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Solidarity Economy

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Marcy Ostberg

on 11 March 2014

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Transcript of Solidarity Economy

Warm Up Activity
Solidarity Economy
Four Cornerstones of Solidarity Economy
Case Studies
What models and practices are included in the solidarity economy?
Economic Democracy
Social Solidarity
New Economy
Demonstrates possibilities beyond the conventional economic model
A socio-economic order and new way of life that deliberately chooses serving the needs of people and ecological sustainability as the goal of economic activity rather than maximization of profits under the unfettered rule of the market
(Quiñones 2008)
View of humans as
Not solely utility maximizers
Humans NOT econs
is basis for relations with humans and nature
Triple bottom line: people, planet, profit
Future generations
Seeing a
and plural economy
Not only dominant market economy
Other economies exist (iceberg)
Self management
Collective ownership
1. Loh, 2014
2. Thaler & Sunstein, 2009
3. Altuna-Gabilondo, 2013
4. Laville, 2010
Areas of Debate
The Solidarity Economy

Learn more
Talk about it
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...and come to a TNE meeting!

Examples of Solidarity Economy in Action
1. Cooperative Home Care Associates
2. Amalgamated Housing Cooperative
3. Bethex Federal Credit Union
4. Mondragon Cooperative Complex
5. Park Slope Food Coop
6. NYC Participatory Budgeting

Discussion Questions
What is the most important feature of this case? What strikes you about it?
How does this case integrate the four characteristics (interdependence, solidarity, democracy, and diversity) of a solidarity economy model?
What would it be like for you to participate in this case?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of this case?
In what ways is the model in this case similar to and different from conventional economic models?
11 March 2014
UEP 251: Economics for Planning and Policy Analysis
Presented by Tufts New Economy:
Marcy Ostberg, Abby Farnham & Leah Lazer
"When we buy into the story of "the economy" we render invisible activities that do not hold an established value in the private market." - Solidarity NYC
• One thing you cannot live without
• One thing you don’t want to live without
• What is the relationship between the activities and things on the bottom of the iceberg and the activities at the tip of the iceberg?
• If we said that the activities on the bottom of the iceberg are also economic activity, then how would you define “the economy”?
Discussion Questions
Write on the sticky notes:
Iceberg - below water line
Altuna-Gabilondo, Larraitz. (2013). Solidarity at Work: The Case of Mondragon. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development “Blog and Think Piece”. Published July 18, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2014 from http://www.unrisd.org/80256B3C005BE6B5/%28httpNews%29/DA6E37662364DDC8C1257BAC004E7032?OpenDocument.

Igietseme, Nene. (2013) "Economics 101: Introduction to Economic Democracy" and "Economics 102: Markets and Economic Actors"

Laville, Jean-Louis. (2010). The Plural Economy. In Keith Hart, Jean-Louis Laville, and Antonio David Cattani (Eds.), The Human Economy (pp. 77-83). Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Loh, Penn. (2014) Is a new economy possible? Planning for community economy in three Massachusetts cities. Paper for Conference: Planning for the Possible: Visionary Planning in Québec and New England

Thaler, R. H., & Sunstein, C. R. (2008). Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth, and happiness. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Quiñones Jr., Benjamin R. (November 2008). Facets of Solidarity Economy. In Arruda, Marcos (ed.), A Non-Patriarchal Economy is Possible: Looking at the solidarity economy from different cultural facets. Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and Solidarity-based Economy (ALOE), March 2009.
Scaling Up
How can solidarity models scale up without diluting core values, and without the risk of co-optation or appropriation?
Adapted from Igietseme, 2013
Adapted from Loh, 2014
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