Monday, December 08, 2008

The Solidarity Economy

New phrase I just learned.
From the North American Students of Cooperation:
The Solidarity Economy (SE) is an alternative framework for economic development that is grounded in principles of solidarity, equity in all dimensions, participatory democracy, sustainability and pluralism...Many features of existing economies are likely ‘keepers', for example, environmental protections, minimum wage and labor regulations and public education. Other elements of the solidarity economy could be characterized as ‘economic alternatives' such as worker, consumer and housing cooperatives, land trusts, social currencies, community supported agriculture, social investment funds, participatory budgeting, green technologies, and the commons movement. Solidarity economy practices are also powerfully rooted in social and economic justice movements...

(photo: Chavez Coop)

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