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Programme of the Gdansk Social Economy Conference 26-28th June 2008


Thursday, 26th June 2008

Baltic Philharmonic Hall, Gdansk.JPG

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Hall, ul. Olowianka 1, Gdansk

8.30–9.30 Registration of the participants

9:30-11.30 Opening of the Economy of Solidarity conference – plenary session

Chair: Jerzy Boczon - Regional Information and Support Centre for NGOs
Anna Sienicka – Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives

  • Otwarcie konferencji. Wystapienia gospodarzy i organizatorów

Jan Kozlowski - Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship
Ewa Kaminska – Mayor of Gdansk
Pawel Golebiowski – President of Management Board at Cooperation Fund Foundation
Ilona Gosk – President of Management Board at Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives
Henryk Wujec – Chair of the Standing Social Economy Conference (SKES)

  • Presentation of the most important results and of key recommendations for the conditions of social economy development in Poland
Kuba Wygnanski.JPG

Jan Jakub Wygnanski – Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives

  • Usefulness of social economy in the public policy. Government’s stance

Michal Boni – Secretary of State, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

  • Summary of EQUAL CIP in Poland. Presentation of the most important results of the programme

Wojciech Kempisty, Urszula Budzich-Szukala – Cooperation Fund Foundation

11.45 – 12.15 Opening of the Social Economy Infrastructure Exhibition. Coffee break

12.15–13.30 European dimension of social economy – plenary session

Chair: Toby Johnson – DIESIS

Panel session on the role of social economy in Europe in a perspective of new programming period, other European social economy support programmes and the upcoming end of the EQUAL CIP.


  • Apostolos Ioakimidis – Enterprise DG
  • Anna Darska – UNDP Poland
  • Janusz Galeziak – Caritas Europe
  • Luigi Martignetti – Social Economy Europe/REVES
  • Gianluca Pastorelli – DIESIS
  • Louis Vervloet – Flemish ESF Agency
  • Gerhard Bräunling, Employment DG

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 18.30 Parallel thematic sessions

(Coffee break during the session)

  • Session A

Current regulations on functioning of social economy in Poland and postulates on how to change them

Chair: Anna Sienicka – Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives

Presentation of the White Paper on social economy law regulations in Poland prepared by CI EQUAL Theme D Law Group. Discussion on the postulated law changes and supplementing their list basing on the session’s participants input. Reactions from the Parliament and Government representatives, and foreign experts. The White Paper consists of the most frequently occurring legal barriers related to functioning and development of social entrepreneurship in Poland, along with the most important recommendations on how to eliminate those obstacles. Among the key questions tackled during this session one can find: vocational development, employment of defavourised groups, economic activity of non-profit entities (including NGOs and companies), state aid, social clauses in public procurement.

  • Session B

Place of social economy in the new programming period 2007-2015

Chair: Joanna Brzozowska – National Auditing Union of Workers' Co-operatives, member of Human Capital Operational Programme Monitoring Committee and Cezary Mizejewski – Ministry of Regional Development

Social economy is present in a number of strategic documents and operational programmes of the new programming period. The aim of this session is to help to “navigate” in a complex structure of financing programmes (regional, national – including also system programmes – and European).

To be presented during the session:

  • Past experiences related to fund sourcing;
  • Postulates on how to increase social economy presence in projects and how to improve procedures of accessing funds;
  • Less known (among social economy activists) European level programmes.

The role and tasks of various collective bodies (especially Monitoring Committees) will be discussed, having in mind accessibility of funds for social economy initiatives.

  • Session C

Social economy infrastructure – technical support and social economy sector interest representation mechanism

Chair: Katarzyna Sadlo – Civil Society Development Foundation

What kind of support do social economy enterprises need? Who should organise them? To what extent should infrastructure have grass root character? To what extent should it be built or supported by public sector? How to guarantee efficient representation mechanisms of social economy sector? How to integrate social economy sector? Presentation of Polish and foreign examples of supporting, integrating and representing social economy entities.

  • Session D

Relations with public administration on local, regional, national and European levels.

Chair: Michal Guc – Deputy Mayor of Gdynia, prof. Jerzy Hausner – Cracow University of Economics

During this session the current state of collaboration between social economy bodies and public administration will be discussed, as well as desired changes those relations should undergo. In the first part of the session, local dimension (communes and districts) of those relation will be considered. Cooperation on this lowest level has, as it seems, the most practical qualities and is of key importance for development of social economy.

To be presented during the session:

  • good practices of cooperation
  • principle postulates on desired environment (on local, regional and national level) for local actions
  • interesting solutions on regional level (i.e. Malopolski Pact for Social Economy, Andalusian Pact for Social Economy) and in national policy area (British promotion strategy of social entrepreneurship)

Participants will discuss together what are the chances to promote social economy in Poland.

19.00 -22.00 Dinner

Friday, 27th June 2008

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Hall, ul. Olowianka 1, Gdansk

9.30-12.30 Parallel thematic sessions

  • Session E Should social entrepreneurship be regulated and how?

Chair: Tomasz Schimanek – Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland and Anna Sienicka – Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives

Social entrepreneurship can be realised in different legal forms. In some countries (i.e. Italy, Finland) social enterprises received separate legal regulations. However, in Poland discussion whether such regulations are needed and what should be their shape is still on. Concrete proposals of legal solutions appeared recently. During this session speakers will present a catalogue of basic resolutions that should accompany such a decision as well as an overview of international solutions (illustrated with concrete examples). Participants will discuss expectations on how to regulate social entrepreneurship formulated by different groups of wide range of social economy bodies. </br>

  • Session F Social economy financial infrastructure. Prospects for development of solidary finances in Poland

Chair: Bartlomiej Piotrowski – Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

What kind of financial infrastructure do social economy bodies need? Should it be designed specifically for the purpose of the sector? Diagnosis of the current state of meeting the specific needs of social economy entities. Barriers for collaboration between social economy entities and traditional bank sector and ideas how to overcome them. Presentation of chosen foreign practices in field of reimbursable financing and the so called solidary finances. Presentation of Polish proposals of the new instruments of social economy financing background: Regional Fund for Social Economy, state subsidised Guarantee and Loan Funds.

  • Session G Map of social economy in Europe

Chair: Dorotea Daniele – DIESIS

Presentation of “Map of social economy in Europe”, a publication specially prepared for the purpose of the conference. It describes social economy networks on European level and in chosen EU countries, various definitions of social economy, basic facts about the sector and introduces its key institutions. During the session, representatives of chosen European and national institutions (also from outside of EU) will present their work. For Polish participants it will be a unique chance to find inspiration for their own activities and to search for partners in future, common initiatives. </br>

  • Session H Relations with business – partners or competitors?

Chair: Kamil Wyszkowski – UNDP
Social entrepreneurship is implementing business mechanisms to realise social goals. What are the consequences? Does it mean that social economy entities will find a common tongue with business sector and build partnership together more easily? Or perhaps business sector will perceive them as competitors and see their actions as violation of traditionally described roles. During the session interesting Polish and foreign examples of transsectoral collaboration and mechanism of setting mutual relations are going to be discussed.

  • Session I Social economy as a mechanism of development of local communities

Chair: Jerzy Boczon – Regional Information and Support Centre for NGOs

Social economy can be something more than a single undertaking, it is also a specific way of thinking about local development and territorial cohesion. It is related with taking responsibility for given community and place, where this community lives. Social economy has both an individual and a collective dimension. It is based on sense of belonging to a group but also to a territory, not necessarily circumscribed by administrative borders. Social economy is kind of a development vector for those territories, basing on their economic and social resources. Such an approach to local development is crucial for revitalising programmes, where it is necessary to harmonise investment plans with actions and aspirations of inhabitants. During this panel session we will make an attempt to answer the following questions: What is the role of social economy in a balanced territorial development? Do the processes of constructing agglomerations conduce to social integration and social economy development? How does social economy support creating agglomerations? Also to be presented during the session – interesting Polish and foreign experiences illustrating such an approach.

12.45 -15.00 Transport to Gdansk Shipyard. Visiting exhibition “The way to freedom”. Lunch
15.00 -17.00 Presentation of the most important thematic sessions’ results with a commentary

17.30-18.00 Presentation of the Polish Social Economy Manifesto

Text of manifesto: Polish social economy manifesto

18.00 -20.00 Debate in Gdansk Shipyard (open for public)

Part one – Economy of solidarity versus economy of real socialism

Part two – 20 years later. Economy of solidarity – the catalogue of basic challenges

Debate with the most important creators of changes over the last 20 years in Poland. On one side it is an attempt to balance transformation initiated by “Solidarity” group – from economy of real socialism to modern economy of our times, on the other it is a reflection on challenges and corrections needed to make economy of solidarity real in today’s Poland – and in the contemporary world as a whole.

Participants: President Lech Walesa, Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek (tbc), prof. Leszek Balcerowicz, Minister Michal Boni, prof. Jerzy Hausner.
Chair: Maciej Zieba OP, European Center of Solidarity

21.00 Dinner

Saturday, 28th June 2008

Grand opening of the third day of the conference

9.30–10.00, Arthur’s Court
Speech of Prime Minister Donald Tusk (tbc). Opening of Social Economy Market, Kaleidoscope of EQUAL CIP Results and social economy cluster meetings.

Social Economy Market

10.00-17.00, Long Market

On about 20 stands situated along historic Long Market, social entrepreneurs will present their goods and services – artistic craft, organic food are just a few among many products available for purchase.

Kaleidoscope of EQUAL CIP results

10.00-17.00, Arthur’s Court

In the beautiful interiors of the Arthur’s Court the audience will have a chance to acquaint with panorama of the most inspiring undertakings from the field of social economy. In principle it will be an opportunity to present results of EQUAL CIP. During this event each initiative will be shown during approx. 10-15 min. presentation. The audience, thanks to the detailed timetable, will have a chance to visit the Arthur’s Court and to participate in chosen presentations.

Cluster meetings

10.00-14.00 Building European cooperation networks within the social economy clusters (sessions in Gdansk city centre)

The participants of these meetings represent chosen initiatives in given fields, among others: socially responsible tourism, recycling, social entrepreneurship incubators. The aim of the working groups is to acquaint with experiences of different organisations and to create an opportunity to begin transnational collaboration. Attendance on invitation. Meetings will be held in English.


Social Advertising Review

11.00 – 15.30 Social Advertising Review and premiere of a documentary film on traditions and future of Polish social economy (Dom Harcerza)

We invite you to Dom Harcerza for the Social Advertising Review (11.00 – 13.30) The Review will consist of three parts: presentation of Polish and foreign TV advertisements, presentations of posters from social campaigns, discussion The core of the Review will be the presentation of TV spots, grouped into topic blocks. Each block will be commented by an expert in the field of social advertisements.

Afterwards, a discussion will take place. We are planning to invite experts, who will share their knowledge and experience with the participants. Many aspects concerning social advertising will be discussed by both non-expert participants and specialists. The event will be accompanied by a presentation of posters supporting social campaigns.

And at 14.15 we invite you for the first showing of a film Social Entrepreneurship in Poland, realised within the framework of the “PROMES – Promotion of Social Economy” EQUAL project. In an epic manner the film tells a story of tradition and roots of social economy in Poland and describes challenges the sector faces nowadays. The film includes interviews with among others: Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Henryk Wujec, Stefan Bratkowski, prof. Jerzy Hausner, Henryka Bochniarz and Michal Boni.