On July 2nd cooperatives all around the world will celebrate the 100th International Day of Cooperatives (#CoopsDay). A decade on from the UN International Year of Cooperatives, which showcased the unique contribution of cooperatives to making the world a better place, this year’s #CoopsDay slogan –“Cooperatives Build a Better World”– echoes the theme of the International Year.
Six sessions with 20 scholars and researchers representing universities and research centers from all over the world, will discuss the potential for innovation in the sector.
2022 EDITION FOCUS
The increasing attention towards an economy based not only on material products, but also on relationships, combined with demographic changes and various states’ fiscal crises, opens growth opportunities for activities requiring investments in health and healthcare, social and personal services, online assistance, green industry, and environmental protection. This trend has become even more important because of the recent pandemic, which has weakened the global economy as a whole and increased domestic and international imbalances, jeopardizing social cohesion and international relations. Cooperative and ethical banks, alternative funds and financial institutions that have invested in social innovation have thus shown great potential. These are the premises of the workshop organized by Euricse, the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Trento, Federcasse and EACB on 16th and 17th of June, 2022.
During the workshop, scholars from universities and centers will discuss about social finance institutions, cooperative banks and digitalization. A broad overview on regional banking systems will be provided as well: from German regional cooperative banks to other examples from The Baltic Republics and many others.
Silvio Goglio and Flavio Bazzana representing Euricse and the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Trento, Sergio Gatti from Federcasse and Nina Schindler, CEO of EACB will open the workshop.
Registering is mandatory, with the possibility of attending in person or online. Only those participants who are already registered will receive the link to participate online.
Italy will be hosting two of the most important festivals dedicated to the international economy and Euricse could not miss participating in both events. In Trento, from June 2 to 5, the 17th Festival of Economics will be returning finally face to face. And in Turin, from May 31 to June 4, 2022, the first edition of the International Festival of Economics will take place.
Euricse has confirmed its double presence at two important appointment on the international economy organised in Italy. On June 2nd the Secretary General Gianluca Salvatori will participate in Turin at International Economics Festival as a speaker in a seminar regarding the “European Social Economy Action Plan“, that is gaining increasing attention from national policy makers. Two days later, on Saturday, June 4, he will attend at the Festival of Economics in Trento as a speaker in the event on the Social Economy and mutual organisations.
The Trento Festival of Economics will be based on the theme “Order and Disorder”, with a vast and detailed program that looks at the world of today and tomorrow. On Saturday, June 4, we will be participating in the debate entitled Social Economy and Mutuality at the Proof of the Markets. Together with the Secretary General of Euricse Gianluca Salvatori, among the speakers there will also be Laura Castelli, Vice-Minister of the Mef, Giuseppe Consoli, President of Itas Mutua, Daria de Pretis, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court, Maurizio Gardini, President of Confcooperative and Antonella Noya, of the OECD Center of Trento.
The theme identified for the first edition of the international event planned in Turin, “Merit, Diversity, Social Justice“, besides being highly innovative, represents a reminder of the current situation and the great challenges that have emerged during the recovery phase following the health emergency. On Thursday, June 2, we will be speakers in a meeting dedicated to the “European Action Plan for the Social Economy” together with other important European representative bodies and institutions.
In May, the Social Economy is on the spotlight in Strasbourg. On May 5th and 6th, a European Conference on “Social Economy, the Future of Europe” will take place in the framework of the French Presidency of the EU Council.Euricse is involved in co-organisation of multiple sessions at the conference.
Euricse will participate in many sessions on various topics: social innovation and best practices in Europe, public policies and the role of cooperative mutuality, transition pathways for the industrial ecosystem of the social and proximity economy, and the workshop dedicated to the European project BWise, that is a project funded by the Erasmus+ programme, which aims to develop a European strategy to address the skills needs, in particular regarding digital skills, in the Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISEs) sector.
The panels in which Euricse is involved:
The Secretary General of Euricse Gianluca Salvatori will participate at the debate to take a closer look at innovative initiatives and practices in Europe (May 5th from 15:30 to 17:30). On the next day he will be a speaker first in the workshop focused on public policies (May 6th from 09:15 to 10:45) and later in the workshop focused on Transition Pathway for the Proximity and Social Economy Industrial ecosystem (May 6th from 11:15 to 12:30). In parallel the senior researcher Giulia Galera will present the results of the B-WISE project by giving an overview of the WISEs ecosystem in Europe with a legal and economic perspective in another workshop (May 6th from 11.00 to 12:30).
On May 10th, an international webinar online on the resilience of cooperatives during the COVID-10 crisis will be organized by the Ashkelon Academic College from Israel, in cooperation with Legacoop, Euricse and many other israeliane partners.
The senior researcher Chiara Carini has been invited to present the analyses of the new published Euricse’ Report “Cooperatives in Trentino: size, role and challenges during the pandemic”.
The conference on the social economyorganized by the French Presidency of the EU Council will be held in Strasbourg on May 5th and 6th, 2022. This event will be a great opportunity to discuss and exchange views between decision makers and social economy actors on the role that the social economy can play for the future of Europe. During the event there will be the presentation of the EU PACT for Skills – Skills partnership for the Proximity & Social Economy ecosystem, a series oftargets and goals that focus on upskilling and reskilling in the social economy context, as part of the European Action Plan. Euricse is also involved on the organization of several sessions of the conference.
The Italian partners of the SEED project, funded by the European Commission to develop national competence centers for social innovation, will gather in Rome on Friday, April 1, 2022 for the first National Workshop for the co-design of the Italian Competence Center for Social Innovation. Euricse researchers and the Secretary General Gianluca Salvatori will participate and speak at the conference about the European framework of the concept of social innovation.
Cooperative and Responsible Finance for Development
The call for papers for the 13th International Workshop on Cooperative and Responsible Finance for Development has been extended until mid-February. The workshop is organized in collaboration with the University of Trento – Department of Economics & Management, Federcasse and the European Association of Co-operative Banks. It will take place on June 16th and 17th in Trento (Italy).
ICA Research Conference and World Cooperative Congress
Euricse will partecipate in the ICA Cooperative Research Conference on the Cooperative Identity and in the 33rd World Cooperative Congress (28 November – 3 December in hybrid format in Seoul, Republic of Korea). In addition to the World Cooperative Monitor launch on November 30th, Gianluca Salvatori will take part in the panel session “Committing to our cooperative identity for facing crises with strength” on December 2nd. At the research conference Riccardo Bodini and Silvia Sacchetti will present a research paper on “Inclusive governance and enterprise sustainability: developing new tools for member participation” (written together with Michele Pasietti and Elena Rocca from Cauto social cooperative). Chiara Carini will present the paper “Rebuilding the economy after Covid-19: the contribution of large cooperatives to the recovery phase” and Ilana Gotz will lead a panel session titled “Collaborate, inspire & engage: Cooperative identity and principles to unlock youth entrepreunership”, also presenting the results of the YouCoope project to bring cooperative enterpreneurial education to University and secondary education.
The 10th annual World Cooperative Monitor report published by the International Cooperative Alliance and Euricse will be officially launched during the ICETT Seminar on November 30th, as a pre-event of the World Cooperative Congress (1-3 December in Seoul, Republic of Korea). The report explores the economic and social impact of the largest cooperatives and mutuals worldwide, providing a ranking of the Top 300, sector rankings, and an analysis of responses to the COVID-19 recovery and to achieving the SDGs. Ilana Gotz, Chiara Carini and Gianluca Salvatori from Euricse will be joined for the occasion by Pete Westall, Chief Values Officer, Midcounties Co-operative (UK) and Bruno Roelants, ICA Director General.
It will take place from 15 to 26 November 2021, and for the first time it will happen virtually. This edition’s theme is “Building back better: the role of the Social and Solidarity Economy in a people-centred and planet-sensitive recovery”, and it will offer practical insights on how to boost inclusive and sustainable development and enhance the Decent Work Agenda in different countries and regions. Participation is free of charge for selected candidates. Riccardo Bodini and Gianluca Salvatori will participate as keynote speakers on the topics of finance for the SSE and of the role of the SSE for the future of work.