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The Solidarity Economy Sun at the center of the UniverSSE

More than 1000 people (650 officially registered and many others as observers) attended the UNIVERSSE 2017 – 4th European Social Solidarity Economy congress in Athens (9-11 June), during 3 days of intense debate and experience sharing.  Participants from all over Europe and beyond had the opportunity to meet and network together and make plans to collaborate on several common issues.

One of the most important results of this event has been the agreement for the creation of the Pan-Hellenic Solidarity Economy network.  Another result was the self-management and independent financing of the Congress and the success of the crowdfunding campaign, which provided the possibility to fund the participation of people representing many different solidarity economy initiatives from various countries.

The congress unfolded with 57 sessions (round tables, workshops,  speed network matching, convergences and assemblies) around 6 main thematic zones, ranging from Solidarity economy, cooperativism and other forms of enterprise to Responsible consumption, production and climate change; from natural, digital, urban and cultural Commons and SSE, to practices of social integration and refugees; from social innovation and education tools for SSE to the whole range of public policies at different levels (local, national, European and international), as well as some special sessions such as the one on Independent Media and SSE or the SUSY partnership on SSE and local development.

The 6th General Assembly Meeting of the RIPESS – Solidarity Economy Europe network also took place, with 5 new members joining the network from Bulgaria (Ideas Factory), Czech Republic (Ecumenic Academy of Prague), Greece (DOCK – Solidarity Economy Zone and Biocamp) and Portugal (RedPES).  The strategic session among member of the European network focused on three main axes: inter-cooperation and networking (including education and training, inter-mapping and Panorama of SSE), convergence and alliance building (with Commons movements, Fair Trade, Transition, Agroecology and other similar initiatives) and public policies (from the municipalist movement to the co-construction of European policies, such as the Social Rights Pillar).

Finally, as Eric Lavillunière – RIPESS Europe general coordinator – said in the closing session, “this occasion made it possible to put the Solidarity Sun back at the center of the UniverSSE, in a dark age of Capitalist-centric economy” and to unite forces around common values and practices.

The UNIVERSSE il calling you! Add a star and make it brighter!

Last days to contribute to the crowdfunding campaign to support the participation in the Solidarity Economy Congress in Athens (see the campaign here: https://en.goteo.org/project/universse2017congress

When the planet is coughing and people are suffocated under the capitalist sphere, it’s time to reach for the sky.  We must continue to draw the constellations between the Social Solidarity Economy initiatives, ranging from cooperatives to mutual associations, exchange networks, alternative currencies, time banks, eco-communities and grassroots initiatives which form the European SSE galaxy. First of all to create essential connections for the emergence of collective intelligence, but also to work together in a common direction, using the same map.

Our mission is to Democratize Economy, Emancipate Society and Empower Change!  By highlighting SSE and its impact, we hope to motivate more people to adopt its philosophy and add their stars in the UniverSSE.  We aim to show that SSE can create new work opportunities, true relationships among people, real democracy and greater care for the environment. 

UniverSSE is a story of a huge galaxy that shines around Europe and tries to help us raise our sight to other solutions.

From the 9th to the 11th of June, we will hold a congress at The Agricultural  University of Athens: the 4th European Social and Solidarity Economy Congress – UniverSSE 2017 (See the program here: https://universse2017.org/en/program/ )

For this 3 day congress, SSE organizations, groups and individuals from all over Europe will meet, and have the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas, experiences, expertise and common strategies around SSE. We are also happy to announce that the 6th General Assembly of Ripess EU  will be held in Athens, as part of the Congress. 

This is where YOU come in. So that no one is eclipsed,  it’s important to be able to cover all travel and accommodation expenses for members of Social and Solidarity Economy groups that are coming to participate in the congress, especially those who can not afford to come. We need also to finance the administrative costs of the event.  We have started a crowdfunding campaign to collect 5000€ to support the project. Comet or an asteroid, everyone must be able to take part in this collective journey and express their voice. We no longer content ourselves with watching the world of tomorrow through a telescope, let us be the explorers! Can you afford to give 10, 20, €50 or more to help create the UniverSSE? Please donate, promote this important meeting, and spread the crowdfunding campaign far and wide! Let’s not leave anyone behind!

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