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Job offer – New communication manager for Ripess

RIPESS is a global network of continental networks committed to the promotion of Social Solidarity Economy since 1997. The member networks themselves bring together national and sectorial networks, thus ensuring strong territorial anchoring. The combined global and local scope gives RIPESS legitimacy to promote SSE, foster intercontinental cooperation, and advocate at different levels.

The inherent nature of RIPESS includes the objective of contributing to systemic, transformative change, as an alternative to capitalism, and other authoritarian, state dominated economic systems. It does this by demonstrating how much SSE contributes in terms of real answers at local level to the existing system that is clearly showing its limits.

SSE seeks systemic transformation that goes beyond superficial change in which the root oppressive structures and fundamental issues remain intact. RIPESS members believe in the importance of the globalization of solidarity, and the ability to build and strengthen an economy that places people and planet at the center of its activities.

Context of the offer

The key to promoting exchange between the continental members, as well as to giving visibility to the work done by the network members from different continents lies on a good communication flow in the different languages. In addition, the positioning of RIPESS as a network rooted at the local level and at the same time present at the intercontinental level in spaces of international advocacy, must be reflected through the different communication channels, as a support to strengthen our actions.

Since 2017 RIPESS has launched a communication strategy by hiring a communications manager. The bases of a communication strategy have been implemented, RIPESS members have become used to transmitting news more regularly, international advocacy actions are being promoted, public intercontinental dialogues have been launched to give visibility to RIPESS 2020 SSE Global Vision (through webinars), and RIPESS is followed by many organizations from grassroots to institutions.


Under the direction of the Board of Directors and the Executive Secretary, the role of the Communication Manager mainly is:

– Accompany the development and implementation of a professional communication strategy
– Ensure regular communication in the RIPESS Intercontinental different channels

– Foster internal communication, through different adapted digital tools, meetings & webinars proposals
– Elaborate / coordinate the elaboration of new communication materials (videos, campaigns, infographics, guides, etc.)
– Follow-up news about SSE around the world according to RIPESS criteria

– Compile and disseminate a regular newsletter 

– Keep the ripess.org website updated and consider new developments’ needs

– Work in collaboration with socioeco.org (RIPESS resources platform) to highlight important resources

– Ensure three-language translations (EN, FR, ES) of relevant communications, articles, mails, meeting notes, reports
– Participate in multi-continent virtual meetings of the different working groups and Board meetings to support the translation and to transmit the reflections and proposals from communication.


– Experience in developing and implementing communication 2.0 strategies in similar contexts:

– Experience in the use and administration of online tools and social media:

– Familiarity with the SSE and social movement networks;

– Master the 3 languages of RIPESS (spoken and written) – French, English, Spanish;

– Curiosity and agility to search for information on the Web;

– Ability to write, summarize and translate in the different languages;

– Autonomy, flexibility, proactivity and versatility: work mainly at home:

– Open, communicative, creative, reactive and at the same time patient person;

– Education preference: communication / journalism / Political sciences;

– Professional experience of at least 8-10 years.

– Minimum 5 years of experience in an equivalent function


  • 25h/ week – 1 year, renewable – based in Barcelona or surroundings
  • Start in September 2020
  • Network of contacts from the local to the global on SSE

To apply, send your CV and letter of motivation to info@ripess.org

Extended Deadline for submitting: 26/07/2020

Interviews will take place virtually between the 28th and 30th of July

The virtual WSFTE 2020 ends, but the process of confluences continues! Towards Oct 2020…

The time has come to close this virtual WSFTE, which, from June 25 to July 1 2020, has shown us  to what extent and powerful our meetings are for the continuity of transformative economies. In just one month, many of you have mobilized and proposed activities from around the world, and for that, we will never thank you enough. So, congratulations and thanks to all of you, the protagonists of Transformative Economies!

The first part of the World Social Forum of Transformative Economies 2020 has already ended with some figures that prove that the change in format (from presential to virtual) has not stopped our desire to change the world.  We have counted almost 2000 people registered between the forum and the general registration – in addition to the unregistered participants who were able to attend the different sessions, which were open – and some 400 organizations from all over the planet. Thanks to this virtual event, in one week, more than 150 online activities have been carried out (open workshops, confluence meetings, webinars and presentations).

In terms of themes and perspectives, all have in common the desire to promote a radical, systemic transformation of the economic and social organization with the common objective of confronting the present and future crises caused by the current socioeconomic system.

If you missed the opening ceremony, you can watch it here. It was a very enriching dialogue between Michel Bauwens, director of the P2P Foundation and of the research of commonstransition.org; Marta Guadalupe Rivera Ferre, director of the Chair of Agroecology and Food Systems at the University of VIC-UCC and member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Euclides Mance, one of the main theorists of the solidarity economy and the economy of liberation in Latin America and co-founder of the Institute of Philosophy of Liberation and the Solidarius network; Ashish Kotari, coordinator of the Vikalp Sangam forum (Confluence of Alternatives) and promoter of the World Tapestry of Alternatives; Geneviève Azam, French economist, environmental and alterglobalization activist in the organization Attac France and co-author of a “Manifesto of Convivialists”.

In order to advance and continue to keep alive this process of the WSFTE, which has been going on for more than two years, we would like to have your comments, suggestions and impressions in an online form that will be available on the website and in the forum.transformadora.org next week. On the other hand, we would also like to open a space in the Forum to add all the documentation, videos and photos of the Forum you would like to share, the first step of a long collaborative work to be continued.

We also recommend to watch the closing ceremony, which encourages us to set our eyes on the following date: in October, coinciding with the FESC (Solidarity Economy Fair of Catalunya), the WSFTE returns! Under the slogan “We accept the challenge“, we encourage you to propose transformative initiatives” (practices, struggles, projects, policies…) that seek to respond to the global challenges from concrete and localised practices.

And together we will build a Pact and Agenda of the Transformative Economies, from the rich exchanges produced during the dialogues between movements and territorial and thematic confluences, based on 4 dimensions of transformation: power, knowledge and culture, economy and finance and the relationship with nature.

Finally, it is possible to link up and network with many other events and spaces of international convergence that are also working with a similar vision, such as Fearless Cities, Global Dialogue on Systemic Alternatives, EDGE Funders Alliance, Viral Open Space, Dialogues en Humanité

See you in the forum.transformadora.org !The WSFTE team

Mobilization and Cooperation Art and Culture against COVID-19

UFISC Communiqué, France

Cultural diversity and solidarity: for a clarification of the first measures announced

The exceptional nature of the crisis we are experiencing, its scale, the uncertainties and distress it is causing, and the considerable impact it will have in the short and medium term, commit each of us to working collectively, making solidarity the cornerstone of our commitments.

While the disparity of situations calls for a benevolent and concerted search for solutions adapted to individual cases, these solutions cannot, however, avoid a systemic and coherent vision.

We reaffirm that it is collectively and in synergy that we will be able to ensure the protection of the social rights of professionals as well as of all the activities of creative, production and distribution structures.

Solidarity cannot be an option.

We therefore call on :

  • The solidarity of local authorities and subsidized structures towards the structures of production and creation.
  • The acceleration and simplification of administrative financial procedures
  • The solidarity of the creative and production structures with the teams.
  • The clarification and harmonization of decisions taken by the Ministry of Labour and the Unemployment office (Pôle Emploi)

Full press release here (in French).

WORK OFFER. Assistant Communication Officer
Com assistant

RIPESS EU – Solidarity Economy Europe is the European network of Social Economy Solidarity organisations (it is part of the intercontinental RIPESS network), and brings together more than 40 national, sectoral and inter-sectoral networks in more than 15 EU countries. It aims to share practices, intercooperate and engage in collaborative actions that can promote and improve the visibility of the Solidarity Economy, as well as to contribute to the development of legal frameworks and public policies in favour of this economy.

RIPESS EU is looking for an assistant in charge of communication

The tasks are :

  • Production of the monthly newsletter (with the communication group)
  • Organization, preparation and promotion of webinars
  • Social media management (facebook, instagram and twitter)
  • Revision of visual communication (production of a new brochure, re-styling of the website)
  • Enrichment of visual communication (images, videos).
  • Support for the organisation of RIPESS meetings (in particular the media meeting)
  • Ensure coordination of communication with intercontinental RIPESS

Required skills :

  • Perfect command of the three communication languages of RIPESS EU: French, English, Spanish.
  • Good writing skills
  • Mastery of computer communication tools, including WordPress.
  • Knowledge of the Social Solidarity Economy.
  • Relational skills in various cultural contexts

Salary conditions

  • Part-time work corresponding to half working day
  • Permanent position (teleworking) + travel in Europe
  • Possibility of being based in Rome or Florence (in Italy)
  • Salary: 1000 euros (gross)

Position to be filled as of mid-December 2019

To apply, send an email to info@ripess.eu

Deadline: November 30, 2019

November resources (in collaboration with socioeco.org)

This month, we would like to highlight the work of 2 researchers who sent their latest publications available online to socioeco.org. This was in addition to what was already on the base. A big thanks to them.

  • ISABELLE HILLENKAMP holds a PhD in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Based on surveys in Latin America, her work focuses on the popular and solidarity economy, which she approaches from a socio-economic perspective, attentive to the links between economic practices and social relations. She is a research fellow at the Institut de recherche pour le développement in France.

The documents are here:: http://www.socioeco.org/bdf_auteur-865_fr.html

  • LUCIANE LUCAS DOS SANTOS is a senior researcher at the centre for social studies, University of Coimbra, and a member of the study group on solidarity economy at CES (ECOSOL/CES). She was resarcher at the ALICE Project – Strange mirrors, Ubsuspected lessons, an international project funded by the European Resarch Council, coordinated by Boaventura de Sousa Santos. Her resarch interests are: Postcolonial and decolonial studies on economics, feminist economics and feminist aesthetics, poverty and social inequalities from an interseccional perspective, Global South within Europe, indigenous and other economies.

The documents are here: http://www.socioeco.org/bdf_auteur-5199_fr.html

In addition, socioeco.org has recently referenced the initiatives of the Atlas of Utopias – Transformative Cities. You will also find them on the solutions map. A collection of very interesting initiatives carried out every year by civil society from Medellin, toChina, from Athens to Jakarta.

You can find the documents here: http://www.socioeco.org/scrutarijs_fr.html?q=atlas+of+utopias

Finally, we announce that all the documents of the UN-Interagency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) are now referenced on socioeco.org. For example, by doing a search on SDGs: http://www.socioeco.org/scrutarijs_en.html?q=SDG

Have a good reading!

European Elections : The vision of Europe, through Fair Trade and SSE

On the 10th of May 2019, in collaboration with Bostani (a producers-consumers community which functions under the scope of sustainable and responsible production & consumption) and in the framework of our participation in the European elections « Fair Times Campaign », the Greek RIPESS Europe member DOCK organized the «Trade Fair, Live Fair» event in Athens, a public discussion about the vision of Europe, of economic justice and environmental sustainability.

The guest speakers, Francesca Guibilo for WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation) and Marketa Vinkelhoferova from Fair&Bio coop / Ripess EU (Czech Republic) offered their view through their important experience in these fields. Francesca presented the history of Fair Trade and informed about the strategy of WFTO in building alliances and networks in Europe and worldwide, while Marketa gave some examples and illustrated practices under which the connection of Fair Trade and SSE is becoming more and more present.

They focused on understanding better the history and the progress of the Fair Trade movement concerning the development of networks in different practices worldwide, but also on how public policies about sustainable production and consumption are being implemented in the current context and how they should change in the future in Europe.

Independent media talk about SSE

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. For Greek, for which the Efsyn journal is particularly present with sometimes several articles per week on SSE, an English summary is included. 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

Cover picture from Reporterre L’eusko basque, première monnaie locale européenne


  • [Tribune] Monnaies locales : 10 leviers pour les développer à grande échelle, Samuel Sauvage, Tribune de Social Alter, 01/03/2019 [lire]
  • L’eusko basque, première monnaie locale européenne, Chloé Rébillard, Article de Reporterre, 27 mars 2019 [lire]
  • L’industrie sociale et solidaire : mais si, c’est possible ! (Vitamine T), Article de The Conversation, 17/04/2019 [lire]
  • Le travail collectif est un principe fondateur de l’économie solidaire Hafid Azzouzi, Article de El Watan, 8 mai 2019 [lire]
  • Changer l’entreprise avec l’économie sociale et solidaire, Jerôme Saddier, Tribune de Alternatives Economiques, 23/05/2019 [lire]


  • Using Employee Ownership to Build a More Equitable Future for Work Melissa Hoover, Article of Non Profit Quarterly, 2019 [lire]
  • Explosion of Interest in Worker Cooperatives Drives Economic Changes, Brian Van Slyke, Article of Truthout, 24/04/2019 [lire]
  • Unions and co-ops – a new way forward for workers?, Miles Hadfield, Article of thenews.coop, 29 April 2019 [lire]


  • Políticas para una economía más justa, democrática y sostenible Emma Gascó, Blog El Salto Diario, 9 de abril 2019 [lire]
  • Nace la Red de Economía Alternativa y Solidaria de Castilla-La Mancha, articulo de eldiario.es, 15/04/2019 [lire]
  • Este bloque de viviendas en Madrid demuestra que lo ecológico no es solo para ricos, Sara Acosta, articulo de eldiario.es, 14/04/2019 [lire]
  • Sobre la economía de la economía solidaria, Alfonso B. Bolado, articulo de eldiario.es, 26/04/2019 [lire]
  • Propiedad colectiva para evitar la especulación: así funcionan las cooperativas de vivienda en Uruguay, María García Arenales, articulo de eldiario.es, 19/04/2019 [lire]
  • Economía solidaria y cooperativas en Rojava, Artículo de Kaosenlared, 10 de mayo 2019 [lire]
  • Una cita mundial para fortalecer las economías transformadoras, Blog de El Salto, 29 de mayo 2019 [lire]


  • L’habitatge cooperatiu arriba a Nou Barris per trencar esquemes Xavi Fernández de Castro, Articulo de El Mon, 26/03/2019 [lire]
  • L’Economia Solidària, un repte per assolir als Instituts de Secundària
    Blog de Pam a Pam, 1/04/2019 [lire]
  • Erika Licón: “Els procesos d’aprenentatge de l’Economia Social i Solidària és donen en l’acció”, Jordi de Miguel, Articulo de El Critic, 13/05/2019 [lire]


  • Sem terra colhem 16 mil toneladas de arroz orgânico, Gilson Camargo, Articulo de Extra Classe, março 2019 [lire]


  • Συμμετοχικός σχεδιασμός (Participatory planning), Aphrodite Tziantzi, Article of EFSYN, 13/05/2019 [lire]
  • «Το κοινωνικό κράτος πρέπει να το διασφαλίζουν οι κυβερνήσεις» (« The welfare state must be guaranteed by governments »), Michael Angelos Konstantopoulos, Article of EFSYN, 08/04/2019 [lire]
  • Είναι χρήσιμο να είμαστε όλοι… Κ.ΑΛ.Ο.μαθημένοι! (It is helpful to be all … SSE), Ioanna Sotirchou, Article of EFSYN, 08/04/2019 [lire]
  • Η κοινωνική οικονομία πάνω από τις πολιτικές διαφωνίες (Social economy beypnd political disagreements), Michael Angelos Konstantopoulos, Article of EFSYN, 01/04/2019 [lire]
  • Ο κόσμος της αλληλεγγύης συναντήθηκε στη Γεωπονική (The world of solidarity meets agriculture), Aphrodite Tziantzin Article of EFSYN, 18/03/2019 [lire]
  • Οργάνωση «από τα κάτω» σε καιρό κρίσης (Organization « from the bottom » in a time of crisis), Ioanna Sotirchou, Article of EFSYN, 18/03/2019 [lire]
  • Το όραμα ενός αστέγου για ένα βιβλιοπωλείο και η αλληλεγγύη του κόσμου (The vision of a homeless for a bookstore and the solidarity of the world), Ioanna Sotirchou, Article of EFSYN, 04/03/2019 [lire]
  • Συμπόσιο για την Κοινωνία Πολιτών και την Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. (Symposium on Civil Society and SSE), Ioanna Sotirchou, Article of EFSYN, 04/03/2019 [lire]
Renewable energy cooperatives and local authorities
REScoop Zagreb may 2019

This year’s conference focuses on how REScoops and local authorities can transform communities through collaboration and features European REScoops, local authorities (including cities and municipalities) and a bunch of local stakeholders from the RIPESS network, the Compile project and the wider Balkan region.

This 3-day conference will take place in Zagreb, Croatia on Thursday 30th of May, Friday 31st of May and Saturday 1st of June 2019. The international conference on day 1 and 2 will coincide with the 6th General Assembly of REScoop.eu on day 3.

We start the conference on day 1 with a plenary session about Energy Remunicipalisation and a guided tour through Zagreb for REScoop.eu members.

On day 2, REScoops and municipalities will present information on how to accelerate the energy transition at the local level. European stakeholders will explain how citizen energy communities are organised in their respective countries and best practices of innovative collaboration between REScoops and local authorities in the Balkan region and beyond will be showcased. Finally, during several interactive sessions participants will be able to share thoughts and ideas

On day 3, more interactive workshop sessions will be organised, followed by REScoop.eu’s General Assembly

More info

2nd Int. conf. “SSE & the Commons”: call for contributions

You will find in annex the call for contributions for the second edition of the international conference “Social Solidarity Economy & the Commons”, which will take place from the 6th to the 8th of November 2019 at Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) in Lisbon, Portugal. The general theme of this year’s edition is “Contributions to the Deepening of Democracy”. Please submit proposals by email to  ssecommons.cei@iscte-iul.pt . The submission deadline is May 31st 2019.

19th RIUESS Meeting: “SSE of culture and culture of SSE”
RIUESS 2019 call

The 19th Meeting of the Inter-university Network of the Social and Solidarity Economy (based in France) will focus on the theme “SSE of culture and culture of SSE“. It will take place on the 15th to 17th of May, 2019 at the University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée.

You will find the call for papers on this website.

The date of receipt of abstracts is 12 January 2019.

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