Neoliberal policies have encouraged socio-economic practices which develop new models for a more just, equal, diverse and eco-conscious society. The panel addresses those visions of social transformations in the (broadly understood) field of social economy.
The critique of the modern socio-economic development, neoliberal policies, individualization, uncertainty and estrangement as well as growing socio-ecological problems have strengthened the appeals for more socially oriented economy and encouraged diverse initiatives envisioning a more just, equal, supportive, integrated, diverse and environmentally conscious society. They range from formal businesses (cooperatives and social enterprises) to informal practices (communitarian practices, self-organised forms), including those that may not be recognised as operating economically at the first glance, but engage in the critique of the contemporary social organisation or address the politics and ethics of social care, ideas of exchange or sharing, and a redefinition of labour, development, community, dignity, and solidarity. The panel addresses those visions of social transformations in the field of (broadly understood) social economy. A special emphasis may be placed on the conceptualisation of solidarity as an embodied practice in connection with the concepts of integration, trust, and community. It welcomes insights into the social models developed by the practices as well as into the actors' motivations, visions, expectations, and perceptions of the socio-economic development. Presentations may reveal how the practices have been experienced; what is the relation between aspirations and everyday realities; and how these practices contribute to the changing of the socio-economic systems, values, norms, and people's experience.