> The aboriginal pre forum event “ANICINAPE KICIKAN ”
> Community radio and public policy development
> Women and the social economy: “Women at the heart of the Social Economy”
> Research seminar
> Youth and Cultural Evening at the Society for Arts and Technology
> Networking evening for collective entrepreneurs
> Union Caucus
> Panel on collaborative research/partner research
> The “Employer ” Function: a Challenge for the Social and Solidarity Economy
This event, held in conjunction with the FIESS, brought aboriginal experiences in the social and solidarity economy in Quebec and Canada to the foreground while raising awareness of the issue among international players. In addition, the event provided an opportunity to highlight First Peoples’ contribution to the development and implementation of the social economy. The event, both an exhibitor’s fair and a series of lectures, was a unique opportunity to share and discuss aboriginal social economy practices as well as the measures needed to influence public policy affecting aboriginals with respect to the social economy.
Presented by the Quebec Association for Community Radio (ARCQ) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)
Various players from community radio, regulatory agencies and government presented the situation in their region (North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa) and took part part in discussions with each other and the participants. The presentations showed how community radio can be a powerful tool for local development. They addressed questions such as: What are the different public policies in terms of support and regulation for recognizing and supporting community radio around the world? What are some international examples of government support for local information?
A cocktail to celebrate the imminent inauguration of the World House of Community Radio in Montreal and the ARCQ and AMARC offices followed.
Women and the social economy: “Women at the heart of the Social Economy”
17th October, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This activity, organised by Relais-femmes, brought together women and men from all over the world to share feminist perspectives and experiences regarding the social and solidarity economy. In particular, emphasis was placed on the different ways in which the social and solidarity economy can help improve women’s economic security and under which conditions. What role can public policy play? Sharing concrete examples and analyses from a feminist point of view of the social and solidarity economy was at the center of the event in order to identify directions and perspectives for the future.
In preparation for the forum, several working papers were produced in order to take stock of the situation within the five themes of the forum and to facilitate discussion during the event. As part of this pre-forum research project, national case studies presenting experiences of public/community partnerships and the policies that have enabled the emergence of social and solidarity enterprises were also carried out in Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Mali, South Africa and Spain. These research documents were made public on the FIESS website several weeks before the beginning of the forum. The free seminar, open to all and particularly to students and researchers, were an opportunity to meet the researchers and field actors who produced these studies and to discuss the results with their authors.
18th October, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Chantier de l’économie sociale’s youth committee and the SAT invited FIESS participants and other people interested in the social and solidarity economy to take part in a unique experience by immersing themselves in an atmosphere created by the best digital artists and discovering previously unpublished works inspired by young peoples’ vision of the social and solidarity economy.
During this interdisciplinary, intercultural and intergenerational event, a number of areas at the SAT were set up for FIESS participants to listen to brief presentations, dance, enjoy themselves, have quiet discussions, meet people, discover young peoples’ vision, and experience avant-garde digital art.
Organized by the Social Economy Committee of the Island of Montreal (CÉSIM) and the Economic and Community Development Corporations (CDEC) of Montreal, this relaxed and friendly networking evening was an ideal occasion for entrepreneurs from Montreal and from abroad to learn more about what is being done in the social economy throughout the world. Participants went to Le Divan orange, a social economy enterprise in downtown Montreal (4234 St. Laurent blvd.), to share their experience and catch the show that followed.
FIESS participants from labour organizations were invited by three Quebec labour federations (Confédération des syndicats nationaux, Centrale des syndicats démocratiques, Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec) to a meeting on the evening of October 19th in the presence of representatives from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), ITUC Africa, the Bureau for Workers’ Activities of the International Labour Organisation and the United Central of Workers (Brazil). The collective reflection of over 80 delegates from labour organizations on the role of the labour movement in the development of the social and solidarity economy led way to a tightening of ties between the labour union movement and the social and solidarity economy.
This activity, organized by the Canadian Social Economy Hub, a research initative lead by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet-RCDÉC) and the University of Victoria, was aimed at the academic community and underscored the importance of the link between researchers and practitioners. For the last five years, a vast research partnership between universities and communities on the social and solidarity economy has been taking place in Canada. Thanks to a close collaboration between actors and academics, the understanding of the needs, issues and challenges of this sector in Canada has greatly improved. The research panel presented several key actors of this project and highlighted the important contribution of this type of research for the social and solidarity economy and offered a glimpse of how these practices are viewed abroad, as well as what is done elsewhere in this regards.
The “Employer ” Function: a Challenge for the Social and Solidarity Economy
October 19th, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Why and how can social dialogue with trade unions be organised in the different professional fields? Should this terrain be left to traditional employers or should alternative governance and collective negotiation models be proposed? The Employer perspective, i.e. the “managerial” dimension is a question often forgotten about in the social and solidarity economy. Nonetheless, social economy companies, associations, mutual companies, cooperatives and subsidiary companies can not ignore the labour laws and their responsibilities as employers.
They have the utmost obligation to be a force in favour of the respect of rights and the improvement of working conditions. In their own internal management, as in their collective social agreements within their fields or interprofessionally, unions of social economy companies must build an exemplary dialogue with employee trade unions. The world-wide crisis is an opportunity to show the economic world that an efficient, equitable and usercentered managerial approach exists. Different experiences and national and international perspectives on the question were discussed at this meeting led by Mr. Emmanuel Boutterin, President of the Association des Employeurs de l’Economie Sociale Coalition of France.