It is increasingly becoming understood that the answer to some of the problems of economic globalization - notably the global financial crisis, high unemployment and sovereign debt crises - is not national retrenchment but enhancing the role of the social and solidarity economy (SSE), including the internationalization of the SSE. While the meaning of the social and solidarity economy varies from country to country, key factors include the ideas of production for a social purpose and responsible consumption.
The European Network for the Promotion of the Social and Solidarity Economy (RIPESS Europe) held its second congress on 5 and 6 July in Lille, France. Representatives of European organizations and political representatives from different countries' social economy in plenary sessions addressed key issues such as public policies to support the SSE and the future of the SSE in Europe. Workshops discussed topical issues such as responsible consumption, popular education on the model of Paulo Freire, the exchange of good practice in the SSE, the state of the art of the solidarity economy, and the identity of the SSE sector. The Freire Institute contributed to the event, in particular through involvement in the workshop on popular education.
An intercontinental meeting on SSE will take place in Manila, Philippines, in September.