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Toulouse: the 16th SSE Regional Forum in Occitania (FRESS) between territories in transition
December 14, 2016

A nice atmosphere and lots of enthusiasm was in the air on the 18th and 19th of November for the 16th Regional Forum for Social and Solidarity Economy in Occitania (FRESS) which took place in Toulouse, France. Promoted by by ADEPES, the Mouvement for Solidarity Economy in Occitania, and co-organised by nearly 30 SSE actors and accompanied by more than 20 volunteers, the Fress 2016 gathered:

600 visiters both professionals and general public

55 Exhibitors reflecting the diversity and complementarity of SSE actors

35 institutional, private, associative actors, coming from all Occitania and beyond

120 participants in 8 workshops

16 seminars, conférences, tables rondes …

Including 2 large citizen and participatory animations: The FlashLab fleet-boost citizen with project carriers and Fabrik – young people imagine and decide now the world of tomorrow

The issues of citizenship, territories and transition were at the heart of the Forum’s meetings and debates, whose thread was “the economy, my territory and me.” Rich in meetings, cooperation and innovations, this FRESS offered to participants “unforgettable moments, an immeasurable human wealth” as Claudine Farhan of the associationPasserelles et Compétences said. Happy to have offered such moments to the ESS actors of Occitania, ADEPES is already launched to prepare a FRESS 2017 even more impacting.

Careful to encouraging real and lively citizenship, ADEPES will make these exchanges live throughout the year, notably by committing to Alternatiba 2017.  Already, the team is boiling, the Flashlab and the Fabrik have given us the idea of creating an innovative participatory process, starting from a solidarity living lab.

[By Bérénice Dondeyne, ADEPES]

Some pictures from the even:

Les porteurs de projet du Flashlab- FRESS 2016

La Fabrik du FRESS 2016


Midi Pyrenees, FRESS: innovation in all its states
January 21, 2015

The Forum Regional social and solidarity economy (FRESS) 2014 was in full swing in Toulouse in late 2014!  80 organisations gathered together around the common ambition to make of this moment a space of conviviality, discovery, cooperation and innovation! A successful 14th edition!

A Forum beyond frontiers!

This year again, ADEPES had the pleasure to welcome and give a space in the Forum to actors beyond the borders. XES (Xarca de Economía Solidaria) participated in several roundtables (the incubators of social innovation with the presence of Labcoop, public policy and innovation). One more step has been marked, and further meetings could be generated through this encounter!  We discussed particularly the open forum on “Innovation in the territories, to a citizen transition”. Indeed, our Catalans colleagues, Joan Ribas and Josep Maria Navarro (Fundació Desenvolupament Comunitari, both members of the XES) brought an innovative experiment in the virtuous and solidarity-driven “Social market” .


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