The call for proposals for the 4th edition of the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) is open until February 28th, 2018. RIPESS, as a close partner of GSEF, warmly encourages you to participate.

The Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) is an international network that brings together regional and local governments, Social Economy agents, civil society, universities and social organizations committed to supporting the development of the Social Economy (SE).

The Forum, which central theme is: “the Social Economy and Cities: Values and competitiveness for inclusive and sustainable local development”,  will be held this year in Bilbao, Spain, in 1-3 October 2018. Therefore, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about the best practices of local governments and SSE around the world, strengthen international collaborations, as well as sharing your experience  around the main thematic lines (note that each of them includes different subtopics– see their full description):

  1. Co-creation of public policies.
  2. Contribution of the SE to regional transformation.
  3. Challenges to the growth of SE entities.
  4. The future of work and employment: the role of SE.

Submit your initiatives until February 28th, 2018. Please note that you must follow few steps to present your proposal . Full information about the process is available here:; and you can fin the selection criteria in the guide.

As a reminder GSEF is a RIPESS member and RIPESS is member of GSEF and its Steering Committee. As in GESF2016 Montréal, RIPESS wants to be present at GSEF 2018 with a strong international delegation from Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Oceania, emphasizing the importance of solidarity, cooperation, alliances, and participatory and active co-construction of Public Policies.

We look forward  to seeing you in Bilbao.