Civil society in Europe addresses many important societal problems and is the strongest democratic experience, but its economic models are fragile and they struggle for survival. This project aims at developing the organisational and economic models of two pilot case study community initiatives in Bilbao and Rome related to fair food distribution, social multi-cultural entrepreneurship and refugee involvement. The goal is to support the ongoing self-empowerment of these communities and share it
Bilbao and Rome
Europe is rich of community initiatives but they are fragile because of their improvised organisational and economic models. The project aims at involving the most fragile groups, to co-develop a democratic emancipation path by strengthening the social economy model of their initiatives.
The initiatives involved in the process will have created a stable organisational and economic model: they will have employed new people, they will have a more stable social network, they will have an effective communication strategy and they will be teaching new initiatives how to develop a model.
The draft methodology will be adapted according to the needs of the local communities, but a tentative plan would be: 1-Open call for the selection in Bilbao and Rome. 2-Needs assessment mapping. 3-Develop training workshops.4-Build a prototype action, for example:
An itinerant fair in Bilbao with products social enterprises as a pre-event of the Global Social Economy Forum/Guided tour through the social farms of Rome with a delegation of the FAO during their yearly conference. 5-Measure impact
Since years we work in the San Francisco neighbourhood, where our office is based, with vulnerable communities, to strengthen their position in the city. In one of the workshops we organised we met Eutropian and decided we should try upscaling our common work at european level.
Bilbao: civic initiatives from different backgrounds and stages of their local project, and the Committee of the Global Social Economy Forum.
Rome: social farms dealing with biological food production, environmental education and training of unemployed and migrants, the City of Rome and FAO.
If you are from a community initiative, a public administration, a research institution or a (social) enterprise: what are the weak points you see in community initiatives and what could help them improve?