Solidarity Economy in Action

What does the solidarity economy actually have to offer in the context of the current economic crisis? Let’s look at three areas that were involved both in bringing about the crisis and that are now in crisis: housing, finance and jobs.

The Editorial Team members – who are we?
US Social Forum, Detroit, June 22nd – 26th 2010
International Forum on Social and Solidarity Economy: Public Authorities and Civil Society: October 2011, Montreal (Canada)
Solidarity Economy I: Building Alternatives for People and Planet (New publication)

Labour Unions and the Solidarity Economy: The Quebec Experience
Towards the European P’Actes: Promoting co-operative territorial economy as a means of combating poverty and social exclusion

A paper by Kevin Carson outlining small-scale, locally-based alternatives to the present model of industrial production. 

"Participatory democracy" is a central feature of the solidarity economy. In this essay, Mike Mensner and Juscha Robinson discuss this concept, focusing on the practice of "participatory budgeting," an innovation first made famous in Brazil but now spreading to more than 1,000 cities worldwide.

The U.S. Solidarity Economy Network stands in solidarity with the Occupy Wall St. movement. As a network of groups, activists and solidarity economy practitioners, we seek to transform our economic system into one that puts people and planet front and center – an economy for the 99%. Another World is not only possible, it already exists, in many, many forms. The solidarity economy, grounded in principles of solidarity, participatory democracy, sustainability, equity in all dimensions, and pluralism (not a one-size-fits-all model) is a fast growing global movement. We offer these Solidarity Economy briefs to provide a glimpse into some of the aspects of the solidarity economy that exist all around us.

An Economy of Abundance (pdf)

Worker Cooperatives (pdf)

Food Cooperatives (pdf)

Community Supported Agriculture (pdf)

Community Development Credit Unions (pdf)

Solidarity Economy and Consumption (pdf)

Local Economic Agility (pdf)

Farmers Markets, Urban Agriculture and Gardening (pdf)