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6 ways a university can be a force in the social economy

As well as teaching and researching about social enterprise and cooperatives, it is important that universities explore ways of practicing the social economy. In the case of cooperatives, these lead to sharing of benefits among their members (students and staff) and the development of democratic decision-making and governance. Other forms of social enterprise can lead [...]

500 responses to social economy survey .. and counting

Thank you to everyone who has completed our survey. So far we have responses from: Argentina, Colombia, East Timor, Guinea Bissau, Ireland, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, San Tome, Spain, United Kingdom!

and they include: cooperatives dedicated to food production, health, education and food retail;

mutual financial associations owned by their members;

informal groups dedicated to [...]

Solidarity economy in Colombia (pt 2) – 74 years of tradition

This is the second in our series of articles researched and written by students of social communication at the Bolivariana Pontificia University, Colombia, in which students research organisations working in the social/solidarity economy in Bucaramanga region of Columbia and write an article about them. This article looks at the Coopanales Cooperative. See previous article here. [...]

Co-operative wins Financial Times ‘Boldness in Business’ Award

Mondragon Corporation, which includes our partner in the Social Economy project, Mondragon University, has won the Financial Times Boldness in Business award for ‘Drivers of Change‘. Mondragon uses democratic methods in its business organisation, the creation of jobs, the human and professional development of its workers and a pledge to development with its social environment. [...]

A community to promote a people-centered economy

We warmly invite you to participate in this blog by posting a comment or sending an email to socialeconomy@yorksj.ac.uk

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If you have questions about what the social/solidarity economy is. Do universities in your region offers courses on social entrepreneurship or the social economy? If you work in a social enterprise, a co-operative, a mutual [...]

Social economy – the challenge for Higher Education

Over the recent decades, the social economy sector has acquired greater significance, in terms of economic activity and in social policy planning in EU countries and internationally. Social economy enterprises represent two million enterprises (i.e. 10% of all European businesses) and employ over 11 million paid employees (the equivalent of 6% of the working population [...]