#SCIS2018: Presentation and programme

Social cooperatives and social enterprises are among the most vital actors of the economy at world level, showing the capacity to understand the great change and challenges that our society faces today. In Italy, social cooperatives are the landmark of social services and assistance to persons in difficult situations and at risk of social exclusion. Furthermore, they are a crucial provider of work opportunities for disadvantaged persons. CICOPA’s Italian member Confcooperative Federsolidarietà is a network of 6.250 social cooperatives that counts more than 230.000 workers and 220.000 members. Social Cooperatives of the network assist more than 5 millions of users and provide work opportunities to 18.000 disadvantaged workers.

At international level, social cooperatives are growing steadily, inspiring innovative solutions in different social and economic context, and governments in many countries are interested in creating favourable regulatory frameworks to recognise and promote them. The Social Cooperatives International School is an annual event that promotes exchange of experiences and innovative development of social cooperatives and their networks, both at the local and transnational level.

For its 2018 edition (#SCIS2018), the school confirms the successful formula of the past editions, gathering social cooperators from different countries and giving them the chance to meet experts from innovative sectors, to get inspired from international best practices and to participate to in-depth interactive discussions. Addressed to cooperative entrepreneurs, but also social enterprises, thinkers and practitioners, the school aims to foster the connection and development of the social cooperatives and promote their international dimension.

#SCIS2018 – Thematic sessions

The #SCIS2018 foresees three thematic sessions and one international seminar. Each thematic session consists of a theoretic introduction on the topic, the presentation of best practices and a workshop to deepen the participants’ knowledge on different aspects of social cooperatives.

Session 1 – Introduction to the international school “Social Cooperatives: normative framework and best practices in the international context”

An overview of social cooperatives, normative frameworks and recent trends in the provision of social, health and educational services, as well as work integration of disadvantaged persons.

Session 2 – Social Cooperatives and technological innovation

Technology innovation, concerning, in particular, information and communication technology, is dramatically changing our society. How much this changing process can influence the life of social cooperatives? What are the possible patterns of change that can innovate the activity of these actors? Is it possible and affordable to develop new ways of social services provision? Those are some of the questions that will be discussed in session 2.

Session 3 – Social impact evaluation and social impact finance

Social cooperatives and social enterprises need to improve their capacity to analyse the social impact of their activities. This session will provide an overview of the basic concepts of social impact and it will update participants on the debate on social impact finance and impact investing recent trends.

Innovation Focus – Urban regeneration and local communities: social cooperatives promoting economic, environmental and social sustainability

Social cooperatives are called to fully deploy their potentials of inclusion and their mission of general interest. They can promote a change in the paradigm of provision of social services, connecting the empowerment of local communities in rural areas, as well as revitalising local assets in cities, especially in abandoned and degraded urban areas.

The 2018 edition will take place in Naples from 25 to 28 October, with more than 40 participants from 13 different countries who are ready to take the most out of 4 days of intense sessions, workshops and study visits to best practices: Fuori di Zucca, Parteneapolis, Ambiente Solidale, Nata Vita.

The event is already sold out but more information or questions regarding the 2019 edition can be asked to pellirossi.v@confcooperative.it