European Vocational Skills Week 2017





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Next  24th of November DIESIS would like to invite you to attend the Workshop


Clusters! Social Economy Enterprises in Creative and Cultural Industries

The activities of both social enterprises and creative cultural industries have a multiplier effect which brings cultural, social and economic benefits for the community. They contribute to growth, employment and GDP are a vehicle for social and economic cohesion across Europe.
Both are drivers of change, creating innovative solutions to the challenges that Europe faces today.
Both, in the real world, co-operate with clusters of different undertakings to provide innovative products and services and promote a more sustainable economy.

Diesis is organising a workshop with the involvement of EU institutions, social economy and creative cultural industries, local authorities and policy-makers to discuss how social economy enterprises contribute to cultural and creative industries and how together they are fostering spatial and sectoral clusters, such as an ecological approach for cultural cooperation and territorial development.
What are the skills needed to make a success of this combination? What do we know so far? What comes next?


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   Screen Shot 2017-10-23 at 13.08.13     Take a look at the Draft Agenda of the Workshop 


Due to the limited number of places and for security reasons

we kindly ask you to register to the event by filling in the form HERE







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What does it mean for a social enterprise to take food into account?
Social enterprise experiences in the sustainable food chain are spreading in various regions of Europe and include a wide range of initiatives. These experiences show that social enterprises are engaged in a search for new ways of interacting in the production and consumption of food, while showing an active and participatory commitment to their communities.
As a social economy expert, DIESIS has conducted a research about the role of Social Enterprises as tool in the food system to creating, developing and diffusing ideas and solutions towards the sustainability.
We have investigated social enterprises that are part of sustainable food systems across Europe. Our study focuses on the role of the social enterprises and presents some good practices of social enterprises involved in creating sustainable food systems. Through these experiences we discovered different approaches to achieving similar goals: in some cases we found innovative solutions while in other cases the preservation of tradition showed itself to be the right way to deal with the challenge of that specific territory. 
This research has enabled us to elaborate some observations on the role of social economy organisations in the implementation of actions toward sustainable food systems.






Final conference

26th September 2017
9.30 am to 1.30 pm


Instituto Cervantes
Avenue Louise 140
1050 Bruxelles



SENINTER is not just a trip, it is a legacy 





The SENINTER project proposes the creation of a slow and sustainable tourism product adapted to the seniors travelling with their grandchildren during the low and medium season in Europe. Partner organisations from Slovenia, Italy, Belgium and Spain are giving a new form to this innovative idea that launches a new tourist model and opens a new way from conventional to responsible tourism.


SENINTER TOUR aims to promote a slow and sustainable tourism product targeted and adapted to the seniors travelling with their grandchildren during the low and medium season in Europe. 


The tourism product will be based on the discovery of the local heritage (tangible and intangible), culture and on meetings with the local community, especially with other seniors and their grandchildren of the destination.


 During the conference the partneship will present the SENINTER MODEL based on 4 important factors and values:


4 pillars


TRANS-NATIONALITY: the product increases its interest in term of sharing experiences and culture if made in an international context;


INTER-GENERATIONALITY: by giving the chance for seniors to travel with their grandchildren, the relationship within elderly and youngest will benefit;


LOCAL COMMUNITY: in terms of sustainable and foremost responsible tourism, the supply side will benefit in terms of income and knowledge/engagement and the demand side will have a deeper experience of the visited places;


LOW SEASON: due to the target groups it will be possible to cope with the challenge of increasing the occupancy rate during the low season.















Due to the limited number of places and for security reasons we kindly ask you to register to the event by filling in the form HERE





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 ACTIVITY REPORT 2016 is now online



In this report you will find a summary of DIESIS’s work. For us, 2016 represented a year of continuity with the past, consolidating positions in the European scenario and opening up to new horizons. DIESIS continues to offer its members services related to research and development, European project design and thematic expertise.


In 2016 DIESIS continued its technical support activities for the Social Economy and Social Enterprises through consultancy, project development and training for members, working with the European Commission in the GECES Expert Group, and continuing the technical assistance work for the Managing Authorities of the European Social Fund.


We have consolidated and launched new activities on key issues for the present and the future of Europe, such as assistance and integration into the labour market of people with a migrant background , Social and responsible tourism, solidarity tourism, fair tourism, community tourism… all these forms of tourism which represent a hub of energy and innovative forces as well as an area of great interest and collaborations for Social Economy organisations. Projects related to adult education and lifelong learning have always been an asset for DIESIS. In 2016 a number of practical training activities involving over 100 social business managers have started.


This year we welcome a new member, AVISE, the prominent French national social enterprise support organisation. This is a new step in a full-scale geographical enlargement that is being consolidated witnessing the interest that our structure attracts on the European stage.


In the first half of 2017 DIESIS’ Network is expanding and we welcome 5 new members: the Wales Cooperative Center from the UK, KMOP from Greece, AITR from Italy, Social Economy Slovenia and IARS, an international network based in the UK.


We are proud of these results, which have been achieved thanks to collaboration between a renewed and increasingly cohesive staff and our members, who are a reference point and a continuous stimulus for us. The facts and figures below highlight the impressive amount of work that we undertake each year.


Gianluca Pastorelli 




  key 2016    Facts and Figures 2016



 Annual 2016     Annual Report 2016