Diesis will be present in Strasbourg for the largest Social Economy event of the year!

On 5 and 6 May 2022, Strasbourg will host the “Social Economy, the Future of Europe”. One of the objectives of the event is to mobilise 1000 social economy stakeholders from all over Europe and beyond to exchange, build alliances, exchange, and engage in the implementation of Social Economy Action Plan (SEAP).

The event is organised in the framework of the Présidence Française du Conseil de l’Union européenne (PFUE).

Diesis will participate and co-organise multiple sessions at the conference:

Thursday 5th may

SSE, remarkable employers (3.30-5.30 p.m. – room Amsterdam)

Social, societal and environmental issues have moved up the agenda. This conference-debate proposes to take a closer look at innovative initiatives and practices.

UDES : Marc PHILIBERT, Regional Delegate Grand Est; EURICSE : Gianluca SALVATORI, Secretary General; DIESIS Network : Gianluca PASTORELLI, executive president; Cœurs d’Entreprises : Patrice WEISHEIMER, first link of the training circle; Institut pour la démocratie économique : Sebastjan PIKL, IED (Slovénie); European Trade Union Confereration : Marina Monaco, Senior Advisor (EU).

Boosting Social Economy Entrepreneurship: Scaling up Social Economy Solutions (6-7.30 p.m. – room Rome)

How to boost social economy entrepreneurship among all Europeans, especially among the younger ones ? How to improve the visibility of SE entrepreneurship ? How to Scale Up SE solutions ?

Social Economy Europe : Victor Meseguer, Director; Euclid Network : Sophie Roos; Mondragon Corporation/LEINN project; European Commission; MEP : Katrin LANGENSIEPEN; CARITAS Europa; Catalyst 2030; Lithuanian Social Business Association : Viktorija Braziunaite, Director; DIESIS : Eleonora Lamio; ScaleChanger : Isabelle Hoyaux; Assopreneur : stakeholders to be confirmed; SZOWES : stakeholders to be confirmed; Needs Map : Guler Altinsoy.

Towards a change of scale of the social economy at international level (6-7.30 p.m. – room London 1)

A framing of the rise of the social economy on the international scene followed by a presentation of field initiatives that illustrate this change of scale.

OECD : Antonella NOYA, Head of the Social Economy and Innovation Unit of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities; Spanish Confederation of Social Economy Enterprises, PLP PL4SE : Carlos LOZANO, Foreign Affairs Coordinator; DIESIS on the practical cases of the OECD SILK Project: Luca PASTORELLI, Executive Chairman; SSE Forum international : stakeholders to be confirmed; European External Action Service : stakeholders to be confirmed; Caisse d’économie Desjardins (Quebec) : stakeholders to be confirmed

Friday 6th may

Building a global movement for international recognition of the social economy (11 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. – Auditorium Cassin – Palais de la Musique et des Congrès de Strasbourg)

Faced with the climate and health crises, many countries in the world have understood the importance of having a more local, more humane, more environmentally friendly, more socially supportive and more solidarity-based economy. Indeed, the social economy’s structures are numerous and diverse on all continents, demonstrating a globally shared willingness to develop social projects and innovative ways of doing business.

Their organisation in both national and transnational networks is enabling the SSE to scale up and gradually be identified and acknowledged as one of the solutions to the challenges and issues of global development. Transnational networks, as well as international bodies, are working at all levels of governance to build a strong global movement that allows recognition of the SSE at international level.

Stakeholders : Maravillas Espín, Director General of Self-Employment, Social Economy and Corporate Social Responsibility, Minister for Labour and the Social Economy; Pierre Hurmic, Mayor of Bordeaux, pilot city of the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF); Vic Van Vuuren, Director of the Enterprises Department at the International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva; Chair of the UN Task force on SSE (UNTFSSE); Marina Monaco, Senior Advisor in charge of Social Economy, European Trade Union Confederation; Bruno Roelants, Director-General, Alliance Coopérative Internationale.

Q&R challenger : Marta Brushi, Expert Advisor, Networks and Community Engagement, DIESIS.

Have your say on the European Commission Transition Pathway for Proximity and Social Economy (11 a.m.-12.30 p.m. – room Londres 2)

All you need to know and how to contribute to the Transition Pathway for social and proximity economy to foster green and digital transition and strengthen the sector resilience to future shocks.

DIESIS Network : Dorotea DANIELE; Social Economy Europe : stakeholders to be confirmed; European Commission : Hubert GAMBS, Deputy Director General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Grow); Euclid Network : stakeholders to be confirmed; EURICSE : Gianluca SALVATORI, Secretary General; Government of Navarra : Mikel Irujo, Minister for Economic Development and Enterprises, State of the Brussels-Capital Region : Barbara TRACHTE, Secretary responsible for Economic Transition and Scientific Research.

Social economy and its potential for rural development in Europe (11 a.m.-12.30 p.m. – Local communities and public policies area)

Which conditions have to be met at the European, national and local levels to promote sustainable development of rural territories in partnership with social economy actors ?

Avise : Bérengère Daviaud; Avise : Floriane Vernay; DIESIS : Anastasia Costantini; PETR Pays de Langres : Nadège Savard, chargée de mission; Jérôme Saddier, president of ESS France and of Avise and VP of Social Economy Europe; REVES; RTES; Coopérative Sociale Cadore : Antonio Ferigo; Center for Not For Profit Law : Claudia Petrescu.

More information & registration are available on the Conference’s website