Ecosocial Innovations as Part of Social and Solidarity Economy : Local Models for a Sustainable Development
Stamm, I. P., Hirvilammi, T., Matthies, A.-L., & Närhi, K. (2017). Ecosocial Innovations as Part of Social and Solidarity Economy : Local Models for a Sustainable Development. RISUS - Revista de Inovação e Sustentabilidade, 8(4), 200-218. https://doi.org/10.24212/2179-3565.2017v8i4p200-218
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The paper first introduces the concept of ecosocial innovations. These are local organizations embedded in social and solidarity economy, which combine ecological and social challenges in their work. They are successful models of how to operationalize sustainability. Based on a cross-national, multi-case study with a social work background, the paper aims at providing insights about the work and significance of ecosocial innovations. Drawn from interview material collected in four countries within selected ecosocial innovations, seven themes as common characteristics of these local actors are presented. One trait of ecosocial innovations is a creative mix of paid work, voluntary engagement, and subsidized employment in their activities. This mix is not only a compromise due to a lack of resources, but it also acknowledges the interconnectedness of well-being and sustainable social practices. The paper concludes with a summary of the main results and an outlook of the potential of ecosocial innovations for the future. They could for example serve as models for an ecological social work. ...
PublisherPontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
Additional information about fundingIt is part of the research project ECOSOS (Contribution of Social Work and Systems of Income Security to the Ecosocial Transformation of Society), which is a 4-year-long research project funded by the Academy of Finland. The project encompasses eight work packages. Further work packages will deal with the role of social work and the impact of ecosocial transition on social security systems.
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