THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL ECONOMY SUMMIT
The ‘European Social Economy Summit’ (#EUSES) is a jointly organized digital conference by the European Commission and the City of Mannheim. The #EUSES is a conference which aims at strengthening the social economy in Europe and harness its contribution to economic development, social inclusion as well as green and digital transitions. The discussions will focus on three dimensions: digitalisation of the Social Economy, (social) innovation, cross-country and cross-sectoral collaboration.
The #EUSES is an opportunity to bring all stakeholders active in the social economy together.
MESSAGE OF GREETING
by the State Secretary at the Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Juliane Seifert, at the European Social Economy Summit (EUSES), Mannheim, from 26 to 27 May 2021
Ladies and gentlemen, social entrepreneurs,
I am delighted to welcome you as patron of the European Social Economy Summit 2021. This summit was actually supposed to have taken place last year already during the German Presidency of the Council of the EU. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately, you had to reschedule this summit. This pandemic has shown us in many ways what is really important in life: human interaction, social contacts, being there for each other.
For you as employees and entrepreneurs in the social economy, this is exactly what your profession and your vocation is all about. It is also thanks to your contribution that no-one is let down or left behind in Europe. And one thing is clear: there is no such thing as a uniform social economy in Europe. In Germany, for over 150 years, non-profit voluntary welfare organisations have been characteristic of our welfare state. Their facilities and services employ around 1.4 million paid professionals. Another 2.5 to 3 million people contribute on a voluntary basis – for the sake of good social cooperation in our country.
But: voluntary welfare organisations are not alone. In the social economy, they have got important innovative allies. Whether it is a traditional association, a long-standing social enterprise or a young Berlin social start-up: they all help advance our country and improve the lives of many. For you it is not profits that count most, but human beings, including their wishes and needs.
I would like to thank you very much for your commitment. And please rest assured: the German Federal Government will continue to support you in your valuable work. I would like to thank the European Commission for the initiative to organise this conference. And I thank you, Lord Mayor Kurz, and your team, for making this conference possible under difficult conditions.
I wish you two exciting days with many new insights in virtual Mannheim. I wish you every success!
Your Juliane Seifert
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The #EUSES will offer a forum for numerous exchanges on the role of social economy in Europe as a vector for economic development and social inclusion. The summit will be an opportunity to discuss how social economy can help reshape the economy post-COVID by promoting inclusive sustainable economic models for the green and digital transition within Europe.
Social economy and social enterprises create jobs, provide accessible services, foster upskilling, address environmental challenges and strengthen communities. They carry potential for social innovation and social cohesion. They contribute positively to the economy and society at large. Social economy and social enterprises are an excellent example of “An economy that works for people.”
Three thematic angles are suggested to frame the programme of the European Social Economy Summit:
Collaboration: Addressing today’s most pressing challenges requires developing the capacity to lead collaboratively and to effectively work across sectors and countries.
Innovation: Social innovation is the process of developing and deploying effective new solutions to challenging and often systemic social and environmental issues in support of social progress.
Digitalisation: Digitalisation in the Social Economy is already having a substantial impact on social and economic prospects worldwide.
#EUSES SPEAKER HIGHLIGHTS
PROUDLY ORGANIZED BY
RECONCEPTUALIZING THE SOCIAL ECONOMY
Follow the series on the Stanford Social Innovation Review website – based on the Social Economy Scientific Conference (#SES2020) held in November 2020.
‘Reconceptualizing the Social Economy’ involves contributions from leading scientists and thought leaders incl. Julie Battilana, Geoff Mulgan, Mario Calderini, Lisa Hehenberger, Kai Hockerts, Eva Varga, Rocío Nogales Muriel, Eleanor Carter and more.
MEET THE #EUSES HONORARY COMMITTEE
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006
Professor in Economics – Chair for Comparative Economics
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
Chair of Sustainable Business
University of Mannheim
Co-Founder & Chairperson
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
Founder, Method Creator
MESSAGES FROM THE #EUSES HONORARY COMMITTEE
EUROPEAN SOCIAL ECONOMY EXCHANGE EVENTS
“The digital road to Mannheim”
The ‘Digital Road to Mannheim’ consists of 8 fully digitized online events. Each roadmap event focusses on a specific topic and aims to connect different Social Economy actors in Europe in a highly interactive format, present best practices and use cases as well as provide first-hand insights in interactive sessions from changemakers all around Europe. The ‘Digital Road to Mannheim’ strengthen the social economy in Europe and harness its contribution to economic development, social inclusion as well as green and digital transitions. The monthly European Social Economy Exchange Events will run from September 2020 to April 2021.
Check out all #Roadmap events!
FROM THE #ROAMP TO THE #EUSES
CONNECTING THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL ECONOMY
What we have done in the past and what lies ahead of us.