GSEF 2018: appointment with the Social Economy in Bilbao

The Bizkaia capital becomes, for a few days, 1, 2 and 3 October, the world epicenter of the Social Economy.
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Sep 10, 2018

Bilbao will be the world capital of the Social Economy on the occasion of the Global Social Economy Forum 2018 (GSEF) to be held during the next 1, 2 and 3 October. This is the fourth edition of this event after the previous ones held in Seoul (2013 and 2014) and Montreal (2016) and whose main motto is "Values ​​and competitiveness for a local, inclusive and sustainable development".

Therefore, during the three days that the congress will last, several papers, plenary sessions, workshops and visits will take place to value the role of the social economy in the development of society. The presidents of the General Council of MONDRAGON and Laboral Kutxa, Iñigo Ucín and Txomin Garcia, respectively, will take part in this event.

The Cooperative Experience

One of the attractions of this edition of the GSEF is the proximity of MONDRAGON and its meaning as a Cooperative Experience of reference for many of those attending this event.

In close collaboration with the consistory of Arrasate, visits to the town have been organized for congressists who wish to do so on the 3rd and 4th of October. These are visits of different profile, which will begin all of them with a reception in KulturAte by the mayor, Maria Ubarretxena, and where an exhibition about the industrial and cooperative tradition of Arrasate will be located.

What is GSEF? 

GSEF is an international network that brings together the administrations and local civil society stakeholders committed to supporting the development of the Social Economy. It aims to act as a forum to share perspectives and experiences through collaboration and cross-border cooperation based on multilateral partnerships in pursuit of an inclusive, egalitarian and people-centered world. It also aims to create quality employment, fair growth, the progress of grassroots democracy and sustainable development.