The social economy in the face of globalization
Roberto Savio (Argentina)
The participation of the social economy in the debate on world governance is urgent and indispensable. In effect, this so strategic of sectors is absent from world forums and, consequently, from the resulting debates on ideas. Logically, there should be a Third World
Forum, apart from Davos and Porto Alegre, where the sectors that the ILO report presents as being indispensables to the greater world economy—i.e. the sectors of the solidarity economy, the world of cooperatives, the nonprofit third sector, entrepreneurs from fairtrade and sustainable ecology, all the sectors of the social market—can come together to exchange ideas and experiences, can organize an alternative system and adopt action plans in line with their joint ideas, stimulating world governance.
This work can no longer be done at the national or local level. In each country, and in particular in Europe, the social-economy sector has a voice and a weight; if we carry on without creating a worldwide strategy we run the risk of neo-liberal globalization continuing to bulldoze over the solidarity economy. With its creation, this new way of working will gain the support of the global civil society, the World Social Forum and the whole world movement which is looking for a fairer and more participative society. But the best alliance comes between equals, and it is not a question of getting better participation than Porto Alegre. It is a question of making sure there are three World Forums: Davos, Porto Alegre and the World Social-Economy Forum, as a fully-fledged player.
Strong and vigorous links would stem from this. And the millions of people waiting for a fairer society will see a new hope in this process: that of a solidarity economy which is here