Let's build together a common knowledge base for a solidarity economy
Solecopedia is a collective and participative project from Ripess Europe of a free and multilingual wiki, which aims to make the different concepts of the social solidarity economy (SSE) accessible to all. Without pretending to use the grandiloquent words of the academic world, this Glossary of concepts is a small contribution to order all our ideas of the SSE and aims to help the actors of this economy to elaborate together a common frame of reference, which allows to overcome the problems of communication from one country, one language, or one sector to another. We chose to use the wiki as a means to have a collective evolving knowledge that is enriched by the collaboration of several different approaches.
These concepts are the result of different projects, works or activities in which different people from different organisations, movements, initiatives, etc. have participated. Of course, there are no absolute truths and there will certainly be many incomplete definitions, but little by little and thanks to the participation of the members, we will be able to establish shared understandings (rather than definitions) that include all the diversities that cross between us.
Basis of participation in Solecopedia: Anyone with experience in the Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) is invited to participate and add concepts and proposals to Solecopedia, always with a collective responsibility; it is a project of all of us. We are aware of the symbolic charge that the creation of knowledge represents and the way it has always been articulated from the West, constructing colonial, patriarchal, formative, adult-centred realities and so on. Solecopedia seeks to value other ways of creating knowledge by actively encouraging the participation of other continents.
Comments that are sexist, racist, xenophobic, LGTBIQ-phobic or include any form of discrimination will be censored in this collective wikipedia.
Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) is part of the broader vision of transformative economies, movements, paradigms, initiatives that seek real and concrete alternatives to transform the economy, towards a fairer, peaceful, more socially and environmentally sustainable world. It includes:
- Ecofeminism, Feminist Economy and the Care Economy
- The Commons
- Agroecology and Food sovereignty
- Community-led Initiatives
- Ecological Transition
- Political Ecology
Social Economy, Solidarity Economy. A bit of history
Social Solidarity Economy Principles
- Equality, equity and Justice
Structures of Social Solidarity Economy (SSE)
- Social Enterprises
- Informal groups and initiatives
- SSE networks
Practices of Social Solidarity Economy (SSE)
- Alternative local food networks
- Economic and solidarity short supply chains
- Shared housing
- Community Land Trust
- Solidarity Tourism
- Local renewable energy cooperatives
- Soft mobility and inclusive mobility
- Régies de quartier et de territoire
- Parental crèches