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The Social and Solidarity Economy for the sustainable and human development of cities and territories

L’économie sociale et solidaire pour le développement humain et durable des villes et des territoires

La economia social y solidaria para el desarrollo humano y sostenible da las ciudades y de los territorios

7th Mont-Blanc Meetings - International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs

VIIe rencontres du Mont-Blanc 2015 – Forum international des dirigeants de l’économie sociale et solidaire

Séptimos encuentros del Mont-Blanc de 2015 - Foro internacional de los dirigentes de la economia social y solidaria

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Published on Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

From 26 to 28 November 2015 in the town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France, the entrepreneurs and leaders of the Social and Solidarity Economy from all around the world will gather around the central theme of human and sustainable development of cities and territories.

Announcement

Argument

To consider all various components of a human and sustainable development of cities and territories, a concern at the heart of the action of the social and solidarity economy organizations, the 7th edition of the Mont-Blanc Meetings will include reflections during workshops, round tables and conferences around three axes:

  1. Cities and territories financing, food sovereignty, climate change
  2. SSE for Social Inclusion, environmental and gender justice, and for equitable development policies
  3. Governance and transformation of entrepreneurial modes: culture, technical and social innovations, digital, public policies

The contributions may concern one or several of the thematic axis to be discussed in the workshops during the event. Contributions could be sent until the 31 of December 2015.

Contributions can be designed to enrich the proposed issues, to deepen the analysis, and to generate proposals. Contributions that cite references of projects, case studies, innovative practices or public policies for the social economy are particularly appreciated.

Contributions can include scientific articles, notes, book reviews, discussion papers, etc.

The length of the texts should not exceed 3 - 5 Word pages. Longer contributions may exceptionally be sent.

Axis 1: SSE generates resources reinvested in the development of cities and territories and adaptation to climate change

Workshop 1.1. How does SSE mobilize and generate resources revealing the territorial development potentials?

This workshop wants to demonstrate how the SSE generates and mobilizes resources through its ties with the territories. It can include mobilization of financial resources, which involves issues such as solidarity and innovative financing, or funding dedicated to support the development of collective enterprises, the mobilization of mixed public-private resources, etc. What mechanisms of financing carried by the SSE and designed to foster its development should be encouraged?, such as

  • solidarity financing (solidarity and ethical banks, savings and credit cooperatives ...),
  • innovative financing (local and alternative currencies, crypto-currencies),
  • public resources, private or mixed (socially responsible investment ...).

Resources’ mobilization and development may also include the development of human capacities and those of territories. It therefore concerns the question of territorial co-governance, i.e. the ability of the SSE to make and implement local initiatives with local actors (local authorities, local communities). What are the innovations that emerge (for instance smart Cities, short circuits and supply chains, fablabs ...) from

  • co-governance linkages (eg participatory budgets),
  • multi-stakeholder governance and proximity and cooperation between territories?

Workshop 1.2. The challenges of climate change - how does SSE help to tackle them in order to build sustainable human settlements?

This workshop focuses on the challenges of climate change and the opportunities to address them in a constructive and solidarity based manner. The SSE has always included in its model both the social, economic and ecological issues. Among the main impacts of climate change that must generate mobilization, it is the destabilization of food systems, the increasing inequality, and the deterioration of the living environment, the human settlements and livelihoods. Discuss climate change issues, is having the opportunity to address both social development and the environment and include them in economic choices. We shall be attentive to innovative and integrated projects. What are the solutions proposed by the ESS to

  • secure food systems, encourage rural links –urbain,
  • strengthen social development and capabilities of women, youth and communities,
  •  make the transition to sustainable economic modes by investing in innovative SSE initiatives?

AXIS 2: SSE for Social Inclusion, social and environmental justice and equitable development policies

Workshop 2.1. How to stimulate collective and social entrepreneurship and bottom-up participation so as to reduce inequalities?

This workshop is about ideas for "a new agenda" of social inclusion. The inclusion carried by the SSE is characterized by the active participation in economic and social activities it offers to vulnerable groups. These social capacities should be built through SSE’s inclusive activities and corresponding public policies. What are the areas, activities and innovations in line with the social and solidarity economy which allow inclusion for instance in the fields of:

  • creation and maintenance of employment, decent work,
  • education and culture,
  • collective health services and universal health coverage systems.

Workshop 2.2. The SSE provides an urban inclusion framework: how to build sustainable cities?

This workshop focuses on cities, their modes of development, issues and impacts of this “unbalanced” development on the spaces and on human, social, environmental linkages. Making this development more equitable and democratic requires considering the ways in which SSE actors respond to these issues. What activities and sectors in which the SSE operates are concerned with cities’ development? such as

collective protection of the environment in cities as in the business of recycling and recovery,

  • collective housing,
  • energy,
  • transport,
  • health,
  • food security ...

AXIS 3: Governance and transformation of entrepreneurship modes

Workshop 3.1. SSE: how are entrepreneurship modes transformed and valued? What are the new paradigms of cooperation?

Questions that may be proposed to the discussions in this workshop involve on the one hand (A) the valuation of SSE contributions in the (i) responsible consumption and production of goods and services, (ii) SSE’s ability to preserve and enhance the knowledge and cultural heritages. On the other hand it is (B) considering in the discussions the alliances and cooperation of the SSE with and innovative paradigms and practices such as

  • common goods movement,
  • the collaborative economy, functionality of the economy, the green economy ...,
  • the digital technologies and innovations…

Workshop 3.2. What would the new policies for change look like?

This workshop proposes to address an issue of major importance for the SSE: public policies for its development and for the economic and social development in general. It is considering complementary scales of economic and social development and governance of the development: local, regional, national, international. How the activities of the ESS could become true socio-economic alternatives. It is here that the question of

  • the junction between one side, the SSE initiatives, and on the other the local institutions (local, national or international cooperation nearby, such as decentralized programs) and
  • government or
  • international programs ...

Submission guidelines

Contributions can be designed to enrich the proposed issues, to deepen the analysis, and to generate proposals. Contributions that cite references of projects, case studies, innovative practices or public policies for the social economy are particularly appreciated.

Contributions can include scientific articles, notes, book reviews, discussion papers, etc.

The length of the desired text should take between 3 and 5 Word pages. Longer contributions may exceptionally be sent.

Contributions shoud be sent by the 26 of November 2015

Scientific Committee

(core group members)

  • The full list of the MBM scientific committee members is available online, please visit our website in english and spanish for further information.
  • Abdou Salam Fall, President of the Scientific Committe of the Mont-Blanc Meetings;  Laboratoire de Recherches sur les Transformations Economiques et Sociales (LARTES - IFAN) ; Senegal
  • Hajime Imamura, professor of economics, Toyo University, Japan
  • Sudha Sreenivassa Reddy, Eco foundation for sustainable alternatives, Bangalore ; Inde
  • Jean Fabre, consultant in international developement, environment et communication ; France
  • Cheihk Gueye, geographer, ENDA ; Senegal
  • Luis Emilio Cuenca, phd (HEC France); Costa Rica
  • Petter Utting, former director of the United Nations Institute for Social developement ; Nicaragua
  • David Hiez, professor of Law, University of Luxembourg ; Luxembourg
  • Mariyana Amova, secretary of the MBM scientific committee, phd candidate; Bulgaria

Places

  • Chamonix, France (74)

Date(s)

  • Thursday, November 26, 2015

Keywords

  • économie sociale et solidaire, développement humain, territoires, villes, Afrique, Amériques, Asie, Europe, international

Contact(s)

  • Mariyana Amova
    courriel : mamova [at] rencontres-montblanc [dot] coop
  • contact@rencontres-montblanc.coop
    courriel :

Information source

  • Mariyana Amova
    courriel : mamova [at] rencontres-montblanc [dot] coop

To cite this announcement

« The Social and Solidarity Economy for the sustainable and human development of cities and territories », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, September 10, 2015, https://calenda.org/338373

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