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    SOCIAL SOLUTIONS
    BY SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

    12-14 September 2018

    On a luxury cruise ship from Sweden to Finland and back.
    Non-members are also most warmly welcome.

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  • ORGANIZERS

    The Social Firms Europe CEFEC 31st Annual Conference is organized by
    the Swedish company Rysseviken AB in close cooperation with the Finnish Vates Foundation.

This is the 31st Annual Conference for Social Firms Europe CEFEC, which is the only network of Social Firms across Europe.

It takes place on the luxury cruise ship M/S Mariella travelling from Stockholm (capital of Sweden) to Helsinki (capital of Finland), and back.

Mariella leaves Stockholm on 12th September, visits Helsinki on 13th September and returns to Stockholm on 14th September morning.

Social Entrepreneurs from across Europe gather to the Conference Social Solutions by Social Entrepreneurship 12–14 September 2018.

Social Solutions by Social Entrepreneurship will look into a number of current issues related with work integration and social inclusion of people in a vulnerable situation. These issues need to be addressed all over Europe because one person out of six has some kind of disability originating from a sickness, an accident, lack of education, or brought on by aging. More specifically, we will look to solutions for people who have a history of substance abuse, who are homeless, who are immigrants in a new society, or who have mental health problems.

Social Firms Europe CEFEC has for more than 30 years successfully promoted social inclusion by work. SFE CEFEC is the only network of Social Firms across Europe. Social Solutions by Social Entrepreneurs is the 31st Annual Conference for SFE CEFEC. The conference is organized by Swedish Rysseviken AB in close cooperation with the Finnish Vates Foundation.

This year we will have a look into a number of current issues that need to be addressed all over Europe. Some of the solutions will, quite naturally, mostly apply to specific local conditions. However, each one of them can offer a good model that can be modified and used by many different actors in different environments. This year will also focus on the special topic of social solutions worked out by Nordic actors – famous for the welfare society.

The Conference is organized with plenary sessions, panel discussions and Parallel Presentations with discussions addressing major topics: Social economy and social entrepreneurship; Housing solutions for homeless people or people who for one reason or another don’t have an own appartment, help to beggars, NEETS qualification within social enterprises, Recycling business as a showcase for circular economy and Migrant integration in Europe.

The 31st Annual Conference of Social Firms Europe CEFEC takes place on the luxury Viking Line cruise ship M/S Mariella travelling from Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, to Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and back.

Boarding starts on Wednesday 12th in the harbor in Stockholm, where the Opening Ceremony takes place. Later on Mariella leaves for Finland. On the Thursday 13th we arrive in Helsinki, where The City of Helsinki is hosting a reception for the conference in the Banquet Hall. Mariella leaves for Stockholm in the afternoon and arrives in the morning of the Friday 14th.

Much of the conference will be spent networking with international colleagues during three interesting days on the cruise ship.

Participation fee is all inclusive, it covers program, both aboard and ashore, cabins and all meals on the cruiseship (breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks during breaks and dinner).

The difference in participation fee is due to choice of cabin and whether the participants register as early-bird participant (until 15.6.2018) and is or is not a member of Social Firms Europe CEFEC.

 

 

 

 

 

All people who are interested in the possibilities of Social Economy are most warmly welcome to participate in the conference.

We look forward to networking with you and showing you plenty of social solutions in September!

 

You can already reserve your place on the Conference. Registration starts soon. We offer an Early Bird-registration with a special price.

Rysseviken AB is making an effort to make it easier to attend the conference for organizations or companies with very limited economical resources.  You may apply for a grant that make your participation possible be sending your application to an e-mail adress we will provide soon.

Please note that the time difference between Sweden and Finland is one hour.

M/S Mariella will leave from Stockholm on Swedish time, arrive in Helsinki in Finnish time, which is one hour later. On the return trip Mariella leaves Helsinki in Finnish time and arrives in Stockholm in Swedish time, which is one hour earlier.

The program follows Swedish time Wednesday 12th, Finnish time on Thursday 13th and again Swedish time on Friday 14th.

Swedish time, 12 a.m.

Finnish time, 1 p.m.

PROGRAM

Social Solutions by Social Entrepreneurs

Wednesday 12 September

10:00-12:00
Registration, check-in and boarding

12:00-13:00
Opening Ceremony

13:15-15:45
Social Economy and Social Entrepreneurship

16:00-17:30
A place to live, housing solutions. Discussion panel

18:00-19:00
Parallel Presentations with discussions
1. Help for beggars
2. Finding and maintaining sustainable and quality jobs
3. Circular Economy as platform for social enterprising
4. Migration from the north and to the north
5. Start-up counselling for cooperatives / social entrepreneurs

19:00
Dinner and evening entertainment

 

Thursday 13 September

9:30 – 10:30
Working opportunities for migrants in Europe

10:30 – 11:00
Social Economy as an opportunity for EU

11:00 – 12:00
Parallel Presentations with discussions
1. Entrepreneurship for people with disabilities
2. Neet, Not in Education, Employment or Training
3. Needs based employment service model and social enterprise branding
4. New solutions for financing of social employment
5. Mental health disabilities and access to working life

13:00 – 14:00
City Tour

14:00 – 15:30
Reception at Helsinki City Hall, banquet hall

17:30 – 18:30
Virtual study tours

18:30 – 19:00
Closing of the Conference

19:00
Dinner and evening entertainment

 

 

Friday 14 September

8:30 – 10:30
Social Firms Europe CEFEC Annual General Meeting

10:00
Departure

We reserve the right to make changes in the program.


LETS GATHER TOGETHER

Participation fee is all inclusive, it covers program, both aboard and ashore, cabins and all meals on the cruiseship (breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks during breaks and dinner).

The difference in participation fee is due to choice of cabin and whether the participants register as early-bird participant (possible until 15.6.2018) and is or is not a member of Social Firms Europe CEFEC.

JOIN THE CONFERENCE


Social Firms Europe CEFEC

Social Firms Europe CEFEC is the only network of Social Firms across Europe! At a time when employment is increasingly difficult for individuals who are at a significant distance from the labour market because of their disability or disadvantage, it is essential that we create the jobs for such groups and one of the most obvious solutions is to facilitate the start-up and operation of Social Firm and social co-operative businesses that offer real, paid, sustainable employment options within a supportive working environment.

Social Firms Europe CEFEC is a truly participative and integrative network, working on behalf of its members across all the EU member states to:

  • Promote the model of Social Firms and social co-operatives at EU, national and regional levels
  • Collect data and evidencing about the impact of Social Firms
  • Facilitate networking and sharing of best practice between members
  • Share skills and expertise of members
  • Encourage and explore opportunities for further research into the Social Firm model as it operates in different EU countries
  • Promote and facilitate where possible inter-trading opportunities between Social Firm businesses

Do join us in this work… we are stronger together! Read more: http://socialfirmseurope.org

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