As a dynamic actor of the regional economic development of Geneva, the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Chamber APRES-GE is a non-profit association which engages for the recognition and the promotion of the SSE at the regional level.
Its 5 main missions are to: 1) highlight and expand an economy based on social, ethical and ecological principles; 2) include SSE on the political agenda; 3) develop the regional network of SSE organizations and develop the SSE concept at the national level; 4) foster the visibility of its members; 4) develop social entrepreneurship by supporting project promoters, 5) facilitate contacts between SSE producers and SSE consumers in order to strengthen ethical consumption.
Its 7 core values are: 1) social well-being, 2) participative governance, 3) respect for the environment, 4) autonomy, 5) solidarity, 6) diversity, 7) coherence.
APRES-GE (Association pour la Promotion de l'Economie Sociale et Solidaire), the network of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) of Geneva (Switzerland), was created in 2004. Until then, there was not such platform aimed at gathering various kind of actors working in the field of SSE.
This CTP is about the development of the Charter of values of the Chamber in 2005, which will be translated into criteria for membership in 2011.
This CTP is about the launch of two major projects which enhanced the development of the Chamber. The two projects are the PPE+ program (on insertion) and the Essaim incubator (on helping project promoters with the development of their activities). They were both thought to foster socio-economical relations and development in the region and led to the breakthrough of the Chamber.
This CTP covers the departure of the first General Secretary of the Chamber in 2012, just before the beginning of a stagnation phase which would turn into setbacks later-on.
This CTP covers the period between 2013 and 2015 when the Chamber had to face growing difficulties regarding its incubator called "Essaim". These difficulties (being internal or external) eventually led to a major loss of funding in December 2015, which forced APRES-GE to close its incubator at the beginning of 2016.
After a period of difficulties which eventually resulted in a significant loss of public financing from the city of Geneva, the network led a participative discussion about a potential repositioning around the concept of "transition". At the same time, they decided to launch a new platform called "Demain Genève" with other regional organizations involved in transition.
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