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Independant 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 of El Salto Diario,13/08/2019


En Grèce, dans une usine autogérée, le travail devient un « lieu de solidarité et de liberté », Andrea Fuori, Raphaël Goument
Article de BastaMag, 8 juillet 2019 [lire]

Interview de Vincent Liegey sur la coopérative sociale décroissante Cargonomia
Article de Mediapart, 18 juillet 2019 [lire]

L’écoféminisme, contre toutes les formes d’oppression
numéro 16 – Printemps 2018 de la revue Les Possibles d’ATTAC sur « Le(s) féminisme(s) aujourd’hui ». [lire]


Alternativas Economicas n°71: Las cooperativas de cohousing
Mariana Vilnitzky, 2019 [lire]

Enseña el corazon. Haz auditoría social
Articulo de el salto diario, 07/06/2019 [lire]

¿Montamos una cooperativa de plataforma? Patricia Bolinches
Artículo de El Salto,18/05/2019 [lire]

Supermercados cooperativos: gente ordinaria haciendo cosas extraordinarias, José Luis Fernández Casadevante
articulo de eldiario.es, 24/06/2019 [lire]

De paseo por comunidades cuidadoras, Edith Pérez Alonso, Daniel García Blanco
Blog de El Salto, 11 de julio 2019 [lire]

Susana Martín: « La moneda social es un instrumento de política pública »
Genoveva López Morales
Blog de El Salto, 13 de julio 2019 [lire]

¿Por qué Barcelona acogerá el Foro Social Mundial de las Economías Transformadoras? Núria Segura Insa
Blog de El Salto, 05 de agosto 2019 [lire]

‘Cohousing’, un modelo que se abre camino, Mariana Vlnitzky
articulo de eldiario.es, 01/06/2019 [lire]

Alternativas de energía ciudadana contra el cambio climático, Jordi Ibañez
Blog de El Salto, 13 de agosto 2019 [lire]

Emergencia climática, respuestas y alternativas de la Economía Social y Solidaria
Articulo de el salto diario, 19/09/2019 [lire]


Opening Event of the Shonai Renewable Energy Power
Article of Seikatsu Club.coop, 31/05/2019, [lire]

Is fair trade finished? Samanth Subramanian
Article of The Guardian, 23 of July 2019 [lire]

Trickle-up economics, Ted Howard
Article of Prospect, July 13, 2019 [lire]


«Ρεστία»: το βουβό κύμα της επιτυχίας (Fighting ocean pollution)
Ioanna Sotirchou
Article of EFSYN, 10/06/2019 [lire]

Η Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. στην Ελλάδα: μικρά βήματα, μεγάλος δρόμος (SSE in Greece: small steps, a long road ahead), Cristina Pantzou
Article of EFSYN, 03/06/2019 [lire]

Τήλος συνεργατική, πολυπολιτισμική και ενεργειακά αυτόνομη (Tilos collaborative, multicultural and energy-independent), Ioanna Sotirchou
Article of EFSYN, 24/06/2019 [lire]

Υπηρεσίες στα χέρια δήμων και πολιτών (Services in the hands of municipalities and citizens), Cristina Pantzou
Article of EFSYN, 20/05/2019 [lire]

Κινήματα πόλης κατά των ιδιωτικοποιήσεων (Urban movements against privatisation=, Ioanna Sotirchou, Aphrodite Tziantzi
Article of EFSYN, 20/05/2019 [lire]

Γαστροτουρισμός και γυναικείοι συνεταιρισμοί (Gastronomic tourism and women’s cooperatives), Michael Angelos Konstantopoulos
Article of EFSYN, 29/07/2019 [lire]

Φυσική δόμηση, καλλιέργειες και εναλλακτική μάθηση (Natural construction, agriculture and alternative learning), Aphrodite Tziantzi
Article of EFSYN, 22/07/2019 [lire]

Η «Παλαιοβράχα» δίνει το παράδειγμα (« Paleovracha » gives the example)
Lena Kyriakidi
Article of EFSYN, 22/07/2019 [lire]

Αγροτικοί συνεταιρισμοί: η μόνη λύση για τον πρωτογενή τομέα (Rural cooperatives: the only solution for the primary sector), Michael Angelos Konstantopoulos
Article of EFSYN, 05/08/2019 [lire]


Il tempo del consumo critico, Francesco Gesualdi
articolo de Comune.info, 7 luglio 2019 [lire]


Euclides André Mance, filòsof i teòric de l’economia solidària « L’economia solidària ha de desenvolupar una estratègia global per afrontar el totalitarisme capitalista », Ivan Miró
Artículo La Directa, 9 juliol 2019 [lire]

Cuidem Lluçanès: combatre l’atur femení però també dignificar el sector de les cures, Josep Comajoan
Articulo de Setembre, 30/07/2019 [lire]

«Estem recuperant una altra manera de viure i de treballar la terra»
Núria Farrés
Articulo de Setembre, 11/07/2019 [lire] (

«Som una cooperativa d’acompanyants, però som moltes: les famílies, els infants i el poble», Núria Farrés
Articulo de Setembre, 16/05/2019 [lire]

Mengem Osona, la sobirania alimentària al servei de productors i consumidors, Josep Comajoan
Articulo de Setembre, 11/07/2019 [lire]

«Vam muntar una botigueta en un poble petit on no hi havia cap servei»
Núria Farrés
Articulo de Setembre, 11/07/2019 [lire]

Resource : Fair Trade Polska Report for 2018

Introduction to the report by Andrzej Żwawa, CEO of the Foundation of the “Fair Trade Coalition” – Fairtrade Polska

The report is a summary of the operations of the Foundation of the “Fair Trade Coalition” – Fairtrade Polska in 2018. It was an interesting time for the development of the Fairtrade market in Poland. The store shelves were stocked up with many new Fairtrade products, such as ice cream, chocolate products and Christmas sweets. New brands of coffee and tea became available and there was an increase in sales of clothes made of Fairtrade certified cotton. This translated into an overall surge in sales of Fairtrade products on the Polish market of more than 50%. As shown by research carried out by WSB University in Wrocław, the recognition level of the Fairtrade mark among consumers in- creased from 28% in 2015 to 34% in 2018. This means that one in three people in Poland recognizes the Fairtrade mark on product packaging. Thus, there are plenty of reasons to be happy.

At the same time, farmers from the global South are facing many difficulties. Plant diseases, droughts, fires and other effects of climate change wreak havoc on crops. Buyers use their advantage to put a constant pressure on farmers, often making them sell their produce at prices below the production costs. In July 2018, prices of coffee at the New York ex- change dropped below 2 dollars per kilogram, reaching the lowest level in over a decade. Agricultural communities in Ghana and Ivory Coast are aging because young people see no prospects for themselves in the countryside and decide do migrate to the cities, falling out of the frying pan into the fire and ending up in rapidly growing slums.

Resources of September 2019 (in collaboration with socioeco.org)

The potentially disastrous effects of global warming force each of us to ask ourselves questions about the impacts of our way of life and the economic model we want to see implemented. What documents can be found on the keyword “global warming” in socioeco.org? As you will see, the alert was given a long time ago.

What role for SSE in the ecological transition?

Pour une transition sociale-écologique. Quelle solidarité face aux défis environnementaux ? Eloi Laurent, Philippe Pochet, Editions Les Petits Matins, Paris, France, novembre 2015

Petit Traité de résilience locale, Hugo Carton, Pablo Servigne, Agnès Sinaï, Raphaël Stevens, Editions Charles Léopold Mayer (ECLM), Paris, France, septembre 2015

Commerce équitable et justice climatique. Les Carnets de la Plateforme pour le Commerce equitable, avril 2010

La grande transition : maintenir le cap sur le changement social, économique et écologique en périodes de turbulence, Michael Lewis, Patrick Conaty, octobre 2009

The Great Transition: Navigating Social, Economic, Ecological Change in Turbulent Times, Michael Lewis, Patrick Conaty, October 2009

Europe in transition. Local communities leading the way to a low-carbon society. Eamon O’Hara, June 2013

Sharing for Survival. Restoring the Climate, the Commons and Society, Brian Davey, FEASTA, Ireland, April 2012

The Transition Companion Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times, Rob Hopkins, October 2011

Agricultural practices, food and climate change

Les petits agriculteurs et l’agriculture à petite échelle refroidissent la planète, 2009, La Via Campesina

Video : L’agriculture biologique au Burkina Faso – La meilleure réponse aux effets du changement climatique, Anne Schiltz, 2013

Alimentos y cambio climático: el eslabón olvidado, 2011, GRAIN

Food and Climate Change: The forgotten link, 2011, GRAIN

Cocinando el Planeta : Hechos, cifras y propuestas sobre cambio climatico y sistema alimentario global, Virginia Martínez, Ferrán García Edicion, octubre 2009 GRAIN

Eat the Sky: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork., Anna Lappé, 2008, NEI

Fifty Million Farmers, Twenty-Sixth Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures October 2006, Richard Heinberg, 2006

Transformative economies to fight global warming

GUÍA La Nueva Economía como herramienta frente al cambio climático en las ciudades Diego Isabel La Moneda, Daniel Toro González, julio 2018

The importance of public policies

La contratacion publica sostenible, clave para alcanzar los compromisos del acuerdo de Paris, Articulo de ICLEI, 02/09/2016, septiembre 2016


Posicionamiento político de organizaciones sociales de América Latina y el Caribe hacia la COP 21, diciembre 2015

La CLOC/Vía Campesina ante Conferencia Mundial de los Pueblos sobre el Cambio Climático y los Derechos de la Madre Tierra, marzo 2011

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 Erasmus+ 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.

See also :

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


  • [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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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


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



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



Have a good reading !

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