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UNRISD – SSE raising international profile

Social and solidarity economy (SSE) is raising its profile internationally! Last September, the International Leading Group on SSE featured SSE at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York thanks to a side-event chaired by the President of France François Hollande. Paul Ladd, new Director of UNRISD, took part in the event, along with other members and observers of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on SSE. For the video of the side-event, click here. Read our latest think...

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Mixed fortunes as solidarity economy takes root in Greece

Time banks, farmer-to-buyer sales groups and alternative currencies springing up but expansion has not been steady or easy A bartering bazaar in Volos, where tem currency coupons are exchanged for products or services. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Emma Graham-Harrison in Athens Friday 17 July 2015 07.36 EDT Last modified on Friday 17 July 2015 07.53 EDT As money has become tighter in Greece, an alternative “solidarity economy” has sprung up providing everything from food and medical care to hairdressing and language classes to thousands...

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Interview: Mondragon Corporation: A Manufacturer of Equality

  Josu Ugarte. Photo credit: Financial Times photos / Foter / CC BY. Article cross-posted from TooMuch. By Too Much June 26, 2015 - In the United States, top corporate execs sometimes make more in an hour than their workers can make in a year. At Mondragon, one of Spain’s largest companies, no execs can make more in an hour than their workers make in a day. Sky-high corporate CEO pay, the Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz notes...

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On Alternative Ways of Living Sustainably: Lessons From Solidarity & Social Economy in Madrid

A sneak peek of the Solidarity Economy Fair in Madrid, June 14th 2015 By Gaia ParadisioHuffington Post June 16, 2015 - The majority of times we think we are not free to think of the world as a unity of people all working towards human development, evolution and res-publica, which- as the Greeks taught us- means contributing to the development of the society's state of the art. I think the Greeks (along with the Romans)...

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Tunisia’s Habib Essid and His Government Is Developing Strategy to Organize Social and Solidarity Economy

  Tunis Afrique Presse, May 19, 2015 Gammarth — Prime Minister Habib Essid said the government is currently developing a comprehensive national strategy to organise, structure, regulate and define the areas of intervention, funding and managing the sector of social and solidarity economy. Speaking Tuesday in Gammarth at the opening of a tripartite national conference on "Social and Solidarity Economy: Catalyst for Development and Employment," Essid spoke of the launch of a comprehensive training programme and...

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A Social, Solidarity… and Female Economy

Ginebró school, a cooperative education founded 40 years ago in Catalonia. A company model of solidary and social economy supported by l’iesMed (photo iesMed) With the support of the Secretariat of the UfMThe Social and Solidarity Economy is playing an active role in the economic integration of women in the Mediterranean. View of Rodérick Egal, president of iesMed (Innovation & Social Economy in the Mediterranean) cooperative company. What role does the Social and Solidarity Economy...

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Texas Taxicab Drivers Rally for Worker-Owned Co-op

By Tyler WhitsonAustinMonitor.com April 22, 2015 - As Austin’s ground transportation service industry faces upheaval due to new competition, taxi drivers are using a looming expiration of the city’s taxicab franchises as an opportunity to push for, among other requests, a cooperative, driver-owned franchise. Dave Passmore, president of the taxicab union Taxi Drivers Association of Austin, garnered attention Tuesday morning when he and association members, taxicab drivers and supporters rallied in front of City Hall,...

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Economics From the Bottom Up: Designing Strategies, Making Alternatives

Springfield's Wellspring Collaborative worker-owned upholstery shop brings jobs, training Talking with Emily Kawano, Co-Director, Wellspring Cooperative Corporation Interviewed by Steve Dubb, Research Director, The Democracy Collaborative March 2015 Emily Kawano is Co-Director of the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation, which is seeking to create an engine for new, community-based job creation in Springfield, Massachusetts. Wellspring’s goal is to use anchor institution purchases to create a network of worker-owned businesses located in the inner city that will provide job training and entry-level...

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Co-ops Enable Low-Income Women to Work as Owners and Decision Makers

By Eleanor J. Bader SolidarityEconomy.net via Truthout March 30, 2015 - At Cooperative Home Care Associates, in their state of the art training facilities, these workers in training are finding eachothers pulses with the help of their training instructor (seen to the right). (Photo: Jordanna Rosen)At Cooperative Home Care Associates, in their state of the art training facilities, these workers in training are finding each others pulses with the help of their training instructor. Co-ops not only give low-income and immigrant...

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