Videos Showcasing the Solidarity Economy

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* Videos: SUSY videos showcase solidarity economy



"All over the world – and in towns and communities close to you – people are providing services and products in ways that put people, not profit, first. These include not just well-known initiatives such as Fairtrade, but small-scale and local projects which encourage people to pool their resources and skills to work co-operatively and collaboratively. There is a name for this alternative way of doing business: the Social and Solidarity Economy. Three short films made by the Co-operative College get behind the scenes to explore what motivates the people involved in the solidarity economy, and how it benefits both the people employed in this way and those using their services and products.

The films are one of the first outcomes from the international, three-year ‘SUSY’ project, which has brought together 26 partners from European 23 territories. The College and London-based global education charity Think Global are the UK partners, and are focusing on the solidarity economy in the North West of England, the North East of England, Greater London and the South East of England, in addition to the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

After an initial stage which involved mapping and speaking to solidarity initiatives in these areas, best practice case studies were identified, and interviews were conducted with members, employees and users. These interviews formed the basis for the short films." (