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The social and solidarity economy is spreading and renewing
March 5, 2017
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REAS goteo economiasolidaria.org

Over the last ten years, the social and solidarity economy has been consolidated as a strong and stable alternative. Now, it generates 10% of the Spanish State’s GDP and provides 2.2 million jobs to people. Its challenge to put people at the centre of the economy is translated into the generation of 190 000 jobs over the last years, whose 80% are contracts for an indefinite period.

The solidarity economy, concretly, has interupted in strategique sectors such as energy, bank and telecommunication and it awakes the interest of more and more people. REAS, Red de Redes de Economía Alternativa y Solidaria, is a federation which is formed by more than 500 entities and companies, generating 379 million of euros of anual incomes and relies on the participation of more than 38 000 of people, whose 8 500 with contract.REAS crowdfunding

To struggle with new challenges, it is missing a powerful tool. To do it, the people in charge of REAS have been starting a redisign of the website www.economiasolidaria.org in order to have more political and social advocacy. This space was born in 1997 to visibilize the networks and social mouvements in favour of a fair, ecological, social and solidarity economy.

The web receives more than 650 000 visits by year and it hosts more than 10 000 contents and more than 28 000 people and organisations are suscribed to its monthly newsletter. The objective is to consolidate it as the thematic web most important in the Spanish State and in the Spanish-speaking countries. The new website will change the structure and the design to respond to the new challenges, that the social mouvement of solidarity economy has to face.

The philosophy of solidarity economy is taken up in the Charter of Principles of Solidarity Economy and summarizes in six important principles : equity, work, environmental sustainbility, cooperation, non-profit and compromise with the immediate environment.

The participatory fundrising campaign takes place through the Goteo platform and will be active from the 27th of February to the 7th of April at this address : https://www.goteo.org/project/nuevo-portal-web-de-la-economia-solidaria

Be part of the Universse 2017: Call for Ideas for the 4th European SSE Congress in Athens
UNIVERSSE2017

Be part of the Universse 2017

Democratising Economy, Emancipating Society, Empowering Change

The 4th European Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) Congress will take place in Athens on the 9/10/11th of June. Cooperatives, grassroots initiatives, SSE organisations, groups and people that work to promote and advance SSE from all over Europe will meet for the event.

During the 3day Congress, we are going to have the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas, experiences, expertise and common strategies around SSE. We consider SSE to be a dynamic space that spreads all over Europe, in which people organise their social and economic activity in many different ways.

This event is a great opportunity to enhance SSE’s visibility in Greece and to build strong connections amongst people, groups and coops on a European level.

We are also happy to announce that the 6th General Assembly of RIPESS EU – Solidarity Economy Europe will be held in Athens as well, as part of the Congress.

Call for ideas

While the organisation team works for the success of this congress, we are looking forward to receiving your ideas regarding the following themes that wprioritiseze to discuss during the 3day Congress.

The procedure will be the following:

Every group, network or individual that is interested in participating on the process of formulating the program, could send ideas according to the following axes, until 05/03/2017 through our email: call@universse2017.org

Proposed axes:

1) Concepts, forms and fields of social solidarity economy and cooperativism

2) Responsible consumption, production and climate change

3) Practices of SSE on social integration with a special focus on refugees issues

4) Social innovation: Research, technology, education and tools for SSE

5) Commons: Approaches and practices on digital, natural, urban, cultural common goods

6) Public policies (on local, national, European level) promoting SSE : From whom, for who, what for.

7) Open space / Free zone

We invite ideas indicating the thematic area you refer to and the format of the meeting you propose (workshop, panel discussion, etc.). After the deadline (05/03/2017), the organizational team will assess all proposals and arrange them in clusters. Within these clusters we will make an effort to include as many ideas sent as possible.

The main intention is to organize the Congress along with the main axes (plus the free zone area) in order to enable a common vision while allowing for the exchange of different perspectives and experiences.

Check for updates and contact us

Organizational Team contact: call@universse2017.org – www.universse2017.org

Ripess EU contact: info@ripess.eu – www.ripess.eu

Portugal: First European Summer School on Solidarity Economy
CES Summer school
4 – 8 September 2017, Lisbon (Picoas Plaza, Rua Viriato – 13, Lojas 117/118)

Is it possible to foster a common agenda for Solidarity Economy in Europe?

The concept of Solidarity Economy is consolidated in many countries, especially in Latin America, as describing a field of citizen-led social transformation and political action. In many parts of the world, experiences have been strengthened by associated work, by the collective ownership of productive assets, by shared management and by solidarity – understood here as reciprocity in the distribution of goods and opportunities.

In spite of this context, the term Solidarity Economy still constitutes a recent designation and is little used in Portugal and in several countries of Europe. In a generic sense, it can be said that it refers to the set of collective economic arrangements of production, consumption, trading, and credit, in rural or urban areas, as well as social reproduction and well-being managed by the citizens themselves and inspired by the principles of self-management, solidarity, and cooperation.

Understood in a reductive way by some writers as an economy of social insertion – linked, therefore, to the situation of structural unemployment and crisis contexts – Solidarity Economy is often presented alongside the Social Economy. The latter is a term that usually means the universe of cooperatives, associations and mutual societies and other terms such as third sector, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. The Solidarity Economy concept is attentive to the non-institutionalized forms of cooperation among citizens, who seek to collectively organize space and economy for the strengthening of their rights and emancipation. Within the framework of the Solidarity Economy, these experiences of associated work and of reciprocal help allow gathering in an equitable and non-hierarchical way diverse knowledge – urban, popular, peasant. Initiatives that seek a direct relationship between producers and consumers, which stimulate the exchange of goods and knowledge, which strengthen the relationship between neighbors and which are based on proposals for critical consumption and solidarity are multiplying. These community experiences exist in several European countries with the same names or with different denominations, showing that there are common points between the experiences of Solidarity Economy in Europe.

In this Summer School, it is intended to explore precisely the common points and the differences between what has been happening in Southern Europe and other countries of the European continent, in order to highlight the multiplicity and diversity of silenced economic experiences, namely those that are carried out by groups of citizens. It also seeks to reflect on the possibility of building a more intense and permanent dialogue agenda among researchers and activists from different countries, in order to build a greater visibility for the Solidarity Economy.

This Summer School takes place as one of the 1st events of the international platform SERESI (Solidarity Economy, Reciprocity and Social Innovation).

It is promoted by: ECOSOL-CES, ICSTE-IUL, Fondation Maison Science de L’Homme, ACEESA, RedPES and RIPESS Europe

More info, programme and registration

Italy: International Deep Dive of Mapping Initiative
January 24, 2017
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March 10-15 2017 in Florence, Italy

This Deep Dive will enable p to make participants in-depth analysis and tackle the existing challenges to developing a common, distributed, semantic mapping process among different mapping initiatives. Initiatives who share a commitment to making visible diverse human economies and challenge dominant ways of thinking about society and economy.

Mapping practitioners from initiatives such as Transformap, GreenMaps, ESSGlobal (Ripess) and others identified this need at an informal meeting during the World Social Forum (WSF) 2016 in Montreal. The goal is to exchange and articulate a common framework for shared data beyond our own maps and processes. This framework will be tested by applying it in a concrete region with assistance from local activists – namely the region around Florence. This will show the potential for how mapping alternatives can expand from the local to the global level.

Mapping supports the strategic development of Commons, SSE (Social Solidarity Economy) initiatives and other alternatives. Community mapping is becoming part of engaged planning processes, school programs and leadership development projects.

Mapping generates action as it guides the way we explore, experience and interpret the world. Mapping is universally understood and contributes in a very palpable way to developing a new “world-view”. Maps change perceptions and support the discovery and creation of links between initiatives, increasing opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

This mapping lab is part of the Panorama of SSE in Europe and is co-promoted by RIPESS EU.

More information and program here

 

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