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Published on 28/01/2021by redazione

“Empowering the planet” with the cooperative movement

The third episode of the series “Coop Cinema” was a success. On the 27th of January, our journey around the world to discover the capacity of cooperatives to empower workers, communities and environment took us to South America.

Watch the webinar “Empowering the planet

Watch the webinar “Empowering communities

Watch the webinar “Empowering workers

We screened two more videos from the Arountheworld project, both from the Americas. Renewable energy coops in Costa Rica and a waste collection and recycling workers cooperative in Argentina were presented as sustainable and inclusive models for a clean future of our planet.

After the introduction from our project manager Ilana Gotz, we discussed the videos with Gianluca Salvatori, our secretary general, Danilo Salerno, regional director ICA Americas, and the Aroundtheworld team, Sara Vicari and Cecile Berranger. Danilo Salerno said “It’s great to focus on the contribution of cooperatives to the protection of the environment and to job creation within the social economy. They are two crucial matters in this historic moment”.

Cecile Berranger, responsible for communications at Aroundtheworld, underlined that “Our job was to turn research into videos. We never started working with a script. We never start our work with filming, our priority was to know more about cooperatives’ stories. It is a collective work, a co-creation process”.

“What is important in these experiences is that everything starts from basic needs to meet basic needs. You start from a situation that can generate exclusion, where market and state are unable to provide for some needs, and you come out with a solution that is self-management by a community”, said Gianluca Salvatori.

Speaking about the Argentinian cooperative “Creando Conciencia”, Aroundtheworld co-founder Sara Vicari described it as a school of democracy, a school of life. “They have had access to decent jobs, but at the same time the cooperative represents a chance to find a role in the society and, even first, to find a family. They were not left alone when facing the crisis”.

The highlight of the third Coop Cinema event was the presence of two protagonists of the videos.

Liseth Guzman Sandi, communication manager from Infocoop Costa Rica, in the documentary said: “Transnational companies don’t care if someone who lives far away has electricity or he doesn’t. Cooperatives do more than just look for financial remuneration. They are looking at a better and more holistic support and integral growth of the whole society in terms of health, education and economy”.

Ramiro Martinez, member of Creando Conciencia, highlighted the “cooperative difference”. “In times of crisis we do not throw people out, we include them. This is the added value that we have against the investor-owned company, we cover potholes they cut and exclude, we include and generate proposals for the future”.

“The idea behind the webinars is to put together the research perspective with the storytelling perspective. This first series is now over, but we will continue to collaborate to pursue this aim”, said Ilana Gotz.

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Published on 19/11/2020by redazione

Coop Cinema, “Empowering communities” from Castel Volturno to Warsaw

Innovation happens on the ground. This is the fil rouge that links the two documentaries filmed by Around the World and screened in the second episode of Coop Cinema on the 18th of November.

Ilana Gotz from Euricse opened the webinar, giving the floor to Hanna Persson, training and education officer from Coops4dev. Then Sara Vicari, founder of Around the World, illustrated the project and the partnership with the International Cooperative Alliance, ICA.

The first video, namely “A cooperative story number one – Casa di Alice” is set in Castel Volturno (Italy) and is dedicated to the activities of the social enterprise Cooperativa Altri Orizzonti, from social farming to a sewing workshop, in a territory strongly hit by illegal activities. “It is important to share stories like “Casa di Alice”, because doing that we can show that another world is possible”, Euricse researcher, Jacopo Sforzi, said. “To think about communities means to think in a different way”, agreed Cécile Berranger, from the Around the World research team.

“I love the cooperative because it’s different, it goes against the stream”, said one of the founders of the Kooperatywa Dobrze in Warsaw. The second video screened in Coop Cinema focused on the revolution brought among consumers in Poland by this food coop. “Our business model is like an anthill”, said another coop member. Beata Charikya, member of Kooperatywa Dobrze, took part in the webinar as well.

Watch Episode 2 here. A lot of food for thought!

If you missed the first episode, you could watch it here.

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Published on 29/10/2020by redazione

The second episode of “Coop cinema” is coming

Join Euricse’s trip around the world on Zoom and Facebook

From a voluntary association in the South of Italy to a food cooperative in Warsaw: how can social economy organizations empower communities? “Coop cinema” is a series of online events from October to December featuring screenings of a selection of documentaries produced by Sara Vicari and Andrea Mancori, each followed by reflections from Euricse researchers on the key themes, such as cooperative models, governance, the future of work, and local development.

The second episode is about “Empowering communities”. On the 18th of November we will screen two documentaries featuring association “Casa di Alice” in Castel Volturno (Italy) and Kooperatywa Dobrze in Warsaw (Poland). Around the World collaborators and sponsors will be joined by Jacopo Sforzi, Euricse researcher, to comment on the two documentaries and discuss the key cooperative themes with participants.


Please register in order to receive the link to the event https://bit.ly/31Soima

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