The topics of the school will be local development, partnerships between social cooperatives and conventional enterprises and financial instruments for the development of social cooperatives, among others.

The updated program of the SCIS2016 (available here) includes international speakers, the exchange of cooperative experiences and project discussions.
Social cooperatives concrete experiences 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. This article includes a focus on the Italian cooperative Viseras: In the heart of Sardinia, the cooperative Viseras ensures the discovery of local heritage, a contact with the population and also local product tasting sessions.

“With this programme, immersion in the identity and heritage of Mamoiada does not end with the visit of the museums the cooperative runs but includes a series of opportunities involving the local people and by extension local players as well”, the President Mario Paffi says. The cooperative has developed strong links between the various local actors, which proves to be the most powerful tools for regional development.

This collaboration gave birth to a series of touristic activities such as visits of the craft workshops that produce the masks that are one of the museum displays; a bakery allowing visitors to watch the preparation of typical desserts and taste them; food facilities and Mamoiada archaeological sites visits.

More information can be found on Project discussions and international speakers 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 22 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”.

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