Collaborations on the social and solidarity economy

International centre for innovation and knowledge transfer on the social and solidarity economy

Please note that C.I.T.I.E.S. ceased its activities in 2020 and that this website will no longer be active after September 2021. The partners that contributed to the creation of C.I.T.I.E.S. and the success of its activities remain committed to pursuing fruitful international exchanges for the development of the SSE.

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NEW Report on urban commons

NEW Report on urban commons:

In October 2019, CITIES accompanied a team of researchers, civil
servants, and field practitioners from Barcelona and Montreal to Seoul on a study mission. Their rich
exchanges and observations of the urban commons initiatives in Seoul served as the basis for this new
report published by CITIES. The report analyzes the data gathered during the week-long mission in Seoul
and also includes notable cases of urban commons from Barcelona and Montreal. So far, the report is
available in K orean only.
This report was published with the support of Seoul Social Economy Center.

Report on urban commons (KR)

Magasin du Monde

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.

The engagement of citizens and workers in the governance and management of healthcare services

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.

COMMONS – Reinventing the relationship to the city together.

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?

Social finance, public markets, urban commons

Page under construction. See the French version for more details on the topics we deal with in depth: social finance, public markets, urban commons…

Socially responsible finance – tools for scaling up

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.