What is Social Solidarity Economy?

Today, perhaps as never before, more people are becoming aware that capitalism has turned our lives and our planet into a commodity. A system that is environmentally unsustainable and socially unjust, and that it is not able to guarantee the happiness and dignified life conditions of all persons in any place on the planet.

Social Solidarity Economy includes a wide range of practices that span economic, social, environmental, political, communitarian or holistic dimensions.


Job offer: Trilingual Executive Secretary (EN/FR/ES)

Job Description: Under the direction of the Board of Directors  and especially the Coordination, the role of the Executive Secretary is to: Coordinate (i) the activities of the Board of directors and working groups in implementing the RIPESS work plan, (ii) the activities that may arise from the participation of RIPESS in various international bodies, (iii) the work of full [...]

From Lima to a UN Resolution: the role of RIPESS Intercontinental.

Yvon Poirier has been active in various capacities in RIPESS since 2004. He is a member of several organizations in Quebec and Canada, including the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet), a founding member of RIPESS in 2002. Note. This article is a translation from the original French text published in I’économie solidaire en mouvement, Editions Érès, 2022, pages 165-168 [...]

20th Anniversary in Building the SSE Movement

Interviews with Nancy Neamtan and Michael Lewis - originally published here, on the website of CCdeNet. Interviews conducted by Yvon Poirier, the Canadian CED Network’s representative to RIPESS. The Chantier de l’économie sociale and the Canadian CED Network (CCEDNet) are founding members of RIPESS Both of you attended a meeting in Dakar (Senegal) on December 18 and 19, 2002. At the occasion [...]

What is RIPESS?

RIPESS is a global network of continental networks committed to the promotion of Social Solidarity Economy. The member networks themselves (Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania) bring together national and sectorial networks, thus ensuring strong territorial anchoring.

The combined local and global scope gives RIPESS legitimacy to promote SSE, foster intercontinental cooperation, and advocate at different levels. RIPESS members believe in the importance of the globalisation of solidarity, and the ability to build and strengthen an economy that places people and planet at the centre of its activities.

CSA, cohousing,biocoops, recycling,, renewable energy cooperatives, food coop… What is it that allows these thousands of initiatives, this system of values that underpins the social and solidarity economy, to form a system? To create a movement? How can they be made more visible?

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