The role of Public Policies for Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) suffers a visibility challenge. However these policies can be crucial to bring out collective initiatives involving citizens. We wish to enhance Public Policies for the ESS through case studies and a mapping compilation, to resume the policies that contribute to create territorial ecosystems in favor of the development of the SSE, since they:

  • implement financing practices, social markets, fiscal, legal, legislative  and diagnostic mechanisms, etc,
  • go along with the actors working in favor of the ESS in their respective territories
  • promote contacts, exchanges and generate networking between these actors
  • relocate the activities related to food, transport, energy, housing, education, finance, etc.
  • thus create very stable and relocated jobs,
  • value the “best practices”
  • promote new debate spaces and co-development and co-construction of these policies with citizens.

The SSE needs to explain itself to itself to multiply and inspire. Which are the Public Policies that have a real impact on the emergency and the development of SSE initiatives? We believe that collecting the largest possible number of case studies, making them visible and valued through a cartography, would be a useful distribution tool, to use on our respective websites and on other divices (mobile, computer graphics, etc.) to be decided together.

On the website, we have implemented a map of the SSE solutions that retakes the file descriptions of SSE initiatives, that you can identify by human needs (food, housing, health, education, etc.) in 6 languages (French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, German and Italian). But this map offers more possibilities: it is possible, for example, to visualize alternative medias, or research centers in SSE, to frame only experiences related to food and to reproduce a part of this map in a message or your own Website. >> We thought we could use a specific map for Public Policies and the territories that encourage them.

This mapping, under construction, is being shared with the RIPESS networks from other continents to promote the extension of this initiative worldwide, and keep improving and adapting the methodology.

You will find more information on the area of RIPESS Europe website dedicated to public policy, in English or in French (different contents).

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