Paris-Brussels, 26 October 2020
On the occasion of its annual General Assembly and its autumn Board of Directors, the SOGA EU (Social Good Accelerator EU) reaffirms its ambitions in favour of the digital transition of general interest actors in Europe. In order to achieve them, the association is renewing its Board of Directors and its Bureau: Axelle Lemaire, former Secretary of State in charge of digital and innovation within the French government and director of Terra numerata, associated with the Roland Berger law firm, has become the association’s patron. Alongside Jeanne Bretécher, President of the movement and Nils Pedersen, Vice-President in charge of Research and Institutional Affairs, Sylvain Reymond becomes Vice-President in charge of Development and Partnerships and Laura Frantz becomes Treasurer.
Created in March 2018, the Social Good Accelerator is a European movement that currently brings together 33 associations and social enterprises as well as 35 committed citizens between Paris, Lisbon and Brussels to accelerate the technological transition of general interest organisations in Europe. An increasing number of these actors are committed within this movement to ensure that organisations of social economy and civil society are fully recognised as players in the European technological transition, highlighting the non-profit and solidarity-based digital culture, exploring the conditions for cooperation between the social economy and the technological sector and organising the influence of European Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) organisations in Brussels.
New European ambitions
In only two and a half years of its existence, SOGA EU has managed to organise the first Social Innovation Village at the Web Summit in 2018 (Lisbon) with the support of the European Commission to promote alternative models from SSE in Europe to Tech actors. At the end of 2019 it published a first study on cooperation between social utility and tech actors in Europe.
Last spring, the movement and its members were consulted by the European Commission on the Data and AI strategies. At the same time, it launches the SOGA EU Academy, a peer-to-peer digital acculturation webinar programme for SSE organisations.
On the basis of this initial assessment and these major successes, the association will intensify its action in the coming months with :
A mapping of the European actors of the digital transition in the Social and Solidarity Economy
The second part of our research work on cooperation between SSE and Tech actors in Europe, which will consist in analysing the contributions of the European tech sector
Active participation in the definition of the digital transition section of the European Plan for the Social Economy, which will be unveiled in Mannheim in May 2021 by the European Commissioner for Employment Nicolas Schmit, advised by Nicolas Hazard (INCO).
A strengthened Governance
To achieve these new ambitions, the SOGA EU is renewing and consolidating its governance in depth while ensuring that it is representative of the stakeholders.
Six new directors have joined the structure and support its expertise: Aurélien Beaucamp, President of AIDES and CSR Director of Page Group France; Emma Ghariani, Director General of SCIC la MedNum; Laure Vicard, Director of Innovation of Emmaus France; Denis Pansu, Director of Programmes of the Fondation Internet Nouvelle Génération; and Laura Franz, DAF-DRH of ProBonoLab.
Alongside Jeanne Bretécher, President, and Nils Pedersen, Vice-President, Sylvain Reymond also becomes Vice-President of the movement. Lila Senta Loys becomes Secretary and Laura Frantz, Treasurer.
Axelle Lemaire, former Secretary of State for Digital (2014-2017), joins the association as Main Sponsor and intends to give a new dimension to the Movement:
About the Social Good Accelerator Europe
The Social Good Accelerator EU is a European movement that brings together 33 associations and social enterprises and 35 committed citizens between Paris, Lisbon and Brussels to accelerate the technological transition of public interest organisations in Europe.
In order for general interest organisations to be fully recognised as actors of the European technological transition, we highlight the non-profit and solidarity-based digital culture, explore the conditions of cooperation between social economy and technology sector and organise the influence of SSE organisations in Brussels.
Our legal entity members (2020)
Jeanne Bretécher, Présidente