Deadline extension for the Educational Program on Cooperatives, Social Solidarity Economy and Community Economic Development

Thessaloniki, 5 - 22 October 2017

Organized by KOMVOS for Social Economy, Empowerment and Innovation in collaboration with Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece

Following the educational program on Cooperatives, Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) and Community Economic Development, implemented in Athens from September until November 2016, and taking into consideration the people’s demand for the implementation of a similar educational program in Thessaloniki, we are pleased to announce the new educational program on Cooperatives, SSE and Community Economic Development to be held in Thessaloniki during October 2017 and organized by KOMVOS for Social Economy, Empowerment and Innovation in collaboration with Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece.

This program has a twofold goal: a) to contribute to the empowerment of SSE initiatives in Greece and b) to develop a multidisciplinary team for the support of these initiatives. The participants will get familiarized with a wide spectrum of thematic areas ranging from theoretical approaches to practical tools for the support of SSE initiatives. The intention is to connect theory and practice in a way which promotes sustainability and inspires the dissemination of fundamental operational values and a new paradigm for society and economy.

The program lasts 9 days each spreading over 4 learning hours (36 hours in total). The schedule foreseen is the following:

Date                 (Hour)


05/10/2017   (17:30-19:30)

Basic concepts, principles and practices of SSE

05/10/2017   (19:30-21:30)

Community Economic Development: history and practices

06/10/2017   (17:30-21:30)

The Commons: history and practices

07/10/2017   (10:00-14:00)

The significance of team work

12/10/2017   (17:30-21:30)

Selection of economic activity – development of business idea

13/10/2017   (17:30-21:30)

Selection of legal form

14/10/2017   (17.30-21:00)

Social Marketing

19/10/2017   (17:30-21:30)

Business plan – Financial monitoring

20/10/2017   (10:00-14:00)

Taxation and social insurance issues

21/10/2017   (10:00-12:00)

Public policies

21/10/2017   (12:00-14:00)


The program will be implemented in Thessaloniki and it is addressed to around 30 participants. Attention will be paid on the balanced distribution of different specialties while priority will be given to the regions of Thessaloniki and Northern Greece, due to the geographical focus of the previous educational program in the areas of Attica and Island Greece

This educational program has no fees.

We would kindly ask you to apply by filling in the digital form, which you can find by clicking here, until 17/09/2017.

For further information, you can contact us by email at or by telephone during the working days from 12:00 until 20:00 at +30 6970919304 and asking for Giorgos Melissourgos, project administrator of the educational program.