Volume 20, Summer Issue
IJCCR joins RAMICS family
The International Journal of Community Currency Research (www.ijccr.net) has become the official publication of the newly created Research Association on Monetary Innovation and Complementary and Community Currencies (https://ramics.org/).
IV International Conference on Social and Complementary Currencies
10-14 May, 2017
The 4th International Conference on Social and Complementary Currencies organized by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya UOC will take place from 10th to 14th May 2017 at the Parque Tecnlógico Nou Barris.
UOC will organize the event together with Research Association on Monetary Innovation and Community and Complementary Currency Systems (RAMICS), International Journal of Community Currency Research (IJCCR), Instituto de la Moneda Social (IMS), Xarxa d’Economia Solidària (XES) and Sustainability School.
The 4th Conference’s goal is to reflect on social and complementary currencies as tools which, on being implemented by people themselves, nurture the social change in favor of a completely sustainable development. Self-management, trust, closeness, respect and benevolence, among others are quite determining elements in the future of such sort of initiatives.
However, as in any type of behavior, it is necessary that such behavior should be well accepted in people’s daily actions so it should last over time. The consciousness-building in the whole process, as well as the drive promoted from the innermost part of our being, from our personal values, are the key to warrant the survival of this sort of initiatives.
We have to ask ourselves whether members of the communities operating with social and complementary currencies are really aware of the motivations which have moved them towards this, as well as of the consequences brought about by their actions.
Is it about an opportunist behavior? Or is it rather a behavior which is really best for sustainability? Is there any reason in this respect? Is there any dominant motivation? What makes some initiatives endure over time than others? Is there any sort of behavior to nurture it?
These and other questions, on the basis of debates, presentations, workshops, experiences… are intended to be answered under a multidisciplinary perspective, either from the own theoretical viewpoint or from the daily practice, either from the academy or from activism. Solely and exclusively, the fusion of both fields can warrant a real progress of this sort of communities, an advance towards the implementation of social and complementary currency systems which are sustainable over time, and are worth of redundancy, are to nurture the whole sustainability of life in Mother Earth.
That is why the conference’s official title is:
4th International Conference on Social and Complementary Currencies: Money, Awareness and Values for Social Change
6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise
3-6 July 2017
EMES, in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Work, State and Society (CIRTES, Université catholique de Louvain) and the Social Enterprise Belgian Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP), are pleased to announce the 6th EMES International Research Conference on the theme “Social enterprise for sustainable societies” which will take place on July 3-6, 2017, at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).
The aim of this 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise is to be one of the world’s central meeting places for all researchers involved in social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and social and solidarity economy research across the globe.
CIRTES is one of the founders of the EMES network. It has built up a strong expertise on SE organisations in European and Southern contexts; analysing their socio-economic logics and their expression through public policies, the market and civil society in various fields such as work integration, care, social finance, commons and the popular economy.
IAP – Interuniversity Attraction Pole – is a consortium of four Belgian research centres gathered under the title “If not for Profit, for What? And How?” supported by the Belgian Science Policy Office from 2012 to 2017. It includes the Centre for Social Economy (CES, University of Liege), CIRTES (Université catholique de Louvain), the Centre Européen de Recherche en Microfinance (CERMi, Université Libre de Bruxelles) and the Department of Applied Economics (APEC, Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Around 45 faculty members and researchers in economics, management, sociology and psychology have jointly developed an interdisciplinary and integrated knowledge on social entrepreneurship and social enterprise.
Conference thematic lines and conveners
Can social enterprise help overcome the current crises? Issues such as growing social inequalities, massive unemployment, the lack of economic democracy, and environmental unsustainability have increased the global expectations of social enterprises. Each in its own way, governments, civil society actors, non-profit leaders as well as the business sector, are seeking to discover, or rediscover, new possibilities of promoting economic approaches while targeting social aims. Indeed, examples of social enterprise and initiatives to support these goals have dramatically increased.
However, do these innovative practices promote institutional economic diversity and democracy or do they contribute to the weakening of solidarity through the marketization of society? Likewise, is their potential to address the major current and future economic, social, environmental and societal challenges fully understood?
Social enterprises naturally cross various types of borders, in terms of sectors (public, business, cooperatives, associations), resources (drawing them from the market, public procurement and grants, volunteering, etc.) and activity fields. Their social mission usually marks the activity field where they operate, ranging from more traditional fields such as access to social services and health and work integration to the most innovative ones, such as social and ecological transition, social finance and culture.
In a truly worldwide and interdisciplinary perspective, this conference will discuss the challenges faced by social enterprises in this critical period and the opportunities and challenges they face to build sustainable societies. The conference will aim to bring together research communities from all over the world related to the third sector (non-profit sector, cooperatives, social economy, solidarity economy and civil society) and researchers working on social innovation, social entrepreneurship, commons, sustainable transition, popular economy, etc.
In order to organize the discussion across fields and disciplines, the conference will be structured along the following 10 main thematic lines, each of them supported by various conveners. The titles and conveners of the 10 thematic lines are included below; for a detailed description, please download the “Full call” on the right.
- October 3rd, 2016 Opening of abstract submission
- January 9th, 2017 Abstract submission deadline
- February 13th, 2017 Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors
- February 15th, 2017 Conference registration opens
- March 27th, 2017 Early-bird registration at reduced fees deadline
- April 17th, 2017 Deadline for conference registration for presenters
- June 5th, 2017 Deadline for full paper submission
- June 15th, 2017 Deadline for conference registration (non-presenters)
The registration deadline for Presenters is Monday, April 17, 2017; for Non-Presenters, it is Thursday, June 15, 2017.
Please find the original article here.
Lecture of Ruth Mwangi on 25th October 2016 at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We’re excited to announce that our Program Director Ruth Mwangi (cc’ed) has been chosen to speak at the Society for International Development – Netherlands Chapter (SID-NL) in the lecture series titled ‘A Financial World without the Traditional Institutions?’
The lecture will happen Tuesday 25 October 2016, from 16hr till 17.30hr at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, the Netherlands. Ruth is an amazing inspirational speaker, I hope you can attend and spread the word!
Founder – Grassroots Economics
Further information from the official website of Grassroots Economics.
Grassroots Economics is a non-profit foundation that seeks to empower marginalized communities to take charge of their own livelihoods and economic future. They focus on community development through economic empowerment and community currency programs.
Their goal is to improve the lives of those who are most vulnerable. They use approaches such as participatory education and in-depth research and community profiling to understand needs and design programs with meaningful impacts.
Ruth Mwangi is the Program Director of Grassroots Economics where she leads the foundation in programming, strategy and operations. Ruth has worked to design, test and coordinate numerous projects within the slums and villages of Kenya since 2004, such as: Bridge International Academies where she has helped improve the academic performance of students across 215 schools in Kenya. She has helped pioneer various girl-child initiatives that have so far ensured over 1,500 teenage girls have free access to sanitary-ware every month. Ms. Mwangi is also on the Board of Directors at the Garden of Hope Foundation and has had the opportunity to lead, train and direct numerous groups, conferences and events; works that have well been recognized by global organizations such as the Mandela Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) as well as the One Young World, where she has twice been selected to represent Kenya. Ruth’s strengths and interests lie in Public Relations, Corporate Governance and Strategic Management.
Will Ruddick is the Founder and Technical Director of Grassroots Economics Foundation. Mr. Ruddick is a development specialist focusing on East Africa. After completing graduate school researching high energy physics as a collaboration member at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, he found his passion in alternative economics and development work which brought him to Kenya. Since 2008 Will has lived in East Africa and managed several successful development programs in environment, food security and economic development. He is dedicated to connecting communities to their own abundance, and is an advocate for, and designer of, Complementary Currencies for poverty eradication and sustainable development. MR. Will Ruddick has developed several Community Currency Programs across Africa since 2010 and is the founder of the award winning Bangla-Pesa program. He consults on Community Currencies worldwide and is currently working in coordination with the University of Cape Town’s Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit. Mr. Ruddick is also an associate scholar with the University of Cumbria’s Institute for Leadership and Sustainability.
The location of the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague: