Co-production and dynamic learning 

The Social and Solidarity Economy is carried out by society, not by the Administration. The Administration may have a role in stimulating, facilitating and supporting the process, but it will by no means be the only player involved.

This spirit of joint construction is an integral part of all the Impetus Plan's proposals, but it also explains the dynamics of participative work involved in the creation, implementation and monitoring of the Plan.

The City Council's aim is to co-produce the Social and Solidarity Economy public policies with the Social and Solidarity Economy, with mutual trust and equality, with each partner, the City Council and the sector, exercising their allotted role and respecting the nature and rhythm of Social and Solidarity Economy operations.

There will therefore be active participation in the area of co-producing public policies, as well as a dynamic vision of on-going learning that is used to adapt operations and their development.

Participative area 

Barcelona's Social and Solidarity Economy's Participative Area is a joint work area that includes Barcelona City Council and organisations from various sectors to promote and strengthen the Social and Solidarity Economy in the city.


  • To promote, share and compare tools and analytical studies so that they become a reference for joint working.
  • To discuss proposed public policies for promoting and strengthening the Social and Solidarity Economy in the city.
  • To promote and foster working groups on specific themes and co-production spaces for specific projects and objectives.

Those taking part in the Participative Area include the Commission for Social Economy, Local Development and Consumer Affairs, Barcelona Activa's Department of Other Economies, two people from every representative organisation taking part (2nd and 3rd levels) and people involved in non-coordinated areas.

Oversight group  

This is the executive body for the participative area which ensures that the general meetings run smoothly and which monitors the working groups. 

The Oversight Group includes representatives from the Commission for Social Economy, Local Development and Consumerism; members of the area's representative organisations; representatives from non-coordinated economies (collaborative and socio-community) and people with experience and recognition in Social and Solidarity Economy.

Working groups 

These are groups formed for a specific duration in order to work on specific themes. The groups will be open, and people from any first, second or third level organisations can take part, as well as individuals, where appropriate because of their profile and the group's objectives.

Each group organises its work according to the initial operational proposal.

Communications working group

This includes people in the area of communication who work together to produce communication strategies and tools to enable the creation of a common narrative on what the Social and Solidarity Economy is, and in so doing, enable it to grow.

Public Procurement Working Group

In this working group, members participate in the construction of a model for responsible public procurement, where the companies that work with the Administration as suppliers excel in social and environmental responsibility. 

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