Universse 2017 Program

Panels Workshops Assemblies

      Time Zone

09.00 – 16.30

RIPESS EU – Solidarity Economy Europe network: GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING

17.00-18.00: UniverSSE REGISTRATION

OPEN PLENARY 18.00 – 21.00

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

Coriat Benjamin, Professor, Centre d’ Économie de l’ Université Paris-Nord (CEPN), Université Paris-13, France

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

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

Euclides Andre Mance, Professor of Philosophy, popular trainer “solidarity economics, Solidarius, Brazil

Coordination of the debate:

Sofia Adam, Dr Economics, Member of the Research Group on Commons and Social Solidarity Economy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Jason Nardi, RIPESS EU – Solidarity Economy Europe

Presentation of the Universse2017: Georgia Bekridaki, DOCK/UniverSSE2017

21.00 – 01.00 : Traditional feast, food, music

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 and Coordinated by: Nicos Poulantzas Institute

The formation of solidarity economy networks: Theory and practices
Euclides Andre Mance, Professor of Philosophy, popular trainer “solidarity economics”, Solidarius

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
Member of the Union of SSE Entities of Attica

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

Kostadinka Kuneva, Member of European Parliament GUE/NGL, Greece

The European Social Rights Pillar and SSE
Laura Aufrere, Union 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, RTES (French network of the territorial authorities for Solidarity Economy)

Coordination: Eric Lavilluniere, General Coordinator – RIPESS EU

4. Social integration through activation, employment creation and empowerment

Christos Alefandis, Editor in Chief, Shedia-Street Magazine

Ioanna Vasilakopoulou, Director, Myrtillo-Social Cooperative Enterprise

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

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

Crowdfunding, REAS’s experience with Goteo.org

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

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

VΙΟΜΕ, Creation of a solidarity fund for helping cooperative initiatives

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

Coordination: Jason Nardi, Solidarius / RIPESS EU

6. 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

Markos Damesiotis, Center for Renewable Energy Sources

Edo Jerkic, Energy Citizens Platform

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

Apostolis Dimopoulos, Cooperative Company of Sifnos

Nikos Chrysogelos, Wind of Renewal

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

Alexandros Filippidis, Sustainable Energy Youth Network

Coordination: Kyriaki Metaxa, Architect MSc Energy Systems, Program Coordinator, Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece

7. Open assembly – Alliance for the Commons

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
Henry Hagen, 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

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

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

3. Digital tools and methods for SSE

Manolis Britzolakis, Koukoulakis Dimitris, Commons Lab

Andy Garbett, University of Newcastle

Vasilis Vlachokiriakos, Open Lab Athens

Eleni-Reveka Staiou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Alexandros Pazaitis, Researcher P2P Lab

Coordination: Panagiotis Antoniadis, Nethood

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

Jeremie Colomes, Universite de Poitiers – CRIEF ,France

Aggelos Kornilakis, Law School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Sofia Adam, Dr. Economist, Program Coordinator, 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 Enterpreuner Forum

Françoise Wautiez, Socioeco.org

Representative of Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity

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

6. Union of SSE entities of Attica

Experiential participatory workshop titled “Mapping of Collaborations”. The aim of the workshop is the identification and decision making on meaningful synergies between projects.

7. Festival for Solidarity and Cooperative Economy 2012-2017

Reviewing work and discussing the future of the event. Call for cooperation in the organization of the Festival, which will take place in October 2017 in Athens.

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

The European Commons Assembly is an open, trans-local  European coalition for solidarity in communing. http://europeancommonsassembly.eu/

This session discusses and explores our mutual understanding of how the commons and social and solidarity economy relate to each other. It is also an opportunity to discover the ECA, make new introductions and connect.

Lunch prepared by cooperative kitchens

Solidarity Speed-Date: Space for Presentations and matching of SSE initiatives

We provide the Speed Date Space to SSE groups so that they will meet, present and exchange experiences. What will be the outcome of this process?

Future dates for a more in depth networking and collaboration!

1. 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 Network of Sustainable Greek Islands (DAFNI) and its role in promoting Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in the field of sustainable tourism
Georgia Kanellopoulou, Consultant for Sustainable Tourism and Social Economy – DAFNI, Network of Sustainable Greek Islands

Cultural tourism in Athens: experiences and challenges
Despina Dourou, Communication Manager, Social Enterprise ACTION PLUS.

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 non-profit organizations. The SODePAZ example
Lourdes Tomé Herrero, Solidaridad para el Desarrollo y la Pa (SODePAZ)

Strategies and opportunities for convergence between SSE and the Responsible Tourism in Europe
José María de Juan,Vice-president of EARTH network (European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality)/ in alliance with ISTO-OITS (National Organization for Social Tourism)

Coordination: Dock Social Solidarity Economy Zone

2. The daily challenge of “existing” collaboration in cooperative initiatives

Union of SSE Entities of Attica, Network of Social Cooperatives

VIOME Co-operative, Self-managed factory of ecological cleaning products

Dionysia Potamitou, Physicist, media activist for SSE

Laura Aufrere, UFISC – Union Fédérale d’Intervention des Structures Culturelles 

3. 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.

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

Coordination: Panagiotis Antoniadis, Nethood

4. 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

Zeyno Pekunlu, Member of Müştereklerimiz collectives – Our Commons and Dünyada Mekan – A place on Earth, Instanbul Turkey

Christian Fernando Iaione, Professor of Governance of the Commons and Urban Law and Policy, Faculty Director of LabGov in the LUISS University in Rome, Italy

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

5. Local government and SSE: Political direction and synergies

Xavier Rubio Cano, Program Commission  Cooperative, Social, Solidarity Economy and Consumption, Municipality of Barcelona

Nora Inwinkl, Solidarius Italia

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

Ruben Suriñach & Christina Pina, Solidarity Economy Network of Catalonia – XES

Giorgos Kolebas, Eco-Farmer, Writer

Vasilis Bellis, Development Company 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

6. Greek collective media initiatives: actors and poles for the promotion of SSE. Changing journalism in times of crisis. Organized by: “The Journalists’ Journal”, People’s University of SSE

Open discussion – meeting of groups and initiatives that emerged in Greece of the crisis and have a vision of an independent and plural journalism, away from interdependence centers. A journalism, capable of changing data as it emits from collectively shaped teams, that have an equivalent way of decision making, that focuses on society and its problems, offers step and voice to movements and initiatives that give their own response to the crisis and the model that generates it, and that highlights the transformative dynamics of the social and solidarity economy.

Alternative media initiatives (prints, web pages, web radios and TVs) will present their own approaches to this other journalism in Greece, opening a discussion on their goals, challenges, their role as promoters and poles for SSE and the possibilities of partnerships and networking.

7. Agro-ecology: A key component to responsible production and consumption in combating climate change. Organized by URGENCI

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.

8. 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 (http://communityforge.net/), 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:

A member of the Time Bank of Moschato’s Citizens Moovement 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, Commons.fi – 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

Giorgos Lieros, Author

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

2. Towards a democracy of commons: Approaches and pursuits

Converting public goods into commons
Benjamin Coriat, Professor, Centre d’Économie de l’Université Paris-Nord (CEPN), Université Paris-13

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.fi

Labour, reciprocity and political subjectivation in commoning practices
Natalia-Rozalia Avlona, Researcher, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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, Principle of the “Free school” Jarvascolan (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

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

KETHEA (Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals)

Vassilis Stavropoulos, Responsible of the Office of Information and Support on Social Solidarity Economy, 4th Substitute Treatment Unit, Organization against Drugs. OKANA (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, Self- Help Promotion Program, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Coordination: Sotiris Lainas, Coordinator for Self-help Promotion Programs, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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

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

6. Placing SSE in the Tourism sector

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

Anna Koniotaki, Social Enterprise ACTION PLUS GR

John Restakis, Executive Director, Community Evolution Foundation, CA

Lourdes Tomé Herrero, Solidaridad para el Desarrollo y la Pa (SODePAZ)

José María de Juan, European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality EARTH network, Spain

7. 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

George Alexopoulos, Agricultural University of Athens, Member Geces

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 / UFISC

1. SUSY – European Program for the promotion of SSE

Presentation of the results of the Program

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, GR

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

3. 1st European Meeting of Alternative Media: Towards a network to promote SSE actuality

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 exactly does the term “alternative media” means? Can they be an undivided and lively part of SSE and under what criteria? What is their role as co-formers of collective knowledge that allows conscious choices towards social benefit? How can they compete with the powerful corporate media groups and survive? Can synergies, cooperation, networking and strategics of joint actions promote them to a pillar of democratization of economy, emancipation of society and strengthening of change?

4. 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: 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

5. Education as a vehicle for disseminating and enhancing the SSE
This workshop will address the different level of education who can promote the values and the achievements of SSE in order to leverage its power to transformation of the society. Several experiences will show a wide range of methods aimed at different audiences: students, dropouts, actors of the local economy, research etc.

Elizabetta Buscolo, (RIUESS, FR), Teaching ESS at university level

John Restakis,Synergia Institute, the Synergia online project

SSE and IVET (Initial vocational education and training)

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

Coordination: Josette Combes, MES, France

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

This workshop will focus on developing policy for the commons and SSE in order to prepare concrete proposals for the November Forum for the Social and Solidarity Economy in Brussels at the European Parliament, and to continue to develop the ECA’s SSE proposal (wiki link coming soon)

7. Cooperative Housing and Ownership
Starting with the guidelines referred to in the Greek SSE law: a) for real estate management with social and environmental criteria & b) for environmental upgrading of settlements and the building stock, we want to discuss the possibilities offered by the existing institutional framework and the need for further specialization of tools Policy.
The purpose of the discussions is to feed a wider reflection on housing, neighborhood and property management through collective and jsolidarity procedures

Konstantina Theodorou, Cohab Athens

Tonia Katerini, SADAS

Dimitra Siatitsa, Inura Athens

Coordination: Panagiotis Antoniadis, Nethood

8. 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.

1. SUSY – European Program for the promotion of SSE

Presentation of the results of the Program

 2. 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 Sarantaporo.gr and Exarcheia Net

Juergen Neumann, co-founder of Freifunk.net, Germany

Vasilis Chrysos, co-founder of Sarantaporo.gr, Greece

James Lewis, instigator & facilitator of Exarcheia Net, Greece

Panayotis Antoniadis, co-founder of NetHood, Switzerland

Coordination: Vasilis Vlachokyriakos ,Open Lab Athens, Newcastle University, UK,Greece

3.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 Vlachkyriakos

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 women’s employment and entrepreneurship

Dimitris Kokkinakis, founder Impact Hub Athens

Coordination: Nikos Chrysogelos, Social Cooperative Enterprise Wind of Renewal

5. Α) Educational tools for SSE teams, organized by Citizens in Action association (Greece) (12.15 – 14.15)

During the workshop we will present a series of open tools and activities developed through the European project “Initiatives for Social and Solidarity Economy” (http://issecommunityworks.eu) 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 forthe 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+ programme,coordinator: ΕΕΤΑΑ)

6. 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

7. 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 EU and the Inter-mapping Panorama of SSE in Europe

Closing Plenary of UniverSSE 2017 | Presentation of Conclusions