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on 24 Oct, 18:28

Linking sustainable development and social and solidarity economy

Here is a brief presentation that I’ve been using for the #SuSY Speaker’s Tour to link the concepts of #SSE and #SDGs. The download link is at the bottom of this post.

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on 21 Oct, 23:02

Workshop on SSE in Southeast Asia

My presentation in the Fira d’Economia Solidària de Catalunyaon Social and Solidarity Economy in Southeast Asia will be held at:

  • Time: Sat, 17:30 to 19:00 (90 min)
  • Place: Sala Regina de Lamo at the building Ateneu Harmonia, within Fabra i Coats.

Promotion of the talk in the XES newsletter, in Catalan, is as below:

“L’ESS a Àsia i comerç just a Xina”

Tot i que, els últims anys, a l’Àsia, s’han produït avenços en l’àmbit de l’economia solidària, encara se’n sap poc a Catalunya. A la cinquena edició de la Fira, tenim el plaer de presentar el panorama d’un continent desconegut donant l’oportunitat de presentar-lo a tres persones.

Economia Solidària a Àsia del Sud-est (per Jun-e Tan, del Consell Asiàtic d’Economia Solidària i de http://www.sdg-sse.org, Malàisia): darrerament, alguns països d’aquesta regió han treballat per la promoció de les iniciatives d’economia solidària, tant en l’àmbit nacional com en el marc de l’ASEAN (una associació internacional de deu països de la regió, similar a la UE). Jun-e Tan ens farà un breu resum sobre aquests països i presentarà alguns casos que es poden trobar al web http://www.sdg-sse.org.

Comerç Just a la Xina (per Marta Gil Ibáñez, de la Universitat de València i cofundadora de l’ONG heArtS China): tot i que, avui dia, la Xina es veu com un centre global del desenvolupament econòmic, en aquest país, el comerç just encara es troba en una etapa inicial. Marta Gil ens ho contarà a partir de la seva investigació al territori.

Economia Solidària a Corea del Sud, a Hong Kong i al Japó (per Miguel Yasuyuki Hirota, de la Universitat de València): hi ha més moviments interessants a altres indrets de la regió. Miguel Yasuyuki, doctorant japonès d’economia social, ens explicarà la situació que es viu actualment i les polítiques públiques que es despleguen en aquesta zona.

#SSE (Social and Solidarity Economy)  #Spain #Barcelona

on 21 Oct, 03:01

Solidarity Club Meetup in Helsinki

Solidarity Club Meetup in Helsinki

On the 17 October, the Malaysian speakers of the SuSY Speaker Tour (Dr Jun-E Tan and Dr. Welyne Jeffrey Jehom) were invited to dinner at the Oma Maa food cooperative in Helsinki with the Finnish Solidarity Economy Network (FSEN). The website for FSEN is http://commons.fi (but is currently down for maintenance).

Ruby van der Wekken, representative of the FSEN, was the host of the event, attended by about ten members of the network. Some of the organisations participating in the Solidarity Club dinner included:

  • Eetisen Kaupan Puolesta (Eetti), or Pro Ethical Trade Finland, an NGO that promotes equitable global trade, sustainable production and responsible consumption. Eetti is also the Finnish host for the SuSY Project.
  • Stadin Aikapankki – Helsinki Timebank, which facilitates the exchange of services using time (calculated by hours) as a currency.
  • Osuuskunta Oma Maa, or Cooperative Own Land, a local organic food co-operative which runs a community-supported agriculture programme

To give some idea of the activities of the Finnish national network on solidarity economy, here is a record of some of the issues discussed.

The global connection

Updates were given by Ms Wekken on the RIPESS annual meeting held in France in June 2016. During the RIPESS meeting, issues that arose included the cooptation of the solidarity economy space in different countries, the importance of forming alliances with other like-minded actors, and the importance of developing indicators. It was noted that there are different positions on developing legal frameworks (or not), and that funding remains to be a problem. Mapping was also discussed during the annual meeting.

Two initiatives were highlighted on mapping SSE and similar initiatives, including ESS Global and TransforMap.

Mapping the Finnish solidarity economy

On activities at the Finnish Solidarity Economy Network, a mapping effort has begun by identifying SE actors and interviewing them. The current map, which is still a work in progress, can be accessed here and includes the following organisations:

  • Oma Maa (Helsinki)
  • Elävä maa luomupiiri (Helsinki)Stadin aikapankki (Helsinki)
  • Osuuskunta Jalavala (Helsinki)
  • Vaatelainaamo Vaaterekki (Helsinki)
  • Osuuskunta Ehta Raha (Helsinki)
  • Osuuskunta Hyväntekijä (Joensuu)
  • Kirjakahvilan (Turku)
  • Tampereen Annikki (Tampere)
  • Suomen Talkoot ry (Tampere)
  • Uusruukki (Tampere)

Besides geographical mapping, some case studies have already been done through interviewing the organisations within the list above, on their operations and involvement in the solidarity economy. These cases will be uploaded on SDG-SSE.org after being translated from Finnish to English, which a member of the network has volunteered to do.

The interview questionnaire can be accessed here [link to be inserted after the commons.fi website goes up]. Members of the network were encouraged to add to the list of known organisations and initiatives, and to help in the interviewing if possible.

Future activities

An SSE manifesto in Finnish was circulated among the members and proposed to be updated using Google Docs.

In November, the FSEN will participate in the European Commons Assembly organised by the Commons Network. In December there will also be a major event by the FSEN to build a confederation of cooperatives.


on 20 Oct, 18:14

Presentation: Civic activism – Reconstructing cities by solidarity economy

Presentation by Maija Faehnle & Pasi Mäenpää: Civic activism – Reconstructing cities by solidarity economy. Solidarity Economy and Civic Activism – Cases from Malaysia and Finland, 17 October, 2016, Tiedekulma, Helsinki, #Finland

More about the project Civic Activism as Resource for the Metropolis here.

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Sustainable Development Goals + Social and Solidarity Economy

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