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Social Solidarity Economy (SSE): a Non-identified Political Object

As the New Year begins, we renew our challenges and common goals towards a good economy and a real change in society. Let's make 2016 a year of convergence for systemic change!

The European Forum on Social and Solidarity Economy is scheduled to take place at the European Parliament in Brussels on 28th January 2016 (see on the next column). It is held at the initiative of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left Group. RIPESS Europe sees this as an opportunity to present how a transformative vision of SSE can lead to a paradigm change and imagining a new economy to the European Institutions, in accordance with what we defend in our networks (cf. the Strategic orientation document adopted at the Solikon meeting in Berlin in September 2015).

RIPESS Europe is not affiliated to any political party,... 

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Panorama !

SPAIN: national SSE social audit report 2015

Published in December 2015, this extensive report provides the main results – in terms of qualitative and quantitative indicators – of the Social audit which includes a total of 320 organisations, members of the regional SSE networks and of REAS, Red de Redes de Economía Alternativa y Solidaria (Alternative and Solidarity Economy and Networks of Network, hereinafter REAS) in Spain. Read more

Participate in the Solidarity Economy Europe Survey!

RIPESS Europe is engaged in the promotion of SSE (Social and Solidarity Economy) and this questionnaire is part of a... Read more


Challenging the Crisis: A Guide to Social and Solidarity Economy

A new guide (download in pdf) to SSE from the “Challenging the Crisis: promoting citizens’ engagement in a time of... Read more more than 400 videos on SSE

The resource website for SSE, has already gathered more than 400 videos on social and solidarity economy: experiences of... Read more


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Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities

Duncan McLaren, Julian Agyeman, The MIT Press (Urban and Industrial Environments). December 2015. In Sharing Cities, authors Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyeman explore the premise that the future of humanity is in cities and that such a future necessitates sharing resources, goods, services and experiences. But traditional sharing has been undermined in urban areas by “social fragmentation and commercialization of the public realm.” The book proposes a new sharing paradigm which extends beyond commercial sharing platforms like Airbnb and envisions more community-focused, sustainable, and just models of sharing. 
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How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today

John Thackara, Thames & Hudson, USA. November 2015.  A visionary yet practical guide to building a more sustainable future, by one of the leading voices of the environmental movement today. Marvelling at the power of small actions to transform the bigger picture, Thackara believes that a great transition is under way. It’s the end of one civilization – but the birth of another. Is there no escape from an economy that devours nature in the name of endless growth? John Thackara’s answer is a rousing ‘yes, there is!’ Drawing on a lifetime of travel in search of real-world alternatives that work, he describes in this book how communities the world over are creating a replacement economy from the ground up..

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SSE Agenda

Spain: 1st solidarity economy meeting in Galicia

Ordes, 23 Jan 2016

Praza de Abastos de Ordes. Rúa do Mercado, s/n. Ordes

The event is the occasion to network the different SSE entities and initiatives in Galicia and to foster inter-cooperation.

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Portugal: Ethical and Solidarity Finance Forum

Faro, 19-21 Feb 2016 

After the success of the first Forum in 2015, this second edition in the south of Portugal will be even more rich and participated. Program and info

RIUESS: 16th conference on the ‘commons’ and the social and solidarity economy

Montpellier, 25-27 May 2016

[Deadline for abstract proposals: January 16, 2016]

The Inter-university Network of Social and Solidarity Economy (RIUESS) organizes its 16th conference in Montpellier... Read more

SSE and public policies

Preparing the EFSSE 2016 (European Forum on Social and Solidarity Economy)

An important delegation with representatives of several RIPESS - Solidarity Economy Europe members will participate in the first European Forum on SSE in Brussels on the 28th of January... In order to prepare for it, we have dedicated a section of the website to collect documents and ideas... Read more

COP 21: it could have been worse, it should have been better!

The climate summit COP 21 was held in Paris from November 29 to December 12, 2015. It brought together delegates... Read more

SSE, cities and territories at the 10th Rencontre of Mont Blanc

[report by Judith Hitchman, Urgenci / RIPESS Europe] The 10th anniversary version of the Rencontres du Mont Blanc (RMB) took place... Read more

Members' news

From GR-EXIT to GR-ENTRANCE: a solidarity campaign between Greece and Belgium

Gr-entrance campaign

by Georgia Bekridaki (Solidarity for All) - We are very pleased to announce that the exports solidarity campaign organized between Solidarity for All (Greece) and Climaxi (Belgium)... Read more

Zaragoza: Communicating is Changemaking!

After three days of meeting, #Comun_Ess, the 1st Meeting on Communication and Social and solidarity economy organized by Reas Aragon... Read more

Convivialism in all its diversity

[by Josette Combes, co-president of the MES -Movement pour l’Économie Solidaire]

A symposium called “Another world is being built, theory and... Read more

In Europe

SSE + Europe!


Re-enchanting Europe with Social and Solidarity Economy In order to strengthen the capacities of SSE actors in the Paris region... 

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RIPESS in the world

RIPESS: Women and Social Solidarity Economy

In November 2013, at the International Meeting of RIPESS in Manila, a group of women elaborated and presented in a Declaration for a Gender Perspective in the Social Solidarity Economy underlining the importance for the SSE movement to integrate in its processes a gender perspective as well as a greater attention to issues related to equality between women and men.  

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China’s rural future: regenerating farming and the economy

[by Jason Nardi, Solidarius / RIPESS Europe] Something extraordinary has been taking place in China in the last 10-15 years, a sort of new cultural revolution, not led by the central government but by a new generation of young (and less young) peasants and scholars. Collaborative and cooperative small-scale Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms and hybrid forms of collective vegetable gardens for “weekend farmers” and urban Farmers’ Markets are at the basis of this movement, which is sprouting rapidly and looks very promising.

In mid November 2015, the 7th Chinese national CSA conference took place together with the 6th Urgenci International Symposium, in the Shunyi district, in the periphery of Beijing, proposed as a ‘Slow Living’ region of China. Under the banner of “New Rural Regeneration”, the focus was on re-connecting rural and urban dwellers, short supply chains, “fair trade” and the “CSA‘s potential in mitigating both climate issues and food insecurity”. 

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