To generate knowledge about social economy in order to improve its positioning.
Deepening social economy’s relevance in front of the new challenges posed by society’s evolution.
Forward-looking. The study of the present and the past as the foundation to build the future.
Collaboration. Networking with relevant actors from an inclusive perspective.
Economy’s holistic and interdisciplinary approach. Taking into account the different human dimensions and paying particular attention to the SDGs.
Local perspective - global impact (and vice versa).
The action of the OES21 pivots around three complementary work lines:
Within the OES21 framework, research is the basic work field to the extent that it constitutes the basis of knowledge creation on social economy. To achieve this goal, the observatory combines the quantitative and the qualitative approaches. However, the OES21 approach is future oriented; which means, that it is more focused in anticipating future challenges and the evolution of the social economy rather than just registering its progress.
Knowledge transfer is the second axis of OES21 work. It is not just a question of what the observatory can learn but how it can use this knowledge to fulfill its mission and purpose. And this is also why the OES21 will work to establish regular and ad-hoc communication channels to disseminate its main findings.
In the OES21 perspective, teaching is conceived as a complementary activity. The OES21 considers that there is a sufficiently diversified supply of academic programs on social economy, however, this does not preclude the possibility that the observatory designs and teaches specific programs, either regularly or as a one shot, alone or in combination with other entities, in issues or questions that it deems worthy.