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Social innovation incubators discover the need for support for the social economy 18 July 2012

Posted by cooperatoby in Brussels, social economy, Social enterprise.
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I’m glad to see that the agenda of social innovation is still bumping into that of social economy. They must be held together.

An interesting quote in (page 4 of) the report on the Social Innovation Europe How do we incubate social innovation in Europe event on 21-22 March at The Hub Brussels:

Enter Sergio Campanella… sharing his experience from the perspective of regional development. Sergio has worked on urban development issues and recently on setting up a network of incubators through URBACT N.O.S.E.
Sergio highlighted the big difference between “social” enterprise and enterprise is the lack of public sector promotion of the social economy. He continued to emphasise that there is information attesting to the contribution of social enterprise to the new economy, but that politicians fail to understand this and see the role that special conditions can play in stimulating more. Sharing examples from his context on the ground in Sicily, he asks, “How can we better place this emerging new economy in relationship to the traditional economy?”

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