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09.00 – 16.30

RIPESS EU – Solidarity Economy Europe network: GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
Information about the agenda of the Assembly on the following link:

17.00-18.00: UniverSSE REGISTRATION

18.00 – 21.00 OPEN PLENARY

Matter and Energy of UniverSSE:  Democratizing Economy, Emancipating Society, Empowering Change

Eliza AnyangweMedia Director of the The, a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers and writers, U.K

Patricia Coler, Movement pour l’ Economie Solidaire, MES, France

Andreas Karitzis, “KOMVOS”: Hub for the Social Economy, Empowerment and Innovation, Greece

Euclides Andre Mance, Pr.Philosophy Institute of Philosophy of Liberation, Solidarius, Brazil

Dr. Ahmad Yousef, President of Afrin University, Rojava (video connection)

Coordination of the debate:

Sofia Adam, Dr. Economist, Program Coordinator, Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece

Jason Nardi, General Delegate for RIPESS Europe

Presentation of the Universse2017: Georgia Bekridaki, DOCK/UniverSSE2017

21.00 – 01.00 : Traditional feast, food, music

“Callas Bordje” is a folk music band that focuses on oriental and dance sounds. With a repertoire that starts from the Greek folk music and ends up in the luscious melodies of the near east, you are traveling with the gypsy caravan on the shores of the eastern Mediterranean

Fahidis Elias – oudi, song
Spyros Athanasopoulos – Clarino
Giorgos Stogiorgis – canon
Loukas Metaxas – double bass
Nikos Manikas – percussion
Giorgos Anagnostopoulos – percussion

1. Agroecology:  a  key  element  for  responsible  production  and consumption, and  fighting climate change


Agroecology is the umbrella that encompasses CSA, food sovereignty and solidarity economy as it proposes a holistic and wholesome paradigm on how  to live life (consuming  and producing) in a responsible, ethical and sustainable way with direct benefits to the environment and hence climate change.

Introduction to Agroecology : The declaration of Mali, main points of food sovereignty movement
Judith Hitchman, President of Urgenci (International CSA Network)

Alternative type of food economy
Christabel Buchanan, CAWR – Coventry Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Agroecology in primary production
Rupert  Dunn, farmer, CSA coordinator, represents Landworkers’ Alliance

Agroecology in consumption and the European CSA
Gaelle Bigler, member of the Urgenci Kernel, European CSA Research Group, representative of Swiss CSA network

Coordination: Jenny  Gkiougki, Agroecopolis, Greek rep. for URGENCI  and  European Food Sovereignty movement

2. Building sustainable solidarity economy networks, founding the market of needs. Presentation of Mercado Social, Barcelona and Union of SSE Entities of Attica


Organised by: Nicos Poulantzas Institute

The formation of solidarity economy networks: Theory and practices
Euclides Andre Mance, Professor of Philosophy, Solidarius International, Brazil

Social Market: The example of Catalonia Network
Ruben Suriñach, Solidarity Economy Network, Catalonia (XES)

Vision, Challenges and Claims for a vibrant and sustainable SSE community
Historical review of the informal Network of Co-ordination of KINSEP in the Union of SSE Entities, presentation of the objectives and the purpose of the Union, requests and claims.
Panagiotis Mourtzis (Birdy): Representative of the Union of SSE Entities of Attica

Contributor: Member of Solidarity 4 all

Coordination: Petros Linardos Rylmon, Economist

3. The future of SSE in Europe: How do we co-build public policies with the institutions


Why is the recognition of the Social Solidarity Economy so difficult in Europe
Jean-Louis Laville, CNAM and Advisory council of RIPESS EU, France

Changing the look and the direction of the European Funds for the Social and Solidarity Economy
Kostadinka Kuneva, Member of European Parliament SYRIZA, GUE/NGL, Greece

The European Social Rights Pillar and SSE
Laura Aufrere, Fédérale d’ Intervention des Structures Culturelles – France (UFISC/RIPESS)

The Brazilian Solidarity Economy Forum’s experience and the relation with the public authorities
Adriana Bezerra Cardoso, ex member of FBES, vice-director of the Márica Secretariat for Solidarity Economy, Brazil

The expérience in the GECES (Group of Experts for Social Economy of the EU Commission)
Patricia Andriot, French network of Local Authorities for implementing Social Economy in Public Policies – RTES

Coordination: Eric Lavilluniere, General Coordinator – RIPESS EU

4. Social integration through activation, employment creation and empowerment


Christos Alefandis, Editor in Chief, Shedia – Street Paper

Ioanna Vasilakopoulou, Director, Myrtillo-Social Cooperative Enterprise

Giannis Bistas, Director, & Takis Siabanis, Head of Research and Development, Vocational Training Center “Margarita”

Coordination: Christos Papatheodorou, Professor, Department of Social Policy, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

5. Financing the solidarity revolution: Concepts and tools of financing the universe of SSE


Ethical finance tools, from solidarity funds to financial mutual cooperatives

REAS’s experience with Crowdfunding

Nicolas Herringer*, Participatory grantmaking: EDGE Funders and the participatory funding platform for and by European activists (*tbc)

Commons lab makerspace, Presentation of the Social Micro-Funding Network “Τhe coop box”.

VΙΟΜΕ’s proposal for the solidarity mutual fund of worker-run cooperatives

Fair Coop: Bank of the commons a global cooperative alliance for an alternative financial system

Coordination: Jason Nardi, Solidarius / RIPESS EU

6. Promoting SSE in different areas of training to accelerate the social transition


This workshop will address the different levels of education that can promote the values and achievements of SSE in order to leverage its power of transformation of the society. Several experiences will show a wide range of methods aimed at different audiences: students, dropouts, actors of the local economy, raction-esearchers etc.

Josette Combes, RIUESS/MES. Fr, Teaching ESS at university level

John Restakis, Synergia Institute, the Synergia online project

Rogerio Amaro, Summer school on ESS in Portugal

Aggeliki Tsameti, IED SSE and IVET (Initial vocational education and training). An Erasmus project

Soana Tortora, (Solidarius Italia) Popular education and training of local actors for the creation of Solidarity Economy collaborative networks

Coordination: Bruno Lasnier, MES (Mouvement pour l’ Economie Solidaire), France

7. Creating a favorable institutional framework for energy cooperatives: modern trends in Greece and Europe. Organizers: Heinrich Böll Foundation, PROSKALO, Sustainable Energy Youth Network


Dimitris Kitsikopoulos, Energy Cooperative Electra

Takis Grigoriou, Greenpeace

Representative, Center for Renewable Energy Sources

Giorgos Kontaxis, Energy Cooperative Company of Karditsa


Richard Mathieu, RESCOOP (European network of Energy cooperatives)

Kostas Komninos, Energy & Environmental Agency of the Aegean

Michalis Prodormou/Nikos Mantzaris, WWF

Panagiotis Seimanidis, Cooperative Company of Sifnos

Nikos Chrysogelos, Social Cooperative Enterprise Wind of Renewal

Michalis Tremopoulos, Citizens’ Initiative for the Social Energy Cooperative of Thessaloniki

Coordination: Kyriaki Metaxa, Architect MSc Energy Systems, Program Coordinator, Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece and Alexandros Filippidis, Sustainable Energy Youth Network

8. Open assembly – Alliance for the Commons – Festival for Solidarity and Cooperative Economy


Allying for the Commons, hacking politics, producing without fences: Assembly for an Alliance of Commons

1.The nature of labour in different types of cooperatives


Working in a cooperative it is for sure different, from what we are used to. But what makes that difference?

Different models of cooperatives and the position of employees
Nicole Alix, President, La Coop des Communs, France

Labour law versus cooperative law? The position of employees in different types of cooperatives
Hagen Henry, Adj.Professor and research director at the University of Helsinki, FI

Approaching cooperative work in the context of social transformation
Kostas Nikolaou, Adj.Professor Hellenic Open University, President UnivSSE Coop – Peoples University of Social Solidarity Economy, GR

Forms, phenomena and extensions of the cooperative way of working
George Ploumpidis, Dock Social Solidarity Economy Zone, GR

Coordination: Michalis Tremopoulos, Lawyer, MSc Social Ecology, former MEP, Secretary of PROSKALO, GR

2.Fair and solidarity trade: Past, present and future


World Fair Trade Organization and Ripess networks: Guarantee systems and advocacy synergies
Gabriella D’Amico, World Fair Trade Organization Europe

Fair and solidarity trade in times of systemic crisis: an experience from Greece
Ilias Ziogas, Synallois: Cooperative of Solidarity Economy and Fair Trade

Can Fair Trade change society? A tool to achieve SDGs
Kelly Garifalli,
Fair Trade Hellas

Achievements and challenges of Fair trade in emerging markets
Andrej Żwawa, Fair Trade Poland

Contributor: Member of Solidarity 4 all

Coordinator: Matoula Papadimitriou, participant in fair and joint trade initiatives

3. Digital tools and methods for SSE


Manolis Britzolakis, Koukoulakis Dimitris, Commons Lab

Andy Garbett, University of Newcastle

Dimitris Panelis, Voluntary initiative “On Hold”

Eleni-Reveka Staiou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Alexandros Pazaitis, Researcher P2P Lab

Coordination: Vasilis Vlachokyriakos (Open Lab Athens, Newcastle University, UK/GR)

4. Practices on commons I: Natural commons


Practices of Commons related with the management of natural resources

Renewable Energy Sources as a commons
Richard Mathieu, RESCOOP (European network of Energy cooperatives)

Water as a Commons
Thiery Uso, Eau Secours 34 and European Water Movement, France

Social management of waste
Despina Spanoudi, Member of social movement on waste management of Attica, Greece

Food as a commons
Eleni Papatheodosiou,  President, Social cooperative enterprises network of Central Macedonia, GR

Coordination: Lazaros Aggelou, President of Cooperation Initiative for the Social and Solidarity Economy – PROSKALO, GR

5. Making laws work for the development of SSE: comparing experiences between Spain, France and Greece.  Organized by Heinrich Böll Foundation


Aggelos Kornilakis, Assistant Professor, Law School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Sofia Adam, Dr. Economist,Program Coordinator, Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece

Patricia Coler, MES–Movement for Solidarity Economy, France

Carlos Askunze, REAS RdR, Network of networks for the Solidarity economy, Spain

Popi Sourmaidou, Social Entrepreneurship Forum

Françoise Wautiez,

Elena Kalimeri, Attorney at law, special advisor to the Special Secretary for SSE, Μinistry of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity

Contributor: Member of Solidarity 4 all

Coordination: Karolos Kavoulakos, Assistant Professor, School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

6. Union of SSE entities of Attica


“Mapping of Collaborations”
Experiential participatory workshop.
Organized by the Union of SSE Entities of Attica, “Coordination of SSE Entities of Athens”.

The aim of the workshop is the identification and decision making on meaningful synergies between projects.

Coordination: CPD Creating Spaces KOINSEP and Action Plus KOINSEP


7. Open Assembly: “What Economy for the Commons?” Exploring convergence between SSE and commons. Organized by the European Commons Assembly


We will hold a 2-hour session with a short framing and then open discussion to explore our mutual understanding of how the commons and social and solidarity economy relate to each other. It is also an opportunity to discover the European Commons Assembly (ECA), make new introductions, and connect with local commoners.

There are a variety of views on the relationship between the Social and Solidarity Economy and commons. Some see the two as vitally complementary, while others are more hesitant. Where specifically are there points of convergence, and what aspects are crucial for the commons? Where do they diverge? Are these two movements growing together, or diverging?

In the lead up to the Assembly, we encourage you to add your input on these questions and read others’ here:

Lunch prepared by cooperative kitchens

1. Food Waste & Gastronomy in Greece” by Sustainable Food Movement in Greece (SFM in GR) (16.30 – 17.30)


Minimizing food waste in preeminent and fine dining restaurants in Greece, introducing ethical consumerism to Greek communities and fighting hunger through social inclusion, innovation and philanthropy.

Vee Bougani / Sustainable Gastronomy Entrepreneur & Founder of SFMinGR

Harry Tzanis / Gastronomy Editor

Katerina Skarpelou / HR Coordinator

2. Critiquing and Challenging Neoliberalism: A Practical Guide (17.30 – 18.30)


This session seeks to explore the more tacit ways in which neoliberalism is deeply ingrained in our actions and habits of thought in everyday life. It is an attempt of bringing together practitioners and activists of SSE (and ‘the movements’ more generally) and provide them with a more practical overview of neoliberalism in order to better strengthen awareness and critique. This will support participants in better recognizing neoliberal rationalities in their everyday actions, so as to not unwittingly reproduce them but instead  challenge them in even more specific and constructive ways.

Dimitris Soudias, Department of Political Science, Philipps University Marburg, Germany

3. Responsible Tourism: A challenge for Social and Solidarity Economy


More and more SSE initiatives, are turning to tourism sector. But where is really the different approach? Through national and international experience, we are looking for the theoretical approaches and best practices to a model of Sustainable & participative growth.

The DAFNI Network of Sustainable Greek Islands and its role in the enhancement of the Social & Solidarity Economy to sustainable tourism
Georgia Kanellopoulou,
Sustainable Tourism and Social Economy Advisor, DAFNI, Network of Sustainable Greek Islands

Community based tourism – Integrated cultural, sustainable and communal Economic Growth
John Restakis, Executive Director, Community Evolution Foundation, CA

The management model and the main actors of the Responsible Tourism in a non-profit organizations. The SODePAZ example
Lourdes Tomé Herrero and Verónica Pastorino, Solidaridad para el Desarrollo y la Pa (SODePAZ)

Strategic links and practical opportunities between social economy and responsible tourism in Europe
José María de Juan,Vice-president of EARTH (European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality)/ Allied with ISTO-OITS (International social Tourism Organization)

Coordination: Karathanasis Vagelis, coop member, Msc Sustainable tourism

The daily challenge of “existing” collaboration in cooperative initiatives


The entities of SSE as enterprises in Greece of the crisis: The nature of cooperative operation, the principles of SSE, networking and synergies as essential conditions for sustainability
Eleni Mougiakou, representative of the Union of SSE Entities of Attica, member of the CPD Creating Spaces KOINSEP

The concept and the content of cooperativism, through the experience of the recuperated enterprises.
Workers Cooperative of VIOME (SE VIOME), Workers Run / Self Managed factory of natural and ecological cleaning products

Analogue Redistribution Standards
Dionysia Potamitou, Physicist, media activist for SSE

Cooperative and collective government: experimentation in the French artistic and cultural field
Laura Aufrere, UFISC- Union Fédérale d’ Intervention des Structures  Culturelles, France

Coordination: Union of SSE Entities of Attica


5. Collective forms of housing and ownership: Experiences and Concerns


Presentation of Collective housing and property forms from other countries and discussion of the possibility of developing co-operative housing and / or cooperative property management projects in Greece as a response to acute housing problems as well as a new model of neighborhood intervention and upgrading building stock and improvement of the quality of life

Javier Buron, Manager of Housing issues, Social Rights Area, Municipality of Barcelona (skype connection)

Konstantina Theodorou , Cohab Athens

Tonia Katerini, SADAS, Greek Architects Union

Dimitra Siatista, Inura Athens

Thomas Dawance, Community Land Trust, Brussels

Contributor: Member of Solidarity 4 all

Coordination: Panagiotis Antoniadis, Nethood

Supported by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Office in Greece

6. Practices on commons II: Immaterial, cultural, institutional commons


This thematic discusses practices related with immaterial and cultural commons, p2p production and value, as well as with institutional processes of commons

Alex Pazaitis, Research Fellow, P2P Lab, Greece

From the networks of the common to commoning space
Zeyno Pekunlu, Member of Müştereklerimiz collectives – Our Commons and
Dünyada Mekan – A place on Earth, Istanbul Turkey

The Co-City
Christian Fernando Iaione, Professor of Public Law at UniMarconi and visiting professor of Governance of the Commons and Urban Law and Policy at LUISS University in Rome, Italy, Faculty Director of, Italy

Coordination: Christos Giovanopoulos: KOMVOS (HUB) for social economy, empowerment and innovation & LUC (Laboratory for Urban Commons)

7. Local government and SSE: Political direction and synergies\


Nora Inwinkl, Solidarius Italia

Patricia Andriot, Network of Local Authorities for Social Economy of France – RTES

Ivan Miró, Solidarity Economy Network of Catalonia – XES

Giorgos Kolebas, Eco-Farmer, Writer

Vasilis Bellis, Development Agency of Karditsa


Popi Stavropoulou, Prefecture of Attica, Regional Development Advisor of Developmental Planning

Coordination: Michalis Bourgos, Phd Candidate, Department of Engineering of Spatial Planning-Urban Planning-Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Developmental-Spatial Planning Consultant

8. Changing journalism in times of crisis. Greek collective media initiatives: actors and poles for the promotion of SSE


Organized and coordinated by The Journalist’s Journal (EF.SYN) and People´s University for SSE

Discussion – meeting of groups and initiatives that emerged in Greece of the crisis and have a vision of an independent and pluralistic journalism. A journalism that emits from collectively shaped teams, offers step and voice to social movements and highlights the transformative dynamics of the social and solidarity economy. Alternative media initiatives will present their own approaches and discuss on the challenges, their role as promoters and poles for SSE and the possibilities of partnerships and networking.

Participants include: ert open, 3point magazine, press publica, radio “Portokali”, To Erma, vmedia, “Antidrastirio”,

9. CSA: A practical tool for connecting SSE with Nutritional Domination. Organized by URGENCI


Community supported agriculture (CSA) is an alternative model for the production, distribution and consumption of food, and implementation of SSE in practice.

This Workshop will consider: The key ingredients of CSA, comparison with other similar models, first steps of how to build a CSA initiative.

Socially Supported Fishing, Socially Supported Bakery, Examples of application in Greece and abroad, practical advice etc.

10. Another economy is possible! Time Banking – P2P Currencies


In this workshop, we will discuss the past, present and the future of our networks.
How developed are they?
What are their greatest successes and what challenges they face?
Finally, we will speak on the subject of interoperability and discuss ideas related to the cooperation between the networks.

Matthew Slater, co-founder of Community Forge (, and developer of LETS and Timebanking software systems.

Dr Jem Bendell, Professor of Leadership and Sustainability and founder of the Institute of Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria, UK

Groups that will participate:

Panagiotis Tsavalos, Member of Mesopotamia

Christine Papadopoulou, Member of Time Bank of Athens-Sydagma Square

Evgenia Vathacou, member of the Time Bank of Holargos-Papagos

Thodoris Panteladis, member of Athens Integral Cooperative

Ruby Van der Wekken, – Time Bank in Finland

1. The Localization – De-growth – transition movement as an alternative to the destruction of the environment and the local communities


The reshaping of life as a matter of necessity
Giannis Billas, Professor, Organic farmer

From the Solidarity Economy to Citizenship and the Ecological Transition: How to Build an Example with Specific Initiatives in Communities.
Eric Lavilluniere, General Coordinator – RIPESS Europe, Reconomy project Luxembourg Transition Network

The social and political importance of seeds
Vaso Kanellopoulou, Alternative Community of Peliti

Communities coming, communities going
Giorgos Lieros, Writer

Daniele Amorati and Niccolò Lupo, Mondeggi/Genuino Clandestino, Italy Local network of farmers and political activists for food sovereignty and self-determination

Coordination: Giorgos Theodorakis, Member of Greek Sustainability, Relocalization & Transition initiatives, Transition Network

2. Towards a democracy of commons: Approaches and pursuits


Emancipating spatial practices and urban commoning
Stavros Stavridis, Professor, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens

Commons, ecological democracy and solidarity economy
Ruby Van der Wekken, Siemenpuu Foundation and

Commons Movement in Turkey: Dilemmas and Potentials
Begüm Özden Fırat,
Assoc. Prof., Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Department of Sociology, Istanbul

Coordination: Kostas Nikolaou, Adj.Professor Hellenic Open University, President UnivSSE Coop – People’s University of Social Solidarity Economy

3. Alternative education models as social protection and integration areas: The special role of schools for refugees and immigrants


Amir Sajadi, CEO and Founder for “Free school” Järvaskolan, Stokholm, Sweden

Galina Altuchova,Teacher of Cross-cultural Education, Coordinator of Educational Work at Scaramangas refugee camp (Athens, Greece)

Dina Borel, Psycho pedagogue, Director of Pedagogy of Special School La Voie Lactée (Geneva, Switzerland)

Giannis Baveas, Teacher, Open School of Immigrants Piraeus

George Moschos, Advocate for the Rights of the children, ͞The Greek Ambudsman

Contributor: member of Solidarity for all

Coordination: Christos Korolis, Solidarity School of Mesopotamia

4. Exploring the potential of SSE practices for the social inclusion of former addicts: framing the issue, addressing the challenges, opening up the possibilities


Chrysoula Pouli, Social Worker, Specialized Social and Professional Reintegration Centre (EKKEE), Addiction treatment center, 18 Ano

Thanasis Tzioumpas, Manager of Sheltered Workshops KETHEA ITHAKI & Tonia Kastrioti, KETHEA Fundraising Officer

Vassilis Stavropoulos, Responsible of the Office of Information and Support on Social Solidarity Economy, 4th Substitution Unit and Anna Kiapoka, Social Worker, “Amalia Fleming” Substitution Unit, member of social entrepreneurship working group, Organization Against Drugs

Stelios Gkiouzepas, Scientific Coordinator, Alternative Therapeutic Program for Drug-Addicted Individuals (ARGO)

Kostas Fragkiadakis, Administrator, Responsible for the development of social integration actions and Kleopatra Stamatiadou, Responsible for the development of social integration actions, Self- Help Promoting Program, A.U.Th

Coordination: Lainas Sotiris, Program Coordinator, Self-Help Promoting Program, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

5. The development of SSE in particular socio-political conditions


The emergence of Social Solidarity Economy is different in every territory and country and has to meet with challenges from the political, social and historical context.  We will explore different experiences from all over Europe and beyond.

Markéta Vinkelhoferová, Ecumenical academy, Fair & Bio Cooperative Roastery, Czech Republic

Lana Zdravkovi, Peace Institute, Slovenia

Zanda Skuja, Green Liberty, Latvia

Colm Massey, Solidarity Economy Association, UK

Pavlina Petrova, Ideas Factory, Bulgaria

Coordination: Jason Nardi, Solidarius/Ripess EU

6. 1st European Alternative Media and SSE Meeting (1st part)


 Organised and coordinated by Ripess EU and The Journalists’ Journal (EF.SYN)

Alternative media from all over Europe explore what is the role of alternative media as co-formers of collective knowledge and pillar for the promotion of SSE, how can they survive in today’s mediascape, what forms of synergies, collaborations and strategies can be envisioned and practiced to maximize their impact.

Participants include: Zmag (Croatia), Sedma Generace (Czech Republic), Contraste (Germany), Altreconomia, Comune info, Italia che cambia (Italy), Revista de Economia Solidaria (Portugal), Alternativas Economicas, El Salto (Spain), El Setembre, La Directa (Catalunya, Spain), Red Pepper, The Rules (United Kingdom), and from Greece EF.SYN, ert open, 3 point magazine, press publica, radio “Portokali”, To Erma, vmedia, Antidrastirio,

7. Mindgame: Positioning SSE in Tourism Sector


Georgia Kanellopoulou, Sustainable Tourism and Social Economy Advisor – DAFNI, Network of Sustainable Greek Islands

John Restakis, Executive Director, Community Evolution Foundation

Lourdes Tomé Herrero and Veronica Pastorino, Solidaridad para el Desarrollo y la Pa (SODePAZ)-

José María de Juan, Vice-president of EARTH (European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality)/ Allied with ISTO-OITS (International social Tourism Organization)

8. Approaches, method and indicators of self-monitoring and social impact measurement. Examples from Spain, Italy, Greece and France


Ruben Suriñach Padilla (XES)/ Alba Hierro, Tools and methodology developed by XES, Catalan Solidarity Economy network

SoanaTortora, Solidarius Italy

Giannis Vikas, Research Fellow of Athens “Epiheiro Koinonika”, Municipality of Athens Development And Destination Management Agency

Giorgos Keranis, Scientific Director of Athens “Epiheiro Koinonika”, Municipality of Athens Development And Destination Management Agency

Bérénice Dondeyne, EVALUMIP / ADEPES

Coordination: George Alexopoulos, Agricultural University of Athens, Member Geces

9. SCREENING – “A Social Ecosystem – Developing the Social Economy in Karditsa” production of the Social Cooperative “Cynergies” to potential stakeholders for its further promotion 


The Social Cooperative “Cynergies” is the result of the collaboration of new filmmakers with the aim of creating narratives in the direction of sustainability and the promotion of a transition anthropological press.

It was officially founded in July 2016 after the two-year collaboration of its members for the production of transmedia documentary “Heterotopias”. In its time, she has created material for the Transform-Evia project, the Sustrares Sustainability Seminar in collaboration with the Sunsopores Network and the Medium-length documentary A Social Ecosystem with the support of the Heinrich Boll Foundation in Greece.

The documentary “A Social Ecosystem – Developing the Social Economy in Karditsa” explores the concepts of cooperative society, social economy and its relevance to the present situation in the countryside and the cities. Based on the protagonists’ words and exploiting the cinematic language, it presents the historical context of the first cooperative in the world, the ventures that make up the ecosystem and the structures that support it.

1. Presentation of the results of the SUSY European Program working in over 20 countries (10.00 – 13.00)


Moderator: Christina Kontaxi, Environmental Expert – Member of the Social Co-operative Enterprise “Paths of Greece”

10.00: Registration of participants and welcome greetings
10.15: SUSY – Sustainable and Solidarity EconomY – project (COSPE)
10.45: presentation of the International Research “Transformative economy: opportunities and challenges of the Social and Solidarity Economy in 55 territories in Europe and in the World” (FairWatch)
11.15: presentation of best practices and videos:
Welyne Jeffrey Jehom, Malaysia Best Practice
Lara Panzani, COSPE / Tunisia Best Practice
Vasilis Rizos, Solidarity for all, Greek Best Practice
12.15: Susy Transform Map presentation – Josef Kreitmayr (GetActive)
12.30: SSE and development cooperation. From SUSY to the Global Sustainable
Development Agenda: Evidence and Relevance of the role of SSE – CONCORD (Fair Trade Hellas)

2. An attempt for solidarity exports: The example of “Fruit of solidarity”


Fruit of Solidarity is a campaign for promoting products by small greek cooperatives abroad. An international network of SSE initiatives aims to support, in a practical way, new cooperative attempts and provide access in products that are produced according to the SSE values.

George Ploumbidis, co-coordinator of the “Fruit of Solidarity” campaign, Dock – Social Solidarity Economy Zone

Ioulia Xirogianni, “Green Land” producers, Sterna Messinias

Dimitris Vourelis, Cooperative of producers “Modousa” Social Enterprise, Geras, Lesvos

Klaus Prätor, Campaign Soli-oli / Forum of Solidarity Economy, Berlin

Filip De Bodt, Climaxi (movement for climate and social justice) (skype), Belgium

Diana Kretschmann, co–founder of “Possible” – Netherlands


3. The SSE approach to the reception, host and social integration of refugees. Examples of co-existence and empowerment


Nikos Chrysogelos: WELCOMMON – Refugee Reception and Social Inclusion Center

Christina Sakali and member of R2R cooperative Call Center

Eleonora Zotou: Alkyone-Refugee Day Center

Karl Birkhoelzer: Technet Berlin ( Germany)

Coordination: Panagiotis-Arion Chatziprokopiou, Assistant Professor Department of Physical Planning and Development, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

4. European policy for SSE and Commons. Organized by the European Commons Assembly


After the Assembly (ECA in Athens 1), we focus on developing policy for the commons and SEE.  The rationale for this is laid out in the ECA’s SSE proposal Commons Social and Solidarity Economy.

This proposal was the outcome of a collaboration of members of the Assembly in the lead-up to our first meeting in Brussels at the European Parliament. The civil society movement(s) for the commons and SSE need to continue to develop methods and content for interacting with the public institutions. One of the ways the ECA proposes to do this is to focus on production of knowledge, via the sharing of tools and strategies that can be relevant for this interaction with policy institutions. In this workshop, we will explore some of these strategies. We also hope it can help in collecting concrete proposals for the next Forum for the Social and Solidarity Economy in Brussels at the EP. All of this will be documented to help elaborate the ECA SSE proposal and cross-polinate projects and strategies for policy for the commons economy.

Contributors from the ECA: Laura Aufrère RIPESS;  Ana Margarida Esteves RedPES Portuguese Social and Solidarity Economy Network

Please feel free to share relevant examples and read others here in the lead up to the event:

5. Ripess: Workshop for “Panorama EU”


SSE Panorama of SSE in Europe: Co-mapping, Inter-mapping and data commons of the Alternatives

Alba Hierro, Pam-a-Pam (Catalunia)

Luca Asperius, Germany mapping and Italia che Cambia

Monica Di Sisto, The SUSY mapping


Jason Nardi, RIPESS and the Inter-mapping Panorama of SSE in Europe

6. 3rd National Meeting of SSE collaborative initiatives


The initiative of 23 collaborative initiatives from all over Greece, which met in June 2016 in Thessaloniki and launched a public call for a nationwide meeting with the aim of networking, social and economic mutual support and the solidarity of collaborative initiatives at national level. Over 10,000 members of various cooperative societies sent 84 representatives to the National Meeting of SSE collaborative initiatives, held in Karditsa on 18 and 19 March 2017.

The next station of this national networking is the 3rd National Meeting in June 2017 in Athens, within the framework of the 4th European Congress, UniverSSE 2017.

7. The solidarity structures in front of the crisis, within the new conditions and the challenge of SSE.


Organized and Coordinated by Solidarity for all

1. Digital infrastructure as commons


This panel presents different examples of grassroots initiatives that treat network infrastructure as commons, and discusses issues of governance and sustainability with focus on the Greek case studies of and Exarcheia Net

Juergen Neumann, co-founder of, Germany

Vasilis Chrysos, co-founder of, Greece

James Lewis, instigator & facilitator of Exarcheia Net, Greece

Panayotis Antoniadis, co-founder of NetHood, Switzerland

Coordination: Nethood

2.The relationship of education and pedagogy with SSE practices and technology.


Christos Korolis, Solidarity School“Mesopotamia”

Clara Crivellaro, University of Newcastle

Ahmed Karrufa, University of Newcastle

Fenia Pistofidou, Adult Trainer & Coordinator of Educational Programs, Center for Vocational Training (KEK) “Dimitra”

Coordination: Vassilis Vlachokyriakos, Open Lab Athens, Newcastle University, UK/GR

3. 1st European Meeting of Alternative Media and SSE meeting (2nd part)


Organised by Ripess EU and The Journalists’ Journal (EF.SYN)

Working meeting among all alternative media participating in UniverSSE2017 and people responsible of communication in the SSE networks to explore potential collaborations and networking at European level: what stronger ties could be made with the solidarity economy networks, what experiences already exist, what forms of cooperation, synergy and networking on concrete projects can we work on.


4. Operational guidelines for the support centers of SSE: towards self-managed, sustainable and locally-owned ecosystems, organized by Social Entrepreneurship Forum


Vasilis Bellis, Greek Entrepreneurship Forum

Lina Mourgi and Helena Tzamouranou, Dock Social Solidarity Economy Zone

Popi Sourmaidou, ERGANI Center for the Support of Women’s Employment and Entrepreneurship

Dimitris Kokkinakis, Co-founder Impact Hub Athens

Coordination: Nikos Chrysogelos, Social Cooperative Enterprise “Wind of Renewal”

5. Cooperative Housing and Ownership


The workshop will discuss how we imagine an alternative cooperative housing and collective property initiative in Athens starting with some initially hypothetical scenarios. In this effort, key questions will be approached such as: What needs can be covered? What are the potentialities and difficulties? What are the potential subjects of such an exercise? What supportive structures are required?

Participants: Cohab Athens and Exarheia Residents’ Initiative

6. Α) Educational tools for SSE teams, organized by Citizens in Action association (Greece) (12.15 – 13.15)


During the workshop we will present a series of open tools and activities developed through the European project “Initiatives for Social and Solidarity Economy” ( to support the development and training of individuals and collectives involved or that wish to get involved in SSE. The tools comprise of a portfolio of competences relevant for SSE groups, a serious online game and a manual of group activities based on the principles of non-formal learning (participatory, experiential, interactive methodology). The workshop will also present an opportunity for all participants to share information about existing educational tools for promoting SSE and its values, and for supporting the internal functioning of SSE groups.

Β) Competence Framework for the Management of Social Cooperative Enterprises (13.15 – 14.15 )

Presentation: Anna Koniotaki, Social Scientist MA

The Competence Framework for the Management of Social Enterprises was developed on the basis of an innovative methodology that involved at all its stages the active contribution of social entrepreneurs.  A core finding is that the effective management of a social enterprise requires a demanding combination of knowledge and skills. That finding challenges the design of policies implemented so far in Greece, as regards the promotion of social entrepreneurship  and provides an explanation why those policies have produced poor results. In the context of the workshop, the Competence Framework for the Management of Social Enterprises will be presented and will serve as the basis for a discussion on how to design policies and tools to contribute to the sustainability of social enterprises in Greece.

The Framework was developed the context of the co-funded project titled ‘Communicating Professional Competence’ (ERASMUS+ program,coordinator: ΕΕΤΑΑ)

7. Creation of participatory small groups


What we will do: We will discuss, through a series of participative and non-violent communication methods, the difficulties we have encountered in our teams, as well as in starting new groups. We will also co-create effective solutions and actions according to our values, needs and goals each time.

Coordination: Amodini Kostaki, NLP & Team Coach, teacher (Environmental Education, intercultural citizenship), columnist and volunteer in various solidarity structures in Greece of the crisis


8. Workshop: The new legal framework for Markets without Middlemen and open air trade as an obstacle for the direct disposal of products by cooperatives and worker collectives.


Coordination: SEVIOME worker

Member-worker, SEVIOME-Social Cooperative Enterprise, Member-worker


Lunch prepared by cooperative kitchens

Closing Plenary UniverSSE


Presentation of the initial data and reflections of the workings of each thematic zone.

Deliberation on the proposals for our next steps.