A new kind of social and solidarity economy you need to know about

The second “Social and Solidarity Economy Academy” will take place in Montreal, Canada, from 24 to 28 October 2011.

The term “social and solidarity economy” (SSE) refers to organizations and enterprises based on principles of solidarity and participation, which produce goods and services while pursuing both economic and social aims. They include cooperatives, mutual benefit societies, associations and social enterprises. They all share social and economic objectives, values and operating principles.

Our societies face huge social and economic challenges. Several international development frameworks have been designed to tackle these problems.

This second 2011 SSE Academy will take place in Montreal, and aims to:

  • create a community of practice on the subject;
  • improve understanding of the social and solidarity economy and of features such as employment creation, social protection, social dialogue, innovation, the environment, green jobs, legal and policy frameworks, the informal economy and local economic development;
  • encourage the use of tools and approaches that effectively promote SSE schemes.

The first training academy on the SSE was held by the Centre in October 2010, in Turin. That inter-regional training opportunity brought together more than 70 practitioners and policy-makers from around the world to share their experience and meet leading SSE specialists.

More information at: http://socialeconomy.itcilo.org/en

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