Between November 2016 and March 2017, La Ciutat Invisible produced the Ciutat Vella Intercooperation Report, focused on the Raval neighbourhood.
The district Intercooperation Report was drawn up from a series of interviews carried out with Ciutat Vella associations, shops and services to identify the needs of these players and assess possible lines of working together through intercooperation. The report consists of a theoretical part, which analyses the various economic development models of recent times, along with new movements and economic phenomena linked to social responsibility and the sustainable social economy; and another part that assesses which of these models might best suit Ciutat Vella, and the Raval neighbourhood in particular.
It highlights Intercooperation Circuits as one of the tools available for developing a territorial intercooperation strategy. They are forms of socio-economic organisation that link social economy and social solidarity initiatives, businesses, associations and institutions that have signed up to the Socially Responsible Territory which are trying to generate new economic structures or transform existing ones in order to satisfy the economic, social and cultural needs of the initiatives themselves and those of local communities through territorial cooperation.
If you want to find out more about the five intercooperation circuits suggested as a working proposal (food/catering, new technologies, bookshops, resource bank and a services cooperative), click here.
Ciutat Vella Economic Development Plan, 2016-2021
The Ciutat Vella Economic Development Plan for 2016-2021 is a roadmap for revitalising and transforming the district socially and economically, with the aim of changing current dynamics, where there is too much emphasis on tourism, bars, restaurants and night-time leisure spots, combined with a declining population, high levels of unemployment and growing inequalities. To make all that possible, the Plan opts for local commerce, the solidarity economy, cultural projects, knowledge and innovation. The plan was drafted using proposals put forward by the area’s local residents and community, business, commerce and social sectors.