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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!

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.

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