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Inclusion, innovation and inspiration: Shaping our future with the social and solidarity economy


Mar 2023



Mar 2023

OECD Conference C...
10:30 To 17:00
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Inclusion, innovation and inspiration: Shaping our future with the social and solidarity economy
Hybrid Event - In-person at the OECD and Online

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The social and solidarity economy inspires new ways of thinking, promotes innovation and supports inclusive transitions. Moving from the margins to the mainstream, the social economy is gaining momentum and political backing to provide new opportunities for nations, regions and cities to navigate present crises and be more resilient in the face of future shocks. It is at the forefront of assisting refugees, supporting the green transition, tackling housing and food security issues, creating jobs, and providing goods and services, notably for disadvantaged individuals. 

International organisations are rising to the challenge to support better policies and guidance on the social and solidarity economy. In December 2021 the European Union released the EU Social Economy Action Plan, followed by the OECD Council’s and Ministers’ adoption of the OECD Recommendation on the Social and Solidarity Economy and the Social Innovation and the adoption of the ILO Resolution on Social Economy and Decent Work, both in June 2022. 

Building on this momentum, the second high-level conference Inspiration, innovation and inclusion: Shaping our future with the social and solidarity economy of the OECD Global Action on Promoting Social and Solidarity Ecosystems, funded by the EU, will be hosted in person at the OECD Headquarters in Paris and online on 20-21 March 2023. The conference will build on the achievements of the three-year programme and its previous summit “From the margins to the mainstream”, held online in September 2021 and attended by more than 700 participants from more than 60 countries. This meeting will be the opportunity to further strengthen the social economy community built by the OECD over the last two decades and recently expanded around 6 consortia created under the framework of the Global Action, bringing together 130 partners. 

 The summit will convene policy makers, practitioners, and experts to focus on the transformative power of the social and solidarity economy to improve economic outcomes through innovative business models that build social cohesion and resilience. Many hot topics will be addressed, such as young people’s expectations for the future, the place of women in the social economy and beyond, and legal frameworks and social impact measurement as a means to boost visibility and recognition for the social economy. 

 Participants will have the opportunity to: 

  • Gain powerful insights from an inclusive group of thought leaders, the OECD, the European Commission, and other important local, national and international actors on the social economy. 
  • Participate in a dialogue on shaping the policy agenda to further support the development of the social and solidarity economy and its ability to drive positive social and economic outcomes and contribute to shape a fair transition. 
  • Help drive the role of the social economy in addressing compelling challenges for a more sustainable and inclusive future, including for the green economy and the digital economy. 

Register HERE

 The Summit is an important milestone of the OECD’s Global Action, which brings together over 130 partners from the 33 target countries (European Union countries, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Korea, and the United States) and beyond.  

To discover all sessions PRESS HERE

The conference Inspiration, innovation and inclusion: Shaping our future with the social and solidarity economy will be held at the OECD's Conference Centre: 2 Rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris, France. Further information including directions and hotels in the area is available on the Conference Centre website

The OECD Conference Centre provides all necessary facilities, including free Wi-Fi access, a bookshop, coffee and snack bars, and a restaurant. Please note that the Conference Centre is fully wheelchair accessible.



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