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Everything you wanted to know about SSE…

By Josette Combes (RIUESS)

It is the second edition of The Handbook on the Other Economy (Principes d’économie solidaire – Manuel de l’autre économie): directed by Eric Dacheux and Daniel Goujon, it is to be put in all hands, first and foremost those of the Master students, for whom it will be an abundant source of references, definitions, historical reminders, perspective and theoretical proposals. But even more importantly, it is a work of popularization in the noble sense of the term, which offers the opportunity, now that the term “solidarity economy” circulates in every direction – unfortunately often misused, for each citizen to familiarize him/herself with this economy, its foundations and its potential, so that it develops beyond the limited (though expanding) circle of its practitioners. Read more

Transformative economies: what do the documents tell us?
December 13, 2018
de www.enchange.org

As the article “The process of confluence of the Barcelona 2020 WSF of Transformative Economies begins” explains, the Barcelona WSF will be focused on transformative economies.

But what do we mean by “transformative economies”? If we want to answer from the SSE perspective, a quick look at socioeco.org is in order. A simple search in the search engine indicates that we can find about 700 documents that use the word “transformation” in different languages. To refine the search, we can use the keyword: New paradigm of transformation, which groups together those of interest to us and which we present here, used in the sense of social and political change. In the words of Ruben Suriñac, in his book Economias transformadoras de Barcelona, “the movements and phenomena of the transforming economy are all proposals for socio-economic reorganization that introduce a critique of the dominant economic model and formulate proposals for socio-economic change (both in theory and in practice) that, to varying degrees, attempt to transform this model or, at least, to prevent or mitigate its negative effects“. For Barcelona, he cites the movements of degrowth, the economy of the common good, the commons, the feminist and care economy, the social economy, the SSE. And the phenomena of the collaborative economy, community, responsible consumption, the circular economy, social entrepreneurship, social innovation and societal responsibility.

Here are some examples of documents that you can consult in 3  languages:

In Spanish

we find, in addition to the book mentioned above, the documents related to the Transformative Economies Forum itself and often to REAS and XES:

but also

Describe el concepto de ES desde dos perspectivas -europea y latinoamericana, con especial relevancia sobre el potencial transformador de ésta y su vinculación con los nuevos movimientos sociales.

Si las experiencias basadas en la ES lograran conectarse e intercooperar entre ellas dentro del modelo del consumo responsable, serian capaces de alterar las condiciones perversas del mercado actual.

In Latin America, the documents refer to social transformation, action for transformation, the paradigm of transformative change or as a form of resistance to capitalism.

Plantea que es el sentido de la transformación deseada, y desde esa definición amplia, qué política social o socioeconómica contribuyen a esa transformación.

Plantea la posibilidad de construir una economía no capitalista basada en relaciones y valores de justicia y solidaridad, que fuera –además- eficiente y económicamente racional.

Si no hay una ruptura epistemológica con el eurocentrismo, si no se da cuenta de la especificidad de las sociedades latinoamericanas, las posibilidades de construcción de la otra economía y de la otra sociedad son limitadas.

Plantea la necesidad de un nuevo modelo de desarrollo que posibilite el reconocimiento de las mujeres como sujeto politico y sus reivindicaciones.

and let’s not forget the slogan of the last WSF :

In English

we find the concept of “transformational or transformative change”, in particular used by UNRISD:

The report explores what transformative change really means for societies and individuals. It provides guidance on how to turn the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs into concrete actions.

The paper considers whether the uptake of the SSE agenda by governments can scale up and enable SSE in ways conducive to realizing the ‘transformational vision’ of the SDGs.

But also the following documents associated with the comons and degrowth  :

Brisk overview of the commons, commoning, and their great potential in helping build a new society. becoming stewards of natural systems, and mutualizing the benefits of shared resources.

  • Initiatives, Chains and Networking for Transformation , Degrowth in movement(s): Solidarity Economy (Germany) – 2017 – Dagmar Embshoff, Clarita Müller-Plantenberg,, Giuliana Giorgi How is the relation between the degrowth movement and other social movements and perspectives?

In French

the authors discuss the transformative potential of the collaborative economy, social innovations, degrowth, commons or the transformation of capitalism:

Il s’agit de rechercher dans quelle mesure l’innovation sociale est révélatrice d’un changement de paradigme dans l’organisation socio-économique de nos sociétés.

Ce colloque traite de la reconstruction sociale en cours à travers l’émergence d’expériences socialement innovantes visant à redéfinir la société sur des bases plus solidaires et équitables.

Les principes que recouvre la transition écologique concordent avec les valeurs défendues par l’économie sociale et solidaire : démocratie, citoyenneté, solidarité, plus-value sociale et/ou écologique et favorisent la diffusion de nouveaux modes de consommation, de production.

Les Pôles territoriaux de coopération économique visent à organiser la coopération en vue de produire de la richesse territoriale au profit des citoyens, tout en s’inscrivant dans les politiques publiques de développement.

Est-il possible de concevoir certaines des réalités de l’économie sociale et solidaire comme des modèles de communs ?

Independent media talk about SSE

Independent media are close to the SSE, often by their status and especially by the values they defend. But how do they approach it? Here is a selection of independent media articles from the last three months. You can also find them on the map of socioeco.org: Journalism of Solutions (the articles are located in the city where the experience is taking place or, in the case of a general article, in the city where the media is based).

As you will see, the articles are in their original language, due to the diversity of European countries. For Greek, for which the Efsyn journal is particularly present with sometimes several articles per week on SSE, an English summary is included. This will allow you to perceive which themes are covered by these media: sustainable development, refugees, self-management, cooperatives, organic agriculture, etc. Feel free to send us an article or a media site to improve the map and our knowledge of SSE. Write to Françoise Wautiez: fwautiez[at]socioeco.org

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  • Se déplacer en milieu rural : ces territoires enclavés qui développent des alternatives sociales et solidaires
    Sophie Chapelle
    Article de Basta!, 16 novemnre 2018 [lire]
  • A Clermont-Ferrand, le succès d’une grande librairie reprise en coopérative par ses salariés
    Sophie Chapelle
    Article de Basta!, 19 octobre 2018 [lire]
  • Nace el Foro de Consumo Responsable de Zaragoza, que velará por la extensión de políticas sostenibles y saludables a nivel local
    Artículo de Arainfo, 16 de noviembre 2018
    2018 [lire]
  • La Contratación Pública Responsable estrena nueva web y se abre a la participación de las personas usuarias
    Artículo de Arainfo, 13 de noviembre 2018 [lire]
  • Comercio Justo y Economía Solidaria, valores compartidos
    Artículo de El Salto,30/10/2018 [lire]
  • El Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza aprueba la primera Estrategia de impulso a la Economía Social de la ciudad
    Artículo de Arainfo, 22 de octubre 2018 [lire]
  • Jordi Via, excomissionat d’ESS a l’Ajuntament de Barcelona: balanç d’una experiència, moment i perspectives
    Pep Valenzuela
    articulo de Malarrassa, 16/11/2018 [lire]
  • Why Co-ops and Community Farms Can’t Close the Racial Wealth Gap
    Zenobia Jeffries
    Article of Yes! Mafazine, Nov 09, 2018 [lire]
  • Un modello 100% biologico e’ possibile: l’esempio del Sikkim
    Articolo de Terra Nuova, 16 ottobre 2018 [lire]
  • L’economia per un mondo nuovo
    articolo de Comune.info, 11 ottobre 2018 [lire]
  • Οι άνθρωποι της Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. προχωρούν με προβλήματα αλλά και αισιοδοξία (The SSE people are moving with both problems and optimism)
    Ioanna Sotirchou
    Article of EFSYN, 12/11/2018 [lire]
  • Επιχορηγήσεις για υφιστάμενους φορείς Κ.ΑΛ.Ο.(Grants for existing SSE organizations)
    Article of EFSYN, 09/11/2018 [lire]
  • Στο Βελβεντό ο πρώτος αυτοδιαχειριζόμενος υδροηλεκτρικός σταθμός (In Velvento the first self-managed hydroelectric power station)
    Article of EFSYN, 04/11/2018 [lire]
  • Κοινωνικός αντίκτυπος για Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. (Social Impact of SSE)
    Ioanna Sotirchou
    Article of EFSYN, 29/10/2018 [lire]
  • Ροκάνι: ΚΟΙΝΣΕΠ για την κυκλική οικονομία (Rokani: in a circular economy)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 29/10/2018 [lire]
  • Οι εναλλακτικές στον καπιταλισμό είναι ήδη εδώ, ήταν πάντα εδώ! (Alternatives to capitalism are already here, they’ve always been here!)
    Hara Kouki
    Article of EFSYN, 15/10/2018 [lire]
  • Κουκάκι: η Κ.ΑΛ.Ο ξορκίζει το κακό (Koukaki: SSE excuses the evil)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 08/10/2018 [lire]
  • Συνεταιριστές όλης της Ελλάδας, συνεργαστείτε! (« Co-operatives all over Greece, work together!”)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 01/10/2018 [lire]
  • Κριτική και προτάσεις για να βελτιωθούν οι νόμοι για την ΚΑΛΟ (Criticism and suggestions to improve the laws for SSE)
    Ioanna Sotirchou
    Article of EFSYN, 1/10/2018 [lire]
  • «Ευρώπη, ήρθε η ώρα να τελειώσει η εξάρτηση από την ανάπτυξη!»(« Europe, it’s time for development dependency to end!”)
    Article of EFSYN, 24/09/2018 [lire]


Launch of Transiscope, the portal for alternatives
Logo Transiscope

Transiscope is a new initiative, which aims to highlight all the alternatives for the transition by displaying them on a single map, collecting existing data.



Inform about existing organisations and citizens’ initiatives in a simple, clear and attractive way through intuitive classification, a harmonised format for presenting initiatives and different digital tools available;

  • Encourage participation and citizen action by creating a contact directory of alternatives;
  • Accelerate networking and synergies between initiatives: making alternatives visible to each other is a key factor in cooperation;
  • Visualize the territories or issues that require the development of concrete alternatives;
  • Develop and equip our commons: the software developed for the project is free, therefore reusable and can be improved for other projects.

Read more here (in French).

This platform links the work of transition organisations and actors in France and is supported by a collective of 10 associations, including RIPESS and MES.

Independent media talk about SSE
September 7, 2018
Media independents

The independent media are close to SSE, often by their statutes but particularly by the values they defend. But how do they approach it? Here is a selection of articles of independent media from the last two months. You can also find them on the map of socioeco.org: Journalist for solutions (Articles are located on the city where the SSE initiative takes place or, in case of a general article, in the city where the media is located).

As you will see, the articles are in their original language, due do the language diversity in Europe. For Greek, for which the journal Efsyn is particularly present with sometimes several articles per week on SSE, a summary in English is included. This will allow you to perceive what are the themes dealt with by these media: sustainable development, refugees, selfmanagement, cooperatives, organic farming, etc. Do not hesitate to send us an article or the site of a media to improve the map and our knowledge of SSE. Write to Françoise Wautiez: fwautiez [at] socioeco.org


  • Répartir équitablement le travail, mais aussi les revenus : l’utopie d’une ferme devenue réalité
    Fabien Ginisty
    Article de Bastamag,26 juin 2018  [lire]
  • Des centrales électriques aux mains des habitants, et ça marche !
    Yves Heuillard
    Article de Reporterre, 30 août 2018 [lire]
  • Gagner du temps, mutualiser des moyens, rompre l’isolement : les « banques de travail » favorisent l’entraide agricole
    Article de Basta!, 14 septembre 2018  [lire]
  • Réchauffement “nous sommes la dernière génération à pouvoir agir”
    Sophie Chapelle
    Article de Basta!, 11 octobre 2018 [lire]
  • Toni Lodeiro: “El consumo consciente no puede depender de personas ultramotivadas”
    Josep Comajoan
    Articulo de Opcions, 13/06/2018 [lire]
  • El Serradet de Barneres, cooperativisme agrari que posa les persones al centre de l’activitat i respecta el cicle natural del bestiar
    Josep Comajoan
    Articulo de Setembre, 03/09/2018 [lire]
  • Supermercats cooperatius: efervescència de projectes
    Toni Lodeiro
    Articulo de Opcions, 26/07/2018 [lire]
  • Què ha de fer Catalunya per tenir sobirania alimentària?
    Josep Cabayol, Siscu Baiges, Ester González
    Articulo de Critic,22 julliol 2018  [lire]
  • Riace: ein Dorf zeigt, wie Flüchtlingspolitik auch aussehen könnte
    Giuliana Giorgi
    2018 [lire]
  • Ein vorbildlicher Umgang mit Flüchtlingen unter Beschuss: Wird das „Modell Riace“ abgewickelt ?
    Giuliana Giorgi
    2018 [lire]
  • Eνα «μπίζνες πλαν» αλλιώτικο από τα άλλα (A different « business plan ».)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 3/09/2018 [lire]
  • Η τεχνολογία στην υπηρεσία των προσφύγων (Technology at the service of refugees)
    Lena Kyriakidi
    Article of EFSYN, 27/08/2018 [lire]
  • Εμπρακτη στήριξη στην αλληλέγγυα οικονομία (Practical support to the solidarity economy)
    Article of EFSYN, 20/08/2018 [lire]
  • Οι συνεταιρισμοί είναι πιο υγιείς από τις συμβατικές επιχειρήσεις (Cooperatives are healthier than conventional businesses)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 13/08/2018 [lire]
  • Μπορεί να λειτουργήσει ο κόσμος χωρίς το χρήμα (CAn the world function without money? )
    Lena Kyriakidi
    Article of EFSYN, 06/08/2018  [lire

  • «Ο συνεργατισμός δεν είναι “μπάλωμα” στον καπιταλισμό» (« Collaboration is not a » patch « for capitalism ») Aphrodite Tziantzi , Article of EFSYN, 30/07/2018 [lire]
  • Η αξία της αυτοδιαχείρισης (The value of self-management)
    Article of EFSYN, 30/07/2018  [lire]
  • O όρος «coop» υποδηλώνει τη συνεταιριστική ταυτότητα μιας επιχείρησης (The term « coop » denotes the cooperative identity of a business)
    Cristina Pantzou
    Article of EFSYN, 30/07/2018 [lire]
  • KISS project: «Το κλειδί βρίσκεται στην κοινωνική βιωσιμότητα» (KISS project: « The key lies in social sustainability »)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 23/07/2018  [lire]
    «Η συμμετοχή των γυναικών στην Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. ωφελεί και τις γυναίκες και την κοινωνία» (« The participation of women in SSE benefits both women and society « )
    Cristina Pantzou
  • Κάλεσμα για συμμετοχή στο Ευρωπαϊκό Δίκτυο Συνεταιριστικών Οργανώσεων #Coopstarter (Call for participation in the European Network of Cooperative Organizations #Coopstarter)
    Article of EFSYN, 23/07/2018 [lire]

    Article of EFSYN, 16/07/2018 [lire]
  • « «Ναι» στην κοινωνική επιχειρηματικότητα από τη Δημοτική Αγορά Κυψέλης (Yes » to social entrepreneurship from the Kypseli Municipal Market)
    Michael Angelos Konstantopoulos
    Article of EFSYN, 09/07/2018 [lire]
  • Κ.ΑΛ.Ο.: η ευημερία των πολλών πάνω από την ευημερία του ατόμου (SSE the prosperity of many above the well-being of the individual)
    Ioanna Sotirchou
    Article of EFSYN, 02/07/2018  [lire]
  • Τρώμε μαζί, δουλεύουμε μαζί (We eat together, we work together)
    Ioanna Sotirchou
    Article of EFSYN, 25/06/2018  [lire]
  • Οι Ενεργειακές Κοινότητες σε αναμονή (Energy Communities on Hold)
    Ioanna Sotirchou
    Article of EFSYN, 25/06/2018 [lire]
  • Η ανάγκη για έναν γενικό συνεταιριστικό νόμο (The need for a general cooperative law)
    Article of EFSYN, 18/06/2018  [lire]
  • Η Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. αναπτύσσεται και εδραιώνεται (SSE develops and consolidates)
    Ioanna Sotirchou
    Article of EFSYN, 18/06/2018  [lire]
    «Η παιδεία είναι κοινό αγαθό, δεν είναι ανταλλάξιμο προϊόν» (« Education is a common good, it is not a commodity exchange »)
    Lena Kyriakidi
    Article of EFSYN, 11/06/2018 [lire]
  • Αναζητήσαμε ένα διαφορετικό μοντέλο «Ανάπτυξης» (We are looking for a different « Growth » model)
    Michael Burgos
    Article of EFSYN, 11/06/2018  [lire]
  • Ανοιχτές άδειες: η συνεργατική οικονομία στο διαδίκτυο (Open licenses: the online cooperative economy)
    Article of EFSYN, 04/06/2018  [lire]

RTES report: “Europe & SSE Challenges and levers of action for local authorities”
Europe et ESS

While the budgetary framework of the next European program (2021/2027) is currently being negotiated, the RTES (French Network of Local Authorities for a Solidarity Economy) has published a RepèrESS, “Europe & ESS – issues and levers of action for local authorities to encourage SSE communities and stakeholders to mobilize European funding and to participate in the construction of a more solidarity-based European project.

This is done through:

– An inventory of the place of the social and solidarity economy in the European landscape

– A presentation of the different European funds and programs and examples of French social and solidarity economy projects benefiting from this funding

– Methodological advice for the assembly of projects – 10 proposals and perspectives for a more cohesive Europe

– The consideration of SSE in 7 Regional Operational Programs in France.

You can find the document (in French) here.


Independent media talk about SSE

The independent media are close to SSE, often by their statutes but particularly by the values they defend. But how do they approach it? Here is a selection of articles of independent media from the last two months. You can also find them on the map of socioeco.org: Journalist for solutions (Articles are located on the city where the SSE initiative takes place or, in case of a general article, in the city where the media is located).

As you will see, the articles are in their original language, due do the language diversity in Europe. For Greek, for which the journal Efsyn is particularly present with sometimes several articles per week on SSE, a summary in English is included. This will allow you to perceive what are the themes dealt with by these media: sustainable development, refugees, selfmanagement, cooperatives, organic farming, etc. Do not hesitate to send us an article or the site of a media to improve the map and our knowledge of SSE. Write to Françoise Wautiez: fwautiez [at] socioeco.org

Image Dreamstime in Efsyn

  • Economía que te quiero verde, y social, y solidaria
    Fernando Sabín Galán, Soraya González, Marta Monasterio Martín
    Artículo de La Marea, 28 de abril 2018  [lire]
  • Economía social y solidaria, economía para la vida
    Enrique Quintanilla
    Artículo de El Diario.es del 29 de abril 2018  [lire]
  • Redes de Economía Solidaria o cambiar el actual modelo económico y sus “efectos perversos”
    Carmen Bachiller
    Artículo de El Diario.es del 28 de abril 2018  [lire]
  • Llaman al uso del tumin como moneda alternativa
    Laura Elizabeth Trejo
    artículo de Independiente, 30 abril 2018  [lire]
  • Alternativas Economicas n°57 – Dossier : Economias transformadoras 2018 [lire]
  • Au nord de Lyon, les collégiens animent leur Amap
    Hugo Jamard
    Article de Reporterre, 4 mai 2018  [lire]
  • Ponyride : un tiers lieu pour un Détroit plus inclusif et durable
    Léa Massaré Di Duca,
    article de SocialAlter, 14/05/2018  [lire]
  • Kobane • Les coopératives comme outil d’émancipation des femmes
    Article de Kedistan, 8 mai 2018  [lire]
  • De nouveaux indicateurs de richesse peuvent-ils contribuer à la nécessaire transition écologique et sociale ?
    Jean Gadrey
    Le Blog de Jean Gadrey, Alternatives économiques, 28/05/2018 [lire]
  • Meet the people building alternatives to mining in Colombia
    Article of RED Pepper, April 19, 2018  [lire]
  • Kobane • Cooperatives as a tool for women’s empowerment
    Article of Kedistan, 8 May 2018  [lire]
  • and a video with Stir magazine: Stir it up-Alternative economy at work.
    Joe Diomede  2018 [lire]
  • Recuperem la sobirania periodística
    Sara Blázquez
    Articulo de Setembre, 24/04/2018 [lire] (also translated into French, Spanish and English in this newsletter)
  • Toni Lodeiro: «El consum conscient no pot dependre de persones ultramotivades o amb bona capacitat econòmica»
    Josep Comajoan
    Articulo de Setembre, 27/05/2018 [lire]
  • Le comunità che trasformano l’economia
    Monica di Sisto, Riccardo Troisi
    articolo de Comune.info, 16 maggio 2018  [lire]
  • Si moltiplicano le “food coop”: a Parma un nuovo supermercato sostenibile e partecipativo
    Chiara Spedero
    Articolo de Altreconomia 25 maggio 2018 [lire]
  • Commercio equo e solidale, la rivoluzione in casa
    Ilaria Sesana
    Articolo de Altreconomia 1 maggio 2018  [lire]
  • Εξι μέρες Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. στο Μετρό Συντάγματος (6 days SSE in the Metro Sindagma)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 21/05/2018  [lire]
  • Στο Ηράκλειο… βγαίνουν τα κουκιά συνεταιριστικά! (In Heraklion … the beans are cooperative!)
    Marios Dionellis
    Article of EFSYN, 21/05/2018  [lire]
  • «Συν-εργώ» και χείρα κίνει (Work together)
    Christos Provezis, Athena Liapikou
    Article of EFSYN, 14/05/2018  [lire]
  • Ας μην τρέφουμε αυταπάτες περί «ηθικού καπιταλισμού» (Let us not have delusions about « ethical capitalism »)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 07/05/2018  [lire]
  • Βιώσιμες, αξιοπρεπείς θέσεις εργασίας για όλους μέσω των συνεταιρισμών (Sustainable, decent jobs for all through cooperatives)
    Michael Angelos Konstantopoulos
    Article of EFSYN, 07/05/2018  [lire]
  • Η κρίση στην Ελλάδα έφερε κι ένα Κ.ΑΛ.Ο.! (The crisis in Greece also brought SSE!)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 30/04/2018  [lire]
  • Η Γαλλία διχάζεται: η Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. στα λόγια και η Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. στην πράξη (France is divided: SSE in words and SSE in practice)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 30/04/2018  [lire]
  • O σπόρος των «κοινών» καρποφόρησε (The seed of the « common » was fruitful A brief review of the Commonsfest)
    Article of EFSYN, 23/04/2018 [lire]
  • Ενα Δίκαιο Νόμισμα στα χέρια των πολλών και… όχι των τραπεζών (A Currency in the hands of many and … not of banks)
    Lena Kyriakidi
    Article of EFSYN, 16.042018  [lire]
  • Ξαναβλέποντας το μέλλον πέρα από τον καπιταλισμό (Revising the future beyond capitalism)
    Tasos Tsakiroglou
    Article of EFSYN, 16/04/2018  [lire]
  • Ο παραδοσιακός σπόρος περνά από χέρι σε χέρι και από γενιά σε γενιά
    Ioanna Sotirchou
    Article of EFSYN, 02/04/2018  [lire]


June 2018 resources (in collaboration with socioeco.org)

Some reading suggestions for June 2018…

  • The dignity of nations. A new economic system for the thrid millenium
    2018 [lire]
  • Mapping of Intergovernmental Documentation on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE)
    Knowledge Hub Resources
    2018 [lire]
  • Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030. Cooperative contributions to SDG 8.
    2018 [lire]


The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance : Hacking the Future of Money
Brett Scott
2013 [lire]

With our partners

  • ‘A fairer share’ : strengthening workers’ voices through Fairtrade, the labour movement and socially engaged companies
    2018 [lire] (CDTM de Paris)


(audio) Worker cooperatives. Part 1: Widening Spheres of Democracy
2018 [lire]



Localizing the SDGs
2016 [lire]


SSE mappings by Socioeco: SDGs, Public Policies, Journalism, Training

Your interest in social and solidarity economy may have led you to use the socioeco.org resource web site. Since its beginnings in 2011, the site has evolved a lot: in addition to the 5 main languages, French, Spanish, English, Italian and Portuguese, we can now find documents also in Catalan, German and Greek.
The site works in alliance with other data bases that it references through its search engine: in addition to 15 000 references specific to socioeco.org, there are still 14 000 others of more specialized sites: public policies in favor of SSE, inclusive finance, fair trade, complementary currencies etc, a total of more than 28,000 accessible and largely downloadable references.

This time, we want to talk to you about the new section: “SSE mappings. Everything started from the desire to highlight the descriptions of initiatives that we collected little by little. Thus was born a first map in OpenStreetMap: the map of SSE solutions. Initiatives are classified by the need they meet: health, food, housing. It also shows that SSE produces differently, consumes differently, organizes the work differently, finances differently, focuses on the concept of territory, etc. The idea is to inspire and spread by reading descriptions of initiatives, more in-depth case studies, watching videos …

This first map then led to new ones:

the”Public policies for SSEmap: by putting in place specific filters, we can visualize public policies from municipal to national scope, meeting needs as previously: health, food, etc. But we can also filter by type of policies: do they target a particular audience or sector? Are they related to responsible public procurement? Are these policies aimed at making cities protagonists of change?

the “Journalist for solutionsmap: shows the alternative, independent and cooperative media that exist around the world but also the articles of these specific media that concern social and solidarity economy. A way of highlighting press articles that concern SSE and are produced by newspapers or magazines that have often chosen a cooperative status.

Two new mappings have come to enrich this section recently :

– These are the maps related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations 2030 Agenda. How does the SSE fit into the pursuit of these SDGs?

First, we took the map of Solutions and then the Public Policies one and classified the initiatives and policies, not by need, but by Sustainable Development Goal. Thus, the Guide to Responsible Public Procurement of the Municipality of Barcelona or the Madrid Ciudad de los Cuidados Plan (Madrid City of Care) are in line with SDG 11 for resilient and sustainable cities. For their part, all the initiatives related to a quality-based, local, solidarity-based and food sovereignty-oriented agriculture (CSA and responsible consumption) are in line with SDG2: End hunger, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. These are the maps: SSE for the Sustainable Development Goals and “SSE Public Policies for the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Finally, socioeco.org was approached by the Global Curriculum of Social and Solidarity Economy Campaign, with which RIPESS has made an alliance since last year; an educational initiative bringing together already 44 organizations from 18 countries in the South and North. It aims to promote spaces for dialogues between academics, educators and SSE actors form the whole world, with the purpose to establish common principles of SSE training and research that highlight the practices and know-how of the actors but also make visible the diversity of training experiences that exist around the world, among others through:

– the map of pedagogical tools and SSE trainings : guides, manuals, pedagogical notebooks, courses, educational videos constitute the material recorded.

We hope that this little tour of SSE mappings will be useful. Needless to say, of course, these maps are constantly fed with new resources. If you know of any useful materials that you would like to see referenced on one of these, do not hesitate to write to Françoise Wautiez <fwautiez [at] socioeco.org>

Transformative Cities Initiative 2018
May 10, 2018

Today the Transformative Cities Initiative starts the last phase of its first edition. It compiled 32 stories from 19 countries in an Atlas of Utopias.

In this final phase of the Transformative Cities Initiative 2018, the public will be given the opportunity to vote for 3 initiatives of the 9 nominees that they find the most inspiring, and the one that inspires them to act in their own community. The vote will be open until the 5th of June.

This is an exercise of Coopetition, meaning that it seek cooperation but with an element of competition to encourage public interaction and engagement that we hope will amplify transformative practices. We hope it will pay off in reaching people who otherwise would not learn about these experiences, and who might now feel compelled to get organized, and act. For more information see  http://transformativecities.org/


* Please vote here: http://transformativecities.org/2018award/
* Check and share the promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmY4CnXtt50
* Also available in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TransfCities/videos/406603376471147/

In the era of the Trumps we need inspiring stories of radical transformation more than even. Thanks for spreading them!

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