SEN Updates

The Sharing Economy Worldwide MapJam

For two weeks in October, people all over the world gathered to make maps. Thanks to these map jams, 55 cities from Rome and Asheville, to Melbourne, Paris, Austin, Santa Cruz, Barcelona and many more now have public maps of sharing services that exist locally. As a whole, we have the beginnings of a global sharing map.

Policies for Shareable Cities

Policies for Shareable Cities: A Sharing Economy Policy Primer for Urban Leaders is a guide to innovative, high impact policies that US city governments have put in place to help citizens share resources, focusing on sharing policy innovations in food, housing, transportation, and jobs.

Brazil Blossoms as Solidarity Economy Beacon

Brazil is leading the world in economic transformation with an elaborate movement-based network structure, forums, associations and government support, most of it accomplished just in the last 7 years.

Global Consultation & Dialogue about Social Solidarity Economy

SEN is part of a RIPESS global consultation & dialogue about the vision, definitions, and concepts of the social solidarity economy. The goal is to move toward greater common understanding about areas of broad agreement and those areas where there are divergences. The attached background document provides an overview of discussions that RIPESS has

reRoute Convergence: Building Youth and Student Power for a New Economy

This summer join a diverse new generation of innovators and organizers from across the US and Canada to share strategies, tools, and stories about our work creating a more democratic, just, and sustainable economy from the ground up in our communities and on our campuses. reRoute: Building Youth and Student Power for a New Economy will bring together activists in their 20s and 30s dedicated to systemic change, July 19-21 at New York University.

How to Map the Solidarity Economy in Your City

You can create a powerful tool to organize the new economy in your community in just a few hours using this "how-to map" guide.

Solidarity Economy at the Left Forum - Occupy the System!

Solidarity Economy at the Left Forum, March 16-18, Pace University, NYC

SEN members organized or are participated in a number of workshops that relate to different aspects of the solidarity economy. You will find below a list of these workshops along with a brief description and a link for further details.
Community Economic Development and Worker Cooperatives

Sponsored by: US Solidarity Economy Network and URPE

Participants: Fred Rose -- Wellspring Initiative, Djar Horn -- Jersey Shore Neighborhood Cooperative, Al Campbell -- Union for Radical Political Economy

When times get hard, people often are forced to create their own livelihoods. The current economic crisis has seen an upsurge, especially in poor and marginalized communities, of efforts to create worker cooperatives. This workshop will explore the potential of cooperatives to not only create jobs, but also to consciously contribute to community revitalization and inform alternative strategies of community economic development. This workshop will look at examples of cooperative development in low income communities from the Jersey Shore, NYC and Springfield, MA. We'll discuss lessons about replicating these models along with the economic and community impact of this work.

Occupy the Economy! Solidarity Economy Briefs

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. (click title for more including links to the SE Briefs)

Towards an Economy Worth Occupying

by: Cheyenna Weber

Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM EDT

308779_202449016494874_202447929828316_512779_1685864167_nWhile it is self-evident our economic system is collapsing, it is perhaps less evident what to do about it.