Industrial Ecosystems: Proximity & Social Economy

Submitted by Veronika Muller on 23 September 2020

Summary of the European Alliance Against Coronavirus Daily Webinar on 18 September 2020

In this EAAC webinar, three clusters from the social economy ecosystem presented their activities to meet the needs of their members and build bottom-up structures to enhance their opportunities. Bernard Lahure and Frédéric Theate from the Cluster ESS Grande Région work on cross-border collaboration as their specialty, being situated in Luxembourg and supporting local economic development and social entrepreneurs with their four neighbouring regions. Keeping transversal views to collaborate with many different stakeholders, they are currently working on a circular economy plan to reuse material, local food distribution, and social buying.

Jan Willem Wennekes from Impact Noord, the Netherlands, explained the concept of impact enterprises, which – to a certain extent – orient their mission and outcome to social and ecologic aspects. Impact entrepreneurs require connections, visibility, representation and business development, all of which Impact Noord provides. They have developed an ecosystem approach with six “sub-clusters” for its specific areas.

Sinisa Tesic from the Social Entrepreneurship Cluster in Vojvodina (CASPEV)​, Serbia, presented their pioneer activities in the country. In Serbia, there is no framework for social economy. Thus, the cluster has successfully developed a network to better connect the economic actors, education institutions and research organisations in their social economy ecosystem. Their main objective is to make social economy more competitive and innovative.

A recording of the session is available here.  

These are the presentations shown during the meeting:

Presentation ECA V2_Impact Noord.pdf Cluster of Social Entrpenrushipship in Vojvodina - CASPEV.pdf

Find information and recordings of previous meetings on the Role of Clusters in Accelerating the European Recovery (since September 2020) here. For European Alliance Against Coronavirus webinar summaries of March - July 2020, please follow this link.

Finally, please find information on the upcoming agenda here.

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