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Independant media talk about SSE
May 19, 2020
Photo Reporterre, 12 mai 2020

Independent media are close to the SSE, often by their status and especially by the values they defend. But how do they approach it? Here is a selection of independent media articles mainly on the post #COVID-19 for SSE. You can also find them on the map of socioeco.org: Journalism of Solutions (the articles are located in the city where the experience is taking place or, in the case of a general article, in the city where the media is based).

As you will see, the articles are in their original language, due to the diversity of European countries. This will allow you to perceive which themes are covered by these media: sustainable development, refugees, self-management, cooperatives, organic agriculture, etc. Feel free to send us an article or a media site to improve the map and our knowledge of SSE. Write to Françoise Wautiez: fwautiez[at]socioeco.org


  • La crise sanitaire impose l’urgence de la transition écologique, Tribune de Libération, 1 avril 2020 [lire]
  • Covid-19, et la vie bascula Dès maintenant !, Serge Halimi, Article du Monde Diplomatique, avril 2020 [lire]
  • Le monde d’après-demain, Jean-Louis Laville, Michèle RIOT-SARCEY, Blog de JL Laville, Alternatives Economiques, 10 avril 2020 [lire]
  • Décoloniser notre imaginaire économique pour penser le revenu universel d’existence, Geoffrey Volat, Article Mediapart, 21 avril 2020 [lire]
  • Pour relancer l’économie, choisissons les monnaies locales
    Article de Reporterre, 28 avril 2020 [lire]
  • Les Amap, îlots de lien social dans l’océan du confinement, Article de Reporterre, 27 mars 2020 [lire]
  • Vélo, sécurité alimentaire, taxation des riches.. La sphère écolo pousse pour un « après » plus vert, Article de Reporterre, 12 mai 2020 [lire]
  • Le moment est venu de créer un revenu d’existence en démocratisant la monnaie, Article de The Conversation, 13 mai 2020 [lire]


  • Por una salida cooperativa a la crisis del Covid, Esteban y Rubio Luis, Adrián Gallero Moreiras, Blog de El Salto Diario, 13 de abril 2020 [lire]
  • La vida en juego. La vida en riesgo, Artículo de Pikara Magazine, 15 de abril 2020 [lire]
  • 25 años enredando Economías Solidarias, Carlos Askunze Elizaga, Blog de El Salto Diario, 29 de abril 2020 [lire]
  • ¡Hasta la victoria, siembre! Articulo de CTXT, n°259, abril 2020 [lire]
  • Propuestas de politicas públicas desde la economía social y solidaria, Articulo de Alternativas económicas, 13/05/2020 [lire]


  • Amsterdam to embrace ‘doughnut’ model to mend post-coronavirus economy, Daniel Boffey, Article of The Guardian, 08/04/2020 [lire]
A Potato Revolt begins in Sweden in response to covid-19

On 11th April 2020 a handful of local citizens in the north Swedish town of Söderhamn marched to the city hall demanding action on food production in light of the Covid-19 crisis. Their actions have sparked similar protests around Sweden, reminiscent of the Potato Revolt of 103 years ago. At the end of World War One, some two hundred women from Söderhamn started a nationwide food uprising on 11 April 1917, due to widespread hunger in Sweden.

In Söderhamn, local NGO Närjord, which is part of Southern Norrland Transition Centre, delivered a list of 22 demands to the local municipality (see below). And while the Potato Revolt of 1917 saw mass gatherings by 1st May that year, the current Revolt found other, socially-distanced ways of demonstrating this 1st May, with flash mobs across the country placing buckets of potatoes and posters urging revolt. Images of community groups planting potatoes together and protest buckets in Malmö, Gothenburg, Molkom and in front of the parliament in Stockholm were shared on social media. And Sävarådalen’s Garden Club near Umeå distributed Potato Revolt buckets to 10 villages to spread the concept.

People continue to post Potato Revolt photos and more local community groups are taking action locally by planting potatoes together, asking for access to public lands and involving more residents in joint food security efforts.

The list of 22 demands presented to Söderhamn municipality on 11th April to be implemented in May-June 2020 are:

1. The immediate establishment of municipal food safety crisis groups.
2. The provision of emergency funds to finance increased self-sufficiency including long-term sustainable food production.
3. Seeds and seeds are immediately purchased on a large scale
4. That the fertilizer supply is secured
5. That other necessary input goods are secured
6. That existing food producers are supported by all available means
7. That all available land is immediately inventoried and made usable
8. That all greenhouses produce edible crops in 2020
9. That a large number of smaller greenhouses are bought and loaned to citizens in civil society who can produce food for several people.
10. That the municipality starts urban cultivation in possible places
11. That “starter packages” for cultivation on balconies and similar places are offered
12. To offer intensive courses in the cultivation of different crops
13. To offer intensive courses in agricultural jobs
14. To regularly blog with tips shared actively on social media
15. To collaborate with local producers, wholesalers, distributors to secure the food chain
16. To immediately contact the Employment Service for emergency work
17. To immediately investigate the possibilities for stock keeping and processing
18. To immediately examine distribution channels, cooling chains, etc.
19. To coordinate opportunities to harvest more in the forest (herbs, berries, mushrooms, etc.)
20. To cooperate with the hunter clubs in the municipality for the autumn hunt
21. To explore other possibilities for alternative food production
22. Immediately start your own seed production of necessary vegetable crops

NGO Närjord also urged people in Söderhamn to write to the municipality about their concern for food security, demanding the municipality to fulfil its legal obligation to have a food security contingency capacity.

Anders Persson of Närjord had calculated that every inhabitant needs some 150 kg of potatoes annually and at an average price of 20 SEK/kg anyone in Söderhamn concerned about the food situation could purchase a local and organic “potato share” for 3000 kronor or roughly 300 EUR which Närjord would cultivate and deliver after the autumn potato harvest.

Article of Transition Sweden, may 2020

Teaching SSE in Vocational Education and Training (VET)

In the framework of the European programme Erasmus + ESEVET2 , seven members of RIPESS Europe are cooperating to ensure that SSE is integrated into all VET programmes in Europe.

Following the design of an 8-day training module built collectively between European trainers in Bergamo, Italy in October 2019, each member of the project had the mission to organise a pilot experiment of this module on one or two territories of its country between March and May 2020.

For the Solidarity Economy Movement, I therefore organised two experimental training sessions with two groups of five people in Paris and Toulouse. Caught up by the Covid 19 crisis after only two days of face-to-face training, we decided to maintain the training using distance learning tools. These videoconferencing and collective intelligence tools enabled us to carry out these two training sessions in the middle of a period of confinement while reinforcing the cooperative working method between the trainees.

The expected objective was to test with a group of SSE or VET professionals, the program developed collectively in Bergamo, in order to validate the relevance of the pedagogical approach and to confirm that this module allowed to reinforce the capacities of VET trainers to integrate social and solidarity economy in their training programs.

Several elements reinforce the initial module. The theoretical input was used as a starting point to get trainers to develop by themselves and collectively during the training a shared definition of SSE and VET. The use of collaborative work methods allowed the individual contributions of the trainees and the trainer to merge into the collective construction thanks to the contribution of computer tools: shared space (Wiki, Moodle), collective note taking (pad), development of a common table (google sheet), shared construction of a digital documentary library (Zotero)…

Thus the results of the training are a joint production for which the responsibility lies with the group as a whole. The training method, which is rather transversal and supportive, implies interactivity, motivation and interpersonal trust between all the members of the group and the trainer acts as a facilitator, a catalyst and not as the only one who knows.

One of the challenges of our programme is to collectively understand what are the specific skills implemented in SSE and to understand how these skills can be transmitted to VET trainees but above all how they will be an asset for their future professional integration. The action-training process and the crossover between theoretical reflection and immersion in visits to field initiatives is one of the levers of this collective appropriation, another one is the learning of cooperative animation methods.

As we were unable to carry out all the visits initially planned, we were able to enrich our reflection by inviting two university professors, Gilles Caire and Sandrine Rosbapé, to our collaborative space. By coming to enrich our collective reflection with their research, they offered us new perspectives for the dissemination of our work. Finally, these two experiments were the beginning of the construction of a learning community that will continue and develop in the continuation of our project.

A positive outcome for these two experiments which allows us to validate a proposal for an enriched module and which we are delighted to pass on to the group of European trainers.

Bruno Lasnier, SSEVET2 trainer

Launch of the “Social Impact and Social Utility” group

After several months of discussing this subject with RIPESS Europe’s Coordination Committee members, the confinement had the positive effect of leading to the first meeting between the members on this subject on 23rd April.

Led by Apes (Actors for a Solidarity Economy – France), this group is co-ported with MES (Mouvement pour l’Economie Solidaire) and the Mouvement pour l’Economie Solidaire Occitanie, all three of which have been involved in this subject for a long time. It brought together 8 members and aimed to initiate discussions around the challenges of working on this subject, to build a vision of who does (or has done) what on this subject (in terms of advocacy, training, academic work …) and the needs identified by each.

In the projects presented on this occasion, mention was made, for example, of “Evalumip” (a method that allows for a qualitative co-evaluation); Fare Rete (training for micro-entrepreneurs) or VISES (a Franco-Belgian research-action project).

The following next steps were agreed:

– the continuation of exchanges on the existing situation within the network, possibly by considering detailed presentations by each member;

– the creation of a common culture, through the intervention of specialists on the subject;

– Reflection on financing that could allow us to go further in this area of work and in the exchange of experience. An application is currently being submitted by the MES in partnership with APES and the MES Occitanie. A meeting is scheduled on this subject on Friday 29 May at 2.30 pm (in visio).

The group wishes to continue exchanges on this subject within RIPESS Europe, but also towards other members, e.g. on the occasion of events such as the WSFTE, in order to make this subject a real issue among SSE actors all over Europe.

For more information on the objectives and functioning of this group, you can access the summary document HERE. If you wish to join this group, please contact Olivia Ruel-Mailfert (Apes): oliviamailfert@apes-hdf.org. Another meeting of the group will be scheduled for next June.

Erasmus + BUSSE project & Forum on Food Sovereignty (Poland)
BUSSE - Building up SSE

Elena Tzamouranou, who works at Dock, Greek member of RIPESS Europe, relates:

“A few days ago, we went for a 3-day trip in Warsaw, Poland, as part of the BUSSE (Building Up SSE) program we participate in. The program is a strategic collaboration of SSE actors for the development of innovation and exchange of good practices, while aiming to disseminate SSE practices and activities, providing relevant knowledge, skills and competences.

BUSSE is about to develop an innovative 4-module training program and relevant supporting material for both, trainers and trainees. The training modules consist of:

1) Development and Conversion of a vector into an SSE project

2) Empowering Communities within the Framework of SSE

3) Principles of SSE in Cooperatives

4) SSE practices based on values ​​of Food Sovereignty

The first 2 days were dedicated to the BUSSE program including working on the 4 modules as they have been formed to date, discussed challenges that arose, identified gaps and worked on improving them.

The third day we visited the Dobrze cooperative in Poland, which owns two grocery stores in the center of Warsaw, and we exchanged experiences on issues such as governance, participation, organization & operation of a food cooperative.

After that, we visited the 2nd Polish Forum on Food Sovereignty. We participated in the workshop on networking for regional and interregional partnerships. The workshop included three main axes:

1) Empowering SSE through regional programs,

2) Synergies for Food Sovereignty and Agri-Ecological Education and

3) Synergies between Alternative Food Networks.

We would like to thank our partners in the BUSSE project, Ekumenická Akademie (Czech Republic), Dobrze (Poland), Utopia (Ukraine), Ksoe (Austria) for the opportunity to learn and discuss about Social Solidarity Economy in Central and Eastern Europe and for all the experience we have gained in the above mentioned topics.”

Do you work in SSE training?

Are you dealing with the issue of food sovereignty?

Want to know more about the program and its training modules?

If yes, please go to the program page

March 2020 resources (in collaboration with socioeco.org)

This month, we would like to highlight the following documents:

The proceedings of the MES Seminar, which we told you about in the February 2020 Newsletter:

  • Les Actes du séminaire COCONSTRUIRE L’ÉCONOMIE SOLIDAIRE 2020 [lire]

The Fair Trade Polska 2018 report

  • Fair Trade Polska Report for 2018, the Foundation of the “Fair Trade Coalition” – Fairtrade Polska, September 2019 [lire]

The document of Pour la Solidarité – PLS – on the Green Deal presented by the European Commission, mentioned in Josette Combes’ article, “A Green Deal for Europe?” :

  • Policy paper. Green deal et Économie Sociale : Enjeux et perspectives Théo BURATTI,, Tatyana WARNIER, 2020 [lire]

Ripess Europe is working this year with Ecolise on the Status report 2020. Here is the report for 2019

  • Status report 2019 : Reshaping the future. How local communities are catalysing social, economic and ecological transformation in Europe 2019 [lire]

An interview about associationism and two books by Jean-Louis Laville

  • Interview de JL Laville par Jean Bastien pour Nonfiction, 2020 [lire]
  • Réinventer l’association. Contre la société du mépris. Jean-Louis Laville, 2019 [lire]
  • Du social business à l’économie solidaire. Critique de l’innovation sociale. Maité Juan, Jean-Louis Laville, Joan Subirats Humet 2020 [lire]

Jean-Louis Laville also does a chronicle on solidarity economy in France Inter’s Carnets de Campagne programme.

Two reports from the European Commission :

  • Social enterprises and their ecosystems in Europe – Comparative synthesis report, Carlo Borzaga, Giulia Galera, Barbara Franchini, Stefania Chiomento, Rocío Nogales, Chiara Carini, European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation « EaSI » (2014-2020) [lire]
  • Buying for social impact Good practice from around the EU, Luigi Martignetti, Valentina Caimi, Dorotea Daniele, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (European Commission), 2020 [lire]

The report sent by RIPESS Europe collaborator Isa Álvarez

  • Dimensión social del municipalismo, AA.VV. , 2020 [lire]

A video on SSE in Barcelona

  • Documentary « Solidarity Economy in Barcelona », Miguel Yasuyuki Hirota, 2020 [lire]

The resolution on Cooperatives adopted at the United Nations level

  • 74/119 Cooperatives in Social Development, Resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 2019 [lire]
Social Dimension of Municipalism

The Social Dimension of Municipalism is a report by the REDINAM Network (Red de Investigación y Apoyo al municipalismo) that constitutes a view from what we have called the “social leg” of municipalism. That part which in the Spanish State did not enter fully into the visible institution, (the town halls), and which has been able to be observed in recent years from the periphery and with critical magnifying glasses, although not without appreciation for the people who have engage into it in the sale period.

The objective of the report is to collect and systematize their work, but also their feelings from a perspective of social transformation and identifying the key points for a true community construction in the future from the territory.

Access to the report (in Spanish) : here or on socioeco.org.

The CNLRQ reinforces its presence with the French Overseas Régies

The Comité National de Liaison des Régies de Quartier (CNLRQ) has been thinking for many years about how to strengthen its anchorage and its interventions in Overseas France, where it has been present for more than 20 years (in French Guiana, Martinique and Reunion Island). The need for support is often greater and the political project of the Régies (see description below) responds to many local needs: local economic development; integration; response to uncovered needs; enhancement of spaces of local democracy …

Article of CNLRQ, La Lettre des Régies de Quartier et de Territoire – N°16 – February 2020

For the first time in more than 5 years, the CNLRQ visited Martinique. As part of the “see you again clause”, which allows the CNLRQ to meet with the Régies a few years after their accreditation, a pair of CNLRQ administrators, Marie Chambonneau, and the delegate general, Tarek Daher, spent a week on site. They met with the administrators, teams, elected officials and partners of Acsion Services, the Fort-de-France Regional Health Authority; and discussed potential projects in the surrounding area (Saint-Pierre; Le Lorrain; Saint-Joseph).
At the same time, an agreement was signed between the CNLRQ and the Dieccte Guyane to support the Régies on site for one year (by organizing training, seminars, support initiatives, etc.). The mission, led by Zinn-Din Boukhenaïssi, former delegate general of the CNLRQ, began in December and will mobilise a large part of the National Committee’s teams.

But what is a Régie?
The “Régies de Quartier et de Territoire” (132 structures, 320 priority districts covered, 8,000 employees, 2,500 volunteers) are associations, located in the heart of the most fragile urban and rural areas, which set up systems for welcoming and involving the inhabitants. For 30 years, they have been carrying out a political project with a threefold aim: local economic development and local employment; social development and meeting the needs of the territories; and the mobilisation and participation of the inhabitants. The National Committee, which heads the network, awards the “Régie de Quartier / Régie de Territoire” label to the associations that carry the project; and places its activities and mobilisations at the crossroads of the Régies’ fields of intervention: urban policy, the social and solidarity economy, integration through economic activity (IAE) and popular education.

Independant media talk about SSE
February 28, 2020
PLEINE MER : Pour une pêche durable – Fondation Humus

Independent media are close to the SSE, often by their status and especially by the values they defend. But how do they approach it? Here is a selection of independent media articles from the last three months. You can also find them on the map of socioeco.org: Journalism of Solutions (the articles are located in the city where the experience is taking place or, in the case of a general article, in the city where the media is based).

As you will see, the articles are in their original language, due to the diversity of European countries. This will allow you to perceive which themes are covered by these media: sustainable development, refugees, self-management, cooperatives, organic agriculture, etc. Feel free to send us an article or a media site to improve the map and our knowledge of SSE. Write to Françoise Wautiez: fwautiez[at]socioeco.org


  • Grande-Synthe, laboratoire du revenu universel, Anne Fairise, Article de Alternatives Economiques, 04/02/2020 [lire]
  • En Isère, un centre de santé autogéré et populaire repense le soin, Martha Gilson, Article de Reporterre, 4 février 2020 [lire]
  • En Tunisie, des petits paysans s’organisent contre la bio industrielle, Matthias Raynal, Article de Reporterre,7 février 2020 [lire]
  • L’association Pleine Mer publie une carte des circuits courts de la filière pêche, Blog Médiapart, 14 février 2020 [lire]
  • Au Pays basque, les paysans ont créé leur chambre d’agriculture alternative, Chloé Rébillard, Article de Reporterre, 17 février 2020 [lire]
  • Le kit de Reporterre pour aider les maires (et les citoyens) à devenir écolo, Lorène Lavocat, Article de Reporterre, 17 février 2020 [lire]


  • Xavi Rubio: “La economía social y solidaria la hace la ciudadanía y la administración tiene los elementos y capacidades para fortalecerla” Núria Segura Insa, María Sanz Domínguez, Articulo de el Salto diario, 29/01/2020 [lire]
  • Los supermercados cooperativos revolucionan Madrid: una cesta de la compra más sostenible y barata, Susana Perez, Artículo de Madridiario, 15 de enero 2020 [lire]


  • Entrevista a Jordi Via: “L’ESS és una part de la solució que permet avançar cap a un altre model socioeconòmic”, Articulo de Ecos Grup Cooperatiu, 25/01/2020 [lire]
A Green Deal for Europe ?

A new pact is needed to ensure that citizens, in all their diversity, national, regional and local authorities, civil society and business work hand in hand with the EU institutions and advisory bodies.
The intention is to become the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050.
The declaration of intent is commendable. However, when looking at the proposals set out in the Green Deal for Europe, by the European Commission, one remains perplexed by the lack of mention of a paradigm shift in the economy. It talks about 50 measures focused on economic planning to take into account the threat of climate change and their variations according to 7 areas of action

  1. Clean, carbon-free energy.
  2. A sustainable industry.
  3. A cleaner construction and renovation sector.
  4. Sustainable mobility: The promotion of more sustainable means of transport (e.g. Accompanied combined transport).
  5. Preserved or restored biodiversity.
  6. Ensuring a more sustainable food chain from agriculture to consumption with the Farm to Fork (F2F) project.
  7. Elimination of pollution
  8. Mobilising industry for a clean and circular economy

Frans Timmermans (photo), Vice-President of the Commission responsible for the Green Pact presented it to MEPs, saying that “it will take investments of €260-300 billion per year – public and especially private – to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050”, i.e. no less than 25% of the EU budget and 1.5% of the Union’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Nowhere is there any reference to the role of the SSE, as underlined by Pour la Solidarité in a document issued in February (in French). Once again, the contribution of the solidarity economy to ecological transition and social justice is overlooked because, although citizens are included in certain chapters among those who must participate in this “colossal” effort (sic), nowhere is it mentioned that specific attention and support will be given to the companies and associations that are already implementing on the ground the pious wishes set out in this pact. Mention is made of the circular economy, but nothing is said about the existing forms that already meet the specifications proposed by the Green Pact.

Whether clean energy (such as the one of energy coops like Enercoop), sustainable industry (cooperatives, including those that save jobs by recovering the work tool thanks to employees who join forces), construction (ecological housing), mobility (SSE is at the forefront of promoting soft mobility), preservation of biodiversity (fight against major projects that are useless for saving biotopes), CSAs and AMAPs for short food circuits, waste disposal, etc., the Green Pact does not mention the circular economy, but nothing about the existing forms that already meet the specifications proposed by the Green Pact. It is these initiatives that the EU should better support by increasing the share of the ESF and ERDF allocated to the solidarity economy and not only to the social economy, which is not the poor relation in this area. It is the dynamics of innovation that should be encouraged in all areas involved in the transition.

The Pact mentions education and training. The Commission will develop a European framework of competences to contribute to the development and assessment of knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to climate change and sustainable development.
RIPESS and its members are currently carrying out three training projects to invite SSE in initial training or that of elected representatives after having noted through a survey in the participating countries its quasi absence in training programmes. Can we expect from this new Pact a favourable reception of this work, whose recommendations we will put forward?

Subsidies on fossil fuels should be stopped. This is a good point. Its implementation is, moreover, a prerequisite for any policy to combat the damage caused by their use. It is difficult to see, however, how the Commission is going to succeed in imposing it, even if it is announced that funding is planned to support countries dependent on coal, for example. On the other hand, the citizens’ alliance can precipitate this movement, just as the consumers’ alliance for organic farming has done.
It is the role of a network to relay from the field to the institutions and vice versa the data essential to the orientation of a policy that makes sense for the evolution of society.

The Climate Pact will build on the series of dialogues with citizens and citizens’ assemblies that are underway across the EU, as well as the social dialogue committees.
The Aarhus Regulation should be revised to improve access to administrative and judicial review at EU level for citizens and NGOs who have doubts about the legality of decisions affecting the environment.
Available platforms can be used to simplify legislation and identify problematic cases.

While underlining the absence of any mention of SSE, one cannot question in advance the will to move European policy towards a decarbonised economy, but one must be vigilant to ensure that the windfall does not fall into the hands of large groups who will claim to “green” their methods when they use this funding to strengthen their supremacy at the expense of initiatives that are truly concerned with preserving the planet and social justice. It is time for Europe to encourage the multiplication of development adapted to local realities, supported by democratic assemblies where elected representatives and citizens consult and agree. The solidarity-based economy can testify to the relevance of these approaches, which succeed despite budgetary constraints and could give greater results if these obstacles were removed.

By Josette Combes

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