The 8th EMES Research Conference on Social Enterprise took place in Teruel last October. As you might know, we chose Teruel for hosting this year’s conference for several reasons. Firstly, it is an excellent example of the depopulation crisis affecting the European rural world. Secondly, it was designated as the 2021 Social Economy Capital by the Spanish Ministry of Labour and Social Economy.
Nevertheless, as a province city far from urban dynamics, it is a great place to mark the closing of the Empower-SE COST Action after four successful years and to show essential values that EMES represents. After the devastating global Covid-19 pandemic that disproportionately impacted us all, the opportunity to meet again, share our work and discuss among researchers, social entrepreneurs, and policymakers, was inspiring. It was also necessary to bring back enthusiasm and re-imagine and renew social enterprise, cooperative and voluntary action principles, and values in this unprecedented global context.
We have prepared a beautiful report that we’re thrilled to present to you. It is available in English and Spanish, so please enjoy the reading, feel free to share it as widely as possible and let us know what you liked the most.