I.S.S.E. is a special project, indeed. It gathers committed partners (see their description in the web of the project) and people that matured experiences in the field of Social and Solidarity Economy, but that feel that still it is needed to build a common ground and promote new tools in order to make steps forward for an “alternative economic sector”, or better, for an “alternative way of living” (depending on the point of view).
The project designed at the beginning a clear pathway, but now experts working on the ground face all the difficulties that real geography presents when we compare it to maps.
During these months, a working group of researchers, led by XES (Spain), has carried on a Research about Social and Solidarity Economy. The Research has been implemented through the work in five countries on literature, focus groups and bibliography, dealing with the notions and characteristics of SSE in the different contexts and starting to work on the competences needed for improving training in SSE. The Research is almost finished and it will be translated soon. Its results will be announced in autumn, keep tuned.
The focus on needed competences is leading now to the start of the second phase (or intellectual output) of the project: the creation of a Portfolio of Competences in Social and Solidarity Economy, which will be coordinated by Kaleido’scop (France). Here the main challenges for the working group will be to find a comprehensive definition of what is a competence in action, to give coherence to different needs (coming from different contexts) for the SSE competences development and to create a practical and useful format for a Portfolio of the SSE competences.
This is where we are now, in September 2015. The work on Training Modules and Virtual Game on SSE is waiting for the developments of these two first phases and will start in next months. In December there will be an intermediate meeting in Athens, aimed to check what has been done and to prepare the ground for the next steps in 2016.
We will update you in this Web about all our work and production!
Davide Tonon: Project Manager / Nexes