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World Café - Political parameters for a solidarity economy

Forum
Friday, 11.09.
14:30
1h 30min
MA141

If solidarity economy is such a great idea, then why is its extent and scope so limited? What are the socio-technological conditions that impede its spread? Our hypothesis is: Solidarity economy is a far more evident procedure than is usually being perceived. Yet, it cannot work under currently dominant institutional set-up. After a short introduction, we will move on to collectively work on the political parameters for a solidarity economy. At four different tables, we will delve into specific topics.

Speaker: 
Corinna Vosse, Andreas Siemoneit, Heike Birkhölzer, Dieter Haselbach, Severin Halder

RIPESS EU 4th General Assembly

Forum
Friday, 11.09.
14:30
4h
MA004

Annual assembly of the RIPESS Europe network. The strategy for the next three years and alliances will be discussed, as well as the activities of members and related networks. It’s open to observers. RIPESS ist the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) (with observer status at the UNCTAD).

Speaker: 
Open to RIPESS-EU members and observers

Self-Help and Mutual Aid Financing

Forum
Friday, 11.09.
14:30
1h 30min
MA144

Innovative alternative instruments of finance have been developed worldwide in the context of the Social Solidarity Economy in order to overcome the economic crises. This includes Social Banking, as well as non-monetary instruments which in some cases derive from self-help movements in the global south. We will provide an overview and discuss the transferability to the German situation.

Speaker: 
Pat Conaty, Udo Biggeri, Christophe Guené, Cliff Rosenthal, Moderation, Günther Lorenz

Food sovereignty and solidarity economy

Forum
Saturday, 12.09.
09:00
3h 30min
MA001

What are the key manifestations and criteria? What are the areas that are shared, and how can they be strengthened? This forum will bring together practitioners, both producers and consumers interested in how food as a human right lies at the heart of solidarity economy, CSAs, Community Gardens, allotments, Social inclusion gardening in terms of bringing together local food systems and responsible consumption.

Trade Union perspectives on building Solidarity Economy Enterprises: After insolvency or failed company succession – Conversion into self-managed production

Forum
Saturday, 12.09.
09:00
1h 30min
MA141

Austerity policies led to de-industrialization processes at the global level until committees were formed within trade unions that offered resistance by promoting workers cooperatives to take over their enterprises. There are each around 200 industrial enterprises under workers' control in Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela. Also in the South of Europe austerity policy has led to de-industrialization and devastating unemployment rates. Takeovers require special training on multiple levels: political, legal, economic, social, psychological etc.

Speaker: 
Flávio Chedid, Walter Vogt, Alessandro Viola, Bruno Roelants, Moderation: Kristina Bayer

Solidarity Energy Industry - Perspectives, Strategies, Challenges

Forum
Saturday, 12.09.
09:00
3h 30min
MA041

The ecological advantages of renewable energy have been emphasized countless times, however until now the social possibilities, which can be opened up through a de-centralized energy production, have been largely ignored. These advantages are the development of municipal common goods and the strengthening of local self-administration.

Speaker: 
Silke Helfrich, Peter Kolbe, Yannik Hake, Alexander Sladek, Harald Bender, Norbert Bernholt

Pupils’ cooperatives

Forum
Saturday, 12.09.
11:00
1h 30min
MA841

How do pupils’ cooperatives work and what demonstrative examples can be identified? How can pupils’ cooperatives be integrated into everyday school life? What role do partners outside school play and how can young cooperatives contribute to regional development in a sustainable way? This forum is geared towards educators and teachers that already work with pupils’ cooperatives or that would like to incorporate these into their teaching. It will also be of interest to (young) people looking to learn more about the topic.

Speaker: 
Prof. Dr. Nicole Göler von Ravensburg, Mona Schmidt, Moderation: Barbara Schweitzer (angefragt)

University Solidarity Economy Networks – Exchanging experiences

Forum
Saturday, 12.09.
11:00
1h 30min
MA005

With this session, we invite scholars to share their experiences and to collectively think about possible avenues of cooperation, such as common calls for action and the formation of an international university network around the theme of building Solidarity Economies. Brazilian universities play an important role in incubating Solidarity Economy enterprises. Two university networks exist comprising around 40 universities each, which explicitly promote such incubation processes.

Speaker: 
Prof. Dr. Rosangela Alves de Oliveira, Dr. Flávio Chedid Ph. D. Isidor Wallimann, Josette Combes, Moderation: Veronica Kienen Dias

Roundtable - a: Institutional Dialogue between SSE and political parties

Forum
Saturday, 12.09.
14:30
1h 30min
MA005

What is the relationship today between Social Solidarity Economy actors and the political landscape? Where do old and new political parties stand with regards to alternative economic approaches and practices and their promotion? How is the European Parliament moving, beyond the social business and green economy approach? Is it possible to create new spaces of political dialogue between political institutions and grassroots solidarity economy networks and initiatives to promote the development of SSE both at the European and at the local level?

Speaker: 
Miguel Urbán Crespo, Georgia Bekridaki, Andrea Calori, Annie Berger, Jordi Via, Moderation: Josette Combes

Solidarity Economy Initiatives and Networks in Southern Europe

Forum
Saturday, 12.09.
14:30
1h 30min
MA001

This Forum will include speakers from urban initiatives, who are especially focussed on alleviating the current crisis.  Also people from the rural areas who can give a model for resilient economic structures. Due to the current situation there are predominantly projects from Greece, but there will also be speakers from Spain and Portugal. There will be specific examples from the following sectors: agriculture, health, emergency help during crises and educational/culture.  We will endeavor to present the networking situation.

Speaker: 
Yiannis Barka, Joana Dias, George Ploumpidis, Gorka Pinillos, Theodore Makris

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