Author: Paula González
At the end of the mandatory month of internship, I continued working as a volunteer for this organization for three more months, and I can only show my gratitude to them. From the first minute, I felt at home; always with equal treatment, forming a team. I was able to improve my writing skills by creating blogs that promote the social economy and I learned to use research techniques unknown to me before. I learned to create promotional images, to know from the inside the work that goes into organizing events, to use new online platforms for teamwork, introducing me a little more to this new digitalized era. Above all, after hearing from great experts, I could see the real importance of the social economy as an engine to change the world.
Here I learned why cooperation is necessary in all social areas and how essential good communication is for any organization to publicize the projects and good practices that they promote and carry out.
Social Economy and Corporate Social Responsibility are closely associated concepts, and if they go hand in hand, corporate results will be at least more effective and sustainable for organizations.
In the specific case of my Master’s Thesis, which dealt with the social problems of water and a possible re-municipalization of the water management system, I found the social economy as an alternative to the present dilemma, since, due to the difficulty or fear of re-municipalization from the outset, the social economy is shown as an option to improve the sector, since it puts people at the centre and also takes into account our environment. This shows that the water management system could be more ethical if carried out through cooperatives or some kind of social economy form, showing this as a new economic model more resilient to change. In the social economy; innovation, sustainability, inclusion and people are put before anything else, especially important when managing such a necessary “good” as water is for the planet.
Among other things, this shows that not only with water, but with any social or environmental problem, the social economy is a transversal actor that must be promoted, and, above all, one of the greatest and essential challenges foreseen would be for education to really promote this concept of social economy. To do this, we need to give it visibility and make everyone really aware of what it is and its great possibilities.
In conclusion, I can only thank this SEE family for allowing me to learn about the workings of the European institutions, to broaden my knowledge of the sector, and especially for helping me discover the social economy.