Planning Solidarity Economy Districts

for Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability


Planning Seeds aims to create a shared European methodological framework and a Handbook for the creation and management of Solidarity Economy Districts. Extending from a local experimentation level to a common shared methodology, Solidarity Economy Districts can increase resilience by promoting diverse rural-urban linkages, reducing dependence on external factors and supporting participatory governance to produce proactive and integrated policies.

Target groups

  • Young vulnerable adults (18-35)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Stakeholders working on social economy field.

General objectives

  • Improve the recognition of the social economy and its potential by raising awareness and visibility through local social experiments of short food supply chain.

Specific Objectives

  • Creation of SFSCs and Solidarity Economy Districts (SEEDs) connecting citizens and key territorial stakeholders;  
  • Building a community of practice at European level to connect citizens ;
  • Respond to the issues of the social economy sector.

Projects Outputs

  • Report at EU and national level, based on desk and field research

  • Multidisciplinary framework at the European level

  • Development of policy recommendations and guidelines for local governments and policymakers to support the social economy

  • Development of an online ecosystem to coordinate SEEDs, animate a community of practice and train other local communities not participating in the project

  • Establish a support structure for SEEDs.


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Framework and training needs

Planning SEEDs WP2 aims to document the social economy institutional framework and the social economy practices implemented at the local, national and European levels. Mapping strategic frameworks and key stakeholders is intended to identify intersections, gaps, potential trade-offs and synergies between existing policies and realities to find clear support and eliminate institutional barriers to change.