Komvos means hub and is a meeting point, a point of sharing experience and knowledge, information and know how. Komvos aims to utilise innovative ideas and practices for the empowerment of collective and participatory citizens’ initiatives and for the promotion of cooperative and alternative economics models.
In Komvos as Hub for Social Economy, Empowerment and Innovation
-We research, testdrive and implement alternative economic and productive tools, based on mutuality and collaboration, transcending reduntant and harmful economic modes.
-We develop democratic and participatory models of development of human capacities and potential, as the most efficient way to upgrade both individual capabilities and our collective power.
-We attempt to overcome the impasse of established forms of social action, in a quest of novel modes of social activity, inspired from the richfulness production of everyday common experiences.
Komvos’ main objectives are:
*to network local initiatives with similar international ones
*the collective design of new models of social and economic orgnaisation
*the documentation, systematisation and sharing of know-how in a series of fields where the citizens acquire a protagonistic role
*the nourishment and maturing of projects that empower the social potential of citizen groups, of common infrastructures and resources and of processes of social transformation
*to contribute to the emergence of an ecosystem of existing social and economic initiatives, and practices and institutions of a participative political culture.
1. Social and solidarity economy
- Training Seminar
- UniverSSE 2017
2. Cooperatives and Workers’ self-management
- Training Seminar
4. Research and education
- Training Seminar
5. Social technology and innovation development
6. Alternative financial and fundraising tools
7. New models of politics, governance institutions and particpation
- UniverSSE 2017
Albeit a new institution, Komvos has already to display an array of collaborations with established and renown institutions.
Both institutions were instrumental in the formulation and funding of the Training program for Cooperatives, SSE and Community Evolution Development that was held in Greece (Athens), Sept – Nov 2016.
The institute was one of the main financial supporters of the above mentioned training program.
Komvos participates in the “New Politics Project” run by TNI.
4. Massimiliano Molona (Goldsmiths – London, UK) and Foundations for Arts Initiatives (New York, USA)
Komvos facilitates a joint project for the foundation of a Laboratory for Urban Commons in Athens. The FfAI has provided a pool of experties from its network and the financial backing of this project so far.
Komvos participates in the organizing group of the 4th European Congress of Social and Solidarity Economy – UniverSSE 2017, to be held in Athens on 9-11 June 2017, in collaboration with the social solidarity economy network RIPESS – Europe.
Sofia Adam is an independent researcher and advisor on Social and Solidarity Economy. She has a degree in Economics from the University of Macedonia, an MSc in Development Economics from SOAS/University of London and a Phd in Social Policy and Social Economy from the Democritus University of Thrace. She has published research monographs in social policy and social economy at the Labour Institute/Greek General Confederation of Labour. She has also collaborated with the Heinrich Böll Institute in Greece for the publication of a Practitioner’s Guide on the Development of Social Enterprises. She has worked extensively in third sector organizations and as an advisor on social & solidarity economy at the Greek Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity. She is currently teaching Political economy and social economy at the Democritus University of Thrace.
Selective recent publications:
Haikio, L., Fraisse, L., Adam, S., Jolanki, O., Knutagard, M. (2016), "The Janus face of social innovation in local welfare initiatives" in F. Martinelli, A. Antonnen. M. Matzke (Eds.), Social services disrupted. Implications and challenges for a crisis ridden Europe, Edward, Elgar Publishing.
Adam, S. (2016), "Social enterprises, social and solidarity economy and youth: What role for policymaking?" in M. Petmezidou, E. Delamonica, C. Papatheodorou, Al. Henry-Lee (Eds.), Child Poverty, Youth (Un)Employment, and Social Inclusion, The Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) of University of Bergen (UiB) / International Social Science Council (ISSC).
Teloni, D.-D., Adam, S. (2016), Solidarity Clinics and social work in the era of crisis in Greece, International Social Work, I (15).
Adam, S., Papathedorou, Ch. (2016), "Dismantling the feeble social protection system of Greece: Crisis and austerity measures consequences" in K. Schumbert, P. de Villota and J. Kuhlmann (Eds.), Challenges to European Welfare Systems, Switzerland: Springer.
Antonopoulos, R., Adam, S., Kim, K., Masterson, T., Papadimitriou, D., (2014), Responding to the unemployment challenge. An employment guarantee proposal for Greece, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, Observatory of Social and Economic Developments, Institute of Labor, General Confederation of Greek Labour, http://www.levyinstitute.org/publications/responding-to-theunemployment-challenge-a-job-guarantee-proposal-for-greece
Adam, S. (2014): Guide for the Development of Social Enterprises, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Greece, Thessaloniki.
Andreas Karitzis is a founding member of «Komvos for Social Economy, Empowerment and Innovation”. He collaborates with international and European networks and organizations with special interest on methodologies of politics, new models of leadership and organization regarding social mobilization and economic activity in today’s rapidly changing environment. He is currently working for a funding and development consulting firm as analyst and project manager, focusing on conducting strategies about regional development and promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship. He has been a member of the Political Secretariat of Syriza (responsible for political strategy and planning) and its Central Committee until he resigned in August 2015. From this position he acted as party spokesman (2007-2009) and campaign manager in various elections (regional elections/Attica 2014, municipal elections/Athens 2006), media and communications manager (national elections/2007, european elections 2009). He was also the founder and coordinator of the digital policy department. Andreas has been member of the Managing Board of Nicos Poulantzas Institute for various years. He has studied engineering, with an MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology and a PhD in Philosophy. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh (2005-2006) and a lecturer at the University of Patras (2008-2012) and the Hellenic Open University (2011-2012).
Selected recent works:
Karitzis, Andreas, 2016, “Radical left strategies in the era of the collapse of ‘Actually Existing Liberalism”, contribution to the Workshop ‘Europe’s new radical Left in times of crisis,’ hosted by the School of Political Sciences at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Athens Office) in November 26-27, 2016.
Karitzis, Andreas, 2016, “Is the concept of Commons useful?”, addendum in Bolier, David, Commons, a short introduction, Athens: Angelus Novus
Karitzis, Andreas, 2016, “Alternatives: Methodology for a new politics: changing the ‘operating system’ of the left after the Greek experience of 2015”, in Studies In Political Economy Vol. 97 , Iss. 3,2016.
Karitzis Andreas, 2014, Logic and Method of a Left Government, Athens: Nicos Poulantzas Institute / Nisos
Christos Giovanopoulos is a researcher with strong engagement in the post 2008 movements in Greece and abroad. He is currently a research fellow with the Roza Luxemburg Stiftung, working on the grassroots social solidarity movement in Greece. He has been a founding member of Komvos and of Solidarity for All, in which he was in charge of international solidarity networks until the summer of 2016. He was key member of the Syntagma sq. People’s Assembly and its communication team during the occupation of Syntagma square (summer 2011). He holds an MA in Film and Cultural studies and degrees in Contemporary Media Practice and in Political Economy. He has taught Media and Critical Theory in the University of Westminster, London (2007 – 2012). He has several publications and participation in numerous international conferences (academic and political) on the matters of solidarity economy and novel forms of social organization, civic participation, self-management and governance.
Christos Giovanopoulos, 2016, “Mehr als Helfen und Organisieren: Wie die Solidaritätsnetze in Griechenland materielle Macht aufbauen” (Beyond helping and organising: From the Solidarity networks in Greece to the building of material power), in Klasse Verbinden, Luxemburg – Gesellschaftsanalyse und Linke Praxis, vol. 2/2016 & Jacobin, Berlin: RLS
Giovanopoulos Chr. & Mitropoulos D. (ed.), 2011, Democracy Under Construction: from the streets to the squares, Athens: A/synechia
Giovanopoulos Chr. & Dalakoglou D., 2010, “From Ruptures to Eruption: A genealogy of post-dictatorial revolts in Greece”, in Vradis, A., & Dalakoglou, D., Revolt and Crisis in Greece: Between a present to pass and a future still to come, Oakland-Athens: AK Press-Occupied London
Giovanopoulos Christos (ed.), 2008, Loaded Cameras: Cinema and 1968, Athens: A/synechia