Mouvement pour l’Economie Solidaire (MES)

The Solidarity Economy Movement (MES) was founded in 2002 on the foundations of the Inter-network of Solidarity Economy with the aim of creating a vast movement of initiatives of the solidarity economy and thus out of confidentiality.

A historic player in the development of the SSE, the MES maintained the dynamics of economic and social creativity when very few institutions were concerned, the only transversal network of the solidarity economy in France, he managed, in a society often structured in a very vertical and compartmentalized way, crossed by logics of official representatives, to make hear another way of conceiving the economy, to make recognize its transversal, horizontal specificity, as well as its modes of organization more participative than representative, to highlight its modes of working together, closer to networks than federations, its decision-making modes taken to consensus, its plural economic models combining market, redistribution and solidarity.

Since its creation, the MES has focused on bringing together actors from very different cultures, such as the federations of the social economy, international solidarity organizations, the anti-globalization movements and the ecological transition on common perspectives to start a real dynamic of changes. At the initiative of the Solidarity SSE Village within the European Social Forum in 2004 or the SSE General Assembly in 2012, today the MES is an active member of ESS-France and involved in the Conseil Superieur de l’ESS. He participated in all stages of the construction of the law of July 2014 and the work that followed this development including the Guide to good practices. The MES is also a member of the collective for the transition. Beyond the national level, the MES has been involved since its creation in the RIPESS network, participated in the foundation of RIPESS Europe and is a member of its coordination committee.

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