• "The social and solidarity economy is a dream that we are dreaming for 200 years. [...] It's up to us to combine our skills and bring together our efforts."

    - Paul Singer, National Secretary of the Solidarity Economy in Brazil

    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.


    What is the issue?

    The economic system which is currently dominant strives for endless growth, reinforced by policies which support and create a framework which enables this to happen. The financial sector is dominant and the markets continue to be liberalised. In short: the economy follows the needs of the economy and not those of the people.

    SUSY is a solution!

    Near you

    Where is SUSY?

    Here you can find a way to get involved with and benefit from having SUSY in your life, however you choose! On this website you will find field reports and case studies from inspiring examples of existing projects around the world, and a SUSY map to explore initiatives near you, along with specific suggestions and opportunities for action. All importantly, we will give you some starting points local to you, wherever you are in the world!

    Here is SUSY!

    Get Active

    Find out how you can have SUSY in your life! 

    Learn more, connect with like-minded people, introduce SUSY to others, set an example or take your own path towards the solidarity economy and share it with others. SUSY is here to support you!

    SUSY is possible!


    The Co-operative College

    The Co-operative College is an educational charity based in Manchester which is dedicated to the promotion of co-operative values, ideas and principles within co-operatives, communities and society. The College brings to the project extensive experience working to capacity-build among co-operatives in the developing world, as well as its involvement in international co-operative networks and partnerships with transnational bodies.

    The College is compiling best case studies of co-operatives and social enterprises in the North West and North East of England, as well as overseeing best practice case studies in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.


    Think Global

    Think Global is an education charity based in London which helps people to understand global issues and stands for a more just and sustainable world. Think Global’s work includes working to raise teachers’ awareness and effectiveness in development education, and creating global learning resources for schools.

    For SUSY, Think Global is compiling case studies of co-operatives and social enterprises in London and the South East of England.


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