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Cooperatives’ managers to attend the Social Cooperative International School from 20 to 23 October in Naples

26 July 2016

The second edition of the Social Cooperatives International School (SCIS2016) will be held in Naples (Italy) from 20 to 23 October 2016. The School, with a high entrepreneurial profile, is specifically addressed to cooperatives’ managers and will be a unique learning space, where theoretical discussions will be accompanied by exchanges on practical issues, allowing a mutual understanding among the participants and encouraging networking.

The Social Cooperatives International School is renewed this year after the successful editions held in Bertinoro (2014) and Milan (2015). Since last year, the School has become international, extending the participation to social co-operators from all over the world (watch here a video on the 2015 edition). In its 2016 edition, the School will focus on local development, partnership between social cooperatives and conventional enterprises (profit / non-profit) and financial instruments for the development of social cooperatives.

A specific seminar with Italian and International institutions will discuss the role of social cooperatives in “The challenge of migrations: policies, inclusion, and international development cooperation”. Participants will be asked to submit a project idea, four people will be selected to present and discuss their innovative project with Santo Versace, President of Gianni Versace.

According to Giuseppe Guerini, President of CECOP, the International School of Social Enterprises was created to stimulate the entrepreneurial culture of the social enterprises and social cooperatives: “Welfare is constantly evolving; people’s needs and the way we deal with them are changing. Creating a place of exchange helps mutual understanding and exchange of best practices. The evolution of the welfare system in Europe has a big impact on social cooperatives and social enterprises therefore they need to fully develop their potentials of inclusion”. CICOPA’s Italian member Federsolidarietà – Confcooperative, the biggest federation of social cooperatives, organizes the event.

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”.