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By Vic van Vuuren, Chair of the United Nations Task Force of the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) and Director of the International Labour Organisation Enterprises Department
One of the biggest challenges facing the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) is moving from being a “niche” performer in addressing global challenges to being a key and “mainstreamed” driver in addressing social, environmental and economic challenges. Notwithstanding not being mentioned in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the SSE plays an important role in the attainment thereof.Read more
The Gala of the European Social Economy Awards 2021 took place on 12 October in Ljubljana (Slovenia). The EU Social Economy Awards are an initiative of Social Economy Europe to boost the visibility of the social economy, its organisations and entrepreneurs, and the collective solutions they propose to today’s most pressing societal, environmental, economic and technological challenges.Read more
San Sebastian hosted an extraordinary meeting of the Social Economy Intergroup of the European Parliament
Under the slogan 'Social Economy as an Industrial Ecosystem. A catalyst to Build Back Better & Fairer', the Social Economy Intergroup of the European Parliament held an exceptional meeting in San Sebastian on 7 October. During the meeting it was announced that the long-awaited European Action Plan for the Social Economy will be approved on 8 December in Brussels.Read more
The OECD wants to better understand the opportunities and challenges faced by youth-led social enterprises – and how current and future policies could better support them. OECD experts want to know about youth experience with social enterprises, trying to start one. Data gathered from this survey will be used for a forthcoming report on youth-led social enterprises, helping to inform approaches to nurture and scale up their emergence and growth.Read more
On September 20th and 21st, the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE) celebrated its 20th anniversary during a series of events in Brussels under the colors of its #BuyResponsible campaign! ENSIE was officially established in Bruges (Belgium) on May 11, 2001. For several years, exchanges between national networks for Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISEs) have made possible the identification of common identifying principles for these initiatives through the various countries of Europe. ENSIE takes for its objective the representation, maintenance and development within Europe of networks and federations for work integration social enterprises.Read more
Research and Studies
Teruel, Spanish Social Economy Capital 2021, hosted the 8th EMES Social Enterprise Conference from 4 to 7 October, with the participation of 250 people, 100 of them in person in Teruel, representing 52 countries. The Conference was inaugurated by the Second Vice-President of the Spanish Government and Minister of Labour and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz.Read more
On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, CIRIEC-France organised a conference on the theme "Mutations du monde, enjeux et défis" (Changes in the world, issues and challenges) in such a symbolic place as the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council. It brought together, as it did from the very first day, diverse personalities as academics, local government representatives, trade unionists, mutualists and public enterprise managers, all committed to the general interest and to improve the economic system for greater equality, solidarity and democracy. This special CIRIEC-France 'Cahier' collects the interventions of these personalities at this great event.Read more
New book: Innovation and the Social Economy at the Heart of the Quebec Model: Interviews with Benoît Lévesque
Designed in the form of interviews with Benoît Lévesque, former president of the Scientific Council of CIRIEC-International, this book allows to explore with the researcher the context of his scientific production and its significance for society. The result is a hybrid genre, where biographical elements are combined with personal and intellectual testimony, offering the reader a journey through a life, the history of a thought and its influence.Read more
A series of reports recently published by the OECD highlight the importance of affordable housing for society and economy. Policy action is needed across the political spectrum, ranging from investment into affordable housing to land-use regulation and housing taxation. This blog post summarises some of the key findings from the Horizontal Housing Project by the OECD.Read more
It is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to share their experiences and views on social enterprise strategies, support, funding and investing policies and laws.Read more
Social Economy Schedule
France: Social and Solidarity Economy Month 2021 (November)
The Month of the Social and Solidarity Economy (November 2021) is an unmissable opportunity to understand what this form of economy represents and to see what it brings to society in transition. All through numerous events throughout France.+info
Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Social Economy Workshop: Towards a New Social Economy Agenda for a sustainable and inclusive Mediterranean
Online, 4 November 2021. Following the first two editions of the UfM Social Economy Workshop, held in 2019 and 2020 successively, and acting upon its mandate in promoting human and sustainable development, the UfM Secretariat joins hands again with the Spanish Social Economy Confederation (CEPES) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ/BMZ), to co-organize the third edition of this Workshop, this time focused on a new social economy agenda for a sustainable and inclusive Mediterranean.+info
II International Research Conference of CIRIEC-Mexico
CIRIEC-Mexico will hold its II International Research Conference on 11 and 12 November, inviting researchers and teachers focused on the study and teaching of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), public officials, cooperators and members of social enterprises and cooperatives, community movements and the general public. The Conference will be held under the theme 'The Social and Solidarity Economy on the move' and will be hosted by the Autonomous University of Guerrero.+info
IV CIRIEC-Colombia Colloquium: "Public policies and transformations from the solidarity economy".
CIRIEC-Colombia invites you to its IV Colloquium, to be held from 11 to 14 November 2021 at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá and in the city of Cundinamarca. The Colloquium aims to address studies related to public policies, their links with the territory, the role of citizenship and the links between entrepreneurship, environment and technologies. All this in order to project the impact of the social and solidarity economy as a protagonist actor of the necessary transformations.+info
12th ILO academy on Social and Solidarity Economy
The Cooperative António Sérgio for Social Economy (CASES) has partnered with the ILO to design the 12th edition of the ILO's Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy, which will have a special focus on the role of ESS in the face of the challenges and opportunities posed by the rapidly changing world of work in the context of the crises generated by the COVID19 global pandemic.
15-26 November 2021+info
ICA Cooperative Research Conference on the Cooperative Identity
As we count down the days for the World Cooperative Congress, ICA will organize a few preparatory events. One of them is the ICA Cooperative Research Conference, to be held from 28 to 30 November 2021. The Cooperative Research Conference will explore and address specific themes intrinsically linked to the overarching theme of the Congress: “Deepening Our Cooperative Identity”.
This conference together with the 3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law will be the precursors for debates on key-themes and sub-themes of the 33rdWorld Cooperative Congress, building content for discussions based on scientific and analytical contributions.
Seoul, 28 to 30 November 2021+info
3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law
In the run up to the World Cooperative Congress, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) will organise the 3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law with the theme: Identity of Cooperatives and the Harmonization of Cooperatives Laws. Match or Mismatch?
33rd ICA World Cooperative Congress - Seoul, Republic of Korea
The 33rd World Cooperative Congress will enable the cooperative movement to explore its identity to build a more secure future. Using the current global crisis as a framework, discussions will aim to deepen the cooperative identity by examining its values, strengthening its actions, committing to its principles and living its achievements. Registration is open!
1-3 December 2021+info