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Submitted by emilykawano on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 7:51am
This declaration was written by the Board of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social and Solidarity Economy (RIPESS), based on the discussions on Rio +20 of the 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Solidarity Economy and fair trade and inputs from the delegates from the other continents.
After the declaration follow the signatures from more than 370 organizations and networks fom all over the world who expressed their support between June 16th and 25th.
The Economy we need
Declaration of the Social and Solidarity Economy movement at Rio +20
The People’s Summit and the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development of Rio+20 are being held at a time of crisis of our civilisation that takes multiple forms: food, ecology, energy, financial, social and of political representation. And it is not the same mindset or social model that created this crisis that will or can solve it!
The so-called green economy as presented by governments and multinational corporations is merely the extension of this model, through the commodification of the Commons; it is a new form of expansion of capitalism in crisis. Solidarity economy however is a means to free society of these constraints. (for more, click title)
Submitted by emilykawano on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 1:41pm
Excerpt from People’s Summit Plays Countervailing Role at Rio+20
Articulating people’s alternatives: the social and solidarity economy
Among the many ideas for more sustainable development paths articulated at the People’s Summit is the growing movement for a “social and solidarity economy” built on the values of cooperation, complementarity, sharing, mutual support, human rights and democratic control over economic decisions and resources. Many summit workshops gave examples of the myriad initiatives taking place on the ground – notably in Brazil – to promote these new forms of economic relations that can meet social and environmental goals. These include the establishment of community banks that issue their own complementary currencies to support local entrepreneurial activities in a manner that ensures that the wealth generated in the community stays within the local territory, is equitably shared, and creates “multiplier effects” through faster circulation of money and reinvestments in job creating projects.
Proponents argue that the strategy for the poor and excluded is not to begin with political demands on the State (for e.g. basic public services such access to housing, water or sanitation), but to build up first their autonomous economic base, which then places them in a stronger position to make demands on the authorities. One Brazilian community leader stated that local community banks, besides issuing complementary currencies to fuel social, economic and environmental initiatives, can also serve as a strong basis for the development of new social movements at the territorial level.
Submitted by emilykawano on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 12:55pm
videos/fbes-na-cupula-dos- povos-nicolas-luz http://www.iteia.org.br/ videos/fbes-na-cupula-dos- povos-daniel-tygel http://www.iteia.org.br/ videos/fbes-na-cupula-dos- povos3 http://www.iteia.org.br/ videos/fbes-na-cupula-dos- povos-katiucia-goncalves http://www.iteia.org.br/ videos/fbes-na-cupula-dos- povos-felipe-addor http://www.iteia.org.br/ videos/fbes-na-cupula-dos- povos-chilo-villareal http://www.iteia.org.br/ videos/fbes-na-cupula-dos- povos-rosana-kirsch
For you Spanish speakers, here are some videos of Solidarity Economy related workshops at the Rio+20 People's Summit.