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Solidarity-BASED economy and territory: transformative practices in Friuli Venezia Giulia region

The University of Udine has long been involved in research aimed at studying the solidarity-based economy realities in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. This path begins in the year 2012 with the creation of the Forum of Common Goods network involving citizens, local authorities, associations, universities interested in which processes to activate in order to address the various crises affecting the globe at different levels.
This leads to the Regional Law 4/2017 “Norme per la valorizzazione e la promozione dell’economia solidale” ('Rules for the valorisation and promotion of the solidarity economy’). The Law addresses the issue of community-territory relations by directing economic actions towards a creation of citizens’ responsibility, which are called upon to promote local supply chains by applying a socio-economic and cultural model centred on local communities, and based on principles of solidarity, reciprocity, environmental sustainability, social cohesion and care for common goods.

The research aimed to identify ESol (Economic Solidarity) experiences starts in 2018 with an initial survey by Carestiato and Piani (with small regional funding from FVG), which identified some criteria characterising ESol experiences, and some good practices in the Regional territory.

The evolution of the research led us to:
1. reasoning about a possible theoretical-conceptual connection between territorial-bioregionalist and economic-solidarity approaches;
2. characterize the sector and size it (practices database construction) on the basis of an initial definition of the criteria that characterize these practices (ref. L.R. 4/2017);
3. build a cognitive mapping of the spatial and territorial dimension of economic-solidarity 'good practices' in FVG, central to the activation of local economic paths.

Reading the 'solidarity-based' transition of the territory according to the Regional context gave us premises on how to move forward: the research shows the presence of a certain variety of realities that can in some way be part of the economic-solidarity panorama.
With these premises, we found that economic-solidarity realities are already present in all territories in a fairly balanced way, so we can assume the activation of communities in the construction of economic solidarity circuits (production chains and business networks) in productive territories


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 12:45
Duration: 00:15
Room: ZV-KC-1
Type: Paper Presentation
Theme: Alternative economies


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