Join us at GSEF2016!

Friends and colleagues of RELIESS, You will certainly have noted the lack of updates on the RELIESS website since the Spring. Currently all of our energy is focused on preparing the upcoming 2016 Global Social Economy Forum –GSEF2016 that will take place on September 7th and present practices of collaboration between local governments and the SSE for the development of cities. As such, GSEF2016 will be both a continuation of the efforts that led to the creation of RELIESS and will lead to several projects into which the RELIESS will be integrated. Stay tuned for news in this regards and … Continue reading

Galleco: A local and departmental currency

The Director of Galleco Association, Anne Bruzac explains in an interview the process that led the launch, awareness and operation of Galleco currency. The Galléco has the distinction of being a local currency with a departmental scale. Used in Ille-et-Vilaine – particularly on the territories of Rennes, Redon et Fougères – it also has the distinction of being born in 2013 under the leadership of the elected and Services Department. The Galléco becomes part of a process of experimentation around local currencies launched in 2005 Ille-et-Vilaine. If the role of the community remains essential, the Galléco has found its audience … Continue reading

Governor Brown Signs California Worker Cooperative

Governor Brown announced today that he signed a bill into law to facilitate the creation of worker-owned cooperative businesses in California. The new law, Assembly Bill 816, will remove unnecessary barriers to the creation of new worker cooperatives in California and improve operations for some existing worker cooperatives. “Worker owned businesses are central to a full economic recovery and to closing the income inequality gap,” explained State Assemblymember Bonta, who introduced the bill. “As low-income communities continue to struggle with the dual problems of high rates of unemployment and low-wages, worker-owned, worker-managed small businesses have emerged as an effective way … Continue reading

The European Council adopted the resolution on the promotion of the social economy in Europe

The European Council of Ministers of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs, meeting on 7 December in Brussels, approved the promotion of the social economy as a key driver of economic and social development in Europe. This resolution, citing  the 2012 CIRIEC report,  presents  the social economy in the European Union and invites  the Member States and the European Commission to “establish, implement and develope, strategies and european programs, national, regional and / or local in order to strengthen social economy, entrepreneurship and social innovation. ” The resolution underscores the social economy’s contribution to several key EU objectives: smart, … Continue reading

64% of municipal markets in Barcelona to be ecological

Barcelona Municipality is promoting food sovereignty policies in order to ensure the right to food. In a recent international food policy summit held in Milan (Italy), the mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau announced a willingness to join the international pact Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, whereby 110 cities around the world have committed to defend a healthier and responsible food system, and to strengthen the role of municipalities and regional authorities in the sustainable development of these systems. From this perspective, the administration’s goal during its next three and a half years in office is to transform 25 of the … Continue reading

The Hotel Bauen definitely for workers

The Argentine Congress approved on 26 November the expropriation of Hotel Bauen and its ownership by the worker cooperative  Buenos Aires Una Empresa Nacional (Bauen), which regroups 130 workers that recovered and managed the hotel since 2003, after its owners went out of business following the 2001 crisis. According to Deputy Carlos Heller, the promoter of the resolution, “since the workers took over the management of the abandoned hotel, the Bauen has become a space for popular organizations of different kinds, without discrimination. The hotel is emblematic in Argentina because of its illustrious past and because of this reconversion. Today, … Continue reading

A partnership agreement to enable worker cooperatives in Quebec and France

The Canadian Federation of Worker Cooperatives (CFWC) and the General Confederation of cooperatives and participatory societies (GC Scop) signed a first agreement of economic partnership between Europe and America on knowledge-sharing for cooperatives. The partnership was signed between the two organizations representing cooperatives in Canada and France. Its main objective is to increase the expertise of organisations accompanying enterprises being bought up by their employees. “Employees in place, in many cases are able to collectively buy the company that employs them, particularly in the event that an employer is not able to identify an external buyer. Well supervised, employees can … Continue reading

Public Centre for Human Rights and Solidarity Economy in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The mayor of Sao Paulo, Fernando Haddad (PT) inaugurated on November 6, the Public Centre for Human Rights and Solidarity Economy, which will include a solidarity economy incubator onsite.  The incubator  will offer seminars, workshops, accounting and legal advice, business plan development assistance, as well as continuing education courses free of charge. Through the center, entrepreneurs will also have access to micro-credit through the Development Agency of Sao Paulo. “The center is part of a strategy to strengthen entrepreneurs, small businesses, cooperatives and the solidarity economy as a model of economic development that we want to encourage,” added the mayor. Source: (27/11/2015)

Oakland (CA) adopts a resolution in support of the development of worker coops

The Oakland City Council in California adopted a resolution in support of the development of worker cooperatives . The city’s Business Assistance Center will now promote cooperatives as a model and provide information to the community about how to start a cooperative. Adrionna Fike Mandela, owner of the Mandela Foods Cooperative, was one of the many co-op owners and workers present in support of the resolution. Mandela said cooperatives create dignity in the workplace and offer cheap, high quality products. “We’re creating an environment with our community that feels more beautiful to work with everyday,” she continued. Source: (15/10/2015)

Approved a new law on cooperatives in Catalonia

The Catalan parliament approved last June the new Law on Cooperatives of Catalonia, which regulates, protects and promotes the cooperative movement, an exclusive competence of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the autonomous government of the region of Catalonia in Spain. The rule has exceeded the parliamentary process with 80% support of the deputies, completing a broad consensus already secured with the sector’s stakeholders. The new law creates a more flexible legal framework which offers alternatives for each cooperative to tailor its operations to become more competitive, while exercising its self-management. Also, the new law seeks that the cooperative sector achieves a greater … Continue reading