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I am Daniel Tesch, the general manager of the ULESS. The ULESS is both a federation and a facilitator for the development of the social and solidarity economy.


Daniel Tesch, general manager of the ULESS

Jean Lasar, founder of Survcoin

Frédéric Liégeois, founder of Picto Communication Partner

Piotr Gawel and Magdalena Jakubowska, cofounders of Art Square Lab

Cliché “The SSE… for specific industries only”

Yes, historically, without a doubt. We can’t deny it. The social and solidarity economy is starting to attract other industries with more reach. It is also freeing itself of its burdensome legacy by providing more radical and less consensual solutions. So yes, I believe that the social and solidarity economy is emancipating itself.

I am not convinced that the new generation of entrepreneurs have the same beliefs. Nowadays, more and more projects are out of the ordinary.

I think that social entrepreneurship is for everybody. When you have your company, you just have to think about what is your impact. You can have a positive impact if you are working in construction, when you are doing consulting services or when you are producing food… When you think about your social or environmental impact, then you can be also a social enterprise.

The ‘social impact company’ model was defined in a law – the law from 2016 – and all sustainable development industries are included in this law. So not one industry is excluded. You just need to look at the 17 SDGs or ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ to find all the industries represented by social entrepreneurship.

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