Programme (EN)

The International Gathering on Social Innovation (RIIS) - 5th edition

Resilience...what's next?

The situations of disruption and instability are making even more pressing the need for solidarity and change in our societies and consequently for social innovation. Socially innovative companies encourage co-construction, decompartmentalization and collective intelligence. These are all principles that make it possible to adapt to exceptional circumstances such as the current global pandemic, by inventing new models for the economy to come. Their ability to analyze needs and to mobilize local resources to meet these needs is proving to be invaluable in promoting the resilience of territories and initiating the ecological and social transitions now pressing. How can we amplify this invention of possibilities?

The fifth edition of this international gathering is inviting entrepreneurs, academics and consultants to demonstrate the ability of social innovation to inspire a responsible and sustainable recovery. Its unprecedented digital format will be an opportunity to invite speakers from Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as from other countries.

The International Gathering on Social Innovation (RISS) was launched in 2013 by the cooperative enterprises network, in partnership with the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region. Aiming to foster thinking and the sharing of experiences, it brings together some 200 attendees every other year in Montpellier.

30th November from 04:00 to 06:00 pm // Introduction session (on line event)

Opening of the conference by the co-organizers:

  • Séverine Saint-Martin, president of Urscop Occitanie - Mediterranean pole
  • René Moreno, regional advisor, delegate to the ESS

Introduction and facilitation by Timothée Duverger, associate lecturer at Sciences-Po Bordeaux, head of the chair of "SSE territories" (TerrESS). Author of "Local utopias - ecological and solidarity solutions for tomorrow".


  • Hugo Pinto , economist, Center for Social studies, Coimbra University (Portugal)
  • Julie Rijpens, policy analyst in Social Economy and Entrepreneurship , OCDE
  • Karel Vanderpoorten, policy officer, Social economy - DG Grow, European Commission (Belgium)
  • Amina Béji-Bécheur, research professor - Gustave Eiffel University  (France)
  • Patrick Dubé, managing director -  Maison de l'Innovation Sociale (Québec)

2nd December from 04:00 to 06:00 pm // 3 workshops (on line event)

to be chosen between :

  • Workshop 1 :  To sustainable development…and beyond!

How do socially innovative companies contribute to the various aspects of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) ? Are they able to open up paths towards the needed ecological transition ?

Facilitated by Irène Valdelomar, regional program manager at French Impact
> Gloria Gubianas Bernal, founder and director of the Hemper company (Spain)
> Anna Pautard, manager of the Macondo company (France)
> Anne Katrine Heje-Larsen, founder and director of the Danish Institute for Sustainable Innovation (Denmark)

  • Workshop 2 : Creative solutions for resilient territories

How can social innovation foster territorial resilience by addressing the needs identified by local stakeholders ?

Facilitated by Mahel Coppey, president of RTES
> Thomas Gegenhuber from WirVsVirus (Germany)
> Philippe Rajosefa, head of Alter’Incub Occitanie Méditerranée (France)
> Nicolas Duracka, co-director of the Center for Social Innovation Clermont Auvergne (France)
> Valeria Valotto, vice-president of the social cooperative Quid (Italy)

  • Workshop 3 : Incubating differently for accelerating transitions ?

Does the pressing need for ecological transition require appropriate support to chart new entrepreneurial courses?

Facilitated by Denis Stokkink, president of the European think tank Pour la Solidarité
> Sebastian Gatica, founder and director of CoLab, social innovation laboratory and the Alto Impacto incubator (Chile)
> Danielle Pailler, regional director Maghreb French-speaking African incubator (Morocco)
> Nisrine Ouazzani, Director General Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
> Diego Landivar, director and co-founder of Origens Media Lab (France)