What is the solidarity economy?

  • The Solidarity Economy constitutes an alternative development framework
  • The Solidarity Economy is grounded in practice and the following principles:
  1. solidarity, mutualism, and cooperation
  2. equity in all dimensions: race/ethnicity/nationality, class, gender, LGBTQ
  3. recognizes the primacy of social welfare over profits and the unfettered rule of the market.
  4. sustainability
  5. social and economic democracy
  6. pluralism and organic approach, allowing for different forms in different contexts, and open to continual change driven from the bottom up.

Examples of a Solidarity Economy:

  • cooperatives – worker, producer, consumer, housing, financial
  • local exchange systems, complementary currencies
  • social enterprises & ‘high road’ locally owned businesses
  • social investment funds
  • worker controlled pension funds
  • fair trade
  • solidarity finance
  • reclaim the commons movement
  • land trusts
  • co-housing
  • eco-villages
  • community supported agriculture
  • green technology and ecological production
  • participatory budgeting
  • collective kitchens in Latin America
  • tontines – collective health programs in Africa
  • community-based services in France
  • social cooperatives in Italy
  • open source movement (e.g. Linux, wikipedia)
  • unpaid care labor

For a longer introduction, see The Solidarity Economy: An Overview