Europe

Who we are

RIPESS EU – Solidarity Economy Europe is a Network of networks and initiatives for the promotion of Solidarity Economy in Europe. It includes 40 sectorial, national and inter-sectorial networks in 16 countries. RIPESS brings thousands of concrete experiences that identify as solidarity economy together in Europe: self-managed productive cooperatives, solidarity markets, responsible consumption and food sovereignty, time banks, proximity services, environmental and ecological initiatives, financial alternatives (local currencies, ethical finance), structures for the promotion gender equity, innovative educational experiences, fair trade enterprises, local development associations and more.

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Our history

 What we believe in

We are committed to systemic change from the current socio-economic models and shift to one of greater democracy and solidarity.

We are determined to bring together the forces of change represented by the constellation of alter-economic movements. In spite of their very active work at local or sectorial level, their energies and strengths are currently diluted as they are still scattered.

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Areas of work

Federate actors and organisations in solidarity economy to proote new ways of production, consumption, finance and exchange

  • Make networks, actors and solidarity economy experiences visible, both internally and externally
  • Develop the scope of the network by bringing together all European regions

Develop joint advocacy to promote solidarity economy in Europe and throughout the world

  • Build a shared vision and promote it to European Institutions

Encourage co-operation between members

  • Share experience and good practice
  • Develop and promote economic cooperation between networks and solidarity economy actors
  • Build joint projects and develop collective intelligence
  • Ensure convergence with social movement actors that contribute to building a democratic, equitable and environmentally just society that preserves the planet.

actively Contribute to the social movement for “another world is possible”

Some Actions

European Congresses on Social Solidarity Economy

RIPESS EU organizes every two year, the Solidarity Economy Congress with the local network members. (Barcelona 2011, Lille 2013, Berlin 2015)

UNIVERSSE 2017 – 4th European Social Solidarity Economy congress in Athens (9-11 June), brought More than 1000 people during 3 days of intense debate and experience sharing.  Participants from all over Europe and beyond had the opportunity to meet and network together and make plans to collaborate on several common issues.

One of the most important results of this event has been the agreement for the creation of the Pan-Hellenic Solidarity Economy network.  Another result was the self-management and independent financing of the Congress and the success of the crowdfunding campaign, which provided the possibility to fund the participation of people representing many different solidarity economy initiatives from various countries.

SSE.E IVET

The project entitled “SSE.e: affirming a new paradigm through IVET Curricula innovation”, led by ADPES (member of RedPES, Portugal) finally was funded and started in September 2016 and is expected to end in mid 2018.

The key message of the project is “Social and solidarity economy is increasingly emerging as a vibrant and promising model in Europe and in many parts of the world. Lifelong learning can be a tool for social change because it has great potential for transforming younger generations into citizens and professionals better able to cope with today’s social changes. The partners aim to collect the available information (based on a questionnaire designed by RIPESS Europe)”.

Then, experimental training modules will be tested with the young people in a system of exchanges between the partner structures and an evaluation will be conducted, the results of which will be presented during a transnational seminar.

Presentation of the project: http://www.ripess.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Flyer_SSEE_IVET.pdf

European Forum for Social and Solidarity Economy

From the outset, RIPESS Europe participated in the construction of the first European Forum for Social and Solidarity Economy (EFSSE 2016 – www.efsse.org), organized by the parlamentary group of the GUE in the European Parliament. For the first time, the SSE had the possibility to debate in the EP, an initial meeting which initiated collaboration, including with other networks, and continues in 2017 with a new forum scheduled for end 2017. We also participated to the Social Economy Intergroup of the European Parliament, to show the presence of solidarity economy, but until today without a concrete return

EFSSE 2016 – www.efsse.org

Nesi Forum

A link has been established with the organizers of the NESI FORUM (New Economy Social Innovation – www.neweconomyforum.org). RIPESS Europe decided to participate as a co-promoter and bring the vision and practices of the SSE, with several speakers and participants. In 2016 the process of preparation was followed, starting from a meeting in London. The Forum took place in May 2017 in Malaga, with over 600 people participating from several “alter-economic” movements.

New Economy Social Innovation – www.neweconomyforum.org

Work of Advisory Board

Beyond the speeches at various events and institutions, RIPESS Europe has worked on two documents, involving several members of the network and the Advisory Board:

 

members

 

Adepes – Agence au Service de l’Economie Solidaire en Midi-Pyrénées

CountryFrance
Activity: Regional network for the promotion of Solidarity Economy

Website

ANIMAR – Associação Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimiento Local

CountryPortugal
Activity: Local Development Projects(rural – urban).Policy evaluation, capacity building

Website

APEAS – Agence Provençale pour une Economie Alternative et Solidaire

CountryFrance
Activity: Development of Alternative and Solidarity Economy

Website

SPREADI

Country: United Kingdom (UK)
Activity: Spreading Ideas and Innovation across boarders

Website

TECHNET BERLIN – Technologie Netzwerk Berlin

Country: Germany (DE)
Activity: Network for research and polivalent activities for SSE

Website

TRENTINO ARCOBALENO – Economia solidale trentina

Country: Italy (IT)
Activity: Solidarity Economy network in Trentino
Website

UFISC – Union Fédérale d’Intervention des Structures Culturelles

Country: France (Fr)
Activity: artistic and cultural network promoting social solidarity economy

Website

URGENCI – Réseau Urbain-Rural: Générer des Échanges Nouveaux entre CItoyens

Country: France (Fr)
Activity: food sovereignty, alternative and solidarity-based consumers-producers networks.

Website

XES – Xarxa d’Economia Solidaria

Country: Spain (ES)
Activity: Promotion and Development of Solidarity Economy

Website

APES – Agence Provençale pour une Economie Alternative et Solidaire

Country: France (FR)
Activity: capacity building, knowledge/action support, advocacy for Solidarity Economy.

Website

APRES – GE Chambre de l’économie sociale et solidaire

Country: Switzerland (CH)
Activity: Regional Development

Website

AUTRE TERRE asbl

Country: Belgium (BE)
Activity: Local Development

Website

COMMONS.FI

Country: Finland (FE)
Activity: Building a commons and solidarity economy network

Website

CNLRQ – Comité National de Liaison des Régies de Quartier

Country: France (FR)
Activity: Local Development

Website

CRESAÇOR – Cooperativa Regional de Econimia Soidária CRL

Country: Portugal (PT)
Activity: Local Development

Website

CRIES – Resource Centre for Ethical and Solidarity Initiatives

Country: Romania (RO)
Activity: Promotion of Solidarity Economy

Website

ECOSOL – socioeco

Country: Europe (based in France)
Activity: Online documentation and resources center on SSE

Website

ENERCOOP

Country: France
Activity: Network of 100%renewable energy cooperatives

Website

ENSIE – European Network of Social Integration Enterprises

Country: Europe (based in Belgium)
Activity: Promotion of social integration enterprises

Website

FORUM SOLIDARISCHE ÖKONOMIE

Country: Germany (D)
Activity: Promotion and Development of Solidarity Economy

Website

GOOD ECONOMY PLATFORM – Dobra Economija

Country: Croatia (HR)
Activity: Promotion of alternative economic system

Website

KIFESZ – KistérségiFejlesztőSzervezetek OrszágosSzövetsége

Country: Hungary (HU)
Activity: Regional Development

Website

INAISE – International Association of Investors in the Social Economy

Country: Europe (based in Belgium)
Activity: Global network of socially and environmentally oriented financial institutions

Website

INEES – Institut Européen pour l’Economie Solidaire

Country: Luxembourg (LU)
Activity: Promotion of Solidarity Economy

Website

MES – Mouvement de l’Economie Solidaire

Country: France
Activity: Research and Studies on Social and Solidarity Economy

Website

P’ACTES  Européens

Country: Europe (based in France)
Activity: Learning by doing in Social Solidarity Economy

Website

REAS – Red de Redes de Economia Alternativa y Solidaria

Country: Spain
Activity: Networking and promotion of Solidarity Economy

Website

RES Italia – Rete di Economia Solidale (Tavolo RES)

Country: Italy (IT)
Activity: Network for the promotion of solidarity economy

Website

RIUESS – Réseau Inter Universitaire de L’Economie Sociale et Solidaire

Country: France
Activity: Research on Social and Solidarity Economy

Website

RTES – Réseau del collectives territoriales pour une économie solidaire

Country: France
Activity: Networking local authorities on SSE

Website

SAW- B – Solidarité des Alternatives Wallonnes et Bruxelloises

Country: Belgium
Activity: Capacity building, publishing, training on Social Solidarity Economy

Website

SOLIDARITY 4 ALL

Country: Greece
Activity: Capacity building, supporting solidarity initiatives and networking for Solidarity Economy

Website

SOLIDARIUS Italia

Country: Italia
Activity: Capacity building in local development, training on Solidarity Economy

Website

REDPES – Rede Portuguesa de Economia Solidária

Country: Portugal
Activity: Network for the promotion of solidarity economy and local development

Website

IDEAS FACTORY

Country: Bulgaria
Activity: Education and Social Innovation

Website

EKUMAD-Ekumenik Academy of Prague

Country: Czech Republic
Activity: adult training and Networking in Eastern Europe

Website

DOCK – Social Solidarity Economy Zone

Country: Greece
Activity: Networking and promotion of SSE in Greece

Website

Biocamp

Country: Greece
Activity: Ethical and responsible tourism

Resources

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Executive Committee

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If your network or initiative is territorial, sectorial or inter-sectorial and would like to become a member of RIPESS Europe, you are welcome to join us. Your membership will strengthen the visibility of your structure at European level and will enable you to share your experience and practice with others.

 

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