Call for proposals FIESS 2011

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Within the framework of the organization of the 2011 International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy (FIESS) that will take place in October 2011 in Montreal, Canada, the organisers are currently looking for social economy and public policy actors to illustrate the five themes of the Forum.

1- FIESS- Territories and local development

2- FIESS- Innovation and collective entrepreneurship

3- FIESS- Solidarity finance and trade

4- FIESS- Work and employment

5- FIESS- Food security and sovereignty

The deadline for receiving proposals is January 10th 2011.

The objective of this selective call for proposals is to identify best practices, rather than to receive the largest number of proposals.

The programming objectives of the Forum are the following:

1. To highlight successful partnerships in the development of public policy.  As such, organizers are particularly interested in the process that promotes the successful development of the social and solidarity economy and the nature of the collaborations between civil society and public authorities in this process.

2. To represent the experiences of key players in the social and solidarity economy from countries in the North and the South and their partners in government, labour movements, research institutes and international organizations.  The Forum will give voice to all of the actors of this process, including practitioners in the social economy, government representatives and social organizations and researchers that collaborate closely with the social and solidarity economy.

3. To contribute to an inter-regional and international dialogue on the social and solidarity economy.  The Forum will provide a platform to learn about best practices in many parts of the world. To provide a wide range of inspiring experiences, the program will select proposals to reflect both geographical and sectorial diversity throughout the workshops.

To submit a presentation proposal, please complete Call for proposals form and return it to Beatrice Alain (beatrice.alain@chantier.qc.ca) by January 10th. The preliminary program will be announced in February 2011.