Bibliography of the SSE.E IVET Training module 1. Social Solidarity Economy Values and Principles

This list of resources is part of the training module 1 aimed at promoting the Social Solidarity Economy at the level of Initial Vocational and Educational Training in Europe.These training modules are a tool for trainers working in IVET, from age 14 and to age 25; but also for other professionals operating at different levels of the training and education system and people and organisations working in the Social Solidarity Economy and who have an interest in developing actions in the field of education and training.

Here we share a list of resources which can be useful for trainers to know more about the topics covered in this module.

Key concepts and issues of SSE

This paper focuses on the methodological processes of construction of Solidarity Economy, based on the constitution of collaborative networks and solidarity economic circuits, with the purpose of supporting the reconstruction of supply chains and reorganizing, in a democratic way, the economic flows that permeate territories and networks.

“Solidarity Economy enterprises are born out of the need & aspirations of the community” Nancy Neamtan, Page 2; “We are removing economic resources from the capitalist circuits”. Daniel Tygel, Page 3;“In each continent there has been a steady growth of Solidarity Economy movements.”, Emily Kawano, Page 4; “The model takes us beyond both traditional capitalism and traditional socialism”. Gar Alperovitz, Page 9

General overview about solidarity economy. Some interesting graphics.

Social entrepreneurship - from Ashoka perspective. Definition and some examples of social entrepreneurs.

This text is the first chapter of a collective book entitled L’économie sociale au Nord et au Sud, compiled by J. Defourny, P. Develtere and B. Fonteneau (De Boeck, 1999).General explanation about social economy third sectors, the definition of different types of structures in social economy and their role.

SSE in the European Union and at the international level

Set of recommendations for the post-2015 Development Agenda with the United Nations Offices and the Representatives of various States, based on the collaborative and mutual help practices of social solidarity economy initiatives and other organizations.

The general objective of this report is to update the study « The Social Economy in the European Union » published in 2008 by the European Economic and Social Committee, expanding its scope to include all 27 of the current EU Member States and the acceding/candidate countries (Croatia and Iceland respectively), and examining the definitions, state, contribution, legal instruments and public policies surrounding the social economy (SE) as well as the impact of the economic crisis

Chapter 1 – Understanding the social and solidarity economy. – Concepts and definitions.

This article describes the appearance of a solidarity economy movement in different national and continental contexts, stressing the diversity of practices within civil society at local and international level. Emerging in the last decades, these initiatives, which are both political and economic in nature, have extended and renewed the social economy, thereby offering a concrete alternative at a time of capitalist crisis. As such, the movement cannot be overlooked in the quest for a new economic model and public action.

This report deals with US developments of SSE - but the issues and topics that report tackles echo our own. The added value of the report lies in the many example described, in an international perspective

The vision of RIPESS

The document describes convictions, values, mission, vision and approaches of RIPESS.

This paper is part of an ongoing process of discussion and debate about the concepts, definitions and framework of the social solidarity economy. This paper brings an examination of SSE as a pathway to transformative and systemic change, values of SSE are reaffirmed, explores the diversity of actors, sectors and practices constituting SSE; strategies used by SSE movements; and finally how it relates to key concepts.

SSE a brick of local development

An article about forming the municipal alliance which aims to promote, strengthen and consolidate the social and solidarity economy.

Training material

A game illustrating initiatives for Social and Solidairty Economy (ISSE)

Activities are targeted towards young people developed for those interested in or involved in SSE.

This is a game of skill and solidarity in which the players discover the unique benefits and challenges of the cooperative world, as well as the skills needed to participate in a co-op.


Social and solidarity economy in practices

General presentation of SSE.

Explanation of SSE and the links between public sector, private sector, voluntary sector.

A chapter video that presents models of social intervention, as a perspective of social innovation. These testimonies were collected in the field of the Project « Social entrepreneurship in Portugal: as policies, as organizations and practices of education/ formation”. [needs activation of EN legends]

Here is one good practice example of a community social enterprise and its values in Berlin (video of TechNet)

Mapping the SSE initiatives

This online intercative tool shows which solutions the SSE is implementing. The Solution map presents case studies, videos,conferences, training courses, thesis and organisms from all over the world.

Related websites

Example of network. The CSA Network UK is the organization working to promote the CSA.

SUSY is a network of 26 associations in 23 European countries enhancing the competences of local actors that are engaged in the social and solidarity economy.

RIPESS is a global network of continental networks committed to the promotion of Social Solidarity Economy.

Social Auditing is a procedure in which the organization reports/accounts on its activities and performance is evaluated can improve its performance. Its aim is to identify and strengthen the social benefit / added value which is achieved through the activities of the organization and its motto is: “Prove and Improve”.