U.S. Solidarity Economy Network (U.S. SEN)
Guramylay: Growing the Green Economy is a founding member of U.S. SEN. Julie Matthaei was on the working group that convened the initial caucuses at the 2007 U.S. Social Forum that led to the creation of U.S. SEN. Julie Matthaei and Jenna Allard now serve on the U.S. SEN coordinating committee. The mission of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network is to connect a diverse array of individuals, organizations, businesses and projects in the shared work of building and strengthening regional, national and international movements for a solidarity economy. Through publications, a website, mailing list, and face-to-face gatherings, the network will facilitate: ongoing communication and dialog relating to the development of solidarity economy ideas, values and practices; the sharing of experiences, models and skills; and the creation of collaborative, movement-building projects between network members.
TransformationCentral.org is a place centered in transformation. This online space is for all dreamers who are working on economic, social, and environmental changes. It showcases many different examples of creative transformation and ways that people are healing themselves and coming together to create a more just, free, and sustainable world. The site includes pages on feminist transformation, the solidarity economy, immigration, videos from the first ever U.S. Social Forum, a reflective blog space, and much more. We invite and welcome your participation in Transformation Central
Boston Area Solidarity Economy Network (BASEN)
Our newest project is a proposal to found a Boston Area Solidarity Economy Network. BASEN will be a membership-driven chapter of the national U.S. Solidarity Economy Network that seeks to grow the solidarity economy at the local level and to spread the word about how to live and work sustainably in the Boston area. It will be a place for cooperatives, green businesses, fair trade organizations, workers’ groups, community-based nonprofits, government officials, community groups, and concerned citizens to gather, learn about each other, and forge local and sustainable economic solutions. One of BASEN’s first projects will be mapping the existing solidarity economy in the Boston area. Information gathered from this map could be used to forge links among local businesses and nonprofits that are working on the same issues or in the same sectors of the economy, and that embody similar values and visions for social change.
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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
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