9 July 2015

Organized by the Common Good Foundation, a meeting over Collaborative Economies was held in San Carlos de Bariloche on June 26 and 27, with the participation of the Minka Bank of Networks; the International Program on Democracy, Society and the New Economies (PIDESONE, in Spanish) of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA, in Spanish); the National University of Río Negro (UNRN, in Spanish); the National Administration for the Promotion of Social Responsibility (DINAPRO.RS, in Spanish), dependent on the national Ministry of Social Development; the national Ministry of Education, and the Municipality of San Carlos de Bariloche (MSCB, in Spanish). The meeting had also the support of INVAP S.E. (Argentine state-owned applied research company), the National University of Comahue, several local companies such as Centro del Copiado, ABC Sur, Alun-Co, Hotel Nevada, Cabañas del Bosque Bariloche and the local radio stations Conexión Bariloche and Radio Comunitaria.

The event dealt with social alternative economies spontaneously developing in communities through collaborative networks and academic research, and examined with a transversal perspective several questions, from legal issues to their public management. Its aim was to provide participants with new approaches and tools that may contribute to take a collaborative stance on the economy, as against the traditional view focused on lack of resources and economic competition. Concepts introduced on the first day of the meeting were put into practice the following day through collaborative advisory rounds in which more than 60 people participated. They shared their experiences and knowledge, and were advised by different professionals on ways to improve the development and management of their enterprises.

Speakers during the event included the President of the Common Good Foundation, Lic. Vanesa Vicente; the Secretary of Economic Development of the MSCB, Lic. Fernando Del Campo; the cofounder and coordinator of the Minka Network, Lic. Adriana Benzaquén; the UNRN researcher Dr. Patricia Dreidemie; the Director of the PIDESONE program dependent on the UBA, Dr. Cristina Calvo; the representatives of the DINAPRO.RS, dependent on the national Ministry of Social Development, Verónica Tilli Sánchez, and of the Program of Cooperative Education and Social Economy at the University, dependent on the Secretariat of University Policies of the national Ministry of Education, Lawyer Ornela Lucarini and Lic. Rodolfo Lauritto, among others.

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