RIPESS Europe – Solidarity Economy Europe’s General Assembly took place in the context of the UniverSSE Congress, in the premises of the agricultural University in Athens, on Friday June 9, 2017 and according to the usual operation of the European network, when the AG takes place in the framework of a Congress, it was a shorter meeting. Read more
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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SAVE THE DATE! The next European SSE Congress (and RIPESS General Assembly) will take place in Athens, Greece on the 9-10-11th of June 2017, as decided in the last General Assembly in Villarceaux, Paris. The local organising committee is coordinated by DOCK – Social and solidarity economy zone.
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La Bergerie de Villarceaux, lovely eco-centre and organic farm outside Paris, was the convivial setting for RIPESS Europe’s 5th General Assembly, which took place from 20 to 22 June 2016, thanks to the hospitality of the Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH). Several new members and observers participated.
During an opening session, Claudia Neubauer presented the FPH and its positioning with respect to the Social Solidarity Economy (SSE). Jean Louis Laville gave a indepth perspective of the potential role of the SSE to respond against the growing ecological and social economic violations by the globalized neo-liberal system. Stressing the need to establish effective cooperation with public institutions, Laville stated that the SSE should works in the direction of a just transition by encouraging new forms of collaboration between the SSE and the public policy actors. After the meal prepared by the Bergerie’s restaurant team with their locally produced food, the evening was devoted to the presentation of the activities and motivations of participants wishing to become new RIPESS Europe members. Read more
The morning of the 21st of June is dedicated to a number of issues and relative workshops proposed by member organisations.
1) Networking, Inter-cooperation & Co-construction [S4A, Solidarius]
2) Rethinking the economy, work and solidarity enterprise [INEES]
3) Impact & social audits [ADEPES+UFISC]
4) Panorama – mapping & visibility [MES+Socioeco]
5) Local food systems and SSE [URGENCI]
6) SSE laws & public policies [UFISC+MES, RTES]
Other workshops may be proposed or emerge from the discussions.
This year the General Assembly Meeting will be held in France, near Paris, at the Bergerie de Villarceaux (as in 2014) thanks to the hospitality of the FPH – Foundation Charles Leopold Mayer for the Progress of Humankind. The dates are 20-22 of June 2016.
All members of RIPESS Europe are invited to participate, as well as some guests, observers and perspective from other networks and initiatives in Europe. The last General Assembly was in September 2015, during the Solikon congress which was organised by the German Forum Solidarische Oekonomie and co-organised by RIPESS EU, and opened to the general public. This year (as every two years) the GA will be mainly for the members to discuss and approve the Strategic Orientations 2016-2018, the plan of action and the different inter-cooperation activities.
If you are not a member of RIPESS EU and would like to participate as a potential member, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Solidarity Economy European Congress – Solikon 2015 has brought together over 1400 participants from all over Europe and beyond (Brasil, USA, Canada, Cuba, Korea, Japan, and many other countries). More than 100 workshops, Forums and Round Tables took place at the Technischen Universität in Berlin, to discuss alternative forms of economics, lifestyle and work. The “Week of Change” that took place in the week before the Congress (from 5th-9 th September), allowed for 500 people to go visit solidarity economy projects in Berlin and the Brandenburg region. RIPESS Europe organized many international activities, including a convergence forum with many different alter-economic movements’ representatives, as well as it’s Annual General Meeting, welcoming new members from Greece, Croatia, France, the United Kingdom and Belgium.
Concrete solutions and action
Thirty-four tours, excursions and visits to initiatives and solidarity economy projects in Berlin. They resonated deeply with all the participants. People visited the collective enterprises, swap shops and Community Supported Agriculture farms, and many other initiatives. This short documentary film gives a good idea of what the Week of Change was like.
There was a broad consensus that we can all do something here and now to prepare for this change. As Rosangela Alves de Oliveira said in the Regional forum “Action is what brings about change rather than just ideas”.
Participants also agreed on the fact that Capitalism has failed (as journalist Paul Mason, author of “Post Capitalism: a Guide to our Future”, explained in the opening session). It leads to exclusion, increased precariousness in relationships at work and also destroys nature. Solidarity economy is trying to find ways to radically change approach: how can we build an environmentally friendly, sustainable solidarity economy, based on cooperation and holistic, collective approaches rather than competition and profiteering?
From the collective kitchen to alternative financial instruments – where theory meets pratice!
Over 200 speakers from 20 countries put forward their ideas and proposals. These speakers included some well-known actors, such as Paul Singer (Secretary of State for Solidarity Economy in the Ministry for Labour in Brazil), Brid Brennan (Trans National Institute), Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation), Rudi Dalvai (World Fair Trade Organisation), Ugo Biggeri (Banca Etica), Jean Luis Laville (CNAM), Nina Treu and Barbara Muraca (Degrowth), Christian Felber (Gemeinwohlökonomie)… and many others. In between workshops and plenaries, many meetings and discussions took place at the lunch and dinner breaks, prepared by an association helping refugees and with a collaborative dish washing by all participants.
Here is what RIPESS Europe organized or promoted (download pdf)
You can also find some multimedia documentation here:
More information and reports on the RIPESS AGM and on each event will be available soon.
During the General Assembly meeting in Berlin on September 11 – inside Solikon 2015 – 7 new members were approved and voted in by the RIPESS EU assembly, from 6 countries (but actually representing more, as some are inter sectorial networks): Solidarity 4 All (Greece), Ensie (Belgium), Good Economy Platform (Croatia), Ecosol (France), Autre Terre (Belgium), Institute for Solidarity Economics (UK), Spread-i (UK). As we welcome them into the European network, there will be more and more exchanges and inter-cooperation taking place, as well as the enrichment of the common strategy process (which will help better define the actions to be taken in the next three years) and the widening the spectrum of the Panorama of Solidarity Economy across the European continent.
The next Solidarity Economy European Congress will take place from the 5th of September to the 13th of September 2015 at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany.
From Saturday 5th of September to Thursday 10th of September 2015 the “Transformation Week” will take place with excursions all over Berlin and Brandenburg (the surrounding area). There are already nearly 80 projects, institutions and organizations, that might be part of this “exploration tour” week and open their initiatives to all who want to visit.
On the 10th of September at noon the congress starts with a regional (Berlin and Brandenburg) focus. In the course of the congress, both national and international dimensions will be adressed with hot topics like trade (TTIP and other trade agreements), climate change, fair trade and positive examples of the regional fora for solidarity economy in Latin America, as well as in other continents like Asia and Africa. There will also will be a focus on convergences among different alternative economy movements. The event will end on Sunday the 13th of September with the „planning“ of the next steps.
The main organizer of the congress is the German Forum for Solidarity Economy. Co-organizers are the ZTG (Center for Technology and Society at the Tech University Berlin), the ZEWK (Centre for Scientific Further Education and Cooperation at the TU Berlin) and RIPESS Europe and other 40 other partners.
More information and the Call for self-organised activities will follow soon…