UnivSSE in English

The People's University of Social Solidarity Economy was established in Thessaloniki in February 2013 by PROSKALO (Cooperation Initiative for the Social and Solidarity Economy) and until 2017 it operated as an informal collaborative collectivity, relatively autonomous from PROSKALO.

On April 25, 2017, the founding assembly was established, which created the social non-profit cooperative "People's University of Social Solidarity Economy" with the distinctive title "UnivSSE Coop".

The aim of the Cooperative is to provide education, training, information, popularization, research, studies, programs, publications, the creation, operation and development of educational and social networks, the activation of citizens, the development of cooperative and solidarity spirit, the promotion of collective voluntary action and offer and international cooperation in the fields of social and solidarity economy, self-governance, direct democracy, commons, aiming at collective and social benefits and social innovation.

The Cooperative operates on the basis of the ideas of the Social and Solidarity Economy and Direct Democracy, as these are highlighted by the relevant global movements, as well as the International Cooperative Values and Principles as they were adopted internationally.

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

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."

UnivSSE Coop main actions so far include:

Lectures and discussions attended by more than 400 people and videotaped and posted on a YouTube channel of the UnivSSE Coop. Videographed lectures are constantly projected (from all over Greece) and have exceeded 15,000 views.

Βroadcasts in FM 100,6 Thessaloniki Municipal Radio, recorded and posted on a channel of the UnivSSE Coop in Mixcloud. Recorded shows are constantly heard (from all over Greece) and have exceeded 3,100 hearings.

UnivSSE Coop has launched a program for the publication of key books on SSE and commons issues, based on the priorities and needs arising from the development of relevant collectives in Greece. The first edition was made with the book "Water as a Common Good, Beyond the Corporations and the State", by Kostas Nikolaou (preface: Oscar Olivera), Ed.  People's University of Social Solidarity Economy "UnivSSE Coop", Thessaloniki 2017, 176 pages, ISBN: 978-618-83341-0-6.

It provides free access:
- bibliographic material (145 archives)
- audiovisual material (101 videos and recordings)
- informative publications (295 archives).

It has also participated in:
- European projects in SSE (GROWL) and urban agriculture (MADRE).
- European Forum on Social Solidarity Economy, European Parliament, Brussels (2016)
- North Greece collectivity meeting on waste management (2016).

It was co-organizer of the:
- Panhellenic Network of Social Solidarity Economy Cooperatives (2016-2017)
- 4th European Conference on Social Solidarity Economy, Athens (2017)
- Declaration of 54 organizations and movements for the co-operative management of the Thessaloniki water by citizens (2018)
- 2nd International Forum on Cooperative Law, Athens (2018).

Lecture videotheque operates on the channel of the People's University SSE in "YouTube":

Broadcast archive operates on the channel of the People's University SSE in "Mixcloud":
Who we are

Angelou Lazaros, Telecommunications Engineer MSc
Albanis Triantafyllos, Professor of Environmental Protection, Rector, University of Ioannina
Argyropoulos Nikos, Assoc. Professor of Organic Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Georgopoulos Alexandros, Professor of Environmental Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Devetzidis Athanasios, Vocational Guidance Advisor and Adult Trainer, MSc in Sociology and Lifelong Learning
Douvitsa Ifigenia, PhD in Cooperative Law Sociology, Instructor, Democritus University of Thrace
Thanou Mina, Entrepreneur
Theodosopoulou Dora, Freelance Professional
Kavoulakos Karolos-Joseph, Ass. Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Mitrousi Ioanna, Freelance Professional
Bellis Vasilis, Chemical Engineer, General Director of Development Agency of Karditsa (ANKA)
Blekas Giorgos, Assoc. Professor of Food Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Nikolaou Kostas, PhD in Environmental Science, Adj. Instructor of Ecology and Social Solidarity Economy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Oikonomou Andreas, Assoc. Professor of Psychology, School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (ASPETE)
Papaioannou Stavros, Ass. Professor of Mathematics and Political Economy, Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia - Serres
Papafilippou Aspa, PhD in Cooperatives Sociology
Tzakou Anna, Architect, MSc in Environmental Planning
Tremopoulos Michalis, Lawyer, MA in Social Ecology

Board of Directors (2018-20)

Kostas Nikolaou, President
Aspa Papafilippou, Vice President of Education
Andreas Oikonomou, Vice President of Research and Studies
George Blekas, Vice President of Infrastructure
Ioanna Mitrousi, Secretary
Anna Tzakou, Deputy Secretary
Mina Thanou, Treasurer

Supervisory Board (2018-20)

Ifigenia Douvitsa, President
Alexandros Georgopoulos, Vice President
Vasilis Bellis, Secretary


People’s University of Social Solidarity Economy
UnivSSE Coop