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
Oxfam Quebec, an international development NGO (non-governmental organization), foresaw the success of the Magasin du Monde program in Quebec, and imported the Magasin du Monde program from Europe, while playing a key role in gathering various stakeholders together.
While Oxfam enjoys broad public support and influence in the international development arena in Europe, the public awareness of international development and of Oxfam itself is not as high in Quebec as in Europe.
Thru the presentation of 7 health co-op case studies this paper paints a critical view of the overall situation of health co-ops in Quebec and identifies potential collaborations and parallels between the Quebec and Korean health coop networks.
Cities are faced by a two-way movement: bigger urban spaces on the one hand, and stronger local aspirations on the other hand.
Based on the notions of “commons”, “third-places”, and “neighbourhoods”, citizen initiatives challenge the relationship of each citizen to the city – from voter to actor – and the positioning of municipalities in local projects – from managers to facilitators.
How can the SSE become a part of these movements? What tools can promote this change in roles?
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.
CITIES is seeking 4 participants from Montreal to participate in a study mission on the themes of the sharing economy and the urban commons which will take place in Seoul, South Korea from Sept 30 – Oct 4, 2019.
- To identify and exchange good practices and inspiring examples on the urban commons and the sharing economy
- To outline mutual barriers and opportunities faced by the three cities, and a possible course of action for future collaboration between them.
- 3 days of stakeholder meetings and field visits to relevant project sites and organizations
- 1 days of seminar among participants
- 1 day of independent meetings between visiting participants and organizations in Seoul
- Financial assistance is available for all participants, but participants are expected to contribute to the financing of their participation. To participate, participants pay the participation fees and for their meals during their stay in Seoul. The rest of the mission costs will be covered by CITIES, City of Montreal, City of Barcelona, City of Seoul, and other funding partners of CITIES.
- The participation fees are as follows:
- Participants from a social economy organization: 1000 CAD
- Institutional participants (social economy support organization/university researcher): 2000 CAD
Mandatory eligibility requirements:
- Applicants must be a practitioner in a civil society organization or an academic researcher whose work is related to the sharing economy and/or urban commons. The organization must be based in Montreal, Quebec or Barcelona, Catalunya.
- Applicants must demonstrate significant experience in researching and/or managing urban commons and/or sharing economy issues and initiatives.
All the details about the mission are here, in the document Call for participation.
To apply, please submit the following required documents by 11:59 PM Friday, June 28, 2019:
- Relevant work (publications, projects, etc.)
- Two paragraphs on your expectations and the expertise you can contribute to the mission
Please send submissions and general inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
CITIES team visited Seoul From March the 18th to March the 22th, and presented Quebec Social Economy Innovation Models.
Martin Van Den Borre, the executive director of CITIES(International Centre for Innovation and Knowledge Transfer on the Social and Solidarity Economy) and Geneviève Huot, he deputy director of TIESS(Territoires innovants en économie sociale et solidaire) presented on Quebec Social Economy Innovation Models at Social Social Economy Center.
Part 1. March the 18th 14:00-15:30, Health cooperative innovation based on citizen’s solidarity
Part 2. March the 18th 16:00-17:30, Knowledge transfer methodology for social economy
Part 3. March the 18th 10:30-12:00, Youth service CJS, youth entrepreneurship Program
Medical and welfare social cooperatives, professors and students of social economy in domestic universities, workers in social economy support centers and youth education programs participated in those sessions.
This visit is expected to lead to active knowledge transfer activities between Seoul and Quebec.
CITIES visited the Korea Social Value and Solidarity Fund and singed MOU on the Publication of “Guide to analysis of social economy enterprises”
On March 22, CITIES visited the Korean Social Value and Solidarity Fund office in Seoul for the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) on the Publication of “Guide to Analysis of Social Economy Enterprises” between SVSF, CAP Finance, RISQ and CITIES.
We hope that this MOU concludes a good opportunity that two territories can share more books and materials on social economy sector.
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.