An article by Ripess International, November 8, 2019
This week, from November 8th to 11th, the RIPESS
Education working group will pilot the Solidarity Economy Learning Tour
& Cross-training hosted by Cooperation Jackson (US) with the
participation of both local and international trainers from the US,
Latin America and the Caribbean; Canada; Europe and Eastern Asia.
The aim is to allow an exchange of knowledge of Solidarity Economy (SE) trainers and work on the development of an SE curriculum. Both the format of the learning tour, based on visiting local SE practices, and the curriculum that is being developed will be available to other SE networks/initiatives to be used and adapted to their local contexts.
The understanding of SE is about a way to change the current economic
and social capitalist paradigm towards a more just and sustainable
During these four days, the participants will combine classroom learning to provide a grounding in the theory, practice and organizing strategies to build the solidarity economy with site visits to see and engage with real world solidarity economy practices.
Amongst the objectives, this project wants to pilot and co-develop a SE Curriculum, including materials, methodologies, and guidelines, and facilitated by SE educators from around the world, as well as Cooperation Jackson
folks. And also, to connect and get to know each other and engage in a
process of personal transformation: “to know ourselves in relationship
to others – an understanding of ‘us’ and mutuality”.
By being a training of trainers, this gathering of trainers
also aims to generate a dialogue, sharing and networking between
trainers who are connected to the grassroots SE movements from all over
the world. Taking a popular education approach, the participants will begin with the knowledge of the participants and understand that everyone is a teacher and learner.
This approach, which well aligned with SE in terms of its principles,
foundations, and methods, is a process of analysis-looking for
patterns, accessing new knowledge as needed, developing a strategy of
action, implementing that action, then returning to a reflection of the
experience, analysis, gathering new knowledge to transform the local and
global economy to construct a new society based on justice, equality
and love, and so forth. The goal of popular education is to engage in a continual process of reflection and action in order to achieve the transformation of reality through an economic, social and political liberation.
Cooperation Jackson, Mississippi (US)
The gathering of trainers is hosted by Cooperation Jackson
a project that is igniting a lot of excitement in the U.S. as well as
internationally as it is part of a broader vision to transform the local
and regional economy and society through a political/electoral
strategy, grassroots organizing through people’s assemblies, and building the SE through a cooperative network consisting of four interdependent institutions:
a federation of local worker cooperatives, a cooperative incubator, a
cooperative education and training center, and a cooperative bank or
For these reasons, RIPESS’ education working group has decided to
collaborate with Cooperation Jackson to organize this gathering of
trainers and to start developing a Solidarity Economy Curriculum that
can be used in the future by people from all around the world.
SE Education material available on Socioeco
The RIPESS Education working group has compiled a list of SE training material
to be available to any person interested or working on SE and
education. All the material can be found in Socioeco, the RIPESS’
resource center and we invite all trainers and SE networks to send new
materials socioeco.org to be included in the section on SE training tool material or in the special map on pedagogical tools.
RIPESS will publish some updates during the gathering of trainers on our social media accounts
Twitter and Facebook. So, stay tuned to follow the development of the
SE Curriculum and all participants’ learnings during these four intense