2017 has been a great year, our network has grown and we explored sustainable food systems, cultural and creative industries, and clusters in their connections with social economy enterprises. We are proud of and all the time and

effort we continue to invest in innovating and supporting Social Economy enterprises in Europe.


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  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 organised 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.

 Final Agenda

Bionotes' Spekers 

Presentation SMART 


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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.