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REAS, Red de Redes, finished its crowdfunding campaign
April 14, 2017

Article from Portal de Economia Solidaria (April 7, 2017)

The end of the crowdfunding campaign to finance the new solidarity economy web pltaform http://www.economiasolidaria.org couldn’t have been best !: we have reached the maximum! We are happy to have succeeded in reaching our objective.

We knew that it wouldn’t be easy but we have demostrated that solidarity economy is a consolidated reality and that it is supported by a community capable of answering the challenges. Thus we would like to thank from the bottom of our heart all the people and organizations that have contrinuted and have made this project possible.

We will have soon a powerful platform that will allow us to make visible all the alternatives and experiences that are working for a fairer economy.

France, the Territorial Hubs of Economic Cooperation (PTCE), two days for reflexion
April 14, 2017

Two days for reflexion on the place that citizens should occupy in the territories dynamics

Article by Josette Combes

As they are defined in the French Law of July 2014, the PTCE (Territorial Hubs of Economic Cooperation) are composed of a group in a given territory of social and solidarity enterprises, territorial authorities and their entities, research centers, universities, trainings organizations and any physical or moral entity.

The MES (the French Movement for the Solidarity economy, founding member of Ripess Europe) organized two days where were gathered PTCE, territorial authorities, citizens and members of the internetwork and an informal group of animation and support to the PTCE. The ambitions was to reinvigorate the collaboration between the MES members and the PTCE around a citizen mobilisation for their long-term sustainability.

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The ADEPES makes the show!
April 12, 2017

In favour of a cinematographic art worldwide, alternative, citizen and solidarity-based

Article by Bérénice Dondeyne

Jupiter Films, Festival FReDD in Toulouse and Green Film Network (GFN)

This process was born with a first partner, Jupiter Films, distributor of alternative and solidarity-based movies. The signature of a convention allowed us to show “Power to Change : la rébellion énergétique” (the energetical rebellion) on the energy transition issue and “Nouveau Monde : des solutions locales pour une économie solidaire” (New World : local solutions for a solidarity economy) on the topic of the French solidarity-based initiatives in Toulouse and the Occitanie region!

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Platform co-operatives: Inspiring ideas for a new economy
April 6, 2017

Article of Institute for Solidarity Economics, April 4, 2017 by Kat D

A month ago we joined around 300 others at Open:2017, the UK’s first multi-day conference dedicated to platform co-operatives, organised by The Open Co-op LLP. As one of the early sponsors of the event, we were so excited to help make it happen, and to contribute to what became an incredibly inspiring couple of days.
For those who might not know, ‘platform co-operatives’ are owned and managed by their members just like traditional co-ops, but whilst traditional co-ops are normally based around a physical community of members, platform co-ops exist online and are normally populated by online communities of members. As Oliver Sylvester-Bradley, co-founder of The Open Co-op, explains in his Co-operative News article, the word ‘platform’ is often used to describe an internet service which brings together suppliers and consumers in an online marketplace. But they don’t necessarily provide traditional ‘products’, they often facilitate the trade of services, like taxis or temporary accommodation. Companies like Uber, Airbnb and Deliveroo – platform monopolies – have been the recent focus of much negative media attention for their unfair treatment of workers, whilst generating huge profits for their shareholders. Platform co-ops, on the other hand, are specifically designed to address the issues of workers’ rights and the extraction of value by making their members owners of the platforms, and giving them democratic control.
So, coming together at Open:2017 were individuals, initiatives and organisations united in their vision of a transparent, democratic and decentralised economy which works for everyone. Contributors focused on exploring how collaborative software and co-operative ownership models are being combined to create this new economy. Workshops, talks and debates considered the practical steps needed to set up platform co-ops and accelerate their growth in the UK. There was much talk about an ecosystem of apps to support the Solidarity Economy in general, and the co-op movement in particular, and it’s really exciting to feel this momentum.

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