Considering the high impact of Social and Solidarity Economy organisations on the city's economic activity, they should play a dominant role in the construction of a new socio-economic model for Barcelona.
In any event, there are challenges the Social and Solidarity Economy sector must face as it becomes more consolidated and becomes a valid urban alternative. This involves strengthening specific initiatives in terms of:
In spite of the resilience shown during the crisis, the small scale of many Social and Solidarity Economy initiatives endangers their economic viability. This means that it is necessary to consolidate their existing structure and increase their scale, partly by improving one of their weak points: commercialisation.
Empowerment and democratic management
The democratic and participative management of initiatives is one of the Social and Solidarity Economy's distinctive, transformative features, but in a society where these concepts are not mainstream, this can entail a fragility that must be countered with specific support programmes in comprehensive cooperative management, and for this to then spread to overall business management.
Generation of high-quality jobs
Lastly, it must be ensured that the Social and Solidarity Economy creates stable jobs, with adequate pay and conditions that enable people to prioritise sustainable lifestyles.