Robert Biedron

We contribute to create social and solidarity economy networks in Poland

Smilemundo, Social economy

Within the framework of the transnational cooperation agreement established with the Center for Citizen Initiatives of Słupsk, in recent months we have continued to make progress in the design and execution of various projects – the main objective of them all is to explore and transfer good practices on social economy from Barcelona to this municipality in Northern Poland.

Together with the project ‘Time of change’, which we began to develop at the end of 2016, we have now started a second program with the municipality of Słupsk to support the creation of a social and solidarity economy network in this city. In October and November of this year, a delegation from the town hall, led by its mayor Robert Biedroń, visited Barcelona to learn firsthand about some successful practices in the area.

Biedroń, head of the city council since 2014, is a social activist who played an important role in the defense of LGBT rights in Poland. Since taking office, he has introduced new policies to support the social economy, committed to sustainable development and citizen collaboration.

The group had a chance to learn about projects like: Biciclot, Alencop, Impulsem, Tot Raval or the Bank of Time in the same neighborhood. The visit also included a meeting with the team of the Commissioner of Social Economy, Local Development and Consumption of the Barcelona City Council, who always contribute to our programs with their knowledge and experience.

A new visit is planned for March 2018, and its goal will be to continue learning about good practices between Catalan administrations and solidarity economy agents.

About the Citizens’ Initiatives Center

Centrum Inicjatyw Obywatelskich (CIO) has been working on the development of initiatives within the third sector since 1994 with the goal of creating spaces for discussion between citizens and the administration. In the recent years CIO has designed projects to support the social and solidarity-based economy in Poland and has been promoting it at the local, regional and national level.

All the projects carried out by Smilemundo and CIO are funded through the European Union’s POWER (Knowledge, Education and Development) program.