Saturday, November 2, 2013

Putting a name to our work: Solidarity Economy

This week we had the opportunity to meet with Julia Ho of M.O.R.E. (Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment).  She introduced us to the term 'Solidarity Economy' which grew out of the occupy movement and as explained on the SolidarityNYC website,

"The solidarity economy includes a wide array of economic practices and initiatives but they all share common values that stand in stark contrast to the values of the dominant economy.
Instead of enforcing a culture of cut-throat competition, they build cultures and communities of cooperation. Rather than isolating us from one another, they foster relationships of mutual support and solidarity. In place of centralized structures of control, they move us towards shared responsibility and democratic decision-making. Instead of imposing a single global monoculture, they strengthen the diversity of local cultures and environments. Instead of prioritizing profit over all else, they encourage a commitment to shared humanity best expressed in social, economic, and environmental justice."
Timebanking naturally fits under the umbrella of solidarity economy practices and we are excited to see what a first 'meeting of the minds' will produce!  Like-minded?  Join the conversation, Wednesday, November 6th at 7:30 pm at the World Community Center.

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