LET’S CREATE A FAIRER SOCIETY FOR EVERYONE
A society based on equality, democracy, and solidarity.
We are the Solidarity Economy Association
Our vision is a thriving Solidarity Economy for the UK – an economy that embodies the values of economic and social justice, diversity and pluralism, co-operation, self-management, and ecological sustainability.
Another economy is not just possible: it’s already happening.
Grassroots economic activity is happening all over the world that puts the wellbeing of everyone above profit for the few. From worker co-ops to alternative currencies, community land trusts to Free and Open Source software projects – these initiatives share common values that are about improving the lives and livelihoods of people and our planet. It’s time for us to reject capitalism, and focus on changing a broken system to one that is sustainable, transformative, and meets the needs of all without exploitation.
Co-operation: People uniting voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs through jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.
Sustainability: Initiatives within the solidarity economy value the planet and don’t do things that are ecologically damaging.
Democracy: Individuals have shared responsibility and decision-making is democratic, so that everyone’s voice is valued.
Wellbeing: Individual and collective wellbeing is more important than maximising profit.
What we do
Solidarity Economy Association is a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative working to support the growth of the Solidarity Economy Movement in the UK. We do this by:
Developing and promoting research which contributes to the growth of the Movement.
Furthering education through events, resources and other mediums.
Championing the values and activity of the solidarity economy, both in the UK and internationally.
Creating and sustaining a network of like-minded individuals and organisations who embody and uphold the principles of the solidarity economy.
Partnering with others on projects and activity to achieve our shared goals.
Undertaking international activity when there is a clear benefit to the UK community.
As a co-operative, we’re governed by a Board of Directors made up of passionate and experienced people.