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New Iberoamerican journal of SSE – RIESISE: call for contributions
April 19, 2018

First call for the presentation of articles for the Iberoamerican Journal of Solidarity Economy and Socio-Ecological Innovation (RIESISE) on the topics of this new scientific publication published by the Publications Service of the University of Huelva (Spain).

The deadline to submit proposals in the form of abstracts is next June 30. See the call here (in Spanish): Presentación RIESISE

Basta ! The free Media Portal app is available!
April 12, 2018

Fed up with Google news? Find the daily selection of Basta! on your mobile.

Bastamag, an independent information site on social and environmental issues, launches this April 11 the application The Portal of Free Media, on which are proposed the articles of a hundred press sites independent of major commercial, industrial and financial interests .

  • An open access app;
  • Links to 120 reliable sources
  • Articles classified by thematic (economy, social, ecology, politics);
  • A map of alternatives updated every day;
  • A news file;
April 2018 resources (in collaboration with socioeco.org)
April 11, 2018

Some reading suggestions for April 2018…

Public policies for food sovereignty
Sylvia Kay, Emily Mattheisen, Nora McKeon, Paola De Meo, Ana Moragues Faus
Think piece series Food for Thought No.1
2018 [lire]

An assessment of community-based social enterprises in three European countries
Nick Bailey, Reinout Kleinhans, Jessica Lindbergh
Research Institute Report No. 12
2018 [lire]

Publication : Doughnut Economics : Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
Kate Raworth
2017 [lire]

Video : Rob Hopkins : Transition changed my life
2018 [lire]

Publication : Trade union and co-operative innovations for precarious workers
March 20, 2018

By Patrick Conaty, Alex Bird, Cilla Ross, March 2018

With the erosion of the archetype of a five day week, full time for most, agreed hours job goes the loss of a wide range of benefits in favour of precarious work with limited rights and imposed flexibility. Not all self-employment is of this form, but what tends to be characteristic of newer self-employed workers and those on zero hour contracts is low pay, limited legal protection, high insecurity, limited social security access, limited pension entitlement and limited collective representation. Surveys show that casual agency staff and self- employed workers are earning 40% less than an average employee.

Such workers also commonly live in precarious housing with a lack of security of tenure and limited access to personal loans and mortgages. With lack of access to maternity or paternity leave or pay for a growing number of precarious workers, family life and family planning becomes more difficult.

International research by the ILO has shown that partnerships between mutual aid groups, co-operatives and trade unions are proven ways to organise self-employed workers and to secure both rights and access to a wide diversity of needed services.


You will find the document here.

Publication: The economy that is there, the economy that is coming. The challenge of a positive institutionalization of the social economy

Original title: L’économie qui est là, l’économie qui arrive. Le défi d’une institutionnalisation positive de l’économie sociale

To exit a niche and shake up the dominant economic norms, the social economy seeks to be recognized. This institutionalization allows it to become known, to grow, to obtain an adequate legal framework, funding … But it also has its flip side: it is observed that by becoming institutionalized, the social economy is impregnated with dominant norms and sometimes loses its ambition of social transformation. Is it possible to envisage a positive institutionalization, that is to say without loss of values, of the social economy?

This is the theme of this study that will take us through various institutionalization cases (the re-employment sector, social impact bonds and social clauses in public procurement). We will then take more of an overview to look at the history of the social economy and take a look at the different scenarios for its future.

Elements to act  – hopefully – against the excesses of institutionalization.

The 2017 SAW-B study is available here online (in French).

The study, like all SAW-B documents, is also referenced on socioeco.org.

February 2018 resources (in collaboration with socioeco.org)
January 31, 2018

Some reading suggestions for February 2018…

  • Coops in the Kurdish Movement, an Emancipation Tool for Women
    Aricle of Kedistan, Nov 8, 2017 [read]
  • Recent Evolutions of Social Economy in the European Union
    Study; octobre 2017 [read]

Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy with a Social Face
Sara Calvo, Andres Morales, Yanni Zikidis – 2017 [read]

ATTAC: the economic alternatives
January 9, 2018

ATTAC, as alterglobalization movement, has been developping for several years a reflection on concrete alternatives. Members of RIPESS EU – Solidarity Economy Europe have participated several times to the works of the French association’s summer universities. In October 2017, ATTAC published the #111 of its magazine “Lignes d’Attac”, dedicated to the alternatives. You will be able to find there contributions byt Jason Nardi on ethical finance and Josette Combes, who is both member of RIPESS EU and the ATTAC alternative commission, in a perspective of a convergence between both big movements,– alterglobalization and Social and Solidarity economy.

Publication : Social movements and solidarity economy
January 9, 2018

Mouvements sociaux et économie solidaire, Editions Desclée de Brouwer, Paris, France, november 2017

This collective publication, coordinated by Jean-Louis Laville, Elisabeta Bucolo, Geoffrey Pleyers, José Luis Coraggio, deals with the essential issue of the meeting between social movements and the solidariy economy actors. The book highlights the miscellaneous forms of dialogue among the multiple spheres of the initiatives and the mobilisation of citizen forces to promote a new economic and political narrative driven by the individual and collective intitiatives. You will be able to find analysis from several RIPESS EU members. Jean-Louis Laville is a member of the RIPESS EU advisory committee. For more information on the publication, see socioeco.org

RIUESS Manifesto
January 2, 2018

Created in 2000, The Inter-University Network of Social and Solidarity Economy ( Réseau Inter-Universitaire de l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire, RIUESS) is composed of around 30 universities and is widely opened to the international. It allows the French-speaking teachers and researchers from several disciplines – economics, sociology, management, law, communication, political sciences, geography…– to confront their works, in particular through the annual Meetings and to expand their training offer (you can find all the communications from the Meetings in socioeco.org).

As an association since 2016, the RIUESS seeks to extend and reinforce its approach. Its ambition is to aprtcipate in full to the collective debates on the possible futures of the SSE, in particular through a bigger visbiity for its positions and analisis.

The university reserach and training are full components of the SSE dynamism, that is the reason why they require the full aknowledgement from public aithorities. The manifesto below (in French) – available in short version (1 page) and in in long (3 pages) – represents the first step to such an aknowledgement.

Contact : manifeste@riuess.org 

 Manifeste RIUESS Version courte 

 Manifeste RIUESS Version longue 


The Commons Transition Primer
December 22, 2017

The P2P Foundation is happy to share its recently completed project, the Commons Transition Primer website, with new and adapted texts by P2P Foundation Members, including Michel Bauwens. With illustrations, infographics, key concepts definitions and case studies , the Primer emphazises the value of P2P and Commons approaches to work, politics, economic, environment and culture. Read more

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