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October 2017 Resources
October 5, 2017

Final analysis of the SSEDAS research Transformative economy: challenges and limits of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in 55 territories in Europe and in the World

Riccardo Troisi, Monica di Sisto, Alberto Castagnola, 2017 [lire]

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Co-building of public policy: a perspective for European SSE

The European Union is at a historical moment, confronted by social and political challenges that European members need to overcome to build a common future. Notions such as economic progress, inclusive society and social justice need to be discussed in the perspective of the coming phases for the European development, with greater specification on the cross-cutting mechanisms for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2020-2030 plan for European development.  RIPESS Europe developed a concept concept note on SSE Public policies (pdf). Read more

Transformative economy: final report of the SSEDAS-SUSY research

The SSEDAS-SUSY project published its final analysis of the research “Transformative economy: challenges and limits of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE)” in 55 territories in Europe and in the World.

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A Charter for Data (and Mapping) Commons

One of the earliest such maps was TransforMap, a project with origins in Austria and Germany that is using OpenStreetMap as a platform for helping people identify and connect with alternative economic projects. In the US, CommonSpark assembled a collection of “maps in the spirit of the commons” such as the Great Lakes Commons Map (a bioregional map of healing and harm), World of Commons(innovative forms of citizen-led governance of public property and services in Italy), Falling Fruit (a global map identifying 786,000 locations of forgeable food), a map of Free Little Libraries (free books available in neighborhoods around the world), a global Hackerspace map, a global Seed Map, a map of all Transition communities, and several Community Land Trustdirectory maps.

As the varieties of maps proliferate, there is growing concern that the mapping projects truly function as commons and be capable of sharing data and growing together. But meeting this challenge entails some knotty technical, social and legal issues.

A group of mappers met at the Commons Space sessions of the World Social Forum in Montreal last year to try to make progress on the challenge.  The dialogues continued at an “Intermapping” workshop in Florence, Italy, last month. After days of deep debate and collaboration, the mappers came up with a document that outlines twelve key principles for developing effective data and mapping commons. The Charter for Building a Data Commons for a Free, Fair and Sustainable Future is the fruit of those dialogues.

The Charter’s authors describe the document as “the maximum ‘commons denominator’ of mapping projects that aspire to share data for the common good.” If you follow these guidelines,” write the mappers, “you will contribute to a Global Data Commons. That is, you will govern your mapping community and manage data differently than people who centralize data control for profit.”

“The Charter does not describe the vision, scope or values of a specific mapping project.  It is rather an expression of Data Commons principles. It will help you reimagine how you protect the animating spirit of your mapping project and prevent your data from being co-opted or enclosed.” Read more

“Being WISE towards EU2020 strategy!”
December 14, 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.

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The GECES 2016 Report
December 10, 2016
GECES rapport 2016

The GECES brings together 70 experts from the various Member States of the European Union and works on a report about the social economy. At the request of the Commission, expressed in its Communication “Social Entrepreneurship Initiative”, the mission has been to evaluate the implementation of the measures foreseen in this communication to support the development of social entrepreneurship.

At work since September 2015, the GECES has just publicly communicated its report, at a conference on social economics and social enterprises organised by the Slovak presidency of the Council of the EU, in Bratislava on 30 November and 1 December 2016.  In the wake, the GECES addresses 13 recommendations for concrete actions to the European institutions and to the Governments of the Member States to develop the social economy. The four major issues are: enhancing visibility and recognition, facilitating access to financing, adapting the legal framework and developing ad hoc international support programmes, networks and mechanisms.

More info: download the GECES report 2016

SSE in Initial Vocational Education and Training (IVET)
December 9, 2016

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).

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Waste picking is work
October 26, 2016
Lakshmi Narayanan - Wiego

An interview by Marketa VINKELHOFEROVÁ (July 2016) with Lakshmi Narayanan, co-founder of an Indian waste pickers’ union and cooperative, who has dedicated her professional life to improving working conditions for low-caste women. On their everyday lives, struggles, whether education uplifts people from poverty, and the intersection of dealing with social and environmental issues.

The whole article is available via Socioeco.org

Mapping the Italian solidarity economy (under construction)
October 7, 2016
Italian SSE map

In addition to the website restlying, the 0.5 version of the portal www.economiasolidale.net  – launched in September 2016 – is characterized by the Italian solidarity economy organizations online mapping.

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Local Exchange Trading Systems and Solidarity Economy
September 30, 2016
Università d'estate decrescita italia 2016

From September 7 to 11 in the town of Giovinazzo, near Bari in Italy, the Summer University of Degrowth took place. The University organized by the association for Degrowth and by the Italian Solidarity Economy network (RES – Rete di economia solidale), was an opportunity to deepen the themes of social solidarity economy in a convivial atmosphere, promoting exchanges between stakeholders and participants. Solidarius Italia  participated in the person of Stefano Caffari, author of this article.

The central theme of this edition was about alternative currencies and LETs – Local Exchange Trading Systems,  fundamental instruments for the construction of ecological and solidarity communities capable of overcoming the multiple systemic crises we are going through.
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