Working groups, GA Sept 2020

  • Online economic cooperative platforms and Smarket Place

An immediate and concrete response, technologically efficient and easily “replicable”, was needed to respond to the current crisis and lay the foundations for a local economy that could be resilient to the announced crises. It is a question of survival for many of us!

The SmartketPlace platform is a generalist, sustainable, social and solidarity market, aimed at local communities and reproducible “everywhere on the planet”. It is centered on the person and the respect of their data. It allows short circuits for our goods, our services, and creates a “commons” with the personal data that everyone wants to make available, in a careful and conscious way!

SmarketPlace manages the entire process of selling and buying goods and services: (1) Choice of products; (2) Online payment (also in local currency); (3) Choice of delivery type.

It is based on the combination of three technological innovations at the service of common citizens: (1) an artificial intelligence based on a linguistic / semantic analysis of the data allowing to obtain a homogeneous catalogue of products, from the different heterogeneous catalogues of the producers; (2) a personal data protection system allowing each consumer, at any time, to choose which data he transmits or not to the “Common Data” (the valorization or not of these data is chosen by the community); (3) a personal data protection system and a secured payment on an independent and autonomous blockchain.

A pilot application will be operational by the end of 2020.

  • Scientific Committee and Manifesto for Solidarity Economy

Ripess Eu recently approved the International Manifesto for the Solidarity Economy carried by the academic research community for the Global Forum on Transformative Economies. It now seems important to use the Manifesto as a tool to reach and bring together other academics, students, etc. with whom RIPESS Eu members already work or whom they identify as such, in order to launch a more active and open scientific life, to share some common ground with new people in the scientific field in general. This workshop will open a space to present and discuss proposals in this perspective: each member is invited to share its experience with the academic world, the bridges already existing or missing, the expectations regarding the development of such academic links, etc.

  • Social impact, social audit, social utility

What differentiates transformative economies from a capitalist economy is that they place values other than infinite growth, profit-seeking and self-interest at the centre of their functioning.
Each group emphasises a set of characteristics or values:

  • Feminist economy talks about the recognition of the care economy and the place of unpaid work as the key to fulfilment as a human being; as well as the importance of ending gender discrimination, once and for all.
  • The community-based economy talks about the importance of managing and creating common goods as a third way of dealing with resource management, based on community management.
  • The solidarity-based economy is made up of democratic organisations that provide goods and services, based on people’s needs rather than profit.
  • Ecological economics highlights the biophysical limits of economic growth, and attempts to resize economic activity accordingly.
    Environmental commitment, recognition of care, gender equity, democratic management are some of the values that delineate a perimeter on what we consider is transforming the current economic system.

If transformative businesses and communities thrive and grow, we need methods and tools to measure and monitor the degree of commitment of these organisations (communities, businesses, even the public sector) to the values we believe in.
We have identified this need for measurement and monitoring as a common challenge in different countries and movements, which is why we have organised this debate. The aim is to understand the different methods and tools used by the different networks, to learn from each other, and to try to extend these tools.

  • Transformative Economies agenda

This workshop is an extension of the process of the World Social Forum of Transformative Economies WSFTE held from 25 June to 1 July. After a brief summary of the latest news, we will discuss how, as RIPESS members, we could and should participate in the next steps of convergence to bring together initiatives for the transformation of today’s economy.

Organisations, networks and entities participating in the WSFTE process can register their transformative initiatives: struggles, campaigns, projects, policies and practices that reflect the search for transformative economies in the broadest sense. The aim is to make visible initiatives that respond to major global challenges based on concrete and localised practices.

  • Territorial cooperation : : BRINGING TO LIGHT TOMORROW’S SKILLS

In a world that is changing and reinventing social involvement, personal development and ways of working, being able to cooperate is a key skill that everyone can assimilate, all throughout life. The context of the health crisis, fosters the need to reinvest the territories and the young generations.

Many people and structures cooperate at a territorial scale in urban and rural areas, through the mutualisation of means, collective events, shared-places, collaborative cultural projects or territorial networks regrouping social & solidarity economy organisations. We experiment cooperative approaches for local development, that are creative, evolving and innovative.

How is territorial cooperation carried out? What skills, tools, or methodologies are necessary in order to implement or improve practices?

We offer to reflect together on these themes collectively, based on previous findings from the AJITeR project and in the context of the launching of the COOPTERR project. This Erasmus+ project regroups six organisations, including RIPESS Europe and several members of the network (Fekete Sereg, Solidarius Italia, CRIES…) and aims at fashioning tools and methods for training people on territorial cooperation, key issue for local development, diversity, and living together in harmony.

  • Youth and SSE

In our opinion, there is an urgent need for RIPESS to bring in the agenda of Transformative Economies the issue of Youth and SSE.
Our proposal is to build a process that leads to the creation of an intercontinental network of young people (RIPESS and beyond) involved in initiatives of Social and Solidarity Economy.
Steps of this process could be:
– the intercontinental RIPESS activity of 28/6 during the WSFTE about Youth and SSE (see the summary in attachment);
– the Webinar of 18/10 about Youth and SSE (focused on challenges) in the framework of the GSEF and organised by RIPESS;
– other webinars, working meetings, and other enriching/connecting opportunities to be organised;
– the promotion of an intercontinental project of Erasmus+ Capacity Building (to reinforce individual competences and to strengthen intercontinental links);
– the creation (possibly with the support of another Erasmus+ project) of an informal but structured network of young people involved in initiatives of Social and Solidarity Economy.
To promote this process, we should:

  • Identify the challenges for the enhancement of competences and to decide which activities, perspectives and themes – based mainly on youth needs – will be addressed.
  • Work on the search of partners and intercooperation with other continents, in order to choose the young people to involve in the process. In this way we could elaborate a “Capacity Building Map”.
  • Search for resources/funders and promoting organisations to implement the process, including the resources to guarantee RIPESS experts that are managing it and to cover the expenses of the activities that should be implemented.

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