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World Social Forum 2018, March 13-17, Salvador de Bahia
FSM / WSF 2018

The World Social Forum (WSF) returns to Brasil where it was born in 2001 in Porto Alegre. In 2018, from March 13 to 18, it will take place in Salvador de Bahia with seminars, plenaries, workshops, cultural activities and conferences. The Forum will be a moment for horizontal and selfmanaged encounters. It will be possible to participate from a distance through the organization of the extended forum.

In a world where the freedom of expression, organization and resistance is more and more under threat, more than 400 organizations will be gathered to state, under the World Social Forum Charter, that people are determined to defend their rights to a decent living on a  planet preserved from the exactions that endangered it. Thus will take place a specific action with the objective of  enhancing the visibility and reinforce the intervention of the Alternative World Water Forum, that will take place in Brasilia on the following days during the WSF 2018.The 19 issues will address social justice, climate justice, struggle against resource-grabbing,or against discriminations. A thematic centered on Social and Solidarity Economy and Education will bring us together, as Ripess Europe members, with other people around the Global Curriculum project and other issues as medias or ecofeminism.

As in each Forum the women assembly, the people assembly and cultural activities and marches will be organized. This swarming initiatives will take place in the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and around the city and its suburbs.

2nd European meeting of Independent Media and SSE
February 1, 2018
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Alternative Media and SSE

The second European meeting of Independent Media and SSE will occur from the 9th to the 11th of February 2018 at La Bergerie de Villarceaux (an eco-farm near Paris).

During the UNIVERSSE 2017 – 4th European Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) congress in Athens (9-11 June 2017), the “1st European meeting of alternative, independent, cooperative media and SSE” took place, bringing together representatives of around 20 media initiatives from 10 European countries (from Greece to Portugal) and people working in SSE organisations and networks.

The participants agreed to work on concrete collaborations, having a common interest in cooperating together to strengthen each other, beyond the local and national dimension, and where possible to network with the solidarity economy (see here a report on the most important points agreed: we are going to work on them during the next meeting).

At this second meeting we are planning to deepen on the discussions and work on the next steps to construct a way for working together towards the consolidation of the different initiatives across Europe.

The proposed agenda of the meeting is available here.  

The Swiss-French Foundation FPH is supporting the meeting, covering the costs of the accomodation and meals for the participants attending to the meeting.

“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.

Northern European Solidarity Economy Meeting (April 21-22 2018)
January 20, 2018
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northern europe se meeting 2018

21-22 April, Helsinki, Finland

Let’s join our SE forces in the North!

As the struggles about the commons and against an ecological catastrophe intensify, we are in the need for more joint networks based on solidarity, emancipatory learning and nondiscriminatory participation. Finland’s commons.fi and the solidarity economy network together with RIPESS Europe invite activists, defenders of the commons, grassroots organisations and networks to come and join a Northern solidarity economy network meeting to initiate cooperation in the field of commons, grassroots and solidarity action around bottom-up, grassroots economies, common strategies to advocate for another economy.

What to expect:

  • Inspiring ideas
  • Great people
  • Discovering experiences from other places
  • Interacting about efforts in Finland on advocating the envisioning of SE and the Commons
  • A possibility to try a lovely sauna and locally sourced food
  • Planning a future for a network

During the weekend, we will organise an event at the Finnish Social Forum, networking meetings and thematic session(s) around solidarity economy and the commons.

Let’s create a network of solidarity economy actors in the North of Europe! It all starts with us. Therefore, we are looking for the people and organisations that are committed to taking steps towards a better, more equal economy and society, protecting the commons and sharing their knowledge in a collective process.

As a host collective having limited resources, we are not able to host a big group of people, so please send an introduction of yourself to commons.fi[at]gmail.com. We will be in touch with you soon to let you know more about the details and the support that is available for participation. If you have a background organisation that can support your participation financially or if you are able to cover the costs of your own trip, please, mention this, so we might me able to host more people. There is an option for solidarity accommodation for some of the attendees.

The working language of the weekend is going to be English. If you have special needs or requirements that we should take into account, please let us know.

Another Economy is Here and Possible!

The Regional Forum of Social and Solidarity Economy in Occitania, 17th edition
December 21, 2017
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A big success for the FRESS that gathered on the 17 and 18 of November, more than 800 visitors, 80 solidarity-based entrepreneurs and proposed around 30 workshops and conferences. Read more

Call for Proposals for GSEF 2018

It is with great enthusiasm that the Bilbao City Council announces that the Call for Proposals for GSEF 2018 is now open! This is your chance to contribute to this 4th edition of the Global Social Economy Forum, bringing together regional and local governments, Social Economy agents, civil society, universities and social organizations.

The online site will guide you through the submission process of your social economy initiatives. Once evaluated, successful proposals will be presented at the GSEF2018which will be held in Bilbao, in the Basque Country, in 1-3 October 2018. Please be aware that the submission deadline is Wednesday February 28th (at midnight in Central Europe, UTC/GMT +01:00 (CET)).

Submit your initiatives here:  www.gsef2018.org

We look forward to receiving your initiatives and to seeing you at the GSEF2018 in Bilbao!

Co-create the European SSE public policies: a possible challenge?

The second European Forum of the SSE (EFSSE 2017) took place on November 9, 2017, organised in the premises of the Parliament by the GUE/ NGL Group,for the occasion driven by Marie-Christine Vergiat, French MEP. Following the first session, we can note an increase in the representation of networks of solidarity economy.

RIPESS Europe actively participated in the organization of the second edition, with several invited members, some of which met the day before for a dinner following a coordination Committee. Read more

RIPESS Europe to coordinate the RIPESS Intercontinental board
EFSSE 2017: Second Forum for the Social Solidarity Economy in Europe
October 11, 2017
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EFSSE 2017

SAVE THE DATE

European Parliament, Brussels, 9 November 2017 

The second Forum for the Social Solidarity Economy in Europe, co-organized by the Confederal Group of the European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE / NGL) and European networks of SSE (RIPESS EU, Cooperatives Europe, ENSIE, REVES, CECOP-CICOPA EUROPE, SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE) will take place from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm, in the premises of the European Parliament. Read more

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

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