Solidarity Economics

Solidarity University in Vienna, Austria open now


Solidarity University in Vienna, Austria open now

A few minutes ago, the Solidarity University (kritische und solidarische
Universität = KriSU) was founded inVienna, Austria. KriSU-activists
revitalized rooms which are vacant since 2 years for the public. KriSU
reacts on the fundamental social, ecological and economic crisis of
capitalist society. It sees itself as a part of the global university
protests. Elfriede Jelinek, famous Austrian writer, declared her
solidarity: „I am glad to support this action, since I would support any
critical initiative weakening those encrusted university structures.“

An international wave of solidarity has been carrying KriSU since its
start had been announced. Paul Singer, secretary of state for solidarity
economy in the labour ministry of Brazil stated: „This is the first
project of a real democratic, open and solidaric university. I hope, that
it will thrive and become an example for a new paradigm of education in a
more equal society.“ Anup Dash, professor of sociology at the university
of Utkal, India says: "I should first of all congratulate you on this
wonderful and much needed initiative, and I am sure it will soon build up

CPE Summer Institute - After the Economic Meltdown: Building the Solidarity Economy

The Center for Popular Economics &
the N.H. Program of the AFSC
invite you to the

2009 Summer Institute
After the Economic Meltdown:
Building a Solidarity Economy

World Fellowship Center, Conway, N.H.
July 12-17, 2009

Venezuela - Symposium on the Social Economy



El Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigación, Formación y Documentación de la Economía Cooperativa, Social y Pública (CIRIEC-Venezuela), la Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado (UCLA), la Universidad de Los Andes (ULA) y CAYAPA, la Revista Venezolana de Economía Social, invitan a participar y presentar trabajos en el II Simposio Internacional CIRIEC Venezuela y X Simposio Nacional de Economía Social, a celebrarse en la Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado (UCLA) en la ciudad de Barquisimeto, estado Lara, Venezuela, del 5 al 7 de noviembre de 2009.

Este es el primer llamado a presentar ponencias y carteles, según la justificación, objetivos y temario que se describen a continuación.


Congress: “Solidarity Economy in globalized Capitalism”

Berlin, 24 to 26 November 2006

This huge congress of 1400 persons on « solidarity economy » was organised by a number of German social organisations, including CICOPA member Netz für Selbstverwaltung and Selbst-Organisation (Network for Self-Management and Self-Organisation).

Among the central topics discussed at the congress was the new German cooperative law which came into force only three months ago, and which lowers the minimum number of members to establish a cooperative from 7 to 3, thus opening a huge potential for new cooperatives in that country, especially in our sector. Another main theme was how the solidarity economy could organise in Germany itself, as well as at the world level.

Solidarity Economy Workshop at Highlander Center

Twenty-four activists and educators from five states met for two days at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee to learn about the Solidarity Economy and build relationships for future work together. The group included people working on immigrant rights, sustainability education, living wages, police brutality, the cradle to prison pipeline, using art for social change, alternatives to militarism, community building, sustainable economic development, youth leadership and more. More...

Towards the Solidarity Economy: A View from India

Towards the

Solidarity Economy:

A View from India


By InfoChange India

News & Features

Solidarity Economy in Brazil

Sugar Workers' Coop Supports 4,300 Families at 48 Mills

By Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 11 (IPS) - The Harmony Agricultural Company has become Brazil's largest worker-managed business in the solidarity economy. It provides employment for 4,300 families who work 26,000 hectares of land, and its main activity is producing sugar at 48 mills.

When the company was in crisis in 1993, the first reaction of the workers and their unions was the usual one of trying to ensure that the 2,300 workers who were dismissed received back pay and severance pay. But two years later, the unions took another approach.

Their goal was to win back the lost jobs and maintain the remaining ones, while continuing an activity essential to the economy of Catende, in the northeastern state of Pernambuco.

They applied for the owners of the company to be forced to declare bankruptcy, and took over the firm's administration, under the supervision of the justice system. Since then, they have resumed sugar production and diversified into other agricultural and industrial activities.