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Local citizen currency as a neighborhood economic contract

by Jean Rossiaud & Antonin Calderon (Léman Currency/ APRES-GE)

In this fourth chapter of the series that we started in October, on the theme of “local currencies”, after an overview of the advantages and challenges of local currencies through the example of the Léman (October 2018), the possibilities for collaboration and synergies between local currencies and local contract agriculture (LCA) (December 2018), and the interest of local currencies as tools for the development of economic agricultural sectors (February 2019), we are now proposing no longer to start from sectors, but from territories (neighborhoods, villages, etc.) to build short-circuits and collectively be part of the transition.

The climate crisis brings us back to common sense by making us aware that it is ecologically, economically and socially absurd to consume, in Geneva or Paris, tomatoes harvested in Holland, canned in Romania and whose cans themselves have been produced in Southeast Asia. The free movement of goods, particularly in the agricultural sector, has led to the economic specialization of entire regions and increased dependence on traders and large distributors. The competition between all the world’s territories produces great economic and social vulnerability everywhere locally; it is neither ecologically sustainable nor economically sustainable. That is why we come back to “short food supply chains”.

It is common to refer to ” short food supply chains ” as distribution channels, most often agricultural, where only one intermediary operates between the producer and the consumer, whether through direct sales (see our article on Local Agriculture,December 2018 , ) or indirect sales.

Today, there is a growing demand for ” short food supply chains “, because as consum’actors we want to protect our health and our environment at the same time. But historically, short circuits were the rule, especially just outside the city walls, as in Geneva on the Plain of Plainpalais or in Paris for market gardening villages to supply halls and urban markets.

However, the idea of ” short food supply chains “, in its contemporary renaissance, refers to the representation of ” Small is Beautiful ” (by the British economist Ernst Friedrich Schumacher) and of Territorial self-organization, as Hans Widmer (P. M.) imagines it, where ” neighborhood” are both economic and social living areas ” at human level ” and political spaces for governance in the communes.

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European Project VET-2 (2018-2020): Mapping for Trainers is Out

One of the main objectives of this VET-2 project is to develop a competence profile for SSE trainers in different disciplines of VET studies. This report explores the possibility of integrating VET trainers’ competences in existing training programs. In order to do so, the organisations and networks part of the project – from Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Romania – participated to a survey to explore elements that will be introduced in trainers competence profile adjusted to SSE requirement. Thus, in this report “Mapping of trainers’ competences and existing SSE training programs”, partners proceeded to an in depth analysis of the situation, with the help and answers of the people most fitted to answer: the trainers themselves. Interviews and desk research were used for data collection. Unveiling opportunities and constraints to develop SSE VET curricula, this report is an important contribution for the partners and RIPESS Europe to help overcome the inadequacy of the Occupational Standard, reaching out for all potential trainees. SSE vision and practices opens a new pathway on many issues such as nature and future of work, local development, social responsibility, education, training, etc. In that context, there are many opportunities for further SSE integration in VET trainings.

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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

Cover picture from Reporterre L’eusko basque, première monnaie locale européenne

French

  • [Tribune] Monnaies locales : 10 leviers pour les développer à grande échelle, Samuel Sauvage, Tribune de Social Alter, 01/03/2019 [lire]
  • L’eusko basque, première monnaie locale européenne, Chloé Rébillard, Article de Reporterre, 27 mars 2019 [lire]
  • L’industrie sociale et solidaire : mais si, c’est possible ! (Vitamine T), Article de The Conversation, 17/04/2019 [lire]
  • Le travail collectif est un principe fondateur de l’économie solidaire Hafid Azzouzi, Article de El Watan, 8 mai 2019 [lire]
  • Changer l’entreprise avec l’économie sociale et solidaire, Jerôme Saddier, Tribune de Alternatives Economiques, 23/05/2019 [lire]

English

  • Using Employee Ownership to Build a More Equitable Future for Work Melissa Hoover, Article of Non Profit Quarterly, 2019 [lire]
  • Explosion of Interest in Worker Cooperatives Drives Economic Changes, Brian Van Slyke, Article of Truthout, 24/04/2019 [lire]
  • Unions and co-ops – a new way forward for workers?, Miles Hadfield, Article of thenews.coop, 29 April 2019 [lire]

Spanish

  • Políticas para una economía más justa, democrática y sostenible Emma Gascó, Blog El Salto Diario, 9 de abril 2019 [lire]
  • Nace la Red de Economía Alternativa y Solidaria de Castilla-La Mancha, articulo de eldiario.es, 15/04/2019 [lire]
  • Este bloque de viviendas en Madrid demuestra que lo ecológico no es solo para ricos, Sara Acosta, articulo de eldiario.es, 14/04/2019 [lire]
  • Sobre la economía de la economía solidaria, Alfonso B. Bolado, articulo de eldiario.es, 26/04/2019 [lire]
  • Propiedad colectiva para evitar la especulación: así funcionan las cooperativas de vivienda en Uruguay, María García Arenales, articulo de eldiario.es, 19/04/2019 [lire]
  • Economía solidaria y cooperativas en Rojava, Artículo de Kaosenlared, 10 de mayo 2019 [lire]
  • Una cita mundial para fortalecer las economías transformadoras, Blog de El Salto, 29 de mayo 2019 [lire]

Catalan

  • L’habitatge cooperatiu arriba a Nou Barris per trencar esquemes Xavi Fernández de Castro, Articulo de El Mon, 26/03/2019 [lire]
  • L’Economia Solidària, un repte per assolir als Instituts de Secundària
    Blog de Pam a Pam, 1/04/2019 [lire]
  • Erika Licón: “Els procesos d’aprenentatge de l’Economia Social i Solidària és donen en l’acció”, Jordi de Miguel, Articulo de El Critic, 13/05/2019 [lire]

Portuguese

  • Sem terra colhem 16 mil toneladas de arroz orgânico, Gilson Camargo, Articulo de Extra Classe, março 2019 [lire]

Greek

  • Συμμετοχικός σχεδιασμός (Participatory planning), Aphrodite Tziantzi, Article of EFSYN, 13/05/2019 [lire]
  • «Το κοινωνικό κράτος πρέπει να το διασφαλίζουν οι κυβερνήσεις» (« The welfare state must be guaranteed by governments »), Michael Angelos Konstantopoulos, Article of EFSYN, 08/04/2019 [lire]
  • Είναι χρήσιμο να είμαστε όλοι… Κ.ΑΛ.Ο.μαθημένοι! (It is helpful to be all … SSE), Ioanna Sotirchou, Article of EFSYN, 08/04/2019 [lire]
  • Η κοινωνική οικονομία πάνω από τις πολιτικές διαφωνίες (Social economy beypnd political disagreements), Michael Angelos Konstantopoulos, Article of EFSYN, 01/04/2019 [lire]
  • Ο κόσμος της αλληλεγγύης συναντήθηκε στη Γεωπονική (The world of solidarity meets agriculture), Aphrodite Tziantzin Article of EFSYN, 18/03/2019 [lire]
  • Οργάνωση «από τα κάτω» σε καιρό κρίσης (Organization « from the bottom » in a time of crisis), Ioanna Sotirchou, Article of EFSYN, 18/03/2019 [lire]
  • Το όραμα ενός αστέγου για ένα βιβλιοπωλείο και η αλληλεγγύη του κόσμου (The vision of a homeless for a bookstore and the solidarity of the world), Ioanna Sotirchou, Article of EFSYN, 04/03/2019 [lire]
  • Συμπόσιο για την Κοινωνία Πολιτών και την Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. (Symposium on Civil Society and SSE), Ioanna Sotirchou, Article of EFSYN, 04/03/2019 [lire]
Resources for June 2019 (in collaboration with socioeco.org)

In the framework of the 100th anniversary of ILO, we have decided to show which ILO documents related to SSE are referenced on socioeco.org.

We can divide them in 6 main blocks . We present a few examples in the different langages of what is there and invite you to visit the ILO page on socioeco.org:

ILO Position papers on SSE

ILO SSE Academy readers

Every year, – the 10th edition is being hold in this moment-, ILO helds a SSE academy : The Academy targets people responsible for the promotion of SSE around the world, including policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations.. For example :

A radio series on SSE

A Public Policies for the SSE series

Cooperatives

Illustrated by The Story of the ILO’s Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002 (No.193) A review of the process of making ILO Recommendation No. 193, its implementation and its impact (see the original recommandation here), you will find 5 subsections for coops :

1. Legislation  on coops:

2. The role of coops

3. Contribution of cooperatives to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (12 up to now)

4. Pedagogical tools :

5. Issues tackled by cooperatives : migrants, child care, informal economy, agriculture, youth employment, waste management, relations with trade unions, clean energy, finance, etc.

Have a good reading !

Publication: Our Commons. Political ideas for a New Europe

Our Commons by Sophie Bloemen and Thomas de Groot features reflections on the enclosure of knowledge and the monopolisation of the digital sphere, stories about renewable energy cooperatives and community foodwaste initiatives and urgent pleas to see the city as a commons and to treat health as a common good. Published by the Institute of Network Cultures, the book is first published online as an e-book, free for all to download and share and as a printable PDF. The book will also be available on a wide variety of print-on-demand platforms.

Radio programme : celebration of the 100th anniversary of ILO

2019 marks the centenary year of the creation of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The founding text places particular emphasis on social justice as a condition for “universal and lasting peace” and calls on States to establish a “truly humane working regime”.

sIn the face of repeated attacks on labour law and human rights, under the renewed pretext of new technologies, the ILO Constitution and its missions are more relevant than ever.

We have assembled in a programme on viziradio (in Frenchà, a little jumbled, readings, sound pieces, documentaries and music that address these issues. The link between work and war, alienation and domination, but also the issues of emancipation.

A creation by Laura Aufrère and Marie Limoujoux

Resources special edition European Elections (in collaboration with socioeco.org)

What does the documentation on public policies in favour of the social and solidarity economy at European level say?

Among the issues that are included in the documentation under the keyword: The social economy in the European Union (EU), we can mention: sustainable development, social justice, immigration, European funds for SSE, integration enterprises and public procurement, social entreprises, cooperatives, new wealth indicators..

But also:

the Role of territories

Culture

Agroecology

For a global view of SSE Public Policies at the European level :

Or

propositions

Have a good reading !

Urban Alternatives: a new map to share transformative municipalist initiatives
urban alternatives

Urban Alternatives is a collaboration that brings together municipalist activists, academics, local governments, think-tanks and NGOs. The founding collaborators include participants from: Madrid 129, European Alternatives, Transnational Institute, Habitat International Coalition, MISTRA Urban Futures, Sheffield University Urban Institute, University of Aalborg, RIPESS Europe, P2P Foundation, Commons Network and the Global Platform for the Right to the City.

This mapping project looks to understand and map those initiatives that are emerging from the many urban social movements that are claiming the right to the city, occupying urban space, demanding social justice, democratic participation, cultural spaces and economic transformations. Largely hidden from our collective consciousness, this distributed and emergent set of actions demonstrated that it is not only possible to think of alternatives to the neoliberal paradigm, but that these alternatives are already happening. Our collaboration has two sets of goals:

1. To create the greatest possible visibility of positive urban transformation, revealing common dimensions of an emerging urban movement. We want to document – and to prove – that change is possible;

2. To create an ongoing process for developing common perspectives and understandings, supporting knowledge transfer between a diverse pool of actors, and providing opportunities for shared projects and common campaigns.

Brought into focus by the squares movement and the occupation of public space (from Tahrir to Puerta del Sol and Plaça de Catalunya, Taksim or Mong Kok), we’re witnessing a wave of initiatives ‘from below’ and ‘from the side’ that are looking to transform our urban environment. These initiatives – from the democratic remunicipalisation of energy production or the development of citizen policy-making mechanisms, through to the establishment of worker cooperatives to help meaningfully welcome refugees – all share a common thread. Not only do they pose a challenge to the increasing financialization of economy and commodification of urban space, they do so through putting faith in our own capacity to generate innovative projects, policies and prototypes that move us towards living our lives in common.

Go to the website: www.urbanalternatives.org

More farmers, better food: Nyéléni ECA releases CAP publication
More farmers better food CAP

Sustainable small farmers should be put at the core of EU agricultural policy, according to a new paper by the Nyeleni Europe and Central Asia Platform for Food Sovereignty [1]. The strongly documented publication comes ahead of a key vote in the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee in early April, and represents the position of a pan-European coalition of farmers, peasants, pastoralists, fisherfolk, Indigenous Peoples and environmental organizations in regards to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The report highlights the alarming situation in rural areas and in the food system in the EU: Between 2005 and 2016, the number of farm holdings under 50 hectares fell by 29.4%. Over 4 million holdings disappeared in just 10 years. Increased numbers of seasonal, and often migrant workers suffer appalling working and living conditions. Pollution linked to agrochemicals continues to have a negative impact on public health – chemical residues are found in food, nitrate and phosphorus run-off pollutes water and soil. High levels of antibiotic use in animal farming leads to antimicrobial resistance. Around 88 million tons of food waste is generated per year, as a result of the industrial food chain. CAP has made the EU extremely dependent on cheap imports from regions with far lower environmental and social standards.

Stanka Becheva, food sovereignty campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said: “With the world facing multiple environmental and social crises, many of which are directly linked to how we feed ourselves, EU politicians need to listen to small-scale sustainable farmers who can help fix the climate crisis and the breakdown of the natural world. The food systems they create provide healthy, affordable, and local food for consumers, respects nature and climate, and create safe and dignified employment.”

Laying out the part of the report focused on what is needed from the CAP for this transition to be successful, Genevieve Savigny, farmer and representative of the European Coordination Via Campesina [2], says “the CAP must provide small-scale sustainable producers with the adequate political, economic and social support they need. This implies fair prices, setting a capping for direct payments and a redistribution of aid. Currently, less than 2% of CAP beneficiaries receive 30% of the total budget of direct payments. This must change. More money for rural development and a collective approach of projects where peasant agroecology is promoted must be put forth. And for our youth? Support to new farmers during the first years of their activity is essential.”

“This report also shows the environmental and social benefits of new, local partnerships between producers and consumers. It comes right in time to show that a new social contract between food producers and the societies they feed is highly awaited and urgently needed”, says Judith Hitchman from URGENCI, the international network of Community Supported Agriculture movements.

Download the report (in English) here.

Resources for February 2019 (in collaboration with socioeco.org)

For February, a few suggestions for reading and watching….

  • Supporting Informal Workers in Public Space: A Toolkit for Local Authorities – Caroline .Skinner, Sarah Orleans Reed, Jenna Harvey, 2018 [read]
  • Kibera Charter, Campaign for a Global Curriculum of Social Solidarity Economy,2018 [read]

Videos

  • Better Than Roommates: Housing Coops of Cook County, 2019 [read]
  • Building & Sustaining Food Cooperatives, 2019 [read]
  • Audio : Radio series on SSE, Ben Quiñones, Episode 04,2019 [read]

Publications

  • The commons and a New Global Governance, Samuel Cogolati, Jan Wouters, 2018 [read]
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