U.S. Solidarity Economy Network

Often we lose sight of the fact that “we are all in this together.”



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Most of the over 10,000 people who traveled to the first-ever U.S. Social Forum would consider ourselves activists, and most are acutely aware of the many systemic problems that our country faces, from increasing inequality and persistent poverty to environmental degradation, from a corrupt political system to an unjust war, from the continuing struggle with racism and sexism to the intolerant policies enacted against immigrants and gay / lesbian / trans-gendered people. We know these issues are present, but we tend to prioritize some over others, sometimes missing opportunities to form alliances with activists with similar values and different issues. Often we lose sight of the fact that “we are all in this together”.

The concept of the solidarity economy has the potential to unite these many progressive causes, not just annually in a certain physical location, but as part of a larger movement that recognizes the necessity of all types of transformative practice. At the first ever Social Forum in the US , the Solidarity Economy Working Group for USSF2007 coordinated a track of workshops, and also convened caucuses to try to find ways to unite our common causes, and to build systemic economic transformation and strategic cooperation from the grassroots.

The term “solidarity economy” is barely on the lips of activists in the U.S., even though the concept has inspired significant activism on all other continents. But the solidarity economy, which is more of a framework than a model, has great potential to link our many concerns about structural change, and to also strategically link organizing groups that are already engaged in transformative practices. The solidarity economy is held together by common values, such as cooperation, democracy, equality, justice, ecological sustainability, community, and respect for diversity. Ultimately, it is economics where human needs, human development, and solidarity form the center, instead of unfettered competition and an insatiable drive for profit.


Solidarity economy

A solidarity economy is a method for naming and conceptualizing transformative monetary qualities, practices, and foundations that exist throughout the world. These incorporate, yet are not constrained to, egalitarian and participatory monetary conduct by people, laborers, and makers, for example, by a person who is a moral shopper, specialist, and additionally financial specialist, or by a specialist co-op, reasonable exchange business, or dynamic association. [1] It is an economic formation which seeks to improve the quality of life of a region or community on the basis of solidarity, often through local business and not-for-profit endeavors. It mainly consists of activities organized to address and transform exploitation under capitalist economics and the large-corporation, large-shareholder-dominated economy and can include diverse activities.[2] For some, it refers to a set of strategies and a struggle aimed at the abolition of capitalism and the social relations that it supports and encourages; for others, it names strategies for "humanizing" the capitalist economy—seeking to supplement capitalist globalization with community-based "social safety nets".

Since the 1990s[citation needed], there has been an increase in solidarity-based monetary practices far and wide[where?] because of a range of reasons:

  • First, an expanding number of individuals all through the world are encountering weakening living conditions and developing neediness.
  • Second, with the rationale of free enterprise, individuals and society become assets to be misused. Their incentive as work or social connections are decreased to their value in expanding benefits.
  • Third, the profound natural debasement, incited by an extractive, serious and broad straight monetary model, prompting across the board contamination and environmental change[3]   

The still-evolving term "solidarity economy" is an English translation of a concept formulated in Lima, Peru in 1997 (economía solidaria), in Quebec in 2001,[4] and in Brazil during the World Social Forum of 2001, and in Portuguese as "economia solidária".[5] It is also represented by the French "économie solidaire" and similar terms in several other languages. As such it is sometimes translated by other expressions such as "solidarity-based economy".

Social economy

The solidarity economy is often considered part of the social economy, forming what might be termed the "social and solidarity economy" (from the French "économie sociale et solidaire"). The concepts are still under development and the difference between the two terms is gradually being clarified. An organization seeing itself as part of the solidarity economy generally goes beyond achieving purely social aims: it aims to put right an injustice by expressing solidarity. For example, a local sports club has a social aim and so can be considered part of the social economy, but only under special circumstances (e.g. a township sports club in South Africa in the days of apartheid).

Examples of organizations

The term social and solidarity economy alludes to a wide scope of organizations that are recognized from ordinary revenue driven venture, business and casual economy by two center highlights. To start with, they have unequivocal monetary and social (and frequently ecological) goals. Second, they include differing types of co-employable, affiliated and solidarity relations. [6] They include the following examples:

See also


  1. ^ "The Solidarity Economy: An Introduction". avery.wellesley.edu. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
  2. ^ "Solidarity Economy: An Overview," US Solidarity Economy Network Archived 2014-01-25 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "What is Social Solidarity Economy". RIPESS. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
  4. ^ The Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social and Solidarity Economy
  5. ^ Singer, P (2002) "The Rebirth of the Solidary Economy (sic) in Brazil" in B de S Santos Produzir Para Viver.; Brazilian Forum for the Solidarity Economy (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ "What is Social and Solidarity Economy and why does it matter?". From Poverty to Power. 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
  7. ^ RUEB, Emily (February 23, 2010). "A Trade School Where Ideas are Currency". New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2015.

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