         Alain Arnaud – President CIRIEC International
  •         Laurence Kwark – Secretary General – GSEF (Global Social Economy Forum)
  •         Yvon Poirier – RIPESS
  •         Claire Brodin – Savings Without Borders (France)

The panel was moderated by Chantal Line Carpentier of the New York Office of UNCTAD – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. She was known by most of the organizations since she spoke at the meeting of the International Leading Group on SSE on 28 September in New York. After a presentation of each organization, explaining who they are and what they fonts, each expressed his vision of collaboration. All expressed their willingness to collaborate to advance alternatives that represents the SSE.

On behalf of RIPESS, I expressed our desire to continue collaborations we have already, even though they may be variable, with other organizations. This is particularly the case with INAISE, the MBM and GESF that are SSE organizations. We have no relationship with CIRIEC International, nor with Savings Without Borders, which are more in research, but we were willing to have.

After insisting, on behalf of RIPESS, it was important to build the movement at every level, local, regional, national and international, to put forward an alternative development model to capitalism and state economies, a clarification become necessary. Indeed, the next speaker, Alain Arnaud from CIRIEC intervened to say that from his point of view, the SSE advocates a plural economy, that it aims to take it’s a place next to the private sector and the public economy. Before I had the opportunity to make a clarification, Gérald Larose from MBM expressed a position quite similar to that of RIPESS. He replied to Alain Arnaud, that we could indeed have a plurality in the form of business, but that as a system, we could not talk about plural economic system. For him, we must indeed speak of an alternative model to capitalism as a system.

We must be grateful to INAISE for organizing this spirit of cooperation, that we must continue….

Note written by Yvon Poirier, member of RIPESS Board

INAISE: International conference on Social Solidarity Finance (11-13 May)

The INAISE International Conference on Social and Solidarity Finance takes place in Montreal, Quebec from May 11th to 13th 2016. This year the main subject is “Social and solidarity finance: Contributions, promises and challenges”. We expect you in great number! On the program: plenary sessions, working groups and field visits. For INAISE’s members, it will also be the occasion to participate to the Annual General Meeting.

See more at: http://inaise.org/#sthash.uaRbjmLG.dpuf

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