We live in a time of multiple crises caused by capitalism, colonialism, patriarchy, racism, environmental destruction, individualism, inequality and fascism.
Violence, suffering and trauma are universal. We know co-operation, co-operative behaviour, values and models can restore life, hope and ways of living, but we don’t necessarily have the skills, courage and know-how to transform ourselves in communities and with society.
How can post-compulsory education help develop our capacity and competencies for co-operation and for renewal?
More details and register for free : https://www.co-op.ac.uk/Event/rising-from-trauma-and-crisis-with-co-operative-education
Next 26 and 27 November 2020 the European Social Economy Summit online event on A recovery Strategy for Europe-Building a resilient and sustainable economy, will take place. More info and registrations are available here : https://www.euses2020.eu/exchange-events/november/
Practices of solidarity economy and transformative justice are woven into the social fabric of communities at the sharp end of the neoliberal system – often invisible to, and ignored by, people outside those communities. D.P. Hunter has written about his own experiences at the bottom end of the British class system in his two books, ‘Chav Solidarity’ and ‘Tracksuits, Traumas and Class Traitors’, and examples of solidarity and collective survival practices are interwoven throughout this work. What would supporting and learning from these practices and communities look like? To register : https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlc-GqqzIqHNNrykWSbZh_8yxtdfG2K7ol
1 December 2020, 14:00 - 15:30 CET
Registration link : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLZX1Fr9eQa22eD8WBqFg_VJAnfGvKlHfnGRAVhbeb3PcAaQ/viewform
*only registered participants will receive the zoom link
As COVID-19 continues to rage across the globe and we all await the arrival of a vaccine, CONCORD,
FTAO and Cooperatives Europe believe we should use this time to fundamentally rethink and rebuild
our current systems better. Current economic and business models have proven to be brittle and
unsustainable, while viable and resilient alternatives capable of pursuing simultaneously social,
environmental, economic and governance goals, should be supported, scaled up and become
mainstream. Only then will we be able to coherently address the massive setbacks in our progress
towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
With the political priority to construct an economy that works for people, the upcoming European
Social Economy Summit and Action Plan and human rights due diligence and sustainable corporate
governance legislation, European political leaders seem to share this reflection. Over the coming
months, unique opportunities present themselves to integrate these ambitions also in the EU’s
external action. The EU is agreeing on its 2021-2027 external funding instruments and programmes,
its Team Europe initiatives and responses to COVID-19. The EU is reviewing its trade policy, agreeing
on a new relationship with African Caribbean and Pacific States and will continue to shape its
bi-regional partnership with Africa. High time to discuss with key decision-makers, civil society,
business and partner country representatives how to make the most of these opportunities, which
we simply cannot miss!