Social Economy

Maximizing Dignity through the Social and Solidarity Economy

The three year SUstainable and Solidarity economY (SUSY) project ends with a policy paper presentation at the European Parliament In February 2015, 26 partners from 23 European countries – including the UK’s Co-operative College – developed an EU-funded project to promote the SUstainable and Solidarity economY (SUSY). Since then, the project has been mapping and connecting initiatives working in the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), hosting training and awareness activities, and promoting alternative methods of production and distribution. On 23 January 2018, as the project ended, [...]

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Imprisoned: Inside the Politics of Control and Resistance

Social justice movements from around the world are pushing back against this shift toward nationalism, extraction and environmental destruction. They are particularly highlighting food sovereignty, feminism, and environmental justice as strategic ways forward in the defense of land, water, and territory. Via Grassroots International By Salena Tramel The rise of destructive and reactionary political power impacts people and ecosystems across many global settings. These shifts in control, characterized by a resurgence of racist and nationalistic rhetoric and policies, a redoubling of environmental [...]

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Knowledge Hub on Social Solidarity Economy

via RIPESS On April 25th, the United Nations Inter-Agency Taskforce on Social and Solidarity Economy adopted a proposal to create a Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) Knowledge Hub for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This project is the direct result of the Taskforce Seminar held in Rome on November 4, 2016. The Knowledge Hub (KH) will have two purposes. First of all, the KH will be a complementary reference point on the SSE that interfaces with existing SSE knowledge resource centres such [...]

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Meet the Radical Workers’ Cooperative Growing in the Heart of the Deep South

via The Nation by Peter Moskowitz On November 9, people across the left woke up and wondered, “What do I do now? Under total Republican control, how does one fight for progressive change?” Kali Akuno, the co-founder of Cooperation Jackson, a workers’ cooperative in Jackson, Mississippi, has been grappling with that question for years, and believes his organization provides a good model for progressives who still want to effect change under President Trump. When Donald Trump was elected, Akuno felt like [...]

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Upstream podcast on solidarity economy

In this episode we explore a phenomenon that has existed throughout centuries both within and alongside Capitalism. Wherever relationships have been based on reciprocity, sustainability, and democratic governance you’ll find the Solidarity Economy. We learn of it’s origin and about how it is strengthened by countermovements and during times of crisis. We follow its presence throughout the history of a particular marginalized community in the U.S., celebrating the courage of African American cooperative thought and practice. We then paint [...]

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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) became the [...]

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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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