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REAS, Red de Redes, finished its crowdfunding campaign
April 14, 2017

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

The end of the crowdfunding campaign to finance the new solidarity economy web pltaform http://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.

France, the Territorial Hubs of Economic Cooperation (PTCE), two days for reflexion
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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The ADEPES makes the show!
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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The ESS-France forum for the presidential elections 2017 in France
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.

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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