People in the Global South face a number of challenges, including exploitation, precarious employment and living conditions, pollution and depletion of natural resources. Increasingly, we are experiencing similar problems here in the UK. Unfortunately, it seems that decent living conditions for everyone across the globe just don’t seem to be compatible with our prevailing economic model.
It is becoming more and more obvious that the great challenges of our time - migration, climate change, resource scarcity – can only be met with solutions that are developed on a global level and implemented locally. People have always come up with alternative ways of doing things, from worker takeovers to social enterprises, often in places with no other options. However, in recent years people have been demonstrating that there are alternatives, which can help maintain a sustainable lifestyle based on solidarity and a commitment to positive social and environmental impact.
These alternatives to the mainstream economic model are becoming increasingly diverse and attracting more and more people. Examples of successful social and solidarity-based initiatives, many of them on a local scale, include house and garden projects, consumer-producer communities, local exchange trading systems, giveaway shops, open-source projects, repair cafés and lots more. As initiatives such as these thrive, and show what the solidarity economy can achieve, more and more people are looking to them as an alternative way of living and working.
We call it SUSY - "SUstainability and SolidaritY in Economy“! We inform about solidarity economic alternatives on a local and international level. This website is a starting point for people who want SUSY in their lives, and want to know how to get involved themselves.