SEYN is a network of young people, creating a future based on sustainable energy through a social and cooperative approach. For us energy, is not just kilowatt-hours, but an important resource for socio-economic development to promote and fuel social equality, combat poverty, help to build resilient communities and take power and future in our hands.
We promote a holistic approach towards energy, combining the social aspects and impacts, the environmental respect, the decision making based on direct democratic processes and its connection towards a truly sustainable lifestyle which includes housing, food, mobility, water, human and animal rights, culture, care, education and of course energy itself.
Our network begun as an idea in mid-2014, in a Youth Forum in Thessaloniki, Greece and after organizing various training events like the Energy Academies in Greece, Croatia and Spain, it recently got officially established as a non profit association in Belgium. SEYN is inspired and promotes the social and cooperative approach, as part of the growing energy cooperative global scene.
All our members share the same passion, ethics, values and drive to change, bringing diverse backgrounds and skills. SEYN is proud to have members from several countries, operating and collaborating in local and transnational level using innovative collaborative tools, while promoting and operating under cooperative values and processes.
SEYN is a developing platform of young people interacting and collaborating, exchanging experiences, information, best practice, know how, learning and educating, finding experts and partners, connecting with other young people in order to realize their projects at a community level, create jobs and functioning links between them beyond borders and other physical limitations.
Additionally, through a growing pool of highly skilled and inspired people, SEYN provides and develops a variety of services between its members, supporters, as well as to interested partners or individuals.
SEYN as a network complies and operates under the cooperative principles that have been outlined by the International Cooperative Alliance
Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.