2nd Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF2014)

Monday, 17 November 2014 to Wednesday, 19 November 2014
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GSEF 2014 Forum


Successful hosting of GSEF 2013 and adoption of the Seoul Declaration led to the GSEF 2014 inaugural meeting, which was held in November 2014, Seoul.
Under the slogan “solidarity for change” 18 local governments, 43 social economy organizations and three international organizations participated. 

Solidarity for Change signifies the changes that social economy pursues: the change of all our ethnic values to pursue a life of solidarity over competition; and the shift of paradigm from regeneration of bi-polarization to a more collaborative community.

Not one country can solely resolve a crisis of global scale regarding the environment, ecology, energy and economy. So we strongly believe that social economy as a means of collaboration will present us with a better life and a better world through social innovation, overcoming ecological crisis, recovery of the excluded people’s dignity, and intensification and expansion of participatory democracy.

Therefore, in order to actualize such conviction, a detailed and sustainable action plan will be discussed and created based on global social economy solidarity network at the upcoming inaugural meeting. The action plan will include the following themes:

  • Establishment of social economy network based on public-private-community partnership’.
  • Joint development of education program for social economy solidarity and action through civil society.
  • Management and planning of a social economy personal exchange program to foster human resources and to share visions and experiences.
  • Development of a developmental model that harmonizes social economy-market economy-public economy.
  • Support for development of social economy association and support organization and for collaboration among them.
  • Effort to integrally resolve the underdeveloped countries multisided issues through social economy means.
  • Promotion of global joint action and solidarity among various movements and agendas such as women’s rights, labor, environmental and medical.
  • Discussion of development agenda to fulfill the UN’s next generational Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that will expire in the year 2015.
  • Effort for policy development and modifications of each national and local governments that can support and guarantee the purposes stated above.


November 17 - 19 (3days), 2014


Seoul City Hall, Citizens’ Hall, Seoul Innovation Park.


  1. Opening ceremony keynote and case study, 23 sessions in different categories of social economy.
  2. GSEF Inaugural Assembly
  3. Side events (social economy exhibitions, on-site visit, networking. party etc.)


  1. Launching of GSEF (International Organization) for better coordination between International public-private partnerships in the social economy sector and joint efforts to promote social economy globally.
  2. Participation of representatives from 18 local governments outside of Korea, and 43 social economy organizations, and three international organizations such as UN, ILO and OECD, as well as many other leading institutions.
  3. Adoption of the GSEF Charter

See full document for the GSEF Charter


Day Host Organization Session Title presentation material Organization Place
Nov,18 GSEF 2014 Seoul Organizing Committee, School Co-operative Bureau Social Economy and Education Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education  Taepyeong hall
(Seoul City Hall, B2F)
The Co-operative College 
Ministry of Education Malaysia 
Doksan High School
Hanshin University
iCOOP Co-opreative Development Center
Nov,19 Korea Social Investment Social Investment (Social Impact Bond) Social Finance UK Taepyeong hall
(Seoul City Hall, B2F)
Institute for Child Success, New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Korea Capital Market Institute
Asian Venture Philanthropy Network(AVPN))
Bloomberg Associates
Seoul Metropolitan Council
Seoul Support Center for Children’s grouphome
The Hope Institute
Nov,19 Seoul Community Support Center
Seoul Social Economy Center
The strategy of assets making  for a growth of local community Community Links (Locality) Multipurpose Room
(Seoul City Hall, 8F)
Tokyo-to Setagaya City
Nov,19 UN TF on SSE
UNDP Seoul Policy Center
GSEF 2014 Seoul Organizing Committee

Social Economy and the Role of the International Organizations UNDP Seoul Policy Centre Basurak Hall
(Seoul City Hall, B2F)
Research Coordinator on Socially Sustainable Development, UNRISD
Nov,19 GSEF 2014 Seoul Organizing Committee,
Association of Korean Local Governments for Social Economy and Solidarity
Social Economy and the Role of Local Government   Chantier de l'économie sociale Conference Room
(Seoul City Hall, 3F)
 Basque Government, Spain
 Home Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong, China
City of Kawasaki, Japan
Ministry of Labor, Republic of China (Taiwan)
City of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
City of Bologna, Italy
London Borough of Lambeth, London, United Kingdom
Jongno-gu, Seoul 
Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
Dobong-gu, Seoul
Gwanak-gu, Seoul
Geumcheon-gu, Seoul