The SSE in the world

How to make a difference? The classic dominant economic model has proven its limits with the different crisis and problems still hitting the world. So the question now is to find out how to renew this model, to make it more sustainable, more conscious, more responsible, with innovative solutions. The major problems today are crystallized around the problems of food, access to water, access to electricity, access to quality health installations, access to education, but also exclusion …

All over the world, structures are created to tackle social, societal and environmental issues. People are taking action and putting in place alternative models to overcome the current difficulties ; citizens’ movements, NGOs that develop new ways of financing their projects, and also social enterprises. Their goal is to solve the major problems of our time that affect both developed countries and emerging markets, moving away from traditional models of philanthropy. This is the social and solidarity side of the economy.

As social entrepreneurship is still an evolving concept and depends on different legislations, there are different definitions of it, and it can refer to a variety of organizations with different sizes, aims, and beliefs. However, there are some basic rules these structures have to follow : their work must have a positive return to society, and this aim must be clearly defined at the creation of the enterprise, and fixed in the project and statutes. Moreover, the activity and profits must be strictly regulated (reinvestment in the project, wage scale…). The structure must be viable and achieve economic equilibrium. Governance must be participatory and decision-making power not based on capital ownership, which results in a participatory process.

Beyond those legislation differences, social and solidarity economy inclusion has considerably progressed at the European and International level, as the governance powers progressively promote a greater environment for its expansion.

It’s in this context that the Eurasia for Youth Entrepreneurship and Social Economy (EYES) project takes place, to discover the SSE innovative practices around the world, using concrete examples!


CESIE (Italy) was founded in 2001 inspired by the work of Danilo Dolci. The work of the sociologist, educator and poet -who arrived in Sicily in the early 1950s – was characterized by the use of nonviolent methods (“reverse” strikes, collective fasts, peace marches) and by working together with local people in the conception, development and organisation of every single activity. They aim at researching on social needs and challenges by using innovative learning approaches to answer to these needs. In this way, CESIE actively connects research with action through the use of formal and non-formal learning methodologies that include “collective exploration process that considers individuals’ experience and intuition as a reference point”. Creative thinking techniques that stimulate idea generation, problem-solving and the capacity of thinking out of the box individually and in group.

Rita Quisillo
VIA BENEDETTO LETO 1, ITG1 – Sicilia, Italie


Here are a couple of good practices in the social and solidarity economy field identified in Italy.






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