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Vanuatu: Another kind of wealth

Published on Mar 21, 2016 In the language of modern economics, the small island nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific is labeled one of the world’s ‘least developed countries’. At the same time, Vanuatu has ranked http://topmednorx.com number one on the pioneering Happy Planet Index. This incongruity points to major issues with today’s standard measures of human progress, and has many policymakers rethinking notions of wealth and how they shape development policy.

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Building Alternative Institutions in Greece

Counterpunch, March 11, 2016 by Alexander Kolokotronis Since the beginning of the Greek financial crisis, both the Right and the Left have advanced a narrow set of narratives, policy possibilities, and even political actors. One movement that has largely remained outside of the discourse has been the solidarity economy movement. A key organization within the solidarity economy movement is Solidarity for All. Solidarity for All is an organization that offers technical support, capacity building, and network-scaling for the various grassroots...

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Berkeley Votes to Boost Co-op Economy in the Face of Gentrification

In 1971, the owners of The Cheese Board turned their Berkeley, California, mom-and-pop shop into a co-op, where they became worker-owners alongside their former employees. Over the years, more co-ops branched out from the bakery, forming the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, a group of six bakeries and a development and support collective in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, The Cheese Board Collective, as it’s now called, has an espresso bar, a pizzeria, a menu of nearly 400 cheeses,...

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Complementary currencies + value chains to build solidarity economies

Fri, Mar 11 at 1:00 PM, New York By: NYC Department of Small Business Services Events Can we use complementary/alternative currencies alongside value chains to develop a ‘virtuous cycle’ that supports solidarity economy growth regionally and beyond? We look at how complementary currency is used in local contexts to support community businesses, as well as a snapshot of developing cooperative/solidarity economy value chains, and we’ll brainstorm on how we can use these tools together to integrate, sustain and grow businesses and...

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