Article by Josette Combes, Ripess Europe and MES

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its foundation, the Mouvement pour l’Economie Solidaire (MES) has gathered in a book the testimonies of those who participated in the development of the solidarity economy in France. There is also an article on RIPESS Intercontinental and RIPESS Europe.

Below is the presentation of the book on its website by the publisher

The majority of the actors of the solidarity economy are gathered here to enlighten, with a multiplicity of focal points, the societal issues affecting a wide audience of citizens involved to prepare the future beyond France, in Europe and around the world.

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Movement for the Solidarity Economy (MES), this book offers both an analysis of the development of the solidarity economy and a wide range of forms that have been invented for more than fifty years and inscribed in the socio-economic landscape in France, but also in Europe and in the world. In a vision free of the clichés that are often associated with this economy (economy for the poor, repair, margins, etc.), it presents a revisited version of its history, socio-political perspectives, a wide panorama of the creativity of the actors of the movement, the vitality of networks in the circulation of ideas and methods in constant renewal. Highlights the cross-fertilization between technical and socio-economic innovations, between circles of actors and researchers, between project leaders and territorial elected officials in search of new forms of economic intervention closer to the territories, non-relocatable and ecologically responsible. The authors are all immersed in a daily practice within various fields of activity (agroecology, energy, transport, housing, education, digital, etc.) and for the first time expose the best of their long experience in a choral work.