For the 5th International Meeting of Social Solidarity Economy – Manila 2013:

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Programme extract

This group will be focused on the ways that existing SSE initiatives undertake their economic activities and their integration in economic networks and supply chains. In this Theme, territoriality and sustainable development is a key aspect that should be present transversally in the discussions.

60 contributions in total: 15 in 3 languages (EN/ES/FR); 13 in 2 languages (EN/FR); 20 (FR only); 7 (EN only); 1 (ES only) and 3 associated EN or FR.

A summary of all the posts downloadable, with the available language(s) indicated.

Three questions act as the common thread for contributions and discussions at the workshop on How to Make Progress?

1. Strengthen the organization of “companies that cooperate at the local level”; link them together so they can help each other; reach a critical mass capable of influencing frameworks for action and regional, national and global decisions.

2. Organize at different levels, link the horizontal with the vertical to prepare the conditions for democratic territorial governance of the social, economic and ecological; establish and increase the range of solutions; pool and share transferable tools and methods. 

3. Make progress over the next four years in introducing the RIPESS intercontinental project to the global agenda and “constructing the social and solidarity economy as an alternative model.”

We must not forget that the workshop’s goal is to produce a number of proposals that will then be given concrete form as a programme of work to be undertaken by the committed organizations from the various continents over a four-year period.

Organization team

Yvon Poirier (RIPESS North America), Martine Theveniaut (RIPESS Europe), Françoise Wautiez ( The other continents (Latin America, Africa and Asia) did not designate representatives to take part in the preparatory Theme 2 discussions. Their viewpoints are therefore less well represented, but are nevertheless present.