International speakers, cooperative experiences and project discussions: there are still a few places left at the SCIS2016

The updated program of the Social Cooperatives International School (SCIS2016), to be held in Naples (Italy) from 20 to 23 October 2016, is now available (see below). The detailed programme for this 4 day conference includes international speakers, the exchange of cooperative experiences and project discussions. The School is specifically aimed at managers of cooperatives with a focus on local development, partnerships between social cooperatives and conventional enterprises and financial instruments for the development of social cooperatives.

6 September 2016

On 21 October, Gloria Salas, from the social cooperative L’Olivera in Spain, and Mario Paffi, from the Viseras cooperative in Italy, will present their experiences of how social cooperatives develop local communities. Olivera is a work integration social cooperative, which offers visits, tours and wine tasting sessions in rural Catalonia. Many of its members are disadvantaged people who participate actively in the entire process of production of a large variety of wines and oils. Located in a corner of Sardinia in Italy which is full of history and traditions, the Viseras cooperative manages the Mamoiada Museum, which offers tourism itineraries combining visits to museums and the discovery of local heritage with the opportunity to meet with the local population and to attend local product tasting sessions.

Also on 21 October, during the roundtable session on partnerships between social cooperatives and conventional enterprises, four people will be selected to present and discuss their innovative project on this issue with Santo Versace, President of the Altagamma Foundation, the Italian luxury brand committee composed of companies in the fields of design, fashion, food, jewelry, automobiles, and hospitality. More information here

On 22 October, a seminar on the challenges of migration: policies, inclusion and international development cooperation, will bring together international panelists including Simel Esim from the Cooperative Branch of the International Labour Organisation, the president of the regional organization CICOPA for Europe CECOP, Giuseppe Guerini and the Head of the Italian Migration Department, Mario Morcone, amongst others.

Last but not least, on 23 October the debate will be focused on financial instruments for the development of social cooperatives. During this session, Thierry Perrin, Director of financial instruments at the French Confederation of worker cooperatives, CG Scop, will share his experiences on this topic.

Hurry up: few seats left!

The School expects to host 40 people, 20 of whom will be Italian and 20 from other countries. Candidates should fill in the form below and send it to Valerio Pellirossi at Federsolidarietà ( and also have transferred the registration fee for that date on 15 September 2016 at the latest.

To attend the School, apart from travelling costs, candidates must pay a participation fee of 220 euros € (VAT included) which includes lectures, workshops and teaching materials, coffee breaks and lunches, and accommodation in double rooms in Naples (20-21-22 October). For those who wish to stay in a single room, it will be possible by paying a fee of 385 € (VAT included). The participation fee also includes the visit to the Catacombe di San Gennaro at Rione Sanità in Naples, a project of the social cooperative “La Paranza”.

Related news:

Updated programme available here

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