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APRES Manifesto

What if the “return to normality” was accompanied by real changes for the environment, the Human being and society?

The Manifesto of Après-Ge regroups proposals for political and concrete actions to make the ecological and social transition our compass to get out of the crisis!

Complementary to the Call of May 4th (in French), this manifesto proposes concrete solutions for a sustainable future.

> Consult the Manifesto < (in French)

This health crisis is an opportunity
Covid-19, one crisis too many in an already sick society The simple revival of the economy of Befor is out of the question The State must increase its regulatory role
Debt as a response to this crisis is unsustainable The pursuit of financial profit alone is unsustainable

Let’s build an economy of solidarity-based sobriety
Let’s share, let’s cooperate
Let(s favour short circuits and the regional economy
Let’s work differently, let’s govern our organizations differently
Let us reappropriate our time, our lives, our health and our citizenship capacities Let us develop a policy of “commons” to cover our basic needs Let us develop an international Geneva as a conductor of sustainability, and of global and local balances

The ecological, social and solidarity transition as a compass for emerging from the crisis
The creation of a fund and a network of expertise as pilots of the transition
Public aid linked to this crisis as a lever for tomorrow’s economy
Innovative financing as an alternative to “classic” private and public debt ” Our savings as the driving force of our economy
Leman currency as a stimulator of local trade
A secure platform for short circuits as an alternative to the giants of globalization like Amazon.
Cooperation and Mutualisation as models of development
Neighbourhoods as living and basic units for transition
Independent information as a guarantor of the construction of our free will
Culture as an expression of creativity and a catalyst for sustainable futures
Social and solidarity economy networks as transition networks
Taking the right exit from the crisis

Local elections in France: citizens get involved.

In France for municipal elections, citizens are trying to thwart the old party system, which they no longer recognize as legitimate and too far removed from the social and ecological emergencies that concern them.

On the initiative of a few at the outset, they are creating alternative lists that no longer bring together the usual nomination candidates but citizens who come together on a project developed through consultations and meetings. In the end, the democratic exercise leads to the accession of a sufficient number of people to validate a list.

The website of the collective Action commune thus lists 157 participatory lists, “one third in villages of less than 2,000 inhabitants, one third in municipalities of 2,000 to 100,000 inhabitants, and one third in cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants”, says Thomas Simon, coordinator of the group, whose mission is to “accompany those who want to engage in citizen participation” (Reporterre 8 January 2020). An interactive map of these lists can be found on the Action commune website.

If these lists are not guaranteed to win the elections, they are an electric shock to the parties. They question the undemocratic methods of governing, by challenging the habits of verticality where the leader decides and surrounds himself with people who are committed to his cause. They highlight themes that the parties feel obliged to include in their programmes.

In addition, several associations have drafted proposals that they circulate in their networks for their members to take up and transmit to their elected officials.

Thus, the Collectif de la Transition citoyenne (Citizen Transition Collective) has drawn up a Pact for Transition inviting local networks to ask candidates to commit to at least 10 of the 32 proposals and to accompany / verify their implementation in the territories. The central objective of these proposals is to respond to the climate emergency and to repair social injustice.

The RTES (Réseau des Territoires pour l’Economie Solidaire) has published a municipal kit’ess containing about twenty sheets to support the initiative of municipalities towards more SSE in their local policy.

The UFISC (Union Fédérale d’Intervention des Structures Culturelles) proposes to the candidates and all those committed to their territories, arts and culture, 3 commitments declined through 20 concrete proposals (…) for a policy of cultural diversity based on cultural rights and a democratic and solidarity organisation.

The MES published : Elections Municipales. 12 questions.

Reporterre has also published its illustrated list of recommendations, this list is not exhaustive.

We are really witnessing an awakening of citizens to the negligence of governments blinded by their subservience to economic powers. The Spanish example and “municipalismo” infuse much of Europe and RIPESS , for whom the co-construction of public policies is a major axis of social transformation, is very happy about it.

Article written by Josette Combes

FRESS Occitanie ! 18th edition
October 16, 2018
Fress Occitanie 2018 affiche

18th Regional Forum of Social and Solidarity Economy

in Occitanie

23 and 24 November 2018

SSE” symposium: You said you were changing scale ” crossed views of actors/entrepreneurs/researchers/researchers

The 18th Regional Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy will put SSE actors at the centre of reflection and research and will join researchers to talk about a change of scale in SSE! Built with the Université Jean Jaurès and the Master Nouvelle Economie sociale, created by Jacques Prades, the Forum will honour the work of scientists who have contributed to a theoretical reflection on SSE in France and around the world: Jean-Louis Laville, Jean-François Draperi, Geneviève Azam will be present. Conferences, workshops, citizen debates….. as many spaces during two days to define together what we want in terms of social utility? What size of company? What financing? What governance? With which territorial roots?

Ripess Europe will be invited for a round table discussion on “scaling up in SSE, a European issue”

Crédit Coopératif, in the person of Jean-Louis Bancel, will chair the final conferences before an audience of elected representatives, citizens and SSE companies!

info of FRESS : www.fress-occitanie.fr
and on the social networls
Solidarity Spring in France: a report
May 30, 2018

On March 22 and 23, 2018, the Solidarity Economy Movement organized its Printemps Solidaire, around the issue: What socio-economic models for the Solidarity Economy?

Fifty people came together at the Maison des réseaux artistiques et culturels in Paris, to reflect together on the development prospects of the Solidarity Economy and our movement.

On the occasion of the publication of the proceedings of the meeting find here a summary of our exchanges and download the proceedings of the meeting (in French).

ZAD (Zone to defend), dismantling of public services and the “other possible world”
April 20, 2018

In France, as the government prepares to complete the dismantling of public services, from rail to university, mobilisations and resistance are organized. This editorial calls to take into account, in addition to these mobilizations, the different forms of revolt but also initiatives carrying another “possible world”. The current social movement rekindles the sense of resistance to the laws of the market and financial speculation, reenact the revolts of the past and rediscovers the very essence of real democracy. The experience of the ZAD is eloquent in this respect, the state exercises the “monopoly of legitimate violence” against a collective management of commons, whose very idea is unacceptable by the current existing order. At the SNCF, in the hospital environment, in multiple companies, the idea is moving to reclaim production tools, to master its work, its skills and its efforts to act on their social utility. A variety of initiatives, rooted in the solidarity economy, contribute to the opening of new ways of social transformation.

Read the whole article – appeal here (in French – Liberation).

(Co-signed by: Michèle Riot-Sarcey, historian ; Francis Sitel, codirector of the magazine Contretemps ; Jean-Louis Laville, socio-économist of the Critique collective and member of the RIPESS Europe advisory council ; Lionel Maurel, author of the blog S.I.Lex ; Jean Claude Boual, Collectif des associations citoyennes ; Patricia Coler, Mouvement pour l’économie solidaire ; Claude Sicard, activist ; Laura Aufrère, member of the RIPESS Europe Coordination Committee).

The 4 SSE projects of the French government

We open this letter on the news of the (French) government which, as we mentioned in the editorial of the month of January, leads four projects in connection with the Social and Solidarity Economy.

On 18 January, we were able to attend the inauguration of #FrenchIMPACT, the national accelerator for social innovation, and the launch of the first “Pionniers French Impact” call for projects whose objective is to build the showcase of socially innovative entrepreneurs. A call for applications will be launched in March to build the French ecosystem of social innovation and experiment with local accelerators on pilot territories, before the extension of the device on the whole national territory in 2019. It is clear that the stated objective is to support, far beyond the associations, mutuals and foundations, any company which, by its activity innovates socially by making it possible to reach quantifiable social objectives generating savings for the public expenses. It is a vision of social innovation reduced to the sole measure of social impact, but a vision that seems to bring together several members of the government, since three ministers surrounded Christophe Itier for this launch.

A vision that is consistent with the Action Plan for Growth and Transformation of Enterprises (PACTE) and the announcement of the mission entrusted to Nicole Notat and Jean-Dominique Senard on “business and general interest”. As we announced, this topic raises questions from the actors of the ESS who are mobilizing to value the contribution and the experience of SSE on this subject. Michel Prugue, president of Coop de France, said in an article published in Up Magazine this February 8: “Inspired by the Anglo-Saxon model of “B.CORP “, these companies” mission “would be more citizen-based, more modern, more committed … more human! Indeed, a business can be governed by something other than the rapid return on capital and the short-term profit of its shareholders; the people who compose it can be respected, their participation can be valued; the long term can be protected in the name of the collective interests of today’s women and men and their children, and the children of their children. All this may seem extremely innovative, but for us, it’s our daily life though being sometimes … very old companies! See also on this point the forums published in the monthly letter n ° 117 of CIRIEC and in particular that of Jean Gatel who was Secretary of State, in charge of the Social Economy.

If the Movement for the Solidarity Economy (MESà conceives / understands this desire to moralize the lucrative enterprises to tend towards a more ethical capitalism, we remain vigilant so that the notion of general interest is not distorted. We remain above all mobilized to defend the diversity of citizen dynamics working for a transition towards a more solidarity-based, more just and more sustainable society. If, as stated by Les Echos, a majority of bosses would be favorable to companies with a mission to see a new opportunity for companies to go further in the CSR and to go beyond the green or the social washing, why not propose to these companies to meet the obligations imposed today by the ESUS approval, it would already be a great step forward.

(Extract from the editorial of the MES – Movement for the Solidarity Economy – of the February 2018 newsletter)

See the full text (in French) here.

SSE week in schools in France starting in 2017
March 31, 2016

Since 2002, in all of France, a “Cooperation in education week” takes place: debates on the cooperative practices, cooperative games, contests… the goal is to show the cooperative practices school and outside schools, to introduce students to the cooperation within the learning of the democratic debate and familiarize parents, students and teachers about school cooperation issues. Tools are available on the website of Coop FR: support courses, game, tools, etc. This year, it took place from 14 to 19 March 2016.

Starting from 2017, this week will turn into “The Social Solidarity Economy school week” at the initiative of the ESPER (Economy social partner of the School of the Republic), an association which brings together nearly fifty organizations from the world of education and the ESS.
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Esspace.fr: the new SSE actors’ portal in France
March 31, 2016

A new space “federating the actors of the Social Solidarity Economy” has been put online by the Secretariat of State to the Social Solidarity Economy in France: www.esspace.fr.

If this portal is made to help the community of stakeholders in the SSE to know each other, to have the ways to meet, to exchange and to help each other, it is also addressed to young people and the less young who wish to join and work in this sector of the economy to transform and improve the country and its territories.

The development of this Portal meets a desire of the French Secretary of State for social and solidarity economy to involve a maximum of stakeholders in its implementation with the aim of promoting the spirit of the SSE: “a human space of co-construction where wills, dynamics and synergies are put in value and sharing”.

A public consultation, during October 2015, has helped collect the opinion of Internet users on ergonomics and a first version of the platform (see synthèse de la consultation in FR).

]Extracted from the home page of the Esspace.fr portal]


National Congres of the MES – Solidarity Economy Mouvement, France
August 21, 2015
National Congres of the MES – Solidarity Economy Mouvement, France
The call of the Movement for Solidarity Economy (MES) invited citizens and actors of solidarity economy, social movements (Alternatiba, Attac…), entrepreneurs and unions to share analyses and actions for its first Congress in Toulouse on 12 and 13 June 2015. Jean-Louis Laville, Professor at CNAM in Paris, Chair of the solidarity economy and socio-economist of international renown, also participated.Over one hundred participants have contributed to joint round tables reflections and cooperating in workshops, with many interventions by solidarity economy actors. Solidarity-based economy is 20 years old. Since 1995, it has created innovations, which today are part of our daily newspapers.2015 is the opportunity to launch a campaign for solidarity economy, a movement today much broader than we had imagined and that affects each and every one during their activities, whatever they are. Social economy and solidarity economy actors have grown closer, led by Claude Alphandéry in 2011 and with the Hamon Law in 2014, the recognition of the social and solidarityeconomy grew as an economic sector, but the result is mixed. If the social and solidarity economy reflects the aims of the production (cultural, social, environmental), it faces a society governed by competition with the emergence of a neo-liberal policy to limit democracy. For Jean-Louis Laville, if there is a democracy in Europe, it is today at risk.

Changes can and must come from the citizen base, but they must be also valued and not put up for competition by public policies at European, national, regional or local level. The question of the general interest and the commons, as well as the balances among the territories, is at the heart of the solidarity economy, which is a model and a project of transformation of society.

Many testimonies from Midi Pyrénées (Etats Génér’eux de l’Ariège, Collectif Rivages…) shared with the members of the movement for solidarity economy who came from Normandy, Centre region, Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur, Auvergne, Île de France, and Nord Pas-de-Calais. People engaged in an enterprise, involved politically, within a social movement or civil society, discussed their “concerns” about the gradual disengagement of the institutions.So what should be done? Let go and surrender? The Congress  proposed a new challenge to the solidarity economy movement. Economic citizenship, democracy and transition are political issues and we should not be afraid of the words. As Bruno Lasnier, President of MES pointed out: “We must be able to re-enchant Politics. We have everything to gain back by putting politics everywhere. Politics, in the noble sense, the right to think, propose and decide in the society in which we are living members!Link of the call to Congress: MES Congress declaration

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