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  • 19 - 22/10: Social Cooperatives International School 2017, Naples

    The School, with a high entrepreneurial profile and a international spirit, is open to social cooperators from all over the world and specifically addressed to cooperatives' managers. Organised by our member Federsolidarietà Nazionale, the largest federation of social cooperatives. WHEN: 19 & 22 October 2017 WHERE: Naples (Italy) The 2016 edition was a great success and a unique opportunity for discussion and dialogue between 30 cooperative managers from Italy, Japan, Croatia, Czech (...) - Events […]

  • Tips for More Effective Meetings

    Do your meetings get side-tracked and off-topic? Does your group have a difficult time following through on decisions? Jennifer Rau of Sociocracy For All (SoFA) offers some tips for getting the most out of meetings and avoiding common pitfalls.Movements & Struggles: Workplace DemocracyPractices, Tools & Strategies: Democratic Dialog & Deliberation […]

  • Public policies for Social and Solidarity Economy. Assessing progress in seven countries.

    ILO/ International Labour Of ce. - Geneva: ILOAuteurs : Peter UttingOrganismes : Organisation International du Travail/ International Labour Organization (BIT/ILO)Mots-clés géographiques : Amérique latine et Caraïbes, Brésil, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Asie, Philippines, Corée du Sud, Europe, Italie, Afrique, Afrique du SudMots-clés thématiques : politiques publiquesSocioeco.org, site ressources de l’économie sociale et solidaire – Documents […]

  • VI Forum de Finance Rurale: Un événement couronné de succès

    The post VI Forum de Finance Rurale: Un événement couronné de succès appeared first on Inaise. […]

  • The Catalan Integral Cooperative: an organizational study of a post-capitalist cooperative

    What does a post-capitalist, cooperative and open source society would look like? A full study on the Catalan Integral Cooperative. The post The Catalan Integral Cooperative: an organizational study of a post-capitalist cooperative appeared first on Commons Transition. […]

  • JEOD: Special issue on socio-economic development in biosphere reserves

    The new issue (Volume 6, Issue 1) of the international scientific review The Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity (JEOD) is now available online. It is completely dedicated to the topic on community-based and collaborative solutions to sustainable economic development in and around Biosphere Reserves. The issue is edited by Colin Campbel – SEBR Network and OASIIS (Scozia) – and Silvia Sacchetti – University of Trento. The Unesco programme “Man and the Biosphere” recognizes, at international level, the presence of territorial areas where the natural resources are protected and valuated thanks to the presence of organizations of communitiy-based such are the social enterprises. The articles published are about some case studies which analyze the role of these enterprises as socio-enviromental infrastuctures: these, among the production of goods and services of collective interest, contribute to refocus approaches and models of local development from the point of view of inclusion and sustainability. In particular, the Italian case study is written by Giovanni Teneggi (director of Confcooperative Reggio Emilia) and Flaviano Zandonai (researcher of Euricse) and concerns The Community Enterprises of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano where operate some pioneer community enterprises at national level. To the new issue contributed:   Per questo numero hanno scritto: Editorial: Community-Based, Collaborative Solutions to Sustainable Economic Development in and around Biosphere Reserves Authors: Colin Campbell, Silvia Sacchetti Biosphere Reserves: An “Enabling Space” for Communities Authors: Silvia Sacchetti, Colin Campbell The Community Enterprises of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Italy: Biodiversity Guardians and Sustainable Development Innovators Authors: Giovanni Teneggi, Flaviano Zandonai Linking Social and Ecological Sustainability: An Analysis of Livelihoods and the Changing Natural Resources in the Middle Zambezi Biosphere Reserve Authors: Alexio Mbereko, Olga Laiza Kupika, Edson Gandiwa Social Economy in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. A Multiperspective and Complexity Approach Authors: Magnus Fredricson, Johanna Mactaggart   The post JEOD: Special issue on socio-economic development in biosphere reserves appeared first on Euricse. […]

  • Guiding for Accountability: Recommendations for VNR Guidelines

    Together 2030 launched a new paper with concrete recommendations on how to improve the current VNR guidelines. The paper, a collective effort by the members of the Initiative, was made possible through a partnership with World Vision. Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are a critical element of the follow-up and review mechanisms for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable […] The post Guiding for Accountability: Recommendations for VNR Guidelines appeared first on Together 2030. […]

  • Innovative Funding Models for Worker-Owned Platform Cooperatives

    cross-posted from ShareableInstitutions & Structures: Support OrganizationsVisions & Models: cooperative commonwealthMovements & Struggles: Economic JusticeWorkplace DemocracyPractices, Tools & Strategies: FinancingEconomic Sectors: Arts & Cultural CreationHealthcareHome Work (cleaning, personal care, etc.) […]

  • The Design of IEP Sites: Aiming for an Inclusive Economic Participation of Urban Citizens in Flanders

    Auteurs : VALLET N., DE NYS-KETELS S., BYLEMANS M.CIRIEC, Centre International de Recherches et d’Information sur l’Economie Publique, Sociale et Coopérative – Cahiers de recherc […]

  • Platform Co-ops and the Digital Commons

    There is fresh interest in initiating and maintaining a digital commons to provide vital restbite against the wave on demand mobile apps and share economy services. This can be witnessed in tech start-ups and entrepreneurs shifting towards a co-operative business model, in what has been named as platform co-operavatism.Institutions & Structures: CommonsMulti-Stakeholder CooperativesVisions & Models: cooperative commonwealthMovements & Struggles: Economic JusticeWorkplace DemocracyPractices, Tools & Strategies: Solidarity Economy OrganizingEconomic Sectors: Information Technology […]

  • Three New Cooperatives Aim to Develop the Economy in Manbij

    cross-posted from Co-operative Economy in Rojava & BakurInstitutions & Structures: Consumer CooperativesVisions & Models: place-based (local) economicsMovements & Struggles: Economic JusticePractices, Tools & Strategies: Solidarity Economy OrganizingEconomic Sectors: Community Development […]

  • Together 2030 partners with civil society in Senegal to promote inclusive national review and more

        Photos:Together 2030 and Sightsavers led a workshop with 30 participants on the SDGs in Dakar, on Sept 29   Together 2030 joined forces with Sightsavers and CONGAD/Senegal (Conseil des Organisations Non Gouvernementales d’Appui au Développement) in the organization of a workshop to discuss opportunities and processes related to the preparation of the voluntary […] The post Together 2030 partners with civil society in Senegal to promote inclusive national review and more appeared first on Together 2030. […]

  • Taking Power vs Making Power

    From taking power to making power. This week on The Laura Flanders Show, a special report from Athens, Greece where many are asking if progressives in government can change much at all if people don’t first change society. In 2015, anti-austerity Greeks were disappointed by the progressive left Syriza government, which they'd voted into office after the financial crisis, but the other things they did to meet society’s needs just might be sowing the seeds for transformation.Regions: Western EuropeInstitutions & Structures: Mutual-Aid & Self-Help GroupsWorker CooperativesVisions & Models: cooperative commonwealthplace-based (local) economicssolidarity economyMovements & Struggles: Economic JusticeImmigrant JusticePractices, Tools & Strategies: Solidarity Economy OrganizingEconomic Sectors: Community DevelopmentFoodHealthcareMutual Aid […]

  • Les coopératives et l'emploi : second rapport mondial - 2017

    Sur base de données provenant de 156 pays, l'estimation actualisée montre que l'emploi dans ou dans le cadre des coopératives concerne au moins 279,4 millions de personnes à travers le globe, c'est-à-dire 9,46% de la population active mondiale. - Nouvelles / Portada, Internaciona […]

  • Peer to Peer and the Commons: A matter, energy and thermodynamic perspective

    Commons Transition presents this report in two volumes by Céline Piques and Xavier Rizos, with the support of P2P Foundation founder Michel Bauwens. The Commons movement is facing a challenge: to articulate the optimum rate at which a resource can be harvested or used without damaging its ability to replenish itself. The next economy will […] The post Peer to Peer and the Commons: A matter, energy and thermodynamic perspective appeared first on Commons Transition. […]

  • Is Entrepreneurship Intrinsically Capitalist?

    [Editor's note: Ajamu Nangwaya has been a cooperative educator and trainer with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, served as a board member for the US Federation for Worker Cooperatives, and is the co-author (with Kali Akuno) of the forthcoming book Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi.Regions: United StatesInstitutions & Structures: Worker CooperativesVisions & Models: cooperative commonwealthMovements & Struggles: Economic JusticeWorkplace Democracy […]

  • Mandela MarketPlace

    Mandela MarketPlace is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through cooperative food enterprises in low income communities. Our approach is based on a systems model that addresses issues of economic disinvestment, food insecurity, and health inequity, building on community assets to cultivate a thriving food hub.Regions: United StatesInstitutions & Structures: Family FarmsFarmer's MarketsProducer CooperativesSupport OrganizationsWorker CooperativesVisions & Models: place-based (local) economicsMovements & Struggles: Economic JusticeWorkplace DemocracyPractices, Tools & Strategies: Networking & CollaborationSolidarity Economy OrganizingEconomic Sectors: Food […]

  • Technical brief on the Greek SSE law and cooperative legislation

    SG Bruno Roelants explained at the seminar on "Cooperatives and the Social and Solidarity Economy in Greece and around the world" (Athens, 23 Sept 2017) the major flaws in the new Greek law on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) and cooperative legislation. - News / Legislación, Europa […]

  • Cooperatives are responsible for almost 10% of world employment, new study shows

    CICOPA published its second global report on “Cooperatives and Employment”. Based on data from 156 countries, the updated estimate shows that employment in or within the scope of cooperatives concerns at least 279.4 million people across the globe, in other words 9.46% of the world's employed population. - News / Portada, Internaciona […]

  • Second Global Report on "Cooperatives and Employment"

    September 2017 - Contribution of cooperatives to decent work in the changing world of work - Publications / Portada, Internaciona […]

  • Contribute to the process of the World Social Forum towards the next WSF 2018 in Bahia-Brazil!

    The organizing process of the WSF 2018 is in full swing. It will take place in Bahia-Brazil and all over the world, from 13 to 17 March 2018. Join an international team that aims to: disseminate information about … Continue reading Contribute to the process of the World Social Forum towards the next WSF 2018 in Bahia-Brazil! &rarr […]

  • Cast Down Cancel Culture

    When I was a wee freshman in college, I would come back home for winter break to confidently inform my family of all of the tragic woes in the world and what was needed to fix them. My dad would always back-handedly reply, “That’s what’s wrong with you liberals. You think you’re always right.” I was offended, first by the categorizing of my ideals as being liberal, and second because what I was saying was right. There is a right and a wrong to the world and I was on the right side of it.Regions: United StatesMovements & Struggles: Economic JusticeEnvironmental JusticeFeminism & Gender JusticeImmigrant JusticePeace BuildingQueer & Trans LiberationRacial JusticePractices, Tools & Strategies: Democratic Dialog & DeliberationSolidarity Economy Organizing […]

  • Cooperatives are responsible for almost 10% of world employment, new study shows

    Brussels, 25 September 2017 – CICOPA, the international organisation of industrial and service cooperatives, published today its second global report on “Cooperatives and Employment” [PDF]. Based on data from 156 countries, the updated estimate shows that employment in or within the scope of cooperatives concerns at least 279.4 million people across the globe, in other words 9.46% of the world's employed population. For Bruno Roelants, Secretary General of CICOPA: “Employment is one of the (...) - Press releases / Portada, Internaciona […]

  • We'll See It When We Know It

    [full screen] Go to the GEO front page Visions & Models: solidarity economyMovements & Struggles: Economic JusticePractices, Tools & Strategies: Solidarity Economy Organizing […]

  • In solidarity, En solidaridad...

    In the name of CICOPA president Manuel Mariscal and the CICOPA staff and its members, I would like to express our deepest feelings of solidarity with the Mexican people and the Mexican cooperative movement, in the wake of the earthquakes that have abruptly stroke your country. We are with you. - News / Portada, América […]

  • (Français) Les peuples avant les marchés ! Sommet des Peuples contre l’OMC à Buenos Aires (Argentine, décembre 2017)

    Sorry, this entry is only available in French. Du 10 au 13 décembre prochain se tiendra à Buenos Aires la XIe réunion ministérielle de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC), avec pour objectif de relancer le processus multilatéral de … Continue reading (Français) Les peuples avant les marchés ! Sommet des Peuples contre l’OMC à Buenos Aires (Argentine, décembre 2017) &rarr […]

  • The Principles of European Cooperative Law

    The very first comparative study of European principles of cooperative law is out now! The book “The Principles of European Cooperative Law”, published by Intersentia, is written by a team of legal scholars  (Gemma Fajardo, Antonio Fici, Hagen Henrÿ, David Hiez, Deolinda Meira, Hans-H. Münkner and Ian Snaith) gathered around Study Group on European Cooperative Law (SGECOL) who’s work and studies are supported by Euricse. The Principles of European Cooperative Law (PECOL) focus on the ‘ideal’ legal identity of cooperatives and aim at describing the common core of European cooperative law. They are based on both existing cooperative law in Europe and the EU regulation on the societas cooperativa europaea. The Principles are accompanied by commentaries which illustrate the rationale and legislative background of each principle, and link them to the key features of co-operative identity. The PECOL are articulated into five chapters corresponding to the main aspects around which the identity of a cooperative should be structured, namely: the purpose pursued, internal governance, financial structure, external control and cooperation among cooperatives. The second part of the book presents the national reports upon which the PECOL were based. The reports offer a detailed overview of the cooperative law of seven European jurisdictions (Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the UK), and thus, provide a unique opportunity for lawmakers, practitioners and researchers to compare, circulate and apply best practices of cooperative legislation. “Thanks to the work of an impressive team of researchers, this book provides an important contribution towards a more unified approach to cooperative law at the European level, and will be of use, not only to researchers, but also to any nation that might want to update or improve its cooperative legislation. At the same time, much work remains to be done in order to develop a comprehensive framework – one that includes cooperative law, as well as regulations pertaining to the other branches of law that also affect cooperatives (such as, for instance, taxation and labour law). At Euricse, we are proud of the results that the group of scholars have carried out, the outcome this research has achieved and we are very grateful for their work. Moving forward, we will continue to carry out legal research as part of our multidisciplinary approach to the study of cooperative and social enterprises, and to support the analysis of the laws and regulations that define, shape and affect cooperative enterprises throughout Europe and beyond”, underlined Carlo Borzaga, president of Euricse in the forward to the book which is just published and can be orderd here. The post The Principles of European Cooperative Law appeared first on Euricse. […]

  • The History and Evolution of the Commons

    Is it possible to historicize the commons, to describe the evolution of the commons over time? This is our first draft and preliminary attempt to do so. The post The History and Evolution of the Commons appeared first on Commons Transition. […]

  • Community Is the Best Medicine

    cross-posted from Communities MagazineYour disability income will be the same almost anywhere you go. In community, you may find it can go a lot farther and take you to a lot more interesting places.Regions: United StatesInstitutions & Structures: Intentional CommunitiesEconomic Sectors: Elder CareHealthcareHousing […]

  • Social and socidarity economy and the future of work

    Can the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) improve the future of work at a time when more people are looking for employment, economic inequalities are higher than ever and significant economic, technological and demographic changes are threatening to reduce decent work opportunities? The International Labour Organization (ILO) asked Euricse to answer this very important question based on available research and empirical evidence.  The outcome of this work is the article “Social and socidarity economy and the future of work” which was recently published on the ILO’s web site and will be used to inform the upcoming ILO’s Social and Solidarity Economy Academy in Luxembourg. The paper is authored by Carlo Borzaga, Gianluca Salvatori and Riccardo Bodini, and builds on the work that Euricse researchers have done in this area over the years. The first part of the paper reviews some of the most significant trends affecting the world of work today, including in particular the way in which new technologies and automation are increasingly replacing human workers, on the one hand, and the sectors that are less likely to be affected by these phenomena and more likely to grow in the near future (like personal services, for instance), on the other. In this context, significant attention is being paid to the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) as a viable option to help address some of these challenges. Indeed, while the SSE comprises a diverse and heterogeneous universe of organizational models and approaches, the main actors within the SSE share a set of common features that make them ideally suited to take on some of the key issues related to the future of work. The paper then reviews the main theoretical arguments and empirical evidence on the features and role of SSE organizations, paying particular attention to their implications for the creation and preservation of decent work. The analysis shows that SSE organizations can indeed help create and preserve employment in traditional sectors and promote decent work by providing quality and stable jobs, facilitating women’s entry into the labour force, integrating disadvantaged workers and helping the transition from informal to formal employment. The post Social and socidarity economy and the future of work appeared first on Euricse. […]

  • Invitation: Open Gathering – Collective for a Global Social Transition

    The Collective for a Global Social Transition (CGST) is inviting you to the Open Gathering that will take place on September 30th in Montreal. This will give us the opportunity to explain the Collective’s mission and tell you … Continue reading Invitation: Open Gathering – Collective for a Global Social Transition &rarr […]

  • Émission du premier livret du TIESS sur les obligations communautaires Vous avez dit Obligations Communautaires ?

    Le premier livret du TIESS sur les obligations communautaires est en ligne! Découvrez cette nouvelle avenue de financement pour les organismes à but non lucratif. Mis sur pied en 2014, le comité de travail se penchant sur les nouvelles méthodes de financement des organismes à but non lucratif a publié son premier livret Tour d’horizon des obligations communautaires dont l’objectif est de nous présenter un nouvel outil de financement : les obligations communautaires. Ce guide complet s’avère un outil clé pour tout organisme à but non lucratif souhaitant diversifier ses ressources financières. Cette nouvelle publication est ainsi un élément pertinent pour le transfert d’innovation en économie solidaire. […]

  • IXE Édition – Social and Solidarity Economy Academy

    C’est au Luxembourg du 25-29 septembre prochain que se tiendra la 9ième édition de la Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, mise sur pied par l’Organisation Internationale du Travail. […]

  • Groupe Pilote International de l’économie sociale et solidaire

    Groupe Pilote International de l’économie sociale et solidaire - « Solidaires, participatifs, innovants : les financements de l’Économie Sociale et Solidaire au cœur des ODDs » Le 19 septembre prochain aura lieu à New York, parallèlement à la 72ième Assemblé générale des Nations Unies, un événement de mobilisation des acteurs de la coopération internationale organisé par la France et coordonné par L’association ESS Forum International (ESSFI). […]

  • CICOPA supports Ariel Guarco's candidacy to the ICA presidency

    The Executive Committee members have agreed to approve and support Mr Ariel Guarco's candidacy to the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) presidency, and Mr Janusz Paszkowski as member of the ICA Board. - News / Portada, Internaciona […]

  • A Commons Transition Plan for the City of Ghent

    Michel Bauwens documents the emergence and growth of the Commons in Ghent and suggests the bests public policies to support commons-based initiatives. The post A Commons Transition Plan for the City of Ghent appeared first on Commons Transition. […]

  • Communs – Réinventer ensemble le rapport à la ville

    Les villes sont confrontées à un double mouvement : des aires urbaines de plus en plus grandes et des aspirations locales de plus en plus fortes. Fondées sur les notions de « communs », « tiers-lieux », « milieu de vie », les initiatives citoyennes interrogent le rapport de chaque citoyen à sa ville – d’électeur à acteur- et la posture des municipalités dans les projets locaux – de gestionnaires à facilitateurs. Comment l’ESS s’intègre-t-elle dans ces mouvements ? Quels sont les outils pour favoriser le changement de posture? […]

  • Cities Against the Wall

    Two years into its governing mandate, how is Spain’s municipalist movement fighting back against the impositions of global capital? The post Cities Against the Wall appeared first on Commons Transition. […]

  • Towards World Social Forum 2018 !

    The Brazilian Committee of the World Social Forum launched an Open Letter in São Paulo on Friday, August 18, to convene the people, organizations, social movements, networks and platforms of movements in Brazil, Latin America and the World … Continue reading Towards World Social Forum 2018 ! &rarr […]

  • (Français) Levez les frontières ! Prochain Forum social mondial des migrations (Mexico, octobre 2018)

    Sorry, this entry is only available in French. Appuyez le Collectif mexicain d’organisation du prochain Forum social mondial des migrations (Mexico, octobre 2018) Le 8ème Forum social mondial des migrations (FSMM) aura lieu à l’automne 2018 à Mexico. … Continue reading (Français) Levez les frontières ! Prochain Forum social mondial des migrations (Mexico, octobre 2018) &rarr […]

  • (Français) Participez au concours pour définir le logo du FSM 2018

    Sorry, this entry is only available in French and European Spanish. Le Comité brésilien du Forum Social Mondial 2018 a décidé de lancer un concours pour créer le logo qui identifiera le processus et tous les matériaux et … Continue reading (Français) Participez au concours pour définir le logo du FSM 2018 &rarr […]

  • Social farming in Italy: how the social cooperative, Un fiore per la vita, is showing the way forward

    In Italy, social farming is an important and growing instrument of territorial cohesion and development, linking agriculture to local welfare. In the region of Campania alone, social cooperation employs 12,460 people and has more than 2,000 volunteers. Full-time workers represent about 68% of this figure, 67% of which are women and 4.7% are disadvantaged people. (Data from Confcooperative Campania) - News / Portada […]

  • New report on Together 2030 engagement at the HLPF 2017

    As part of the collective work of the Initiative, Together 2030 members participated in a diverse range of activities before, during and after the 2017 High Level Political Forum. These activities aimed to build their capacities, create space for knowledge sharing, and collectively draft documents with key messages. This comprehensive report not only shows the […] The post New report on Together 2030 engagement at the HLPF 2017 appeared first on Together 2030. […]

  • It is still possible to register for the Social Cooperatives International School! #SCIS2017

    To be held from 19 to 22 October 2017 in Naples (Italy), the #SCIS2017 foresees four thematic sessions and one seminar. During the sessions, the presentation of best practices will focus on the analysis of the role of cooperative groups and consortia in the life of social cooperatives, and how they promote development and partnership among cooperatives themselves and among cooperatives and non-cooperative enterprises. - News / Portada, Internaciona […]

  • A look at transition…

    How can we begin to understand the concept of transition? What is meant by it, and what means are available to us to help bring it about? This exploratory text, prepared by a member of the Collective, is … Continue reading A look at transition… &rarr […]

  • (Français) Compte rendu de l’assemblée de fondation du Collectif pour une transition sociale mondiale

    Sorry, this entry is only available in French. Vous trouverez ci-dessous les résultats des discussions qui ont eu lieu lors du lancement Collectif pour une transition sociale mondiale le vendredi 9 juin 2017. Chacune des stratégies (communication, participation, … Continue reading (Français) Compte rendu de l’assemblée de fondation du Collectif pour une transition sociale mondiale &rarr […]

  • Together 2030 issues recommendations to the UN High Level Political Forum

      Together 2030 members were active during the United Nations High Level Political Forum, held from July 10-19 in New York. Reflections and recommendations were shared during internal strategy meetings which have been compiled in an Open Letter from Together 2030 on the HLPF 2017. The letter is available here. Together 2030 and its members […] The post Together 2030 issues recommendations to the UN High Level Political Forum appeared first on Together 2030. […]

  • Building a Cooperative Solidarity Commonwealth

    Jessica Gordon Nembhard lays out the vision for a 21st century Cooperative Commonwealth characterised by interlocking ownership and solidarity structures. The post Building a Cooperative Solidarity Commonwealth appeared first on Commons Transition. […]

  • JEOD is calling for papers on Social Innovation in Social Enterprises

    The Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity (JEOD) is now calling for papers for a special issue on: “Social innovation in Social enterprises: What is going on?”. Guest editors: Simone Poledrini (University of Perugia), Florence Degavre (Université Catholique de Louvain), and Ermanno Tortia (University of Trento and Euricse). Deadline for submissions of full paper is 13 November 2017 and the publication of the special issue is intend for July 2018. In recent years, the topic of social innovation has attracted considerable attention from scholars in various disciplines, such as economics (Pol and Ville, 2009), management (Cajaiba-Santana, 2014), sociology (Olsson and Galaz, 2012), and psychology (Bulut, Eren and Halac, 2013). These different approaches led to an equally varied number of definitions, perspectives, and frameworks of analysis (Gallouj and Djellal, 2010; Nicholls and Murdock, 2012; Moulaert et al., 2013). One of these is related to social enterprise studies, explained as organizations that combine entrepreneurial dynamics to provide services or goods with a primary objective to meet social needs (Borzaga and Defourny, 2001). Social enterprises (SEs) have significant potential for social innovation. It is now established that social innovation and social enterprise are two tightly interconnected concepts (Harrisson, Klein and Browne, 2010; Defourny and Nyssens, 2013). However, although much is known about the conditions of the emergence of social innovation within the SE context, the main changes undergone by social enterprises due to social innovation are still understudied. The aim of this call is to welcome articles dealing with the subject of the effects of social innovation on different aspects of the social enterprise organisation. We are particularly interested in articles that tackle Schumpeter’s main categories of innovation and explore their effects from the perspective of the SE. More specifically, we enquire under what conditions are new service or goods, new methods of production (like organizational models or models of accountability), new sources of financing, new collaboration between corporations and social enterprises or new models of governance implemented; what are their internal organizational effects; what kind of influence they exert on the main stakeholders of the SE (employees, beneficiaries etc.). We are also interested in articles that examine if, and how, social innovations are associated with (progressive) work transformation or better (gender/ethnic/social) group relations in the workplace. For this forthcoming special issue of JEOD we invite theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions, which draw on different research streams and disciplines. Methodologically, we welcome qualitative, quantitative, multi-method and mixed-methods research approaches dealing with social innovation in social enterprises. Submission Procedure Submissions will undergo a double blind, peer review process. Full manuscripts shall be submitted via the journal website. Please indicate that you are submitting for the “Social innovation in Social enterprises” issue. Information on the submission process and formatting requirements. Deadline for submissions of full paper is 13 November 2017 and the publication of the special issue is intend for July 2018. Please direct any further inquiries to the issue’s guest-editors: Simone Poledrini (simone.poledrini@unipg.it), Florence Degavre (florence.degavre@uclouvain.be), and Ermanno Tortia (ermanno.tortia@unitn.it), or to the editorial office (jeod@euricse.eu). References Borzaga, C. & Defourny, J. (Eds.) (2001). The emergence of social enterprise. London: Routledge. Bulut, C., Eren, H. & Halac, D.S. (2013). Social Innovation and Psychometric Analysis. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 82: 122–130. Cajaiba-Santana, G. (2014). Social innovation: Moving the field forward. A conceptual framework. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 82: 42–51. Defourny, J. & Nyssens, M. (2013). Social innovation, social economy and social enterprise: what can the European debate tell us ? In: F. Moulaert, D. MacCallum, A. Mehmood & A. Hamdouch (Eds.), The international handbook on social innovation. Collective action, social learning and transdisciplinary research. Cheltenham: Elgar. Gallouj, F. & Djellal, F. (Eds.). (2010). The Handbook of Innovation and Services. A Multi-disciplinary Perspective. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Harrisson, D., Klein, J.-L. & Browne, P.L. (2010). Social innovation, social enterprise and services. In: F. Gallouj & F. Djellal (Eds.), The Handbook of Innovation and Service. A Multi-disciplinary Perspective. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 197–218. Moulaert, F., MacCallum, D., Mehmood, A. & Hamdouch, A. (Eds.) (2013). The international handbook on social innovation. Collective action, social learning and transdisciplinary research. Cheltenham: Elgar. Nicholls, A. & Murdock, A. (Eds.) (2012). Social Innovation: Blurring Boundaries to Reconfigure Markets. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 223–247. Pol, E. & Ville, S. (2009). Social innovation: Buzz word or enduring term? Journal of Socio-Economics, 38(6): 878–885. Olsson, P. & Galaz, V. (2012). Social-Ecological Innovation and Transformation. In: A. Nicholls & A. Murdock (Eds.), Social Innovation: Blurring Boundaries to Reconfigure Markets. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 223–247. Download here the Call for paper.     The post JEOD is calling for papers on Social Innovation in Social Enterprises appeared first on Euricse. […]

  • Together 2030 Statement – Leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation of SDGs

    Jo Howard, from Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom delivered Together 2030 statement during the HLPF official session on July 14 in Leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation of SDGs. Together 2030 reminded Member States that the universal, and interlinked nature of the SDGs demand a holistic approach that connects the goals rather than separates them […] The post Together 2030 Statement – Leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation of SDGs appeared first on Together 2030. […]

  • Together 2030 statement for Official MGoS Session, HLPF 2017

    John Patrick Ngoyi (JP), from Justice, Development and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria, and member of Together 2030 Core Group presented a civil society perspective during the second day of the 2017 High Level Political Forum (HLPF). During the Thematic review on eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world: […] The post Together 2030 statement for Official MGoS Session, HLPF 2017 appeared first on Together 2030. […]

  • New report reviews ‘main messages’ from volunteer countries reporting during HLPF 2017

    Check the new report here.  Together 2030, in partnership with World Vision, commissioned a review of the Main Messages submitted by Member States reporting on their implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the HLPF 2017. The purpose of this review is to provide information to civil society stakeholders for their engagement in the HLPF in […] The post New report reviews ‘main messages’ from volunteer countries reporting during HLPF 2017 appeared first on Together 2030. […]

  • Country Experiences Illustrate Together 2030 Input to the 2017 HLPF

    Ahead of the 2017 Session of the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development (HLPF), to be held in New York from July 10 – 19, Together 2030 launches its position paper with key messages to governments and stakeholders engaged in the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda. The position […] The post Country Experiences Illustrate Together 2030 Input to the 2017 HLPF appeared first on Together 2030. […]

  • HLPF 2017 Side Event: “Open, inclusive, participatory and transparent”: How can voluntary national reviews support the pledge to “leave no one behind” in implementing the 2030 Agenda?

    *Save the date* “Open, inclusive, participatory and transparent”: How can voluntary national reviews support the pledge to “leave no one behind” in implementing the 2030 Agenda?   From 18:30 to 20:30* on Monday 17th July 2017   *refreshments will be served from 18:30-19:00   At ONE UN Hotel, 1 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY […] The post HLPF 2017 Side Event: “Open, inclusive, participatory and transparent”: How can voluntary national reviews support the pledge to “leave no one behind” in implementing the 2030 Agenda? appeared first on Together 2030. […]

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  • VI Rencontre de Finance Rurale

    Nos membres Red Fasco et Red Katalysis organisent les 19, 20 et 21 septembre à Copan Ruinas, Honduras, la VI Rencontre des Finance Rurale The post VI Rencontre de Finance Rurale appeared first on Inaise. […]

  • Together 2030 continues to engage at negotiations of HLPF 2017 Ministerial Declaration

    Governments are still negotiating  a Ministerial Declaration, as the main outcome document of the United Nations High Level Political Forum of 2017. On June 21, Together 2030 delivered a statement highlighting key comments from the Initiative to the revised draft presented by the Co-Facilitators on Monday (June 19). Check the June 21 statement: T30 Statement – […] The post Together 2030 continues to engage at negotiations of HLPF 2017 Ministerial Declaration appeared first on Together 2030. […]

  • Euricse enters new research partnership with the ICA

    The partnership between Euricse and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) grows stronger with the addition of a new area of collaboration.  In March 2016 the ICA signed a Framework Partnership Agreement with the European Commission aimed at strengthening the Alliance and the cooperative movement in its capacity to promote international development. This Agreement underpins the “Cooperatives in Development – People-centered Businesses in Action” programme and includes knowledge building activities at the global and regional level. Within the scope of this important global project, Euricse will support the ICA regional offices in carrying out research aimed at mapping cooperative actors and assessing the state of cooperative legislation across five continents – an effort designed to support the ICA network in the concrete implementation of international development activities. Euricse is pleased to join the ICA, Co-operatives Europe and the other ICA Regional Offices staff working on this project.  It is our hope that the knowledge and expertise Euricse has developed over the years (including through other projects conducted with the ICA, such as the World Co-operative Monitor) will contribute to the success of this project and to strengthening the global co-operative movement. The post Euricse enters new research partnership with the ICA appeared first on Euricse. […]

  • Commons in the time of monsters: How P2P Politics can change the world, one city at a time

    Can Commons and P2P practices offer viable solutions for our present and future social, political and ecological crises? This is the story of how it's done. The post Commons in the time of monsters: How P2P Politics can change the world, one city at a time appeared first on Commons Transition. […]

  • How the Commons can revitalize Europe

    Where does EU policy stand today with regards to the commons? An article by Sophie Bloemen and David Hammerstein. The post How the Commons can revitalize Europe appeared first on Commons Transition. […]

  • (Français) Le Collectif FSM 2016 devient le Collectif pour une transition sociale mondiale !

    Sorry, this entry is only available in French. Le Collectif FSM 2016 a été créé en mai 2013 afin de contribuer à la convergence des organisations de la société civile, mouvements, collectifs et personnes de bonne volonté qui souhaitent … Continue reading (Français) Le Collectif FSM 2016 devient le Collectif pour une transition sociale mondiale ! &rarr […]

  • Commons Transition and P2P: a Primer

    This short primer explains the Commons and P2P, how they interrelate and how a Commons transition could to reinvigorate work, politics, production, and care. The post Commons Transition and P2P: a Primer appeared first on Commons Transition. […]

  • Finance socialement responsable – les leviers pour changer d’échelle

    L’accès au financement est largement reconnu comme un des enjeux clés pour le développement de l’économie sociale. De la conception des outils a la capitalisation, la finance socialement responsable nécessite des partenariats forts entre les réseaux d’économies sociales et les pouvoirs publics. Comment se construisent ces partenariats ? quelle palette d’outils développer ? Quelles solutions émergent aujourd’hui ? C.I.T.I.E.S. propose de faire le point sur les meilleures pratiques. […]

  • Marchés publics

    Les achats publics, un puissant levier de développement L’intégration des principes de développement durable au sein des organisations a transformé la fonction Achat des gouvernements locaux : d’une fonction juridique et financière, les achats publics deviennent un puissant outil de politique publique. De plus en plus, les marchés publics sont ainsi un levier majeur pour le développement de l’économie sociale et solidaire (ESS). […]

  • Nine Key Political Propositions for Building the Commons

    Martin O’Shaughnessy summarizes Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval´s nine political propositions on how to build the commons at the global level. The post Nine Key Political Propositions for Building the Commons appeared first on Commons Transition. […]

  • Euricse participates in a European project aimed at promoting cooperative entrepreneurship

    Euricse was endorsed by the European Commission to participate in a project that will analyse and implement entrepreneurship education programs based on the cooperative business model The initiative will promote a cooperative spirit and entrepreneurship skills of high school and university students from all over Europe in order to improve their employability. Trento, May 4th. The project ECOOPE – Entrepreneurial Cooperative Experience – co-funded by the European Commission with a total budget of over 300.000€ was launched in April 2017 with the aim of improving the employability of young people in Europe by providing them with relevant entrepreneurship knowledge and skills to promote the set-up of cooperatives. Euricse will bring their expertise to this project together with six other institutions from Finland, United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Context As a business model, cooperatives are a very attractive option for young people since their implementation does not require large capital investment and the responsibility is limited. Its constitution is based on the association of people who face common economic, social and cultural objectives and who distribute the results in an equitable way. Cooperativism has proven its viability even in times of crisis: in Europe one in five persons is a member of a cooperative. There are more than 250,000 cooperatives with 123 million members employing more than 5 million people in multiple sectors throughout Europe. Education in entrepreneurship and cooperativism Through the design and development of innovative training actions that can be easily integrated into secondary and university education, ECOOPE seeks to promote among young Europeans the cooperative spirit and business model as a tool to acquire social and entrepreneurial skills that enhance their employability, especially in those countries with high youth unemployment rates such as Spain, Italy and Portugal. The objective of the first phase of the ECOOPE project is to identify and study the best programs, methodologies and tools that are being developed in Europe regarding education and training in cooperative entrepreneurship. The results will be reflected in a Best Practice Guide that will be made available to the public in order to increase awareness of the viability of this business model. The second project phase will begin in October 2017 with the design and implementation of two pilot courses for high school and university students. The pilots training propose an innovative working formula in which students, integrated into multidisciplinary teams, will have to find solutions to real-world challenges posed by cooperatives in the participating regions. In spring of 2018, the project will complete with an international event to disseminate the innovative content and teaching methodologies developed by members of cooperatives, colleges, universities, SMEs and other public and private institutions in various European countries. ECOOPE The ECOOPE project has a budget of more than 300,000 euros and is co-financed by the European Commission. The consortium is composed of seven institutions from five EU countries: University of Cantabria and Santander International Entrepreneurship Center (Spain), Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland), University of Porto (Portugal), European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Italy), Co -operative College CI (United Kingdom), Portugal Entrepreneurship Education Platform (Portugal) and Industrial City of Valle del Nalón (Spain). The post Euricse participates in a European project aimed at promoting cooperative entrepreneurship appeared first on Euricse. […]

  • WCM is calling for data

    Please take the short amount of time needed to enter your co-operative’s details for the 2017 edition of the Monitor. The World Co-operative Monitor, published by the International Co-operative Alliance in conjunction Euricse, has become the premier source of annual data on the size of the co-operative economy. It has become a crucial resource for raising the co-operative profile and impact with policymakers, industry professionals and the public at large. It is also an important tool for researchers around the globe and is now calling for data. At the core of the Monitor is a list of the 300 largest co-operatives in the world, as measured by turnover. In addition, the Monitor presents sectorial rankings and in-depth looks at particular sectors or regions. In 2016, the report included an analysis of the financial structure of the largest co-operatives. This year we are committed to expand that analysis to include smaller co-operatives, those with turnovers below USD 50 million, in some cases well below that figure. We are reaching out to co-operatives of all sizes, across sectors and regions to expand the coverage of the database. Please take the short amount of time needed to enter your co-operative’s details for the 2017 edition of the Monitor. Federations and supporters of co-operatives are encouraged to mobilise the co-operatives in their membership and network to complete the survey. The 2017 survey is available in many different languages online and will be open through May 31st, 2017. The findings from the World Co-operative Monitor, which will include a special section on impact of the co-operative movement in South East Asia, will be presented at the Alliance conference in Malaysia in November. For inquiries please write to monitor@monitor.coop. The post WCM is calling for data appeared first on Euricse. […]

  • Bulletin de la Coopérative d’Épargne et de Crédit Fortalecer – Mars 2017

    Nous vous invitons à lire le nouveau Bulletin No .. 7 « Renforcer les opportunités » de la  coopérative d’épargne et de crédit FORTALECER dont le thème est « UN SYSTÈME DE FINANCE SOLIDAIRE POUR UNE RÉALITÉ EXIGEANT DES  RÉPONSES »; le présent numéro traite de la question des désastres naturels et situations d’urgences provoquées […] The post Bulletin de la Coopérative d’Épargne et de Crédit Fortalecer – Mars 2017 appeared first on Inaise. […]

  • (Français) Semaine mondiale d’action contre les paradis fiscaux – 1er au 7 avril 2017

    Sorry, this entry is only available in French. Dans le cadre de la Semaine mondiale d’action contre les paradis fiscaux qui mobilisera groupes et citoyens dans différentes villes du monde entre le 1er et le 7 avril 2017, … Continue reading (Français) Semaine mondiale d’action contre les paradis fiscaux – 1er au 7 avril 2017 &rarr […]

  • Mutual, cooperative and co-owned busines

      A new book edited by Jonathan Michie, Joseph R. Blasi and Carlo Borzaga, published by Oxford University Press Handbook   “Mutual, co-operative and co-owned business” is the title of The Oxford University Press Handbook edited by Jonathan Michie, University of Oxford (UK), Joseph R. Blasi, Rutgers University (USA), and Carlo Borzaga, University of Trento (Italy) is now available. The handbook analyses, describes, and explains the complex world of organisations that assign ownership rights and governance control to stakeholders other than investors. The complexity of this set of organisations results both from the different degree of control exerted by stakeholders in each typology, and from different legislative and regulatory frameworks that govern these organisational forms. The handbook investigates all kinds of ‘member-owned’ organizations, whether consumer cooperatives, agricultural and producer cooperatives, worker cooperatives, mutual building societies, friendly societies, credit unions, solidarity organizations, mutual insurance companies, or employee-owned companies.  The owner of such organisations can be the consumers, the producers, or the employees – whether through single-stakeholder or multi-stakeholder ownership. Member-owned organizations These organizations have different names: from ‘mutuals’ in the UK, to ‘solidarity cooperatives’ in Latin America.  In some countries, such organizations are not even officially recognized and thus lack a specific denomination. For the sake of clarity, the Handbook will refer to member-owned organizations to encompass the variety of non-investor-owned organizations, and in the national case study chapters the terms used will be those most widely employed in that country. These alternative corporate forms have emerged in a variety of economic sectors in almost all advanced economies since the time of the Industrial Revolution and the development of capitalism, through the subsequent creation and dominance of the limited liability company.  Until recently, these organizations were generally regarded as a rather marginal component of the economy.  However, over the past few years, member-owned organizations have come to be seen in some countries, at least, as potentially attractive in light of their ability to tackle various economic and social concerns, and their relative resilience during the financial and economic crises of 2007-2013. Renewed interest in member-owned Thus, 2012 was designated by the United Nations as the ‘Year of the Co-operative’.  And various documents delivered by European Union Institutions have pointed to the key role played by non-investor owned enterprises in European societies.  Decisive steps forward in recognizing the contribution of co-operatives to societal well-being have been made by the ‘Europe2020’ strategy, and in particular by the European Commission’s recently launched ‘Social Business Initiative’.[1] This renewed interest in member-owned organizations has paved the way for a wider recognition of the importance of corporate diversity. For example, the 2012 Report delivered by the UK Commission on Ownership advocated a greater degree of corporate diversity, with a stronger member-owned and employee-owned sector. Another example is the UK’s 2010-15 Coalition Government’s commitment – evident in its Coalition Agreement – to strengthening the cooperative and social economy sectors, in part to create a more resilient financial services sector in reaction to the global financial crisis of 2007-2008,which is generally seen as having been created by the excesses of privately- and shareholder-owned banks and other financial institutions. 54 international contributors to the Handbook The Handbook is international in scope, includes contributions from 54 leading academics and practitioners, and covers various disciplinary aspects, including economics, finance and accounting, management and business, law, politics, history, organisational studies, psychology, public policy, and industrial sociology. The editors ensured that the collection is interdisciplinary in approach.  The chapters reflect the latest academic research and thinking on each topic and report on the relevant policy debates.  The strengths and weaknesses of the various alternative corporate forms are explored, with failures analysed as well as successes. Table of contents In part I the authors describe and analyse the diversity and complexity of member owned organisations. This section is aimed at providing a comprehensive overview of entrepreneurial pluralism. In particular, attention is paid both to the variety and complexity of member-owned organizations and the different sets of regulations governing each legal entity. In part II the authors consider the rationale of cooperative enterprises. The contributions are devoted to explaining the economic, social, and political rationale of co-operatives from a theoretical perspective. Part III gives a historical overview. Historically cooperatives have prospered when they have specific advantages over investor-owned enterprises and satisfy needs that are otherwise unmet. This section analyzes the main cooperative models and the cooperative principles and values that have been consolidating throughout history and up to the present day, to strengthen the ability of cooperatives to fulfil new needs arising in society. Drawing on a comparative perspective, part IV focuses on the role and evolutionary dynamics distinguishing the different types of member-owned organizations that populate the economic system. Attention is paid to the main characteristics and key factors explaining the success and consolidation of member-owned enterprises in both traditional economic sectors and new fields of activity to address new economic and social concerns. Part V investigates the implications of members’ engagement in the ownership structure. The focus is on political, governance, and organizational aspects affecting each type of member-owned organization. Specific attention is paid to the definition of innovative governance solutions that can reconcile the growth in size with member involvement. Part VI presents selected national case studies. The rationale for selecting case studies is the significant contribution provided by each typology of organization to economic growth, employment creation, and a more balanced distribution of wealth in given countries and/or regions. The next part (VII) gathers some representative case studies of selected corporations and co-operatives. The final part focuses on the future scenarios for member-owned organizations. Authors are asked to both analyze the main risks and challenges that member-owned enterprises are likely to face over the next decades and explain whether and to what extent the expansion of various forms of cooperation can be regarded as a viable way out of the crisis. Euricse’s contribution to the Handbook Carlo Borzaga is one of the editors of the Handbook and 9 authors are either researchers or fellows of Euricse: Chiara Carini, Maurizio Carpita, Sara Depedri, Antonio Fici, Giulia Galera, Michela Giovannini, Silvio Goglio, Pier Angelo Mori, Ermanno C. Tortia and Marcelo Vieta. Where to buy the Handbook For more information, please visit the publisher’s website. [1]           Also noteworthy is the resolution by the European Parliament on the contribution of cooperatives to overcoming the crisis (A7-0222/2013). The post Mutual, cooperative and co-owned busines appeared first on Euricse. […]

  • For the development of agricultural cooperatives in Africa

    The report is an important resource that will help organisations increase the effectiveness of their interventions by comparing strategies implemented in the interventions and context of reference. Which factors help and which, instead, hinder the creation of agricultural cooperatives in the African continent? What can we learn from cooperative development programmes promoted by organisations from the North American and European co-operative movement? What legal, economic and political opportunities and challenges did they encounter in the countries where the programmes are implemented? The answers to these questions can be found in the newly published research report on “Processes and Policies for Co-operative Development Promoters in Africa” by Euricse in collaboration with OCDC (U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council) and USAID. The study also includes a mapping of the cooperative development projects in the agricultural sector by part of the 15 organisations that participated in the study, to which the national studies of four countries were added: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Senegal.     The post For the development of agricultural cooperatives in Africa appeared first on Euricse. […]

  • Towards a European Statute for Social and Solidarity-Based Enterprise

    A chat with Professor Antonio Fici about his latest study for the European Parliament. “The hope is to now move from theory to practice, meaning concrete legislative initiatives which identify and promote social enterprises.” Social enterprises (SE) are subject to ad hoc legislation in an increasing number of EU jurisdictions, and legislative initiatives in this field are under consideration by EU institutions. With the aim of deepening the understanding of this topic, the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament commissioned, oversaw and published, just a few days ago, the study entitled “A European Statute for Social and Solidarity-Based Enterprise”. The study was conducted by Antonio Fici, professor of Private Law at the University of Molise and consultant on the Third Sector for the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. Professor Fici has collaborated in recent years with Euricse on many research projects focused on comparative law on cooperatives and SE. In light of this recent publication, we took the opportunity to ask him a few questions concerning the state of the art of European legislation on SE. Why does this study matter? The study proves that among the EU institutions the theme of social economy actors, and in particular that of social enterprises, is gaining importance. Indeed, the EU seems to rely more and more on these subjects in order to increase the sociability rate of the single market and use them as an antidote to market failures and the employment crisis. The hope is to now move from theory to practice, meaning concrete legislative initiatives which identify and promote social enterprises. Why is tailor made legislation on SE essential for the development of this business form? There are several reasons why tailor made legislation on SE is crucial for the development of this unconventional form of business organization. The study thoroughly explores them and emphasizes the fact that specific legislation would allow social entrepreneurs to point out their distinctive identity towards various stakeholders, thus benefiting from the competitive advantage that operating under the legal status  of “social enterprise” should guarantee them. The considerable development in the phenomenon of social enterprises which took place in countries such as Italy and the United Kingdom after the approval of specific laws on SE is the plainest historical proof of what the paper theorizes. The increasing tendency of EU member states to adopt legislation on SE seems to prove the same. At present, at least 18 of them have one or more specific laws on this topic. Could you provide a few examples of existing models of SE regulation? The existing models of SE regulation can be classified in several ways. However, the most important one is the distinction between European laws where the social enterprise is a particular form of cooperative or capital company and those where the social enterprise is a normative qualification (or legal status) that actors with different legal forms (foundation, association, cooperative, capital company…) can acquire, provided that they satisfy certain requirements. The study analyzes both models and opts for the latter, which is the one currently in force in Italy as a consequence of legislative decree no. 155/2006 and of delegation law no. 106/2016 on the reform of the Third sector. What are the core elements of an SE’s legal identity? The legal identity of a SE obviously depends on the national legislation of reference. However, on a European level, a shared identity seems to be emerging. The study pinpoints the core elements of the European social enterprise. Among these, operating for purposes of general interest and not primarily for profit, carrying out an entrepreneurial activity with social aims, and having a democratic governance structure (or at least one that is participatory and includes the various stakeholders of the enterprise) are particularly important. It goes without saying that these characteristics slightly vary in the different national jurisdictions. What are the main recommendations on the potential forms and contents of an EU legal statute? The study recommends the adoption of EU legislation that acknowledges and disciplines SE as a particular normative qualification (or legal status). Moreover, it suggests using “European Social Enterprise” as the name for all business organizations that respect the European Statute and possess each and every identifying requirement. These requirements can be identified by EU legislators based on current legislation in member states and, especially, on the above mentioned shared identity. As a result of this European Statute, each member state would have a specific law on SE that homogeneously identifies this business form and, at the same time, preserves the specificities of each European jurisdiction. The resulting uniformity would concern the crucial elements of SE’s identity and boost their development, by making them more visible at a European level. The post Towards a European Statute for Social and Solidarity-Based Enterprise appeared first on Euricse. […]

  • JEOD: the new issue of the review is out

    The new issue (Volume 5, Issue 1)  of the international scientific review The Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity (JEOD) is now available online. It is a double blind peer refereed review which publishes theoretical as well as empirical researches on the entrepreneurial phenomenon from different perspectives (economics, sociology, political sciences, law). To the new issue contributed: Bruno Jossa “On the Advantages of a System of Labour-managed Firms“ David Ellerman “Worker Cooperatives as Based on First Principles“ Paola Raffaelli “Social and Solidarity Economy in a Neoliberal Context: Transformative or Palliative?“ Anthony Jensen  “The 1980s Worker Co-operative Buyout Experience in Australia. Learning from Praxis“ Kiri Langmead  “Challenging the Degeneration Thesis: the Role of Democracy in Worker Cooperatives?“ Giulia Galera “Book Review: Social and Solidarity Economy beyond the Fringe“     The post JEOD: the new issue of the review is out appeared first on Euricse. […]

  • Euricse and ILO join forces toward improving cooperative statistics

    This joint initiative is part of the global effort around improving cooperative statistics. The 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) held in Geneva from in October 2013 recognized the importance of having more comprehensive and internationally comparable statistics on the cooperatives by adopting a resolution for advancing work on the topic. This resolution is in line with paragraph 8 of the ILO Recommendation 193 on the promotion of cooperatives states encourages governments to ensure that national policies “seek to improve national statistics on cooperatives with a view to the formulation and implementation of development policies”. The International Labour Office (ILO) was asked to report on progress in advancing cooperative statistics at the 20th ICLS session that will take place in October 2018. Toward this end the ILO has been undertaking a series of initiatives including a global mapping of country experiences in improving cooperative statistics. Euricse is happy to contribute to the global mapping with an additional six country case studies.   The post Euricse and ILO join forces toward improving cooperative statistics appeared first on Euricse. […]

  • Marquez la date – Conférence internationale de la finance sociale et solidaire – 30-31 Mai- 1 Juin 2017

    The post Marquez la date – Conférence internationale de la finance sociale et solidaire – 30-31 Mai- 1 Juin 2017 appeared first on Inaise. […]

  • Bienvenue à notre nouveau membre: Gredos San Diego – Espagne

    Bienvenue à la coopérative Gredos San Diego (GSD) qui s’est joint à nous comme nouveau membre! Depuis plus de 30 ans, GSD adhère aux principes coopératifs afin d’offrir des services éducatifs. Sa mission: Servir les gens pour leur développement et leur formation à différents stades de la vie, afin d’améliorer la société. The post Bienvenue à notre nouveau membre: Gredos San Diego – Espagne appeared first on Inaise. […]

  • Entrevue avec Maria Elena Querejazu de la Fundación Sembrar

    Maria Elena Querejazu a été élue au conseil d’administration d’INAISE en mai 2016 dans le cadre de l’assemblée générale. Maria Elena est directrice générale de Sembrar, une organisation Bolivienne qui offre un soutien financier et technique aux agriculteurs. J’ai eu l’occasion de m’entretenir avec Maria Elena pour en apprendre davantage sur la réalité de l’agriculture familiale en Bolivie. Parlez-moi […] The post Entrevue avec Maria Elena Querejazu de la Fundación Sembrar appeared first on Inaise. […]

  • VILLUM FOUNDATION invests DKK 20 million in Merkur Cooperative Bank

    VILLUM FOUNDATION invests DKK 20 million in Merkur Cooperative Bank With a DKK 20m investment from VILLUM FOUNDATION, Merkur Cooperative Bank will be able to increase its number of loans to sustainable projects. With its investment of DKK 20m in newly issued cooperative shares from Merkur, VILLUM FOUNDATION is enabling Merkur to extend future additional loans to the tune of […] The post VILLUM FOUNDATION invests DKK 20 million in Merkur Cooperative Bank appeared first on Inaise. […]

  • GLS Alternative Investments – Mikrofinanzfonds

    The GLS Bank launched its first own microfinance fund. The main objective of the « GLS Alternative Investments – Mikrofinanzfonds » is to enable borrowers in emerging and developing countries to access financial services, which would otherwise be limited or impossible. The resources of the fund are used to refinance microfinance institutions (MFIs) and where applicable offer technical assistance or financial education. […] The post GLS Alternative Investments – Mikrofinanzfonds appeared first on Inaise. […]

  • Banques éthiques: Une transition à petits pas

    Un article dans le « Luxemburger Wort » du 9 juin 2016 décrit une conférence de notre membre etika avec trois autres structures de finance éthique: LaNef, NewB et Bank für Gemeinwohl. Sous le titre « Banques éthiques: Une transition à petits pas » l’article parle de ce que proposent ces projets et leur difficultés à atteindre leurs buts. […] The post Banques éthiques: Une transition à petits pas appeared first on Inaise. […]

  • Les vidéos de la conférence de Montréal sont en ligne

    Les vidéos de la conférence de Montréal sont maintenant disponibles en ligne! Pour voir ou revoir les conférenciers rendez-vous sur le site de Web TV. Visioner les vidéos The post Les vidéos de la conférence de Montréal sont en ligne appeared first on Inaise. […]