Tag Archives: solidarity

Open the door : Changer le monde

21 May


How can we eradicate poverty, or at least, try to reduce social inequalities and the widening gap between countries? Social entrepreneurship is a new market for employers. This new form of economy moves more and more around the world and could directly contribute to the revival of the Member States of the European Union.
Changer le monde” is the story of eight contractors. They are struggling at their scale to install a new economic model in some regions and in some areas. A model based on solidarity, ecology and society’s needs. We’re not talking about being obsessed by return on investments: these contractors have a new kind of faith in humanity and develop innovative mechanisms that may revolutionize hundreds of thousands of people’s lives. Continue reading

Hot topic : resocialising Europe… in London

20 Apr

A nice event will occur in the middle of May : a high level Conference on Social Europe in London.  At first sight I thought it was in Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium because the University there is also called UCL.

The level and the ambitious are quite impressive and I hope this will feed our discussions, and why not be the opportunity to have some interviews from some of these experts.

Terms such as ‘Social Europe’, the ‘European Social Dimension’, ‘European Social Model’, and, more recently, ‘European Social Pact’, have long resided in the political and regulatory lexicon of European integration. But arguably, after reaching a climax in 2000 with the inclusion of a ‘Solidarity’ chapter in the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the social profile of the EU has entered a deep period of crisis, one may say a phase of ‘social eurosclerosis’, recently exacerbated by the political responses to the economic downturn and its severe consequences on social and labour standards across the EU. Continue reading

What’s up Webdoc ? (4) : A flourishing week

22 Mar

It’s been a flourishing week. Two brain-shaking morning sessions – in a row – have led us to move forward.

This new visual for the look & feel of the content is but the top of the iceberg. I definitely like the image of the expert popping up as you mouseover out of the main frame. The ‘have your say’ block is now included in the picture, with no return policy.

Our strategic session with @LejeuneGil and @Manuel Paolillo about this very blog was very productive I must say. We’re sharing ideas on how to improve the blog, back- and front-endwise.

We sat down yesterday with our partners from the Centre Vidéo de Bruxelles : Louise Labib (producer), Jacques Borzykowski (film director) and Philippe Cotte (promo manager). Yet again, we talked about our shared vision for the films, about structure and influences, about putting the people at the center.

As expected, the conversation drifted away. We found ourselves speaking about life, society, ideas. To which extent can people really make decision in their life? How about social services? How much is our society compelling people to go one way because the other one is unaffordable?

Freedom, solidarity, empowerment…I reckon those words are bound to come up quite often in future discussions.

It’s been a flourishing post. After all, it is the second day of spring.  So I leave you with a simple question:

What can we do to make this blog better?

Julien Schreiber

Hot topic : Where is the Solidar Power ?

4 Mar

More or less, Social services in Europe are characterised by solidarity.

One of the issue concerning Solidarity is that its nature is often related to a dichotomy between warm and cold solidarities.

Warm solidarity – always considered as « fun » – is related to the personal and direct engagement of the person and is implemented in direct actions : a donation, tutoring, … This solidarity could be considered as charity. Warm solidarity would be related to individual action. The warm solidarity is always considered as nice, a « free » engagement enabling creativity.

The cold solidarity is related to structural mechanisms put in place by the law and public authorities, such as social security and social assistance schemes. This kind of solidarity, where the action of people is less essential and where contributions are mandatory, is more often questioned because of a certain idea of freedom.

However at the very beginning, instruments of cold solidarity have been put in place thanks to free and historical choices, or in other words by warm solidarities.

One added value of the Webdoc would be to question the warm/cold dichotomy and why not to measure (but how…) the level of Solidarity everyone is confronted to because of interconnections between persons at a time when Mario Draghi announces the end of the European social model.

In Durkheim’s view on Mechanical and organic solidarity, the intensity and content of the conscience collective is also an important part of the nature of solidarity.

Imagine a web application calculating your Solidar Power and your knowledge of collective consciousness…

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