1 day

10+ speakers

100+ attendees

New challenges, new innovations, new solidarities

Social Economy in the fight against COVID 19 



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. 



10.15 am

Welcome & Mindfulness Exercise – Live from Mannheim
Manuel Kreitmeir, Host
Björn Pospiech, Mindfulness Coach – Strong People Institute

10.30 am

Michael Grötsch, Mayor Economy, Labor, Social Affairs & Culture – City of Mannheim
Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit – DG GROW, European Commission

10.45 am

Parallel Sessions & Insights (60 minutes)

Panel: „Covid-19 – the response, the gaps, the learnings and how we move forward to best support the most vulnerable populations“
Sofia Breitholtz, CEO – Reach for Change
Nina Miller, Partnership Manager – Reach for Change
Kathleen Wabrowetz, Policy Officer – German Red Cross

Panel: „A social economy for the future“
Daniel Hires, Co-Founder – Bold New World
Nicola Millson, Co-Founder – She Leads Change
Diego Isabel La Moneda, Executive Director – NESI Forum of New Economy and Social Innovation

Insight: „The gameplay effect – Learning more by not learning“
Jens Schöbel, Mathematician and Game Developer – Artipy

Insight: „Resilience of rural social economy during COVID-19“
Matyas Szabo, Rural economist – DG AGRI – European Commission

11.45 am

Main Panel: Presenting results from the sessions

12.00 pm

Lunch break

01.00 pm


01.15 pm

Parallel Interactive Workshops (90 minutes)

Workshop: „3 Horizons Workshop: A Social Economy for 2040“
Daniel Hires, Co-Founder – Bold New World
Doerte Weig, Founder – Movement Research
Jacques Chlopczyk, Initiator – Beyond Storytelling
Thea Connolly – Bold New World

Workshop: „The Europe of the sea: A hub of human and economic reconcilement though the example of Covid-19“
Djemilah Hassani, Head of Regional Strategy for Social and Solidarity Economy – CRESS Mayotte
Zulema Dabian-Erasmus – Department of Economic Affairs Aruba
Lars Balslev – Government of Greenland

Workshop: „Shared Leadership as base to a European Alliance Against Coronavirus“
Antonio Novo Guerrero, President – European Clusters Alliance
Karel Vanderpoorten, Social Economy – DG GROW, European Commission
Raffaella Scalisi, Senior Advisor – Torino Social Impact
Dolors Pla, Cluster Manager – Advanced Materials Cluster
Michel Bauwens , Director – P2P Foundation

02.45 pm

Coffee & Networking Break

03.00 pm

Panel: Workshop Hosts presenting results / Discussion with EU officials
Moderated by Manuel Kreitmeir
Dr. Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit – DG GROW, European Commission
Ann Branch, Head of Unit – DG EMPL, European Commission

03.30 pm

Conclusion & The End