During the General Assembly in Villarceaux (July 2014), a proposal was made, concerning future perspectives for the governance of the network.
The constitution of an Advisory Board was proposed, with the following functions:
– Help to build the theoretical and historical heritage of the network;
– Help to develop the strategic axes of the network;
– Develop records that can help to formulate the pronouncements of COCO;
– Respond to the requests from COCO, according to an agenda;
– Help the working groups, if appropriate;
– Disseminate the knowledge and information acquired to the network’s
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The Scientific Committee (SC) supports the visibility of RIPESS Eu members by reinforcing the capacity to develop scientific work dedicated to social solidarity economy, based on and in cooperation with RIPESS Europe members initiatives. The SC puts an emphasis that scientific research is being developed inside RIPESS Europe network, and in cooperation with its members. It facilitates the cooperation of RIPESS Eu with the education & academic world.
Actions and participation of the Scientific Committee to RIPESS Eu
Dissemination of the International Manifesto for solidarity economy
Scholars and researchers from various continents (Africa, America, Asia, Europe) who have been working for a long time with practionners involved in solidarity economy have written and work on disseminating the Manifesto to intepellate public authorities in regard to their support to this emerging economy. It is also a tool to help gather ore academics, PHD students and non academic on the basis of a common need for knowledge production dedicated to solidarity economy. This Manifesto is about epistemological justice. It states the following perspective :
“Solidarity economy assumes social, ecological, cultural finalities, against the growth of inequalities and for justice, against climate change and for a fair sharing of resources, against uniformisation of behaviours and for the expression of diversities. We need this economy for tomorrow, at that very moment where the depletion of the dominating system is obvious. Economic science has developped from an epistemological basis which neglects natural resources considering them inexhaustible and favors material interest as a single motivation. […] Adjustments to the existing system are needed but they will not be sufficient. Experiments initiated through solidarity economy are vectors of new relations between economy and society in both its human and non human dimensions. The actors involved in solidarity economy must be heard. The economy we need for tomorrow is already here. Its growth depends on the advent of a new generation of public action.”
It is disseminated inside the university by the Scientific Committee members (mainly through workshops), and in RIPESS EU dedicated webinars. Members are also helping publishing in national medias.
The Manifesto is permanently accessible online on RIPESS Eu website as well as on socioeco.org.
Series of Webinars
The Scientific Committee organize online open seminars organised in series of topics to be discussed. A few objectives are identified:
- to fertilize RIPESS Eu members field of inquiries and exploration with perspectives that are still not discussed a lot in the SSE movement, in particular the feminist and decolonial perspective. To “crack open” new perspectives to cross over with more “traditional” literature on SSE
- to have in depth research and debate on specific notions and concepts that are commonly used with different meaning and perspective.
Supporting RIPESS Europe Members self documentation – increasing knowledge & understanding of one another activities and context.
As the network is expanding, so is the diversity of the members. In order to facilitate the documentation of each members, a questionnaire was disseminated amongst members and managed by a dedicated working group. The Scientific Committee will help producing a comprehensive panorama of solidarity economy as it is developed by grass-root level initiatives based on the members answers, shedding light on the local contexts, the sub-regional, national, and regional culture of solidarity. This collective work will help emphasising on RIPESS Europe members specificities and tools developed by each members, as well as their history.
RIPESS EU newsletter:
The Scientific Committee members publish articles in the RIPESS Eu newsletter on a regular basis. It can be about the scientific committee activities, about the work published by one of the members, about some book or article one have read and think is interesting to share.