Blockchain drives an important and disruptive trend in many fields. Thanks to blockchain technologies, we see how various intermediaries decrease in number, systems are being decentralized and becoming more secure, lively and transparent. Blockchain offers flexibility and operational readiness. Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) frameworks have many similarities with the underlying principles of cooperatives and Social Economy. Join us to the extra workshop on 7 February to join the EU Blockchain experts.

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Experts and representatives from Social Economy, EU institutions, companies will participate in this workshop, organised in the context of the EU Industry Days 2019. The workshop will present solutions based on Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) for social goals.  The aim is not only to develop scalable, efficient and high-impact decentralised solutions to social innovation challenges but also to bring social economy enterprises and related stakeholders closer to blockchain technology as possible tools for their developments.

Workshop Agenda

Brussels, 7 February 2019,  from 09:00 to 16:15


09:00 – 09:15


Participants' arrival and registration, welcome coffee

09:15 – 09:45

Welcome and opening remarks

Ms Ariane Rodert, President Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption – EESC

Mr Giuseppe Guerini, President of Cecop-Cicopa Europe,  Member of EESC Diversity Europe (Group III)

Moderator: Mr Gianluca Pastorelli, DIESIS


09:45 – 11:00

Session 1: Blockchain, DLT, Digital solutions and Social Economy – The state of play, the policies, the goals

Moderator: Mr Victor Meseguer, Director of Social Economy Europe

  • Mrs Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit for Advanced Technologies, Social Economy and Clusters, European Commission, DG Grow
  • Mr Fabrizio Sestini, Senior Expert for Digital Social Innovation, European Commission, DG CONNECT
  • Mr Pierre Marro, European Commission, DG CONNECT
  • Ms Maria Rosaria Ceccareli, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


11:00– 11:15

Coffee break


11:15– 12:45

Session 2: Blockchain solutions for Social Economy and SDGS

This session is co-organised by DIESIS and European Blockchain Hub

Moderator: Mr Gianluca Pastorelli, DIESIS

  • Mr Tadej Slapnik, Blockchain for Sustainable Development Goals, European Blockchain Hub (Slovenia)
  • Mrs Nena Dokuzov, Create responsible project, Social Economy Slovenia, Head of Project Group of New Economy and Blockchain Technologies at Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Diesis Board Member (Slovenia)
  • Mr Branko Krsmanovic , Blockchain community and impact on social economy. Young Ambassadors, Diesis Network (Serbia)
  • Mr Frane Šesnić, "Boosting social entrepreneurship with public accelerator for digital social innovation programs in Zagreb Innovation Centre”, CEO of the Zagreb Innovation Centre. (Croatia)
  • Mr Rex Yeap, World of Sharing (Hong Kong)
  • Mr Tomaž Kričej, Suncontract (first blockchain platform for peer to  peer renewable electrical energy trading for energy cooperatives) (Slovenia)
  • Mr Enrico de Corso, Confcooperative/ Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane , results from 1° Hackathon Cooperativo (Italy)
  • Mr Francois-Xavier Thoorens, CEO of ARK Ecosystem Scic (France)


12:45 – 13:00



13:00– 14:30



14:30– 16:00

Session 3: Social economy enterprises and digital social innovation

Moderator: Denis Stokkink, Pour la Solidarité , Diesis Board Member (Belgium)

Mrs Claudia De Castro Caldeirinha, founder & executive director of Redscope consulting (Belgium)

Mr Loïc Pujol, SIMPLON (France)

Mr Fabrizio Finamore, President of Samarcanda (Italy) Diesis Network

Mr Massimo Mancinelli , DG  Apptaxi (Italy) Diesis Network

Mrs Elsa Fanchon, Rydigo, platform cooperative of carpooling (France)

Mrs Francesca Martinelli, DOC Servizi (Italy) Diesis Network


16:00 – 16:15

Q&A, Conclusions




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