At the end of October 2016 the Greek parliament voted for the new law 4430/2016 on the “Social and Solidarity Economy and the development of its actors”.
In our point of view, this law constitutes an essential progress for the development of SSE in Greece since it sets a framework of specific values and principles that define the actors, as SSE actors. More specifically, it disconnects the legal entity and the legal status as a precondition to be a SSE actor.
It is standard practice when writing an end-of-year editorial message to rejoice in the success stories of the year, so I will carry on the tradition by underlining the success of the GSEF in Montreal early last September, and the EFSSE that was held in Brussels at the European Parliament in January.
There is something inconclusive in the air at the end of this year… Have we really engaged as planned with the urgent need to address climate change or social and political issues? Definitely not. Our house is on fire, the fracture between the political and civil society spheres is ever greater and is leaving wide open space for self-declared, anti-systemic populist political movements.
But we will not give in to this, or lower of demands. RIPESS Europe already has a full calendar of events planned for 2017, and we wish to invite you to continue to jointly build a real change of paradigm. We will therefore be participating in Malaga in the NESI Forum in April. It is another important stage on the journey to build convergence between the movements aiming to change society. There will then be the 2nd EFSSE that will take place in Brussels in May, followed by the RIUESS meeting that will allow us to think about how we can build spaces around the Mediterranean. In June we will be holding our Congress in Athens, and we need to jointly develop the agenda for that. The congress will also allow us to renew the energy in our various working groups.
This is a considerable programme, and it should help us to move forward to propose concrete alternatives and place them in the various agendas of civil society. Because to create change, we need to “rethink our action paradigms, as well as those for managing our companies and act within the collective imagination” as Jordi Via, the Commissioner for Social and solidarity economy in Barcelona told us at our recent meeting there.
This is the roadmap that we should adopt and include in our resolutions for 2017!
Wishing you all seasons’ greetings,
Coordinateur Général RIPESS Europe
Today within the Enercoop network, “shared governance” is infused gradually into everyday practices. But what is shared governance? The subject is vast but in a few words, it is an organizational method that allows people to work cooperatively on the basis of the so-called “collective intelligence”.
A nice atmosphere and lots of enthusiasm was in the air on the 18th and 19th of November for the 16th Regional Forum for Social and Solidarity Economy in Occitania (FRESS) which took place in Toulouse, France. Promoted by by ADEPES, the Mouvement for Solidarity Economy in Occitania, and co-organised by nearly 30 SSE actors and accompanied by more than 20 volunteers, the Fress 2016 gathered:
600 visiters both professionals and general public
55 Exhibitors reflecting the diversity and complementarity of SSE actors
35 institutional, private, associative actors, coming from all Occitania and beyond
120 participants in 8 workshops
16 seminars, conférences, tables rondes …
Including 2 large citizen and participatory animations: The FlashLab fleet-boost citizen with project carriers and Fabrik – young people imagine and decide now the world of tomorrow
The issues of citizenship, territories and transition were at the heart of the Forum’s meetings and debates, whose thread was “the economy, my territory and me.” Rich in meetings, cooperation and innovations, this FRESS offered to participants “unforgettable moments, an immeasurable human wealth” as Claudine Farhan of the associationPasserelles et Compétences said. Happy to have offered such moments to the ESS actors of Occitania, ADEPES is already launched to prepare a FRESS 2017 even more impacting.
Careful to encouraging real and lively citizenship, ADEPES will make these exchanges live throughout the year, notably by committing to Alternatiba 2017. Already, the team is boiling, the Flashlab and the Fabrik have given us the idea of creating an innovative participatory process, starting from a solidarity living lab.
[By Bérénice Dondeyne, ADEPES]
Some pictures from the even:
Les porteurs de projet du Flashlab- FRESS 2016
La Fabrik du FRESS 2016
The active labour market measures designed to work integration social enterprises are efficient to integrate disadvantaged people on the labour market. Indeed, they enable the disadvantaged persons to find a job or a vocational training while favouring the increase of self-esteem and confidence throughout a tailored integration pathway. By choosing the work integration social enterprise model, public authorities change the costs[i] linked to the disadvantaged person into a real investment generating a economic[ii] and social return.
The forum for empathy-driven social change in Eastern Europe: EMPATHEAST is an annual event organized by Ideas Factory (Sofia, Bulgaria). The third edition took place between Nov. 11-13th in the town of Vratsa, Bulgaria – the poorest region of the EU. The forum`s aim was to break the stereotype about ever depopulating region by creating space for co-creation of alternatives – in economy, culture and citizen`s led innovations.
It gathered around 200 guests from Europe, Bulgaria and local people in search of innovative answers to burning societal challenges. This year’s topic “This>connect:rethinking social good in times of radicalization” searched for answers across disciplines and sectors and managed to support 5 innovative ideas changing the city.
The next edition will be in November 2017 again in Bulgaria.
More information here: www.empatheast.net
On November 30th 2016 in Rome the first meeting of the Erasmus+ project “SSEE Ivet” took place, aiming to promote the Social Solidarity Economy in Europe through an action research initiating an innovative study programme on initial and vocational training (IVET). It is about formulating and evaluating an SSE vocational training curriculum for young people who come out of the education system without a diploma.
The coordination of the project is done by APDES, a Portuguese education and prevention organization in the field of health, vocational insertion and local development, as well as supporting development co-operation in the global South, and which is also a founding member of the Redpes, the new Portuguese network of SSE. APDES asked RIPESS Europe to be a partner in the project, together with other 7, of which 3 are RIPESS members (Technet Berlin, CRIES and Solidarius Italia).
The 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:
The REAS Spanish solidarity economy network congress takes place every two years. This year it was held in Bilbao, capital of the Spanish Basque country. The theme was “Transformar los territorios desde la Economía Solidaria”: Transforming territories through solidarity economy. It was attended by about 400 people from all over Spain.
The Spanish Basque country is possibly the most advanced region I know in terms of the duality of solidarity economy and food sovereignty. It is indeed one of the original birthplaces of food sovereignty, as Ehne Biskaya was one of the founding members of the food sovereignty movement in the late 1990s. So the fact that transition and food sovereignty was one of the main strands of the congress was no surprise.