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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

Spain: Sucess of crowdfunding campaign for REAS!
April 14, 2017

The end of the crowdfunding campaign to finance the new solidarity economy web pltaform www.economiasolidaria.org couldn’t have been best !: we have reached the maximum! We are happy to have succeeded in reaching our objective.

We knew that it wouldn’t be easy but we have demostrated that solidarity economy is a consolidated reality and that it is supported by a community capable of answering the challenges. Thus we would like to thank from the bottom of our heart all the people and organizations that have contrinuted and have made this project possible.

We will have soon a powerful platform that will allow us to make visible all the alternatives and experiences that are working for a fairer economy.

Article from Portal de Economia Solidaria (April 7, 2017)


France: Citizens and the Territorial Hubs of Economic Cooperation
April 14, 2017

Two days for reflexion on the place that citizens should occupy in the territories dynamics

Article by Josette Combes

As they are defined in the French Law of July 2014, the PTCE (Territorial Hubs of Economic Cooperation) are composed of a group in a given territory of social and solidarity enterprises, territorial authorities and their entities, research centers, universities, trainings organizations and any physical or moral entity.

The MES (the French Movement for the Solidarity economy, founding member of Ripess Europe) organized two days where were gathered PTCE, territorial authorities, citizens and members of the internetwork and an informal group of animation and support to the PTCE. The ambitions was to reinvigorate the collaboration between the MES members and the PTCE around a citizen mobilisation for their long-term sustainability.

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France: ADEPES organizes its alternative film festival
April 12, 2017

In favour of a cinematographic art worldwide, alternative, citizen and solidarity-based

Article by Bérénice Dondeyne

Jupiter Films, Festival FReDD in Toulouse and Green Film Network (GFN)

This process was born with a first partner, Jupiter Films, distributor of alternative and solidarity-based movies. The signature of a convention allowed us to show “Power to Change : la rébellion énergétique” (the energetical rebellion) on the energy transition issue and “Nouveau Monde : des solutions locales pour une économie solidaire” (New World : local solutions for a solidarity economy) on the topic of the French solidarity-based initiatives in Toulouse and the Occitanie region!

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France: ESS challenges for presidential candidates
April 10, 2017

By Bruno Lasnier (Mouvement pour l’Economie Solidaire – MES)

ESS France (the French Chamber for Social and Solidarity economy) organized on April 6 the ESS-France forum for the presidential elections 2017 in Paris  to ask the candidates on the space of SSE in their programs and require ask them to take notice of the ESS France propositions gathered in the booklet Ce que nous voulons pour l’ESS (what we want for France)

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A declaration of intention for the electronic currency LEMANEX
April 6, 2017

Article by Après-GE

After a bit more than 18 months, more than 100 000 Lemans (Geneva local currency) are circulating in the region and are accepted by more than 400 entreprises and shops. To switch to the electornic Leman allows the creation of a mutual credit system: the LEMANEX

The Lemanex allows us to:

  • stengthen reciprocally our commercial relationshsips with our providers and clients;
  • give a concrete answer to the cash problems, offering a permamnent credit solution with a zero interest rate;
  • mutualize the risk, as the credit isn’t based on bilateral debts but is guaranteed by the whole community of payment.

Declaration of intentions (in French) here.

Not even two weeks after having disseminated this document in our network, more than 40 enterprises have signed in favour of this economical tool.

RTES advocacy sent to the candiates to the presidential elections !

After a consultation of all its members, the RTES (Network of Local Authorities for SSE) submitted its advocacy document for public policies in favour of SSE to the candidates to the presidential elections in France.

It reafirms strongly the local authorities commitment in favour of public policies for SSE and highlights 6 main propositions.

Download the advocacy document (in French) here.

The social and solidarity economy is spreading and renewing
March 5, 2017
REAS goteo economiasolidaria.org

Over the last ten years, the social and solidarity economy has been consolidated as a strong and stable alternative. Now, it generates 10% of the Spanish State’s GDP and provides 2.2 million jobs to people. Its challenge to put people at the centre of the economy is translated into the generation of 190 000 jobs over the last years, whose 80% are contracts for an indefinite period.

The solidarity economy, concretly, has interupted in strategique sectors such as energy, bank and telecommunication and it awakes the interest of more and more people. REAS, Red de Redes de Economía Alternativa y Solidaria, is a federation which is formed by more than 500 entities and companies, generating 379 million of euros of anual incomes and relies on the participation of more than 38 000 of people, whose 8 500 with contract.REAS crowdfunding

To struggle with new challenges, it is missing a powerful tool. To do it, the people in charge of REAS have been starting a redisign of the website www.economiasolidaria.org in order to have more political and social advocacy. This space was born in 1997 to visibilize the networks and social mouvements in favour of a fair, ecological, social and solidarity economy.

The web receives more than 650 000 visits by year and it hosts more than 10 000 contents and more than 28 000 people and organisations are suscribed to its monthly newsletter. The objective is to consolidate it as the thematic web most important in the Spanish State and in the Spanish-speaking countries. The new website will change the structure and the design to respond to the new challenges, that the social mouvement of solidarity economy has to face.

The philosophy of solidarity economy is taken up in the Charter of Principles of Solidarity Economy and summarizes in six important principles : equity, work, environmental sustainbility, cooperation, non-profit and compromise with the immediate environment.

The participatory fundrising campaign takes place through the Goteo platform and will be active from the 27th of February to the 7th of April at this address : https://www.goteo.org/project/nuevo-portal-web-de-la-economia-solidaria

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