International centre for innovation and knowledge transfer on the social and solidarity economy
C.I.T.I.E.S supports the international gathering, sharing and transfer of knowledge and best practices in the field of the social economy. It focuses on collaborations between local governments and civil society that enable territorial development.
C.I.T.I.E.S brings together local governments, social economy networks, institutions of higher learning and international organizations.
C.I.T.I.E.S believes that the social and solidarity economy is the key to the harmonious development of territories. While social innovations and meaningful initiatives spread across the world, C.I.T.I.E.S aims to facilitate the successful scaling of the social economy by promoting the sharing of knowledge and good practices at an international level.
C.I.T.I.E.S. offers services that are structured around three functions: Gather, Share, Transfer
L’accès au financement est largement reconnu comme un des enjeux clés pour le développement de l’économie sociale. De la conception des outils a la capitalisation, la finance socialement responsable nécessite des partenariats forts entre les réseaux d’économies sociales et les pouvoirs publics. Comment se construisent ces partenariats ? quelle palette d’outils développer ? Quelles solutions émergent aujourd’hui ? C.I.T.I.E.S. propose de faire le point sur les meilleures pratiques.
Living environments, citizens participation, social economy… How can we redefine the city? URBAN COMMONS – A study mission to Barcelona 25 -30 November 2018
During six intense days, a Montreal delegation gathering representatives from the City of Montreal, academic institutions and social economy organisations participated in a study mission to Barcelona about the urban commons. This project is co-organised by CITIES and Solon, a collective non-profit organization that proposes to recreate neighborhoods in the lanes of Montreal, by co-creating and implementing energy and mobility projects with citizens.
Stay connected because interesting deliverables to share the learnings and feedback from the mission – study cases, comparative tools, video… – are right now in progress!
Wake up with C.I.T.I.E.S. !
Tuesday October 2nd, 8am- 9am, Networking Txokolounge
Meet C.I.T.I.E.S. and its member territories in an interactive breakfast with international gastronomic specialties and much more:
– C.I.T.I.E.S. practical experiences
– Conversation: “The social economy as an axis for local development”
Mr. Won Soon Park, Mayor of Seoul
Mr. Gerardo Pisarello, First Deputy Mayor of Barcelona
Mr. Robert Beaudry, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Montreal
Come and join us!
CITIES has been in Barcelona coordinating and facilitating the FORUM OF SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT on Tuesday May 22, 2018. In line with the theme of the day, “For a local development supported by public policies of social economy and solidary (SSE) “, we had the opportunity to learn more about the practical experiences of various territories at an international level: the city of Barcelona, the region of Québec, the province of Andalucia, the city of Puebla, the municipality of Mondragon and the city of Havana. All this, accompanied by the interesting interventions of the participants from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Argentina, Canada, United States, Spain, Chile … A very enriching experience!
More photos at our Facebook page.
Check the video produced by the City of Barcelona about this conference!
Bilbao – October 1st – 3rd 2018
Euskalduna Conference Center
The 4th edition of the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) will be held this year in Bilbao. The event, which has been taking place since 2013, opens up a dialogue between local governments and civil society actors. It is a place of sharing and collaboration where the development of the Social Economy is at the center of discussions. Check here the official program. CITIES will be present as a speaker, and also hosting a special side-event. Don’t miss it!
With more than one hundred guests in attendance—including local and foreign government representatives, Gerardo Pisarello, deputy mayor of Barcelona, and Alvaro Porro, Barcelona’s political commissioner responsible for the social economy—C.I.T.I.E.S.presented the vision and policies that will position it as a tool for international collaboration serving innovative cities that are committed to the social economy, also marking the official launch of the organization’s activities in Montréal.
More pictures on our Facebook page.
Read the official press release published by CITIES and Montreal International: here
Mayors and public officials of the biggest cities in the world meet in Montreal to exchange and learn about local responses to global challenges. C.I.T.I.E.S. will be there to promote the SSE in the co-creation and implementation of innovative and inclusive solutions.