Conferencia Internacional: Universidades desarrollando la Economía Social y Solidaria
Filed on 14 / 07 / 2015
€ 335
€ 3.500
€ 10.000
10 Backers
Contributing € 5
Honor Certificate

For your support, you will receive a digital certificate from the organisers.

> 04 Backers
Contributing € 15
Digital Certificate of Honor

For your support, you will receive a certificate of thanks signed by the specialists attending the event and the super ambassadors, and your name will appear in conference literature.

> 00 Backers
Contributing € 30

You can enjoy a videoconference session (30mins) with one of the super entrepreneurs to learn about their process, their motivations, their area of impact, and even to put to your ideas or experiences known social and collaborative economy.

> 02 Backers
Contributing € 50
Sponsor and Exclusive Talk

For your contribution, your name will appear as a sponsor on the conference website.

You will also be able to participate in an exclusive talk via Google Hangouts by Argentine researcher Lucas Cardozo (half an hour, in Spanish): “Fair Trade and New Ruralities in the Social Economy framework: Contributions to ongoing research”, in co-authorship with Esteban Cuatrín.

OR a talk on Collaborative Methods by the researcher/activist María Rojas Herrerra.

> 01 Backers
Contributing € 100
Appear on the website and Travel Guide

For your contribution, your name will appear on the website and in the handbook “Curriculum Design and Pedagogy on Social and Solidarity Economy in Higher Education”, edited by universities on four continents.

A guided tour of socio-cultural enterprises in Lima for two days tailored to the interests of the potential investor.

Additionally, you can choose a guide for socio-cultural undertakings in Lima for two days according to the area of interest of potential investors. Travel expenses are borne by the visitor.

> 00 Backers
Contributing € 500
A Copy of the Handbook and, Guided Tour in Cuba and Mexico

For your contribution, you will receive a copy of the handbook “Curriculum Design and Pedagogy on Social and Solidarity Economy in Higher Education” signed and with a note of thanks by the co-ordinators.

AND (select one)

Guided tour of social enterprises and cooperatives from the favoured ambassadors of that country e.g. tobacco growers in Pinar del Río, Cuba. Includes transport to the cooperatives but not accommodation.

Classes in wood sculpting in a family artisan workshop in San Blas; experiential tourism with the Artists and Artisans Association, Cusco, Peru.

Guided visit to the Teotihuacan Pyramid in Mexico.

(Flights not included for above options.)

You will also have the chance to join attend talks via Google Hangout with the ambassadors, as a VIP member and with a direct connection to them to ask questions.

Workshop: Dr María Elena Rojas (Mexico)
“Epistemology and didactic skills of the MAC in the teaching of the Social and Solidarity Economy” Collaborative Learning Methods.

Talk: Lucas Cardozo (Argentina)
“Fair Trade and New Ruralities in the Social Economy framework: Contributions to ongoing research”, in co-authorship with Esteban Cuatrín.

Two-day guided tour of York to visit the most innovative social enterprises in the area, offered by the conference co-ordinators on behalf of the ambassadors. (Travel costs not included.)

> 00 Backers

About this project

Super Community entrepreneurs driving social and solidarity enterprise with an impact.
Material Minimum Optimum
Air Tickets
Airlift of selected entrepreneurs from Peru - Argentina - Cuba - Mexico - Finland
€ 3.000
Airlift of selected entrepreneurs from Peru - Argentina - Cuba - Mexico - Finland
€ 4.000
Task Minimum Optimum
Rewards shipping
Delivery of rewards to those who have contributed in the campaign
€ 500
Infrastructure Minimum Optimum
Payment of accommodation and subsistence for the selected community entrepreneurs. For the participation of the International Seminar 1 to September 3
€ 2.500
Total € 3.500 € 10.000

General information

The world needs a more human and sustainable economy. We are creating and reproducing it in communities and universities across four continents.

We are certain that one of the most important actors in the study and practice of the social and solidarity economy is the university.

Universities are key in training social entrepreneurs whose mission is to:

• Fight against inequality in marginalised social groups
• Bring peace processes to conflict regions
• Create community transformation and innovation
• Promote and develop fair trade

The conference in September will bring together exceptional community entrepreneurs and students who have stood out in their area or university, to work with academics and potential social investors on how to spread and transfer their innovative ideas and social entrepreneurship to other communities with a positive impact.

Description of the project. Main features, strengths and differentials.

This project lays the ground for enabling entrepreneurial competencies to be replicated through study and practice of the social and solidarity economy, and updating university curricula on four continents.

The conference will open conversations, interactions and discussion on the importance of these themes in building a better, more responsible world for future generations.

The conference will be a meeting point for the social entrepreneurs and academics most directly engaged in their base communities, where they live and experience the values of the social economy: solidarity – where one person eats, everyone eats; reciprocity – for you today, tomorrow for me; sustainability – I will not see it but the next generation will be grateful.

We will create and share experiences worthy of being repeated and reproduced through an open-source handbook.

  • Super Community entrepreneurs

We know where these exceptional super community entrepreneurs. We are introducing them to you here so you can decide who you would like to support in fulfilling their intention of taking part, offering their idea of enterprise for improving the quality of life and work for others. Their economic means are not sufficient to travel to the UK, where the meeting and conference will take place. We cannot afford to support all super community entrepreneurs, so that is why we are launching this initiative.

All of them will form part of the virtual network of ideas and enterprises which will be launched at the conference for exchanging of possible solutions in a collaborative way. The idea comes from a digital platform in York called GeniUS!, which aims to socialize the problems of York citizens and foster an open participation to contribute with ideas and collaborative ways to achieve overcoming those problems.

  • Our first Super Community entrepreneurs
  1. Laura Kumpuniemi – Finland
    Her social laboratory in a Finnish NGO works to strengthen and spread the solidarity economy in the Scandinavian country. Since completing her thesis on the empowerment of women in solidarity economy initiatives in Latin America, she has been constantly exploring the possibility of using the model of solidarity and alternative development within her own community.

  2. Lucas Cardoso – Argentina
    Land and Economy Researcher in the Economic Sciences Faculty at the National University del Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina. He is carrying out research into the promotion of fair trade as a tool for strengthening small producers’ organisations and other social organisations in Greater Santa Fe.

  3. María Elena Rojas – Mexico
    Doctor of Science in Agricultural Education at the Autonomous University of Chapingo, her little corner of Mexico where she is a full-time teacher and researcher. Meanwhile, she is a founder member of the National Network of Researchers and Educators in Co-operativism and the Solidarity Economy (REDCOOP). Currently, she is working on curriculum development for a multi-institute Doctorate in Social and Solidarity Economics.

  4. Yoel Suarez - Cuba
    Agronomist, Master in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture, working with Cuban agricultural cooperatives promoting Innovation processes and the inclusion of rural women.

  5. Lourdes Mejías - Mexico
    Counselor and president of the credit commission of “Caja Popular Jesus Meza Sánchez” with more than 25000 Partners, and part of the Federation of Cooperatives of the Valley of Mexico Citalli in the State of Mexico.

Why this is important

With your collaboration, the selected super community entrepreneurs will be able to present their successful experiences, explain the reasons, factors and lessons about their success to an international audience, interested in potentially replicating the best practices and ideas in a short, medium and long term.

Goals of the crowdfunding campaign

Our goal is to multiply the positive effect of entrepreneurial practices in rural communities in Cuba (Pinar del Río), Mexico (Chapingo), Argentina (Gran Santa Fe) and Peru (Cusco); to spread, connect and create opportunities for all people involved, driving much needed social change and awareness.

We are a multicultural, multi-disciplinary team from various parts of the world, each bringing their own vision and skills to build a better world. We firmly believe that a better world is possible and we work towards it daily.

Team and experience

The Institute of Cultural Affairs Spain has been working for over 30 years with community leaders and social educators, which are committed to improving the quality of life and participation of members of their own communities.

We have empowered women and men (over 10000), training them in social entrepreneurial values, attitudes and mind-set, with a clear political and social mission.

We are very active in writing and running social and community development projects on behalf of the European Education and Culture Agency, having had over 8 successful applications in the last 3 years. All this work is done through strategic partnerships with organisations around the world.

The secret of our team work is trust, collaboration and dedication to our mission. This has resulted in making real projects and courses about women´s empowerment and leadership (Switzerland, Spain) in different areas of life, such as politics, civil society, family, prevention of children abuse and violence (Peru: Cusco, Cajamarca, Arequipa); adult education on how to deal with discrimination and islamophobia (Extremadura, Madrid); training ethnic minority leaders to solve conflict and promote dialogue (Somalia and Eritrea diaspora in the UK). In the last 5 years we have supported the training of social entrepreneurs. Their life histories reveal a personal transformation which means a before and after for them, their families and communities.

Within this context, we have collaborated with the Erasmus project at York St John University (YSJ U).

One of our main lines of action to identify community and social needs and innovative solutions. The link with YSJU helps to promote the aim of making the study, practice and research of cooperatives, social enterprises, mutual societies, time-banks, fair-trade organizations, etc. relevant in the higher education curriculum worldwide.

We are working with YSJU in partnership to promote an economic model which serves people first and the sustainable development of communities.

We inspire and get inspired by the super community entrepreneurs who are clear that another economy is possible, for and by ordinary people.

Social enterprises have social aims at the heart of their being and doing: having as goals the reduction of material poverty, creating decent jobs and at the same time taking care of the environment for future generations

Social commitment