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RESPONSE OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND SOCIAL ECONOMY TO COVID19 :DESIGN OF A PLATFORM FOR LOCAL VOLUNTEERS


After a first session on the role of platforms, commons and fablabs, the GECES organised on 7 April 2020 a second webinar to share best practices of the social economy and civil society in the fight against Covid19. For this session, the main theme is that of volunteer platforms and local service platforms.

Bart Wolput from Giveaday.be and Impactdays.co presented the actions of Give a Day. This platform connects actors in society to "spread solidarity through volunteering and solve social and ecological challenges through mass power".

Give a day started in 2017 as a non-profit association to help during the refugee crisis (Calais refugee camps) and since 2018 has taken the form of a social cooperative to professionalize and raise capital. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, Give a day has been offering the services of its platform free of charge to cities through sponsorship.

Nicole Alix and Alexandre Bigot-Verdier then presented the Coop des communs which, since its creation in 2017, has been working to build bridges between SSE, communities, common goods, research and practitioners. To this end, the Coop des communes has supported or co-created a number of platforms, including Smart x Pwiic (P2P (Peer to Peer) Neighbour-to-Neighbour platform), Coop Cycle (Alternative to Deliveroo and UberEats) and Open Food Network (online market for fresh food products).

To find out more about these cooperatives, find out more about this session here.