Call for Ideas

Be part of the Universse 2017

Democratizing Economy, Emancipating Society, Empowering Change

The  4th  European  Social  Solidarity  Economy  (SSE) Congress  will  take  place  in Agricultural University of Athens ( map ) on the 9/10/11th of June. Cooperatives, grassroot initiatives, SSE organizations, groups and people that work to promote and advance SSE from all over Europe will meet for the event.

During the 3day Congress, we are going to have  the  opportunity  to  discuss  and  exchange  ideas,  experiences,  expertise and common strategies around SSE. We consider SSE to be a dynamic space that spreads all over Europe, in which people organize their social and economic activity in many different ways.

This event is a great opportunity to enhance SSE’s visibility in Greece and to build strong connections amongst people, groups and coops on a European level.

We are also happy to announce that the 6th General Assembly of Ripess EU will be held in Athens as well, as part of the Congress.

Call for ideas

While the organization team works for the success of this congress, we are looking forward to receive your ideas regarding the following themes that we prioritize to discuss during the 3day Congress.

The procedure will be the following:

Every group, network or individual that is interested in participating on the process of formulating the program, could send ideas according to the following axes, until 05/03/2017 27/03/2017 through our email: [email protected]

Proposed axes: (more info here)

  1. Concepts, forms and fields of social solidarity economy and cooperativism
  2. Responsible consumption, production and climate change
  3. Practices of SSE on social integration with a special focus on refugees issues
  4. Social innovation: Research, technology, education and tools for SSE
  5. Commons: Approaches and practices on digital, natural, urban, cultural commons
  6. Public policies (on local, national, European level) promoting SSE :  From whom, for who, what for.
  7. Open space / Free zone

We invite ideas indicating the thematic area you refer to and the format of the meeting you propose (workshop, panel discussion, etc.). After the  deadline (05/03/2017, 27/03/2017), the organizational team will assess all proposals and arrange them in clusters. Within these clusters we will make an effort to include as many ideas sent as possible.

The main intention is to organize the Congress along with the main axes (plus the free zone area) in order to enable a common vision while allowing for the exchange of different perspectives and experiences.

Check for updates and contact us.

Organizational Team contact info:
[email protected]

Ripess EU contact info
[email protected]

(download the Call in PDF)