UnivSSE in English

The People’s University of Social Solidarity Economy (UnivSSE) was created by PRO.S.K.AL.O. (Cooperation Initiative for Social and Solidarity Economy, www.proskalo.net) in Thessaloniki in 2013.

It is addressed to the people involved in all kinds of social solidarity economy collectives, but also to any interested citizen.

It aims to promote education, training, retraining and information in the ideas, values and principles of social and solidarity economy, direct democracy and cooperatives.

It is based on the dual nature of cooperatives: Social - Economic and consequently the dual nature of cooperative education: Ideological – Financial/Technical.

The UnivSSE educational methodology is based on the principles of adult learning:

1. Ideas are linked to action
2. The focus of the educational process is the student
3. Learning by discovery
4. Critical thinking
5. Two-way interaction between teacher - student

Cornerstone is the constant interaction between theory and practice because "it is not enough for thought to strive for realization, reality must itself strive towards thought."

The attendance is free.

Website of People’s University of Social Solidarity Economy works at:

The website includes:
- A brief presentation of the People's University
- The program
- The lecturers
- Lecture videotheque
- Bibliographic material
- Contact details
- Links to related sites.

Events are broadcast live on the channel "univsse" in "ustream.tv"

Lecture videotheque of the People's University operates on the channel "LaikoPanepistimio" in "YouTube".

  • Dr. Georgios Aggelopoulos, Ass. Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Macedonia
  • Lazaros Aggelou, Telecommunications Engineer MSc
  • Dr. Alexandros Georgopoulos, Professor of Environmental Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Dr. Georgios Gritzas, Ass. Professor, Spatial Planning and Development Dpt, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Dr. Dimitris Kapoyiannis, Ass. Professor, Cooperatives Dpt., Technological Educational Institution of Messologi
  • Theodoros Karyotis, Sociology
  • Dr. Demosthenis Kassavetis, Ass. Professor of Law Sociology, Democritus University of Thrace
  • Dr. Karolos Kavoulakos, Lecturer, Political Sciences Dpt, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Tasos Kefalas, Electrical Engineer
  • Dr. Alexandros Kioupkiolis, Lecturer, Political Sciences Dpt, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Georgios Kolebas, Mathematics, Informatics and Ecology MSc
  • Dr. Georgios Blekas, Assoc. Professor of Food Chemistry and Technology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Penny Nakou, Landscape and Regional Dev. Engineer MSc
  • Dr. Kostas Nikolaou, Adj. Professor of Cities Environmental Planning, Hellenic Open University
  • Dr. Takis Nikolopoulos, Professor, Cooperatives Dpt., Technological Educational Institution of Messologi
  • Dr. Aspa Papaphilippou, Sociology - Political Sciences
  • Dr. Georgios Stampoulis, Lecturer, Economic Sciences Dpt, University of Thessaly
  • Dr. Loukianos Hasiotis, Ass. Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

People’s University of Social Solidarity Economy



Kostas Nikolaou

Assoc. Coordinator:
Aspa Papaphilippou

Lecture Programmes

Program of the 3rd Cycle (February to May 2014) 

Degrowth and the social solidarity economy
A. Georgopoulos
The experience of collectivization in the Spanish Civil War: historical significance and timeliness
L. Hasiotis
Women's cooperatives: "Saint Anthony", "Valmada", "EVGE" Melissoxoriou, "Musses" Katerini
Representatives of cooperatives
Bookshop cooperatives: "Akivernites Polities", "Belleville sin patron", "Poeta"
Representatives of cooperatives
Food issues in the context of the social solidarity economy
G. Blekas and K. Nikolaou
Alternative economic and political spaces: Approaches and practices
G. Gritzas and K. Kavoulakos

Program of the 2nd Cycle (October to December 2013) 

The open network for markets without mediation in Thessaloniki (network of 16 collectives)
Representatives of collectives
Co-operative urban and suburban farming. Examples of PERKA in former army camps
G. Karagiorgas, representative of PERKA
Social management of waste and the logic of decentralization of activities.
The cooperative alternative of waste management
T. Kefalas and K. Nikolaou
Cooperative mass media: Independent Media Network Coop Egnatia Post and and self-management project ERT3
P. Nestoridis, President of Egnatia Post and J. Gkirmpas, member of self-management project ERT3
Socialization of energy supply. Cooperative applications of renewable energy sources (RES). The case of Germany.
The possibility of cooperative implementation of RES in Greece without social, economic and environmental impacts
G. Kolempas and K. Nikolaou
From the social solidarity economy to the broad social self-institution
Th. Karyotis

Program of the 1st Cycle (February to June 2013) 

The alternativity of the social solidarity economy. Cases from the U.S. and Germany
G. Gritzas and K. Kavoulakos
The dual nature of a cooperative and the international cooperative rules
A. Papafilippou
The crisis, the social solidarity economy and its ideological delimitations
K. Nikolaou
The social management of water. The international movement and the current situation in Greece
K. Marioglou and L. Angelou, representatives of Initiative 136
Presentation of the social cooperative “Allostropos” and the social consumer cooperative “Bios Coop” in Thessaloniki
G. Vlassis and A. Chouzouri, representatives of Allostropos and Th. Tzakris, representative of Bios Coop
The competitiveness of cooperatives.
The cooperative group of Mondragon
G. Staboulis and P. Nakou
The cooperative institutional and legal framework
D. Kassavetis
The cooperative creation: statute, operational rules, business plan, finance, management, and education
L. Angelou
Crisis, citizen movements and the disposal of products: a mapping effort
G. Angelopoulos
The modern ventures of social solidarity economy as another way of social change, beyond the state and the market
A. Kioupkiolis
Presentation of worker cooperatives:
VIOME and Sepherd Coop of Livadi
Representatives of cooperatives
Presentation of exchange networks: TEM Magnesia, KOINO Kalamarias and DIANTHES
Representatives of cooperatives