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Research centre on social economy and non-profit sector. Promoted by the University of Bologna and the Italian co-operative movement.
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A.I.C.CO.N. - Italian Association for the Promotion of the Culture of Co-operation and of Non-profit Organizations
- aims to encourage, support, and organize initiatives to promote the culture of solidarity, with particular
attention to idealities, perspectives, activities, and problems connected to non-profit organizations, as well as
with co-operative firms and social enterprises.
AICCON’s membership is composed of various public, private and civil organizations operating in (or dealing
Social Economy and Social Entrepreneurship framework. The association structure strongly represent the Italian
Co-operation Movement engaging all the three Co-operative Associations (Associazione Generale Cooperative
Italiane, Confederazione Nazionale Cooperative Italiane and Lega Nazionale Cooperative e Mutue) at the national
level and one of the largest consortium of social enterprises in Italy, the Cooperative Group Cgm.
The main areas of activity are:
• Promotion, coordination, and carrying out of research studies concerning Co-operative Enterprises and Non-
• Promotion, editing, and financing of books, studies, and research reports publication through its own
publishing series (The Working Paper Collection on Civil Economy) and other ones;
• Organisation of research seminars and conferences for spreading research outcomes (for example Social
Economy Workshops and The Young Economists Workshop On Social Economy);
• Starting and implementing process of community and social planning.
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
AICCON Alta Formazione aims to spread Social Economy, Co-operation and Non-profit culture through training
courses, organising discussions, seminars, conferences, and educational activities aimed at supporting the training
programme offered within the academic course on “Social Economy” promoted by the School of Economics,
Management and Statistics of the University of Bologna, Forlì Campus.
• The Fund Raising School is the first Italian school for professional fund raisers with the aim to foster raising
and to define it as a multidimensional and strategic issue;
• Academic specialization course in Economics of Co-operation (MUEC) supported by the School of Economics,
Management and Statistics of the University of Bologna and the Italian Co-operatives Alliance (ACI);
• European Summer School in Social Economy (ESSE) for worldwide post-graduate students, PhDs and
researchers interested on social economy themes;
• High level courses.
AICCON fosters and develops a proactive thinking able to innovate the social economy issues through its scientific
production and its main event “Le Giornate di Bertinoro per l’Economia Civile”. Launched in 2001, the annual
event is an opportunity to deepen the dialogue on the role and activities of social economy organisations, as well
as the way to discuss of different point of view of social economy organisations.
Moreover, during “Le Giornate di Bertinoro per l’Economia Civile” the discussion aims to identify the future
challenges for Social Economy at national level.
Furthermore the Association is member of EMES, a global research network on SE topics: social enterprise, social
entrepreneurship, social economy, solidarity economy, and social innovation.
EU Framework Programme related activities:
» EURO 3-2014: European societies after the crisis
» INSO-2-2014: Understanding and supporting business model innovation
» INSO-5-2015: Social innovation Community
|Project Title||Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening communities in Europe|
|Specific Theme||social investments|
|Coordinator||Manchester Metropolitan University - MMU|
|Project Type||Other (International)|
|Project Title||Social Innovation Europe|
|Specific Theme||social innovation|
|Coordinator||AIEDL - SIX|
International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Hybrid organisations. Social innovation generated by CGM Cooperative Group. Multi-annual research project aims to
explore hybrid organisations focusing on experiences originated by Italian social entrepreneurship. Reseach partner: CGM
Osservatorio Ubi Banca su Finanza e Terzo settore, 1st-2nd-3rd-4th edition (5th edition forthcoming). Observatory on the
relationship between finance and Third sector. Multi-annual applied research promoted by UBI Banca, bank group.
Welfare e Ben-essere: il ruolo delle imprese nello sviluppo della comunità, research study on the creation of shared value
by for-profit organisations in the Region of Emilia-Romagna. Reseach partners: Region of Emilia-Romagna, ERVET,
Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna, Confindustria Emilia-Romagna, CNA Emilia-Romagna, Forum Terzo Settore.
Report COESIONE È COMPETIZIONE. NUOVE GEOGRAFIE DELLA PRODUZIONE DI VALORE. Reseach partners:
Unioncamere, Fondazione Symbola, Consorzio Aaster.