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Barcelona: the plural economy that transforms our towns
Barcelona mercado social

During the days of 20 and 21 October 2016, Barcelona hosted the second Trobada Internacional de Municipalisme i Economia Solidària, organised by the Commissioner of Social Solidarity and Cooperative Economy of the Barcelona City Council. The title of the encounter was “Cities for a plural and transformative economy”, focusing on the role that municipalities and, more generally local governments, have and may have in the context of the promotion of the solidarity economy.

International guests, representatives of local authorities and actors of organised civil society (cooperatives, collectives of local action, networks of solidarity economy, etc.) participated in the event, which was intended to be a space for sharing, cooperation and the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of solidarity economy and local government, with the main objective of working on a model of socio-economic development based on participation, horizontality, respect for work, social cohesion and environmental sustainability, in contrast to the forms that prevail today in exploitation and exclusion.

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Building the SSE local authorities network
Red municipios catalanes ess

Some forty municipalities adhering to the manifesto “Towards a network of municipalities of the social and solidarity economy” discussed the mission, the vision and the strategy of this new supramunicipal grouping claiming to “contribute to the promotion of social and solidarity economy of Catalan municipalities through a permanent dialogue of both actors and practices”. […]

A metropolitan strategy to promote SSE

The foundation goal of the network of municipalities for the Cooperative social and solidarity economy is to continue, improve and intensify a shared metropolitan and territorial strategy to make the SSE one of the main instruments for overcoming social inequalities and to guide towards a democratic, just and sustainable economic model for people and for their lives.

Read the rest of the article (in Catalan): here.

Catalonia: SSE and Municipalities
October 18, 2015
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In the process for developing a local public policy that has a priority the solidarity economy, on October 22 and 23 the Secretariat of the cooperative social and solidarity economy of the Barcelona City Council has set up the international meeting on “Municipalism and solidarity economy”. Jean-Louis Laville and Jordi Estivill (RIPESS Europe Advisory Board members) have partecipated as well as Annie Berger (RTES) and members of the catalan network XES.
The meeting was aimed at facilitating the exchange of criteria, methodologies and interventions on this subject among the technical staff and politician from the city of Barcelona and other cities of Catalonia, as well as other members of the sector, starting from the experiences taking place in other countries including Italy, France and Quebec.
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