• "Our task is to find new ways of guaranteeing a plural economy within a framework of democracy.

    Instead of making an abstract appeal for an alternative economy, we should be devising fresh combinations within the field of economic possibilities open to us."

    Jean-Louis Laville: European Coordinator of the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy

    Number of SSE organisations is extending

    In Europe, approximately two million SSE organizations represent about 10 per cent of all companies and employ over 11 million people (the equivalent of 6 per cent of the working population of the European Union).

    More and more people are facing today a number of challenges related to an unsustainable model of society, including exploitation, precarious employment and living conditions, climate change, pollution and depletion of natural resources. Unfortunately, it seems that decent living conditions for everyone across the globe just don’t seem to be compatible with our prevailing economic pathway. Competition and profits are the ground where our development is rooted in, leading to a multiple crisis impossible to overcome without creating a new social paradigm. After the failures of all top-down solutions already proposed, people have been deciding to self-organize their own proposals to cope with this drift. 

    Migration, climate change, resource scarcity

    It is becoming more and more obvious that the great challenges of our time - migration, climate change, resource scarcity – can only be met with solutions that are developed on a global level and implemented locally. People have always come up with innovative ways of doing things, from worker takeovers to social enterprises, often in places with no other options. However, in recent years people have been demonstrating that there are alternatives, which can help maintain a sustainable lifestyle based on solidarity. These alternatives to the capitalist economic model are becoming increasingly diverse and attracting more and more people. SUSY-Blog


    Examples of successful solidarity-based initiatives, many of them on a local scale, include consumer-producer communities, local exchange trading systems, giveaway shops, open-source projects, repair cafés, house and garden projects and lots more. As initiatives such as these thrive, and show what the solidarity economy can achieve, more and more people are looking to them as an alternative way of living and working.

    We call it SUSY - "SUstainability and SolidaritY in Economy“! We inform about solidarity economic alternatives on a local and international level. This website is a starting point for people who want SUSY in their lives, and want to know how to get involved themselves.

    This website has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the SUSY initiative and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.