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SSE week in schools in France starting in 2017
March 31, 2016
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Since 2002, in all of France, a “Cooperation in education week” takes place: debates on the cooperative practices, cooperative games, contests… the goal is to show the cooperative practices school and outside schools, to introduce students to the cooperation within the learning of the democratic debate and familiarize parents, students and teachers about school cooperation issues. Tools are available on the website of Coop FR: support courses, game, tools, etc. This year, it took place from 14 to 19 March 2016.

Starting from 2017, this week will turn into “The Social Solidarity Economy school week” at the initiative of the ESPER (Economy social partner of the School of the Republic), an association which brings together nearly fifty organizations from the world of education and the ESS.
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Esspace.fr: the new SSE actors’ portal in France
March 31, 2016
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A new space “federating the actors of the Social Solidarity Economy” has been put online by the Secretariat of State to the Social Solidarity Economy in France: www.esspace.fr.

If this portal is made to help the community of stakeholders in the SSE to know each other, to have the ways to meet, to exchange and to help each other, it is also addressed to young people and the less young who wish to join and work in this sector of the economy to transform and improve the country and its territories.

The development of this Portal meets a desire of the French Secretary of State for social and solidarity economy to involve a maximum of stakeholders in its implementation with the aim of promoting the spirit of the SSE: “a human space of co-construction where wills, dynamics and synergies are put in value and sharing”.

A public consultation, during October 2015, has helped collect the opinion of Internet users on ergonomics and a first version of the platform (see synthèse de la consultation in FR).

]Extracted from the home page of the Esspace.fr portal]

 

National Congres of the MES – Solidarity Economy Mouvement, France
August 21, 2015
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National Congres of the MES – Solidarity Economy Mouvement, France
The call of the Movement for Solidarity Economy (MES) invited citizens and actors of solidarity economy, social movements (Alternatiba, Attac…), entrepreneurs and unions to share analyses and actions for its first Congress in Toulouse on 12 and 13 June 2015. Jean-Louis Laville, Professor at CNAM in Paris, Chair of the solidarity economy and socio-economist of international renown, also participated.Over one hundred participants have contributed to joint round tables reflections and cooperating in workshops, with many interventions by solidarity economy actors. Solidarity-based economy is 20 years old. Since 1995, it has created innovations, which today are part of our daily newspapers.2015 is the opportunity to launch a campaign for solidarity economy, a movement today much broader than we had imagined and that affects each and every one during their activities, whatever they are. Social economy and solidarity economy actors have grown closer, led by Claude Alphandéry in 2011 and with the Hamon Law in 2014, the recognition of the social and solidarityeconomy grew as an economic sector, but the result is mixed. If the social and solidarity economy reflects the aims of the production (cultural, social, environmental), it faces a society governed by competition with the emergence of a neo-liberal policy to limit democracy. For Jean-Louis Laville, if there is a democracy in Europe, it is today at risk.

Changes can and must come from the citizen base, but they must be also valued and not put up for competition by public policies at European, national, regional or local level. The question of the general interest and the commons, as well as the balances among the territories, is at the heart of the solidarity economy, which is a model and a project of transformation of society.

Many testimonies from Midi Pyrénées (Etats Génér’eux de l’Ariège, Collectif Rivages…) shared with the members of the movement for solidarity economy who came from Normandy, Centre region, Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur, Auvergne, Île de France, and Nord Pas-de-Calais. People engaged in an enterprise, involved politically, within a social movement or civil society, discussed their “concerns” about the gradual disengagement of the institutions.So what should be done? Let go and surrender? The Congress  proposed a new challenge to the solidarity economy movement. Economic citizenship, democracy and transition are political issues and we should not be afraid of the words. As Bruno Lasnier, President of MES pointed out: “We must be able to re-enchant Politics. We have everything to gain back by putting politics everywhere. Politics, in the noble sense, the right to think, propose and decide in the society in which we are living members!Link of the call to Congress: MES Congress declaration

Bérénice DONDEYNE (ADEPES-MES)
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