Social co-operators from across the world will meet in Naples, Italy, in October for the third edition of the Social Cooperatives International School.
The event, held on 19-22 October, is organised by Federsolidarietà, the largest federation of social co-ops in Italy. The country has more than 11,000 social co-operatives, which are leading the way in providing services and assistance to those at risk of social exclusion as a key employer for disadvantaged people.
Participants can attend four thematic sessions and one seminar, with presentations on best practice and the role played by co-operative groups and consortia in social co-ops.
They will also explore issues such as partnerships among co-operatives, and between co-operatives and other enterprises.
The four sessions will look at the normative framework for social co-operatives; models and strategies to enhance communication on social co-operatives; social farming; and management and leadership in social co-operatives. The special workshop will examine work in the context of sharing economy platforms and the potential for co-operative models.
Registration is open until 6 September, and more information is available at CICOPA’s website.
The school’s first edition took place in Milan, coinciding with the 2015 EXPO.
The 2016 edition gathered around 30 co-operative managers from Italy, Japan, Croatia, Czech republic, Denmark, Slovenia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Turkey.
They touched upon issues such as local development, partnership between social co-operatives and conventional enterprises, financial instruments for the development of social cooperatives and the challenge of migrations.