Call for Initiatives for GSEF 2018

Call for Initiatives for GSEF 2018

The aim of the GSEF 2018 (October 1-3, 2018) is to highlight the Social Economy as a feasible option to foster socioeconomic progress and development.

The Bilbao City Council have announced that the deadline of the Call for Initiatives for GSEF 2018 has been extended until March 23. This is a chance to contribute to this 4th edition of the Global Social Economy Forum, bringing together regional and local governments, Social Economy agents, civil society, universities and social organizations.

 Click here to SUBMIT your proposal at GSEF2018!

Open call up until the 23rd March

The selected initiative will be offered the chance to attend the Forum and expose the project before a large international audience (the 2016 Forum held in Montreal was attended by over 1,400 delegates).

Once evaluated, successful proposals will be presented at the GSEF2018 which will be held in Bilbao, in the Basque Country, from 1st to 3rd October of 2018.

 Submit your initiatives here


UNIVERSSE 2017, the 4th European Congress for Social Solidarity Economy

UNIVERSSE 2017, the 4th European Congress for Social Solidarity Economy

From 9th to 11th June the city of Athens is going to host UNIVERSSE 2017, the 4th European Congress for Social Solidarity Economy.

The City will become a meeting point for people, collective ventures, SSE organizations and groups all around Europe, who work to promote and enhance SSE. Representatives of SSE organizations from more than 20 countries is expected to participate.

The most important goal for UNIVERSSE 2017 is to contribute to the process of outlining the unifying principles and practices of the polymorphous ecosystem of SSE. “To be a moment of open deliberation and public dialogue, of meeting up and networking, of knowledge and exchange of know-how, of hosting new endeavors and enhancing synergies, of forming common references, discourses and visions.”

The conference will explore different thematic areas:

  • Concepts, forms and fields of SSE and cooperativism
  • Responsible consumption, production and climate change
  • Practices of SSE on social integration with a special focus on refugees issues
  • Social innovation: research, technology, education and tools for SSE
  • Commons: approaches and practices on digital, natural, urban, cultural commons
  • Public policies (local, national, European level) promoting SSE: from whom, for who, what for

LabGov, with its co-founder prof. Christian Iaione, is going to attend the event.

The full program is available on the conference’s official website:

The GSEF 2016 has just begun!

The GSEF 2016 has just begun!

From September 6th to 9th, Montréal will host the GSEF 2016 – Forum mondial de l’économie sociale, the third edition of the Global Social Economy Forum.


Local governments and social economy actors will meet to discuss over the intelligent and sustainable development of cities. More than 2,000 participants from every continent will be converging in Québec’s metropolis for to discuss and work on this central theme.

LabGov with prof. Christian Iaione will attend the Forum; prof. Iaione will actively participate with a speech to the Plenary 2 – “The SSE As A Strategic Tool For The Sustainable Development Of Cities”, which will be held in the Palais des Congrès on the 8th at 8.30 AM.

Have a look at the Program of the GSEF 2016 by visiting their official website: