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Discover how social economy use clusters to reach their common goals

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Introduction

Info and documentation about the ongoing work of the GECES Working group on social economy clusters and other forms of collaboration

In a first year, this work focussed on clusters solely by investigating to what extend social enterprises are engaged in traditional clusters or form their own ‘social economy clusters’ and which characteristics could be identified in such operations.

therefore the work started from the 'Traditional Industrial Cluster' concept: "Clusters are groups of specialised enterprises, often SME's, and other related supporting actors in a location that cooperate closely Together, SME's can be more innovative, create more jobs, and register more international trademarks and patents than alone"

The working group developed on the basis of their activities the concept Clusters of social and ecological innovation.

Clusters of Social and Ecological Innovation (CSEI) group social economy enterprises, civil society organisations, local authorities and education and research institutions that cooperate in a particular location to improve local economic, ecological and societal prosperity in a jointly managed structure or project. Their fields of activity are very diverse, and in most cases cross-sectoral as they don’t pursue sectoral competitiveness as such.

Most known activities of CSEI  focus on ecology, circularity, employment and job inclusion, local food and sustainable agriculture, incubation and social entrepreneurial support, education activities etc. The role of social economy enterprises is key in such clusters as they are usually initiators and wish to complement their individual economic activities with joint social and ecological projects by setting up joint services, pooling of resources and a joint innovation capacity. Such a joint innovation capacity is mostly driven by social innovation, potentially translated into digital, technological, process, product and service innovations. Some cluster experiment specifically on more environmental or green innovations, mostly in term if circularity but also biodiversity and clean energy. 

Often, CSEI grow out of grass-rooted experimental projects and become instrumental to regenerate economic activity, create new enterprises and jobs and to revitalize socially and economically stricken areas in general. Other CSEI are initiated by local authorities, have similar objectives and are supposed to be driven by a strong public-private partnership.  For both, many CSEI should not be strictly seen as social economy populated structures, as they migth include many ‘traditional enterprises’ that subscribe themselves into the cluster’s ambition.

The model of a CSEI can be seen as a European concept inspired by the French ‘Pôles territoriaux de coopération économique (PTCE)[1] and a set of similar clusters collected during an explorative mapping by a dedicated GECES working group. The findings of this working group are published in a report expected for the summer of 2021. This report explored how CSEI arise, their purpose, structures, member services and financial means. This working group has also facilitated the access of CSEI to the new European Cluster Collaboration Platform, which will allow CSEI to enjoy access to cluster support measures and the wider EU cluster network. 

We welcome Social economy clusters to register their initiative in this platform and become a member of the European cluster community!


[1] In 2020 France counts 56 functioning PTCE, which is not considering those in a first stages of development. http://lelabo-ess.org/-poles-territoriaux-de-cooperation-economique-36-.html


If you are interested in CSEI or you want to flag our attention to your CSEI, please contact GROW-SOCIAL-ENTERPRISE: GROW-SOCIAL-ENTERPRISE@ec.europa.eu

Output of the GECES working group

Here you will find as of August 2021 the report of the GECES Working Group on Clusters of Social and Ecological Innovation.

This report aims at exploring Clusters of social and ecological innovation (CSEI) contributions to foster innovation in the European Union, in light of the socio-ecological transition. Social economy enterprises aim at improving local communities and society in general.

Next to the report, you will also find an overview of cases that were collected across Europe and a set of thematic analyses contributed by experts in the working group.

The report is still under construction. A first draft will be shared will be shared with GECES members. A final version with thematic approaches will be finished by July 2021.


CSEI @EUSES Mannheim

The working group will organise a dedicated workshop during the European Social Economy Summit in Mannheim. The workshop will be on day 2 (27/5 from 11/30-13:00).

Program

The cluster model is characterised by a consistent set of common interests, values and principles and different forms of cooperation among its members to pursue them. Therefore, it can be a valuable model to social economy enterprises that search for new strategies and development perspectives, especially having as a background the socio-ecological transition locally.


Session overview

CSEI cases:

- Gerd De Wilde, Circularium - Brussels, Belgium

- Giovanni Ginocchini, Director Fondazione Innovazione Urbana Bologna - Italy

- Klastr sociálních inovací a podniků (Social Innovation and Enterprise Cluster: SINEC) - Czech Republic-  (speaker tbc)

- Hugues Sibille, Labo de l'ESS – Le modèle des PTCE & Rapporteur GECES Working group 'Clusters of Social & Ecological Innovation' - France


Panel discussion

Chair: Miss Vereadora Ana Umbelino, Rapporteur GECES Working group 'Clusters of Social & Ecological Innovation'

- Antonio Novo - European Cluster Alliance Antonio Novo, Spain.

- Peter Czaga - Policy officer DG GROW Cluster Policy, European Commission

- Katarzyna Rull Quesada, President of the UNIMOS Foundation (institutional coordinator of AgroBioCluster), researcher at the Warsaw School of Economics – Poland.


Registrations: https://www.euses2020.eu/#_tickets

CSEI examples


Pôles territoriaux de coopération économique (PTCE)

Francehttp://lelabo-ess.org/-poles-territoriaux-de-cooperation-economique-36-.html

1

Base 202

Italy

http://www.base202.it/ 

2

DFBA Community Enterprises CLG

Ireland

www.dunhillecopark.com

3

Impact City / The Hague

The Netherlands

https://impactcity.nl

4

Grennessminde

Denmark

www.gminde.dk / www.coenhagendome.dk

5

Vierwerk / 4Werk

Belgium

https://4werk.be/

6

The Partnership for social innovation in Örebro County

Sweden

www.so-in.se

7

Le Cluster ESS Grande Région

Luxembourg

http://www.clusteress-gr.eu/

8

Elephant path

United Kingdom

http://elephantpath.citymined.org

9

Pfefferwerk Foundation& Pfefferberg

Germany

www.stpw.org

10

Grupo Empresarial de Cooperativas de Enseñanza en la Región de Murcia

Spain

Ucoerm.es

11

The Rediscovery Centre - The Irish National Centre for the Circular Economy

Ireland

www.rediscoverycentre.ie

12

Lapland - Artic Social Economy Cluster

Finland

https://articsmartness.eu/publications/

13

Atelier El Costurerico (Proyecto Abraham IKEAMurcia)

Spain

www.proyectoabraham.org

14

Rummelig imidt / Labour inclusion in the Region

Denmark

https://www.rummeligimidt.dk/

15

Figeacteurs - PTCE

France

http://www.figeacteurs.fr/

16

KaléidosCOOP

France

http://www.kaleidos.coop

17

Comptoir des ressources creatives

Belgium

https://www.comptoirdesressourcescreatives.be/

18

Grappes d’entreprises Wallonie

Belgium

SAW-B

19

Coopolis, Ateneu (athenaeum) Cooperatiu de Barcelona

Spain

www.bcn.coop

20

Asociacion proyecto Lazaro

Spain

www.proyectolazaro.org

21

ANE (Navarra Social Economy Cluster)

Spain

www.anel.es (2)

22

Cluster for Eco-Social Innovation and Development CEDRA Split & CEDRA HR

Croatia

www.cedra.hr

23

GOEL - Cooperative Group

Italy

https://en.goel.coop/

24

Andalusian Association of Social Economy Education Centres

Spain


25

Berziklatu

Spain

www.berziklatu.eus

26

ecoBI - Italy

Italy

http://www.consorzioecobi.eu/

27

Mondragon

Spain

https://www.mondragon-corporation.com/fr/

28

CLADE Group

Spain

http://www.grupclade.com/

29

Initiatives et cité

France

https://initiativesetcite.com/

30

Navarre Social Innovation Unit

Spain

https://economiasocialnavarra.com/innovacion-social/

31Torino Social ImpactItalyhttps://www.torinosocialimpact.it/
32

Teple Misto

Ukrainehttps://www.warm.if.ua/en
33

Impact Noord

The Netherlandshttps://impactnoord.nl/
34CirculariumBelgiumhttp://www.circularium.be/fr/
35WAAG SocietyThe Netherlandshttps://waag.org/
36Fondazione Innovazione UrbanaItalyhttps://fondazioneinnovazioneurbana.it/en/
37Fondzazione Comunità de MessinaItalyhttp://www.fdcmessina.org/#slider-5
38

Klastr sociálních inovací a podniků ( Social INnovation and Enterprise Cluster: SINEC)

Czech Republichttps://www.klastr-socialnich-podniku.cz/
39Darwin Camp BordeauxFrancehttps://darwin.camp/?doing_wp_cron=1619703883.7630610466003417968750
40PROGRESSUSPolandhttp://progressus.info/o-projekcie.html
41The Szczecinek District NGO ClusterPolandhttps://porozumieniesamorzadowe.powiatszczecinecki.info/
42

Cieszyn Social Cluster, Lower Silesian Cluster of Social Initiatives, Łomża Social Economy Cluster,
Nadodrzański Social Economy Cluster, Lower Carpathians Social Economy Cluster,
Social Cluster "Heritage Trail", Social Enterprises Cluster in Walbrzych

Poliand CSEI (in progress)

Thematic approaches

Social Economy clusters often cooperate around a shared thematic area. See the current areas, join the area of your interest or propose your own.

(under development)

  • Public Procurement
  • Skills
  • Local Investments and local development
  • Joint Investment schemes
  • Inclusive Employment
  • Quality assessments and labels
  • Corporate environmental policy and projects

Cluster policies and initiatives

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