St Etienne – Final Event and Tatou Juste Fair

The project “ISSE – Community Works!” is about to conclude, after almost two years, with the final event that is taking place in St. Etienne (France) on 24-27 November 2016.

The event will gather more than 30 international participants from Italy, Greece, Spain and the UK, and dozens of representatives from French initiatives of Social and Solidarity Economy and the academic field. It is organized by the French project partner Kaleido’Scop in cooperation with the MIFE Loire Sud and the University Jean Monnet of Saint-Etienne, and is realized also thanks to the extra financial support of the French National Agency through Erasmus+ programme and funding from the Region Auvergne – Rhône Alpes, Saint-Etienne Métropole and the university Lyon-Saint-Etienne. (Event Programme).

During the final event, the international group of participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the different products of “ISSE-Community Works!” project (ISSE products) by testing them and providing feedback on their usability in different social and working contexts. Apart from discussing about the different forms and understanding of Social and Solidarity Economy in their countries and realities, they will also participate to the interactive debate “SSE in Europe nowadays: tools, initiatives, experimentations” with invited speakers and local guests from the academic field (e.g Bertrand Lordon, university professor in economy and Philippe Vial, professor in SSE).

An important moment of the event will be the day of Saturday 26th November, when ISSE activities will be integrated in the programme of Tatou Juste fair (, an annual event that has reached its 11th edition and usually gathers thousands of visitors from Saint Etienne region active in different fields of SSE: food, culture, employment, financing, clothing, housing, education etc.  ISSE participants will contribute to organize a stand, several workshops on ISSE Training Modules and a radio debate, for the visitors of the fair.

Kalei_3couleursla-regionmetropoleLogoUniversitynewmifeloiresud edited

All the final products of “ISSE – Community Works!” project, including the latest Training Modules on SSE for young people and ISSE online game, that will be presented in Saint Etienne, will be soon available on this website.

During the days prior to the Event, the partners of ISSE project (Partners) will have a final meeting to prepare the event, evaluate the overall project and discuss about joint follow-up initiatives to increase the impact of ISSE on local and international level.

Mid term evaluation meeting and update

Mid term meeting –

Mid term meeting Athens

Mid term meeting Athens December 2015

This took place just before Christmas and was hosted by the the Greek partner ‘Citizens in Action’. Our thanks go to them for an excellent job.

Sadly the UK member of the coordination team lost their passport and was unable to physically attend the meeting, they did however attend via Skype.

A busy and intensive few days of reviewing current progress and planning the next steps.

One of the changes for partnerships within the Erasmus+ programme is less funding for face to face meetings between partners. The drawback for this is the meetings are more intense with less time to socialize and more importantly, less opportunity, in our case, to look at SSE experiences in the partner countries.

Despite the intensity of the meeting, overall satisfaction among partners regarding progress made so far, is good. Although we are a little behind, the timeline has been revised and all are confident of achieving the outputs specified within the schedule.

The meeting could best be summed up by the comment:

‘good partnership + commitment + energy = Team work, results, fun’



Research document_front_page_greenResearch – this has taken a little longer than expected but the compilation of research from the partners has been completed in both English and Spanish. It was agreed to complete a summary version for translation into all 5 partnership languages. This is currently underway.

The research documents, both full and summary versions, will be available in March 2016 at the same time as the Portfolio of competencies is published.


facilitator avatar

Avatar Example

Portfolio – Work is ongoing, following both focus groups and individual interviews – Generic job/role profiles have been completed with specific competencies; knowledge, skills and attitudes, and; transversal SSE competencies identified for each profile.

Planned as an E-portfolio each profile will be identified with an Avatar (which at present are being designed). (A sneak preview of my favorite to date – I stress this is only my personal favorite and may not make it into the final document).

This is planned for completion and publishing alongside the Research document in March 2016.

Training Modules – Work has begun on these and they will link to the competencies focusing on Attitudes, skills and knowledge. Due for completion in October. Trials of some of the activities are initially planned for April, June and July, to be followed by validating and translation.

Virtual Game – This is very much at the beginning stage and current thinking is to link to the Portfolio profiles and avatars. A mixture of SSE awareness raising and challenging attitudes through completing challenges within a virtual environment. Trials of the game are due to take place in July, August, September with completion in October.

Final Event – November is the month of SSE in France and the town of St Etienne hosts an SSE fair attracting around 5000 people during the last week of November.

We have agreed to host our final event as part of this larger fair. Our intention is to have a stand and workshops showcasing the project outputs; research, portfolio, Training modules and Virtual game during the event.

We are looking to raise additional funds to support attendance of individuals from SSE business’s who have participated in the focus groups / interviews and supported the project. And, who would benefit from attending our workshops / seminars  and networking within a wider SSE audience.




Final Event / Seminar – Introduction

event 1

This will be the last activity of the partnership. It will be coordinated by Kaléido’Scop and supported by MIFE and University Jean Monnet.

It is planned to take place in St Etienne, France in November 2016. Continue reading