Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation
The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation is the main financial backer of the socioeco.org website. The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation works primarily in the areas of governance and sustainable development, based on a plural economy. It also produces methods and innovative collaborative tools.
RIPESS is an intercontinental network that connects social and solidarity economy networks throughout the world. As a network of networks, it brings together continental networks that in turn bring together national and sector-based networks. RIPESS believes in the importance of global solidarity in order to build and strengthen an economy that puts people and planet front and center. From Lima to Quebec, from Dakar to Luxembourg, RIPESS organizes global forums every four years and is a nexus for learning, information sharing and collaboration.
Born from a suggestion made at the 4th Forum on Globalisation of Solidarity Lux09, in April 2009 by founding members of ALOE, Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and Solidarity Economy, Solecopedia is an initiative that is complementary to other communication tools and processes aimed at supporting a new emerging economy, based on greater solidarity and sustainability, such as resource websites and mapping of existing initiatives.
The main purpose of Solecopedia is to establish a dialogue between actors, researchers of different countries, cultures and sectors, on practices and concepts, to help make a sustainable and solidarity-based economy more visible by bringing economic, social and ecological notions together, and showing the coherence of its practices and associated theories.
Another product of the 4th Forum on Globalisation of Solidarity Lux09 organized by RIPESS in April 2009, ESSglobal is a project that aims to create tools for global intercommunication between the social and solidarity economy’s information systems and to make a global map of solidarity-based companies and their products and services publicly accessible. The ESSGlobal map will eventually appear in the SSE Initiatives section of the socioeco.org website due to its international scope.
The Database of Economic and Solidarity-based Initiatives (BDIS) is a national project led by MES (Mouvement pour l’économie solidaire) being tested in various areas of France. You can consult the BDIS map on the socioeco.org website in the SSE Initiatives section to locate the solidarity-based initiatives near to where you live.
The RELIESS is an international reference and networking centre that aims above all to be a meeting place for people and ideas interested in public policies in favour of the social and solidarity economy. It seeks to encourage a spirit of co-construction and dialogue by making available information on innovative social economy experiences that were enabled by collaborations with the public sector and by favouring the networking of actors working in favour of the social economy, be they within the public sector or in civil society.
Autour du 1er Mai
Autour du 1er mai is a not-for-profit organization that has created and manages the Base Cinéma et société, a database of films on society and the issues it raises. The database’s goal is to allow everyone to locate films, to find out where to watch them, how to get hold of them and how to organize a screening.
The films are classified on the website by theme-based points of access. You can also find all the films covering the social and solidarity economy directly on the socioeco.org website, grouped under different filmographies.
The organization’s team can provide you with advice on organizing screenings and drawing up filmographies and answer any other questions you may have on its activities.
COREDEM: confederation of websites for a worldwide democracy
Created in 2009, the Communauté des sites ressources pour une démocratie mondiale (Coredem) is the product of a Ritmo and FPH (Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme) initiative. The online community thereby created aims to bring together the organizations which have decided to team up and pool together their information and analyses so as to facilitate public access to their respective information resources.
DPH, Dialogues, Proposals, Stories for global citizenship, provides more than 7,000 articles on exemplary struggles, innovative actions and organisations, collective analyses and proposals - in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese and from all continents. You can find the DPH articles on SSE on the socioeco.org website.
Ritimo is a network that provides information and documents as tools in the effort to create a world based on solidarity and sustainable development. At 90 sites throughout France, Ritimo welcomes the public, provides information on citizen campaigns and offers special activities and training. Ritimo provides information and documents on line via its website, available in French, English , Spanish and Portuguese.
The CFSI runs the ALIMENTERRE Platform & Resources website. The CFSI is an association of 23 organisations that share the same vision of international solidarity. It includes development NGOs, organisations with ties to local authorities, and labour organisations.
Members of the CFSI believe that the North and South should come together to face the issues of the future for:
Social justice, to reduce poverty and growing inequalities;
An economy that serves the people, not the other way round;
The equitable distribution and sustainable management of the Earth’s natural resources.
The web-platform Sustainable Pangea uses a participative approach to mapping SSE best practices and social technologies in Latin America. There are articles, pictures, links and information on initiatives within 4 categories: Solidarity Finance, Organic Agriculture, Fair Trade and Community-based Tourism. Currently it is available only in English and Spanish but we aim to translate everything into Portuguese and French soon, and also to expand the work to other categories relating to sustainable development. The Sustainable Pangea articles are also available on the socioeco.org website (Map).
Charles Léopold Mayer Publishing House
The Editions Charles Léopold Mayer publishing house publishes works of analysis, reflection and proposals so as to renew practices and mechanisms of action that are currently being developed both locally and at the level of a global society searching for alternatives and new ideas. The main themes published include fair trade, international cooperation, intercultural dialogue, social economy, social finance, responsible tourism, local and global governance, participatory democracy, public goods, social responsibility, peace building, ethics, communication, environmental management, sustainable development and citizen science.
European P’Acts is an open resource collective made up of organizations from Germany, Scotland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg and Portugal. They share the same approach and commitment to creating an economic and social territorial pact that truly reflects the issues at stake. Because basic rights are at stake! “Making a pact” means pooling resources, making progress and creating with the rigour provided by a tried and tested method: the learning journey where people can learn from each other.
Solidarius Italy is a solidarity economy enterprise (unincorporated and not for profit). It operates nationally and internationally to promote local development processes in order to create, qualify, and support micro-enterprises and networks of collaboration and solidarity economy, by building economic, social and environmental sustainability and social cohesion.
It has 5 main fields of intervention: RESEARCH, EDUCATION, SOCIAL PROJECTS, PUBLISHING, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION. It is the Italian node of the transnational network promoted by « Solidarius », an organisation which is part of the Brazilian Forum of Solidarity Socio-Economy and is one of the founders of RIPESS Europe.
International Journal of Community Currency Research - IJCCR
The IJCCR was conceived as an online forum for disseminating knowledge about community and complementary currencies. As a freely available online resource, it makes new scientific knowledge about this innovative phenomenon accessible to all, so overcoming many of the barriers separating ‘academics’ from ‘activists’. It also offers speedy publication of new findings, again overcoming the lengthy delays associated with publishing in traditional academic print journals.
This peer-reviewed journal aims to provide a common forum for informed articulation and debate of empirical, critical and theoretical research on community currencies. We seek to bridge the gaps in knowledge, practice and communication which exist between community currency ‘activists’ and ‘academics’.
Community currencies are here defined widely to encompass the full range of possible currency systems. Our desire is to facilitate analysis not only of those systems currently in use, including the ‘money-based’ systems such as LETS, time-based systems such as time-dollars and Ithaca hours, other scrip-based community exchanges as well as business trade exchanges, but also to provide an arena in which the historical use of community currencies can be explored.