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Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) can make a major contribution to the solutions of the triple social, environmental and economic crisis. It is also important as a means of fight the growing authoritarianism facing us in a growing number of countries at present. SSE provides us with a toolkit that can help us to trans-form economic institutions that are currently focused on maximizing profit. It can introduce democratic and co-operative methods that are centered on and respect real human needs and those of our communities and our environment.

SSE offers a variety of tools to support the much-needed socio-ecological trans-formation!

Social Solidarity Economy aims to involve all economic actors in society; it is based on co-operative and solidarity principles that connect individual needs with those of the community. SSE aims to produce, exchange and consume goods and services that meet the economic and social needs of local and international communities based on an eco-systemic approach. It promotes economic partic-ipatory democracy, social justice, environmental awareness, gender equity and a pluralistic, resilient and multicultural society. 

Building Up Social Solidarity Economy (BUSSE) is an Erasmus+ project that focuses on disseminating SSE know-how and practices in Central and Eastern Europe. The participating organisations in the BUSSE project are Ekumenická akademie (Ecumenical Academy, Czech Republic), Dobrze Food Co-operative from Poland, Utopia from Slovakia, Katholische Sozialakademie Österreichs (ksoe, Catholic Social Academy of Austria) and RIPESS Europe as a pan-Euro-pean network.

The overall impact that we hope to achieve through this project is to enhance peoples’ skills and knowledge of SSE and its transformative potential. We have developed an informal educational programme whose target audience is both people and organisations that are interested in learning about SSE and focusing on the key elements at regional level.

Last modified: Wednesday, 28 April 2021, 11:55 AM