RIPESS Europe -Solidarity Economy Europe, aims to link practitioners, theoreticians, and policy makers of the solidarity economy to promote and develop SSE through the exchange of practices and commitment to shared actions.
The network aims to promote alternative modes of production, consumption, savings, and exchange to build a more equitable economy and solidarity-based development.
RIPESS organizes an annual meeting dedicated to the review of its strategy, that is renewed every three years and evolves according to the European and international context.
The objectives can be summarized in three categories:
Promote territorial ecosystems and support the emergence of new networks by organizing their economic inter-cooperation.
1.1 Support the mapping of initiatives to enable members to get to know each other better and exchange goods, services, and skills, and to enhance their activities and encourage their dissemination.
1.2 Continuously improve communication tools by using and providing collaborative digital tools
1.3 Strengthen research jointly with the Scientific Committee (see governance)
Continue working to develop and gain recognition for solidarity economy by jointly working with public policy actors
2.1 Encourage the involvement of members in their contexts to jointly build public policies and relevant evaluation tools based on the collective development and participation of various actors.
2.2 Systematically collect and share what each country is putting in place in conjunction with various actors to promote the development of the SSE.
2.3 Organise and monitor the movements of political bodies and institutions, and intervene whenever necessary to advocate for the interests of SSE actors by publishing articles and / or questioning elected representatives.
2.4 Work with other European networks and research centres that share our values for the collective advocacy of SSE.
2.5 Develop territorial cooperation aimed at furthering solidarity economy ecosystems.
2.6 Strengthen links with the alternative press and other media.
Create and strengthen alliances
3.1 Associate the RIPESS EU General Assembly with a national event led by one of its members.
3.2 Build a collective agenda of events supported by different organisations working for economic transformation.
3.3 Promote democratic citizens’ participation and self-organisation as key drivers of systemic change.
3.4 Develop training modules aimed at a wide and diverse audience.
3.5 Increase opportunities for youth experience, co-operation, and active participation as a basis for networking and creating a Youth SSE platform
3.6 Launch webinars to support all the above objectives.