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October 2018 resources (in collaboration with socioeco.org)
September 13, 2018
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Some reading suggestions for October 2018…

  • COOPStarter
    2018 [lire]
  • Global study on youth entrepreneurship WITH A FOCUS ON WORKER, SOCIAL AND INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS’/WORKERS’ COOPERATIVES
    Elisa Terrasi
    CICOPA
    2018 [lire]
  • Seven ways to build the solidarity economy
    Emily Kawano
    Article of Transformation, September 4, 2018
    2018 [lire]
  • The International Fair Trade Charter
    How the Global Fair Trade Movement works to transform trade in order to achieve justice, equity and sustainability for people and planet
    2018 [lire]

in German

  • Historische Entwicklung und Wirkungsanalyse sozialer Unternehmen in Deutschland
    Karl Birkhölzer
    2018 [lire]
GA2018: more inter-cooperation and convergence!

In a lively Zagreb filled with people enjoying the world cup festive atmosphere, RIPESS EU – Solidarity Economy Europe celebrated its 7th General Assembly meeting with members from all over the continent, from Spain to Russia. The first day – Friday 15th of June – was dedicated to the “Good Economy Conference” sessions, in the beautiful setting of the Kino Tuskana theater, with a small yet rich and colourful local producer fair and many sessions dedicated to sharing experiences from Croatia, the Balkan region and the rest of Europe.

The dinner party in Zmag’s Recycled Estate Farm – 30 km out of Zagreb – was the most welcoming, convivial and social networking evening there could be, where new members got to know the rest of the RIPESS crowd as well as the great Zmag team.  Pizza and local craft beer, as well as reggae music, helped create a true multicultural atmosphere.

One of the oldest schools in Zagreb, in the old part of town, was the setting for the actual Genera Assembly for an intense day and a half of strategy discussions (on convergence with other alter-economic movements, public policies and SSE, education, peer training and cultural change), elections for the renewal of the coordination committee and admission of new members.  Three new members joined the network: Bio Fair coop from the Czech Republic, Fair Trade Poland and Good Earth cooperative from Macedonia.

One of the main issues discussed was the promotion of the World Social Forum on Transformative Economies, a three year process of alliances and convergence with two main events planned to take place in Barcelona in Spring 2019 and 2020.  More to come about it…

The last day was dedicated to foster the inter-cooperation among members, sharing ideas, projects and areas of work where new exchanges and common actions can be discussed and help advance SSE concretely all over Europe as well as at the international level, connecting with the other continental networks of RIPESS.

Last but not least, lunch and dinner were assured by the excellent food prepared by two catering cooperatives, Taste of Home (whose main worker-members are refugees and asylum seekers) and Avocado, with the participation of local “Food not bombs” food recyclers…

Independent media talk about SSE

The independent media are close to SSE, often by their statutes but particularly by the values they defend. But how do they approach it? Here is a selection of articles of independent media from the last two months. You can also find them on the map of socioeco.org: Journalist for solutions (Articles are located on the city where the SSE initiative takes place or, in case of a general article, in the city where the media is located).

As you will see, the articles are in their original language, due do the language diversity in Europe. For Greek, for which the journal Efsyn is particularly present with sometimes several articles per week on SSE, a summary in English is included. This will allow you to perceive what are the themes dealt with by these media: sustainable development, refugees, selfmanagement, cooperatives, organic farming, etc. Do not hesitate to send us an article or the site of a media to improve the map and our knowledge of SSE. Write to Françoise Wautiez: fwautiez [at] socioeco.org

Image Dreamstime in Efsyn

Spanish
  • Economía que te quiero verde, y social, y solidaria
    Fernando Sabín Galán, Soraya González, Marta Monasterio Martín
    Artículo de La Marea, 28 de abril 2018  [lire]
  • Economía social y solidaria, economía para la vida
    Enrique Quintanilla
    Artículo de El Diario.es del 29 de abril 2018  [lire]
  • Redes de Economía Solidaria o cambiar el actual modelo económico y sus “efectos perversos”
    Carmen Bachiller
    Artículo de El Diario.es del 28 de abril 2018  [lire]
  • Llaman al uso del tumin como moneda alternativa
    Laura Elizabeth Trejo
    artículo de Independiente, 30 abril 2018  [lire]
  • Alternativas Economicas n°57 – Dossier : Economias transformadoras 2018 [lire]
French
  • Au nord de Lyon, les collégiens animent leur Amap
    Hugo Jamard
    Article de Reporterre, 4 mai 2018  [lire]
  • Ponyride : un tiers lieu pour un Détroit plus inclusif et durable
    Léa Massaré Di Duca,
    article de SocialAlter, 14/05/2018  [lire]
  • Kobane • Les coopératives comme outil d’émancipation des femmes
    Article de Kedistan, 8 mai 2018  [lire]
  • De nouveaux indicateurs de richesse peuvent-ils contribuer à la nécessaire transition écologique et sociale ?
    Jean Gadrey
    Le Blog de Jean Gadrey, Alternatives économiques, 28/05/2018 [lire]
English
  • Meet the people building alternatives to mining in Colombia
    Article of RED Pepper, April 19, 2018  [lire]
  • Kobane • Cooperatives as a tool for women’s empowerment
    Article of Kedistan, 8 May 2018  [lire]
  • and a video with Stir magazine: Stir it up-Alternative economy at work.
    Joe Diomede  2018 [lire]
Catalan
  • Recuperem la sobirania periodística
    Sara Blázquez
    Articulo de Setembre, 24/04/2018 [lire] (also translated into French, Spanish and English in this newsletter)
  • Toni Lodeiro: «El consum conscient no pot dependre de persones ultramotivades o amb bona capacitat econòmica»
    Josep Comajoan
    Articulo de Setembre, 27/05/2018 [lire]
Italian
  • Le comunità che trasformano l’economia
    Monica di Sisto, Riccardo Troisi
    articolo de Comune.info, 16 maggio 2018  [lire]
  • Si moltiplicano le “food coop”: a Parma un nuovo supermercato sostenibile e partecipativo
    Chiara Spedero
    Articolo de Altreconomia 25 maggio 2018 [lire]
  • Commercio equo e solidale, la rivoluzione in casa
    Ilaria Sesana
    Articolo de Altreconomia 1 maggio 2018  [lire]
Greek
  • Εξι μέρες Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. στο Μετρό Συντάγματος (6 days SSE in the Metro Sindagma)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 21/05/2018  [lire]
  • Στο Ηράκλειο… βγαίνουν τα κουκιά συνεταιριστικά! (In Heraklion … the beans are cooperative!)
    Marios Dionellis
    Article of EFSYN, 21/05/2018  [lire]
  • «Συν-εργώ» και χείρα κίνει (Work together)
    Christos Provezis, Athena Liapikou
    Article of EFSYN, 14/05/2018  [lire]
  • Ας μην τρέφουμε αυταπάτες περί «ηθικού καπιταλισμού» (Let us not have delusions about « ethical capitalism »)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 07/05/2018  [lire]
  • Βιώσιμες, αξιοπρεπείς θέσεις εργασίας για όλους μέσω των συνεταιρισμών (Sustainable, decent jobs for all through cooperatives)
    Michael Angelos Konstantopoulos
    Article of EFSYN, 07/05/2018  [lire]
  • Η κρίση στην Ελλάδα έφερε κι ένα Κ.ΑΛ.Ο.! (The crisis in Greece also brought SSE!)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 30/04/2018  [lire]
  • Η Γαλλία διχάζεται: η Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. στα λόγια και η Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. στην πράξη (France is divided: SSE in words and SSE in practice)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 30/04/2018  [lire]
  • O σπόρος των «κοινών» καρποφόρησε (The seed of the « common » was fruitful A brief review of the Commonsfest)
    Article of EFSYN, 23/04/2018 [lire]
  • Ενα Δίκαιο Νόμισμα στα χέρια των πολλών και… όχι των τραπεζών (A Currency in the hands of many and … not of banks)
    Lena Kyriakidi
    Article of EFSYN, 16.042018  [lire]
  • Ξαναβλέποντας το μέλλον πέρα από τον καπιταλισμό (Revising the future beyond capitalism)
    Tasos Tsakiroglou
    Article of EFSYN, 16/04/2018  [lire]
  • Ο παραδοσιακός σπόρος περνά από χέρι σε χέρι και από γενιά σε γενιά
    Ioanna Sotirchou
    Article of EFSYN, 02/04/2018  [lire]

 

Independent media talk about SSE

The independent media are close to SSE, often by their statutes but particularly by the values they defend. But how do they approach it? Here is a selection of articles of independent media from the last two months. You can also find them on the map of socioeco.org: Journalist for solutions (Articles are located on the city where the SSE initiative takes place or, in case of a general article, in the city where the media is located).

As you will see, the articles are in their original language, due do the language diversity in Europe. For Greek, for which the journal Efsyn is particularly present with sometimes several articles per week on SSE, a summary in English is included. This will allow you to perceive what are the themes dealt with by these media: sustainable development, refugees, selfmanagement, cooperatives, organic farming, etc. Do not hesitate to send us an article or the site of a media to improve the map and our knowledge of SSE. Write to Françoise Wautiez: fwautiez [at] socioeco.org

Image from Setembre

Spanish
  • El Parlamento y el sector de la economía solidaria abren el diálogo sobre una estrategia canaria de desarrollo sostenible
    Artículo de El diario.es, 10 de febrero 2018 [lire] (Gran Canaria)
  • Es la economía social, estúpido
    Pedro Bravo
    Artículo de El Diario.es del 20 de marzo 2018 [lire]
    (Madrid)
  • Resistir es crear, resistir es transformar
    Merche Cerverón
    Artículo de El Salto,25/03/2018 [lire]
    (Bahia, Brasil)
Italian
  • Comunità in cammino verso l’autosufficienza alimentare
    Articolo de Viaggio nell’Italia che cambia, 5 de febbraio 2018  [lire]
    (Emilia Romagna, Italia)
  • Le imprese dell’Economia del bene comune #5 – Almacabio
    Paolo Cignini
    Articolo de Viaggio nell’Italia che cambia, 15 marzo 2018 [lire]
      (Bolzano, Italia)
  • Agricoltura sociale: “I giovani con autismo trovano lavoro e crescita”
    Articolo de Viaggio nell’Italia che cambia, 29 marzo 2018 [lire]
      (Mantova, Italia)
  • Se in dieci anni nulla è cambiato, noi cambiamo Valori
    Andrea Baranes, articolo di Valori, 11 Aprile 2018 [lire]
French
  • La ferme collective de la Condamine cultive l’entraide et la sobriété
    Article de Reporterre, 8 février 2018  [lire]
      (Montpellier)
  • L’« Atelier Paysan » Le succès d’une coopérative qui aide les paysans à acquérir leur autonomie technologique et à ne pas se surendetter
    Lucile Leclair
    Article de Bastamag, 23 février 2018 [lire]
    (Renage, France)
  • L’agroécologie, le pari pour la paix d’un collectif libanais
    Emmanuel Haddad, Buzurna Juzurna
    Article de Reporterre, 27 février 2018  [lire]
    (Beyrouth, Liban)
Spanish/French/English
  • El campamento de exiliadas kurdas auto gestionado de Lavrio
    Artículo de Kedistan, 26/03/2018 [lire]
    (Lavrio, Grecia)
  • A Lavrio, un camp d’exilé.e.s kurdes auto-géré
    Article de Kedistan, 7 mars 2018 2018 [lire] (Lavrio, Grèce)
  • In Lavrio, a self-governed camp of Kurdish exiles
    Article of Kedistan, March 7; 2018 2018 [lire]
    (Lavrio, Greece)
Catalan
  • Si no ens plantegem per què la societat civil s’organitza democràticament, per què ens ho plantegem en el món econòmic?
    Josep Comajoan
    Articulo de Setembre, 16/03/2018 [lire]
  • Que vénen els supermercats cooperatius! (I la febre “Food Coop”)
    Toni Lodeiro
    Articulo de Opcions.org, 02/03/2018 [lire]
  • La XAREC treballarà amb els ateneus cooperatius per estendre pel territori la nova cooperativa de serveis de l’hostaleria i el turisme socialment responsable
    Articulo de Setembre, 11/03/2018  [lire]
    (Mataro, España)
Greek
  • Οι συνεταιρισμοί εκπροσωπούν το 10% της παγκόσμιας απασχόλησης (Cooperatives represent 10% of world’s employment)
    Article of EFSYN, 05/02/2018  [lire]
  • Pressenza: Η δημοσιογραφία που αγωνίζεται για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα (Pressenza: journalism for human rights)
    Lena Kyriakidi
    Article of EFSYN, 05/02/2018  [lire]
  • Η ΚΟΙΝΣΕΠ Welcommon σε κρίσιμο σταυροδρόμι (Welcommon at a crucial crossroad)
    Ioanna Sotirchou
    Article of EFSYN, 05/02/2018  [lire]
  • Διαγωνισμός για υπηρεσίες καθαριότητας από φορείς Κ.Α.Λ.Ο (A cleaning contest exclusively for SSE organizations) Article of EFSYN, 10/02/2018  [lire]
  • Το «Εμπρός» συνεχίζει δυνατότερο από ποτέ (Embros goes on stronger than ever)
    Lena Kyriakidi
    Article of EFSYN, 12/02/2018  [lire]
  • Mares de Madrid: οι μαδριλένικες «θάλασσες» της Κοινωνικής και Αλληλέγγυας Οικονομίας (Mares de Madrid)
    Athena Arabatzis
    Article of EFSYN, 12/02/2018  [lire]
  • Ludd: σχεδιασμός και κατασκευές με «ανοιχτό κώδικα» και αυτοδιαχείριση (Ludd: design and making of with open source and self-management)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi
    Article of EFSYN, 12/02/2018  [lire]
  • «…για Κ.Αλ.Ο. …στο ΜΕΤΡΟ» (For SSE … in the Metro)
    Lena Kyriakidi
    Article of EFSYN, 18/02/2018  [lire]
  • Οι θεραπευόμενοι στο Δαφνί έχουν το δικό τους περιβόλι (People treated at Dafni have their own garden)
    Aphrodite Tziantzi

    Article of EFSYN, 26/02/2018  [lire]
  • Εκδήλωση για την «ανανεώσιμη ενέργεια εναντίον της ανεργίας νέων» (Event on ‘Renewable Energy Against Youth Unemployment’)
    Article of EFSYN, 02/03/2018  [lire]
  • Το ζήτημα της τεχνολογικής υποστήριξης για το νέο συνεταιριστικό κίνημα (The issue of technological support for the new cooperative movement)
    Article of EFSYN, 05/03/2018  [lire]
  • Δρομολογείται η χρηματοδότηση των Κέντρων Στήριξης Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. (A step forward for the finance of Supports Centers for SSE) Article of EFSYN, 05/03/2018  [lire]
  • Καινοτόμες λύσεις σε κοινωνικές προκλήσεις (Innovative solutions to social challenges)Lena Kyriakidi Article of EFSYN, 12/03/2018  [lire]
  • «Να επενδύσουν οι νέοι τις γνώσεις και δεξιότητές τους σε συνεταιρισμούς» (Young people should invest their knowledge and skills in cooperatives)  Cristina Pantzou
    Article of EFSYN, 19/03/2018  [lire]
  • Με πυξίδα την τέχνη στη σχεδία της ζωής (With art as compass in the raft of life)
    Ioanna Sotirchou
    Article of EFSYN, 19/03/2018 [lire]
  • Νερό… γάργαρο και συνεργατικό, όχι νερό ιδιωτικό (Clean and collaborative water, no private water)
    Apostolos Lykessas
    Article of EFSYN, 26/03/2018  [lire]
  • Φτηνή στέγη από πλαστικά μπουκάλια για τους σεισμόπληκτους του Μεξικού (Affordable housing from plastic bottles for the victims of the earthquake in Mexico)
    Cristina Pantzou
    Article of EFSYN, 26/03/2018  [lire]
Transformative economy: final report of the SSEDAS-SUSY research
SuSy - Sustainable and Solidarity Economy

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.

Read more

Media: STIR (UK) community toolbox special issue

“Our spring  2017 issue is a Community Toolbox of illustrated how-tos and articles to support more community-led change. With so many communities now interested in buying local assets and using co-operative governance, we decided to invite leading practitioners to introduce a tool and how it works.

How do you engage your local community? One way to start is to co-create a Local Economicc Blueprint. This tool is about bringing people together to explore how to change procurement strategies  at local anchor institutions, the opportunities for import substitution, and how to support local enterprises. It’s a really useful tool that allows you to identify local needs and build a strategy on how to get there, without assuming what the community needs. “

To help you set up, this issue addresses different themes:

  • What is Community Economic Development?
  • How to Create a Local Economic Blueprint?
  • How to Make Decisions Online ?
  • How to Make a Community Space Work
  • How to Set up a Community Co-op

You can find more informations here:

https://www.stirtoaction.com/issues/issue-17

You can should more informations specifically  about solidarity economy on this issue:

https://www.stirtoaction.com/issues/issue-16

About the Magazine

STIR magazine is a quarterly print magazine of new economic ideas and original art in 2013. We publish international contributors on the co-operative movement, the global commons, solidarity economics and many other emerging political practices. Moving beyond traditional political commentary, we explore the inspiring and viable alternatives that represent a serious challenge to the current political crisis.

STIR magazine explores community ownership, co-operatives, post-growth economics, food sovereignty, alternative finance, law and social change, open data, cultural activism, peer-to-peer production, and the future of work.
Sources: https://www.stirtoaction.com/

Marocco: International Forum of Social Solidarity Economy

Engagement, Citizenship and Development: “How to train in the social and solidarity economy sector?”

MARRAKECH- 22,23 and 24 OF MAY 2017

The goal of this Forum is  to organise a dialogue between  all the actors, from North to South, involved in education and training on Social Solidarity sector. It is a cooperative effort by both Universities: Haute-Alsace University (France) and Cadi Ayyad University (Marrakech). During this meeting organised in Marrakech, associations, enterprises, public institutions as well as students and researchers  from France and Marocco and more in general from Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa are welcome to exchange and debate about the education and research-action in Social Solidarity Economy, in an international perspective as well.

More informations in French:  www.forumess.com

Goodbye Eva

It’s a great sadness that we learned of the passing away of our colleague Pr. Dr. Eva G Fekete on april 24 2017. She was one of the founding members of RIPESS Europe for Hungary. She was professor at the University of Miskolc, former head of the Northern Hungarian Department of the Centre of Regional Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, an active member of the Committee of Regional Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and of the board of the Hungarian Regional Scientific Society. She was also a member of the RIPESS advisory council. Last september, she had welcomed the coordination commitee in Budapest. She had also organized an exciting visite in  Tahitótfalu, a village in the north of Pest county, on the Szentendre island near to the capital where we met various actors of SSE, determined to defend their civic engagement. She was herself a staunch avocate of SSE in Hungary. Our condolescences go to all her family, friends and colleagues.

Workers buyouts and self-management: strengths and weakness of a social mouvement
December 23, 2016
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EuroWorkers' Economy 2016

The first international meeting “Worker’s economy” was held in 2007 in Argentina and brought together workers from workers’ takeover enterprises, political and social activists, trade unionists and academics.

Since then, the meetings are held every two years and are spaces for coming together, discussing and reflecting on the challenges faced by workers in their efforts to defend their livelihood through self-management, against the assaults of globalized capitalism.

The second Euro-Mediterranean meeting held in Thessaloniki, Greece, from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October, 2016 gathered over 200 participants from many countries in Europe, Latin America, Turkey and even Syria, thanks to an online testimony of the struggle of the Kurdish community of the Syrian Rojava.

See the programme here.

The meeting focused on the struggles of workers to recover their enterprises, an act of resistance to capitalism that eliminates production units that are no longer profitable, i.e. do not yield satisfactory profits for expected investment returns.

The takeover is therefore firstly the way to preserve jobs, as well in the long term an instrument of social transformation and the creation of a new economy liberated from exploitation and turned to the satisfaction of social needs. It is a question of changing paradigms and replacing a predatory economy, based on the exploitation of workers by a basic needs and social justice oriented economy .

Many testimonies focused on the struggles and forms of organization adopted to reconvert businesses into self-managed cooperatives. The meeting took place in the VIOME plant that has been struggling since 2011, following the abandonment of the factory by employers, leaving workers without wages in a crisis context where unemployment reaches 30% of the population.  VIOME is still threatened with expulsion, the state having put the factory at auction. The resistance of workers is emblematic, supported by people of the region and far beyond. Moreover, it was the mobilisation of those sympathizers that allowed the meeting to be held in good conditions.

Testimonies were also members of Fralib (Marseille region, France), which after 1336 days of fighting the multinational Unilever (for the brand Elephant Teas) succeeded in creating the ScopTI cooperative, and to sell organic teas and infuses (the 1336 brand is now found in in bio-coops and other outlets of the solidarity economy).  Also factory worgers from Rima flow (the suburb of Milan) brought their experiences, as well as Kazova in Turkey or Campichuelo graphics and design cooperative in Argentina, Dita in Bosnia and Herzegovina and many others …

Besides these testimonies, participants were able to examine the values at stake. Thus, an Italian doctoral student expressed her findings under the prism of gender in the self-managed enterprises (where one sees no surprise that women also struggle to take their place in spite of the declarations of equality) and the control of emotions in groups not regulated by authority.  A group of refugee women who organize themselves to produce knittings and securing supplies in the camp where they are kept, testified to the harassing complications that the government introduced to limit their autonomy.

Self-Management was central of course, but also the processes of takeover of the common assets: re-municipalization of cleaning services in Madrid, rescue of beaches in Greece with the example of the Voula camping that was rendered to the inhabitants while the beach was threatened with privatization (everything is sold out in Greece).

Josette Combs, representing MES in Ripess Europe, intervened in the round table on “legal, social and political assistance structures that could help in the takeover of self-managed factories. What role can trade unions, international networks, legal consultants and solidarity movements play in the connection of struggles for self-management with their social and political context“, dedicated to the role of networks in support of takeover initiatives, where the debate also focused on the involvement of local communities with citizens in a spirit of support for the local economy.

The recurring discourse engages in the struggle needed to advance the self-managerial economy, continuously threatened by attacks from the imposed authorities or by the internal risk of departing from the initial spirit of horizontal and joint governance, still under the battering of the market which tries to helm the road to these atypical undertakings, which challenge the capitalist model of accumulation and exploitation of both producers and consumers.

Lots of energy and lots of fragility intermingled and a genuine warm brotherhood during these three days of exchanges that included local music and sales stands for the products of the cooperatives.

Josette Combes, MES

Be part of CSA!
December 16, 2016
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Be part of a CSA booklet

The “Be part of CSA!” project – a European Participatory Training Programme for Community Supported Agriculture – has been designed to spread widely CSA initiatives by providing knowledge, skills and competences to local communities in Hungary, Czech Republic and Romania, and disseminates its outcomes at the European level.  The Booklet is here to introduce the fundamentals; the Trainers’ Guide is intended as supplementing material for trainers, multipliers and facilitators to organise the agenda of each training session, providing them with educational materials and training techniques not always directly connected to CSA, but that partners thought relevant to the project.

More info and download the guide (in English) here.

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