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Writings on the Solidarity Economy

By Jenna Allard and Julie Matthaei, Guramylay: Growing the Green Economy


A list of our writings on the Solidarity Economy, in downloadable PDF format:

Solidarity Economies: An Exercise in Remapping the Economy

Jenna Allard
August 2008

A playful and personal piece, written for the magazine journal Adbusters, about how mapping - as opposed to model-making - might give us a more accurate vision of the economy around us, and the opportunities we have to change it.

From Crisis to Job Creation: Labor and the Solidarity Economy

Julie Matthaei and Jenna Allard
August 2008

A short article, written for the magazine Dollars & Sense, about Solidarity Economy organizing in times of economic crisis, and its possibility for job creation. This piece includes international examples from Brazil, Argentina, and Canada, and also mentions some exciting new U.S. based networking.

Another Economy is Possible! Using the U.S. Social Forum to Create the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network

Julie Matthaei and Jenna Allard
June 2008

A chapter, written for inclusion in a book about the 2007 U.S. Social Forum, about how the Solidarity Economy track at the USSF was organized, how it led to the formation of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network, and how the Solidarity Economy framework could be a useful organizing tool for progressive groups in the U.S.

Solidarity Economy: Building Alternatives for People and Planet
Papers and Reports from the 2007 U.S. Social Forum

Edited by Jenna Allard, Carl Davidson, and Julie Matthaei
Chicago: Changemaker Publications, 2008

A book, published by Changemaker publications, contains 23 chapters based on workshops from the "Building Economic Alternatives and the Social/Solidarity Economy" track at the 2007 U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta. It also details the events that took place at the USSF Solidarity Economy caucuses, and provides some of the key documents produced by the Working Group for the caucuses.

The Emerging Solidarity Economy: Some Common Themes

Solidarity Economy Working Group for USSF 2007
June 2007

A document, produced in preparation for "Building Economic Alternatives and the Social Solidarity" track at the U.S. Social Forum, and approved by the entire Working Group. It outlines some of the tensions within the solidarity economy, and provided one of the first definitions of the solidarity economy in the U.S.