Solidarity Economy Organizing

[Editor's note: The following is the latest backgrounder from Food First's Dismantling Racism in the Food System series. It is excerpted from a section on Black Agrarianism included in 2017’s forthcoming book Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food, and the Commons. GEO thanks the authors and Food First for allowing us to share their work.]

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The cast of characters assembled on vacant lots in Larimer, an East Pittsburgh neighborhood.

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cross-posted from Commune Life and las Indias in English

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Many participants enjoy Transition [environmental movement] activities and like the idea of concrete, local actions as a positive means of building more resilient and sustainable communities. But insofar as Transition wants to address seriously the threat of climate change, its diffuse structure compromises its ability to synthesize activist efforts, follow up on projects, form alliances, and devise viable strategies. --Staggenborg and Ogrodnik (2015).

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When you think of the work that needs to be done in order to transition to a restorative society, one that solves problems rather than creates them, one that regenerates living systems – what do you think of? Chances are there's plenty of such work to be done, all around us. And chances are that opportunities to get jobs doing that work are few and far between. But what if we built our new economy on exactly that work? We can.

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Michael Johnson and Pamela Boyce Simms discuss the need for self-accountability in our movements and some of the ways to get there.

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The Hudson Valley Current is an example of a local alternative currency or a complementary currency.
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[Editor's Note: Talking and thinking through issues of institutional racism and systemic privilege -- and how these

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cross-posted from Shareable

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"You can never awaken using the same system that put you to sleep in the first place." -Gurdjief-

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cross-posted from The Next System Project

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Gloria Lowe and Vanessa Marr of the Detroit non-profit We Want Green, Too talk about the work they are doing with veterans and returning citizens to both rebuild and reimagine the city of Detroit.

 

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cross-posted from Commons Transition

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This is the second installment of the GEO monthly podcast.  This time, Lucy Greco of the DictationBridge development team tells us about their project to create a free, open-source assistive software tool for blind computer users that has the potential to bring a new level of computer accessibility to many vision-impared people across the world.  This collaborative effort is being supported by 3 Mouse Tech

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[Editor's note: The GEO Collective would like to extend a hearty congratulations to our long-time member Jessica Gordon Nembhard, who was recently recognized by the Cooperative Development Foundation for her years of work in support of the causes of social and economic justice and cooperation by being inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.  Below is the video presentation from the induction ceremony, followed by an interview Jessica did with Laura Flanders, discussing her book Collective Courage: A Histor

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In Detroit, many once thriving neighborhoods lay in ruins.  Most of the houses in many  city blocks can be in a state of severe disrepair, including some that have been completely gutted or burned, with perhaps one or two inhabitable homes that appear to still have people living in them.

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