Documentaries and discussion on the cooperative economy around the world
A trip around the world in three webinars recounting the cooperative economy through the work of Around the World.coop and commentary from Euricse. “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 our researchers on the key themes, such as cooperative models, governance, the future of work, and local development.
The first episode is about “Empowering workers”. On 7th October at 5 pm (CEST time) we will screen two documentaries featuring Up&Go cooperative in NY (USA) and Cheeseboard Collective in Berkeley, CA (USA). Around the World collaborators and sponsors will be joined by Riccardo Bodini, Euricse director, and Giulia Galera, Euricse senior researcher, to comment on the two documentaries and discuss the key cooperative themes with participants.
Please register here in order to receive the link to attend the event. You will be able to attend “Coop cinema” on streaming on Euricse Facebook page, as well.
aroundtheworld.coop is a project dreamt and developed by Andrea and Sara, a married couple who decided to put together their passions and skills and embark on a thrilling experience of a lifetime: travelling around the world for one year, documenting different sorts of cooperatives on all the continents. The project has also been possible thanks to the partnership with the International Co-operative Alliance and its regional offices.
UN Inter-Agency task force on SSE, the International Conference in Geneva
The General Secretary of Euricse, Gianluca Salvatori, participated on the 25th and 26th of June at International Conference on SSE in Geneva. This event is part of a series of conferences resulting from the Call for Papers “Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?” launched by the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) in 2018. Salvatori spoke on a panel dedicated to “SSE and South-South and Triangular Cooperation“. The Conference was hosted in Geneva during the celebration for the Centenary of the International Labour Organization.
Below we are publishing an abstract of his speech.
The development of SEE through social urbanism
In Latin America – in countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia – experiences have emerged through government programs, framed within the design and application of their policies public, developing strategies within the discourse of solidarity economy with the objective to improve the quality of life of people. Probably one of the most innovative and original aspects of the development strategies of a social and solidarity economy consists in the structural relationship with the policies of social urbanism.
Medellin has got 2,5 million inhabitants. Due to the violence in the agricultural areas, connected to the drug trafficking and to the threat of paramilitary and guerrilla organizations (like Farc), there has been a huge population shift in urban areas. In a few years Medellin has practically doubled its population. The new arrivals went to occupy the peripheral areas on the steep hills around the city.
Urban scholars and practitioners today look up to Medellin as one of the most progressive cities in the world. Winner of an impressive amount of awards, Medellin truly became a model to follow when it comes to addressing urban challenges like violence, insecurity, poor education, and lack of mobility, which all reinforce the spatial and material inequalities in our cities today.
A “methodology of partnership with the community” in order to upgrade informal settlements was followed by the two mayors, Luis Perez and Sergio Fajardo, who were elected respectively in 2000 and 2004. Investing in a cable car to connect the slums to the city centre was the first step, fighting the marginalisation of the populations living in the informal settlements (“comunas”) on hillsides of Medellin and representing half of the entire population of Medellin. Then followed the “integral urban projects” (PUIs) – “projects that incorporate multiple programs simultaneously, from transport to landscaping, from street lighting to cultural centres” – implemented between 2004 and 2007:
“the Parque Explora, a park with a free science museum in it;
the Botanical Gardens, site of the octagonal Orquideorama; ten new school buildings;
five ambitious library-parks in the comunas of Santo Domingo, La Quintana, La Ladera, San Javier and Belén;
a cultural centre in the run-down district of Moravia;
and the completion and extension of the Metrocable
Framed by the drug trafficking problem for almost a decade (1985-1993) – that reoriented in greatly measure the social structure, cultural behavior and in general the economy of the city. Then, a socio-economic crisis experienced between 1995 and the beginning of this century, with unemployment levels above 20% (1999), had a great impact as well. The “Plan Decenal de Economía Social y Solidaria para Medellín 2016-2025”, written by Gaviria Correo and Alcalde de Medellín, has no precedents in the country and involves all subjects that are part of this sector: Cooperatives, Mutuals, Corporations, Associations, employee funds, Pre-Cooperatives and Foundations, among others. The Decennial Plan is rooted on a wider set of public policies, starting from the early 2000s, that aimed to support the social and solidarity economy through an original combination with participatory local planning related to the “social urbanism”.
The Medellin case shows that tackling the complexities of peripheral urban informal settlements requires:
The investments in innovative mobility systems (cable car), renewal of educational facilities like schools and libraries and the beautification of public spaces, have gone hand in hand with strategies of intervention from the perspective of the social and solidarity economy.
The introduction of new governance models that, beyond the public and private dychotomy, recognize the importance and value of the ESS.
The strengthening of associative productive units (UPAS) of solidarity economy, with the objective of strengthening the business fabric of the informal settlements of Medellín through the generation of income and decent jobs.
“Social Urbanism” is the best practice that Medellin showcases in the international community, proving the positive impact of the construction of social infrastructure, which allows for an improved access to education, mobility, and safer public spaces. The Medellin experience has provided a role model for many other cities, specially in the Global South.
Innovation, co-operation and why sharing business ownership is good for Britain.
The Co-operative Advantage, edited by Ed Mayo, is a blueprint for a future social economy in the UK and draws on research over three years with co-operative business experts, advised by Professor Michael Best, University of Massachusetts Lowell, an internationally recognized authority on sector development. (more…)
Euricse at the 5th EMES International research conference on Social Enterprise
Following the Pre-conference forum, the 5th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise “Building a scientific field to foster social enterprise eco-system” has officially started today with the plenary session “Social Enterprise and the third sector: Changing landscapes in an international perspective” chaired by Marthe Nyssens, founding member of the EMES European Research Network and Professor at the University of Louvain. (more…)
Social and solidarity economy academy – 5th edition
Johannesburg, South Africa, 27th-30 July 2015
The theme of the 5th edition of the ILO Academy on social and solidarity economy will be “Social innovation in the world of work”. The ILO global constituents, development partners in South Africa and other stakeholders have been involved in the discussion of the related sub-topics in order to ensure that the content of the Academy is demand driven based on the challenges and needs in Africa and elsewhere. (more…)
Euricse is organizing the 3rd edition of Allora Crealo! The event, which will take place during the Festival of Economics, will be held in Trento’s Piazza Fiera from May 29 to June 2.
Dedicated to young people with ideas they want to turn into enterprises, it will offer a space where experiences of youth entrepreneurship and tools to help its development will be presented. Debates, meetings and talks will take place in an informal, dynamic and interactive space.
ICA Research International Conference The future of the Cooperative model: creativity, innovation and research
27-30 May 2015, Paris
Crisis highlighted that innovation, creativity, production process, governance and financing are essential elements of the productive organization to face problems and grow up.
The aim of the conference is to point out experiences of cooperatives and social economic organizations on creativity and innovation. For that, the conference wants to bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners from different cooperative and social economic fields and from different countries to debate about the amazing creativity that cooperatives harness to innovate and to develop new solutions for their members.(more…)