GSEF Global Youth Camp for SSE 2017

Title: Reviva, the youth revive the society 
Date: 22 ~ 25 Aug 2017
Venue: Seoul and Gurye, Republic of Korea
Participants: approx 100 youth representatives from around the globe
 


Sponsored by the City of Seoul and jointly organized with GSEF, iCOOP, HBM, Mondragon Team Academy, Underdogs, CHNGR and Happy Coop Tour, the 1st edition of GSEF Global Youth Camp for SSE successfully took place from 22nd to 25th of August in Seoul and Gurye, South Korea. For four days, over 100 youth social economy actors from 25 different countries identified current social challenges and discussed ways of resolving the problems through seminars, on-site workshops and working group discussions facilitated by the co-organizers of the camp. The camp was a follow-up efforts of the GSEF 2016 Montreal Declaration (Resolution No.6: Recognize and support youth as important actors for the future of the SSE movement).

During the four day camp, the first day was carried out in Seoul City Hall and various SSE sites in Seoul, covering from social innovation to urban regeneration. From the second day of the camp, all programs were offered in Gurye Naturaldream Park of iCOOP, which is the one of the biggest consumer cooperatives in Korea. In the opening and two plenary sessions, the participants focused on the meaning and value of social economy in the local and international context and shared their stories to make changes in their society from the revitalization of the local community, quality of work, women’s health, etc. All participants were divided into five thematic working groups according to their interested topics such as decent work (I and II), housing, social finance and the local community. In the evening of the third day, participants teamed up with participants outside of their working group to engage in a group project called ‘Birthgiving’ to come up with innovative projects to change the society. The last day was contributed to writing up the Global Youth Declaration which identifies current challenges for youth and how to promote SSE as a means to overcome the hurdles and make positive changes in our society.

On the last day, all youth participants’ wrapped up past three days of discussions and contributed to writing up the Global Youth Declaration which identifies current challenges for youth and how to promote SSE as a means to overcome the hurdles and make positive changes in our society. You can read the full youth declaration here.