By Nora Inwinkl / Solidarius Italia
The 10th International Labour Organisation Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy took place in Turin from the 3rd to the 7th June. It was been co-organised by the International Labour Organisation, celebrating its first century of existence this year. Looking at the Future of Work, it was an opportunity given to people interested or already engaged in the promotion of SSE around the world, including policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, representatives of workers and employers’ organisations to exchange on the need to impact the economy through SSE in a sustainable perspective. More than 100 people from all the world were involved (except for Oceania), carrying their different knowledge, traditions, cultures, frameworks and needs. Thanks to an agreement with the organisers, four members of the RIPESS Europe network from Portugal, Greece and Italy were able to attend, as well as Beatrice Alain (Chantier de l’Economie sociale, Quebec) and Jason Nardi (RIPESS coordinator) who were among the invited speakers.
The core of the Academy reflected our market and labour situation, focusing on the challenges we are facing in several fields: economy, technology, environment, climate change, democracy, participation, and others. Despite the diversity of participants, both in terms of origins and in terms of career orientations, everybody agreed on one specific and essential point: the system we are living in is not sustainable at all and the solutions promoted by various governments and the main stakeholders are not relevant. For this reason, the Academy put forward several important issues comprising different form of enterprises and/or organisations of the SSE (SSEEOs – Social and Solidarity Economy Enterprises and Organisations), the legal framework existing or that could be promoted in the different countries both at the local and national level, financial mechanisms and tools, and many others.
The report entitled « Work for a Brighter Future » written by the Global Commission on the Future of Work served as an illustration of the advocated work model. That is is a « human-centred agenda for the future of work that strengthens the social contract by placing people and the work they do at the centre of economic and social policy and business practice».
It is important to move from
the local scale and, particularly, from the local expertise and
practices, highlighting the specificities of each territory. During
five days, many practitioners presented their initiatives and their
experiences, sharing knowledge and different form of innovation and
receiving several comments and suggestions. Different experiences
developed in different territories but all guided from similar values
and principals, those of the SSE paradigm, enhanced in contrast with
the neoliberal one.
The importance of the
“practices” has been highlighted together
with the study fields, organised during the second day in the cities
of Turin, Ivrea and Cuneo. It gave the opportunity to the
participants to discover
the implementation of SSE through virtuous experiences.
There is still a long way to go
and probably one of the things that have to be improved is the
construction of a common vocabulary and a common framework to
implement and develop SSE in a transversal and transectorial way. It
is important to work in both direction: the bottom-up, implementing
and supporting local initiatives, and the top down, working with the
local and national authorities in promoting
SSE laws and policies. Thus,
as a participant
said during the closing plenary,
we need to
work on “SSE in all policies”.