The U.S. Solidarity Economy Network defines a “solidarity economy” as an alternative framework for economic development grounded in practice of principles such as: solidarity and cooperation; multi-dimensional (or intersectional) equity; social and economic democracy; sustainability; pluralism; and people-planet first.

Representatives from Shareable and local Chicago organizers initiated one of the cities more complete Solidarity Economy mapping campaigns in conjunction with the Sharing Cities initiative in 2013. While Google Maps was selected for initial deployment, the map was later abandoned and grew outdated as organizations transitioned, merged, or changed names.

Upon launching its timebank, the Kola Nut Collaborative set about the task of bringing these organizational records up to date based upon renewed interest in building a cohesive presentation of Chicago’s solidarity economy. Our community mapping and partnership conversations later revealed that Steve Ediger of Chi Hack NightGreenrise Intentional Community, and Chicago Chamber of Commons had been working with Shareable on a new map using a more agile, non-proprietary platform, OpenStreetMap.

Below you will find the embedded map with options to filter for specific organizational categories and locate short references to the work of these organizations. If you are interested in developing your own community asset maps or being included in the larger solidarity economy map, contact the Kola Nut Collaborative for further information.

Following a successful launch of the Solidarity Economy 101 presentation series held in concert with the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), there arose the need for a platform which could facilitate greater collaboration and resource sharing among individuals and organizations in Chicago which represent aspects of the social and solidarity economy for the purpose of capacity building. The Solidarity Economy 101 presentation would be culminated several months later in Chicago’s 1st Cooperative Economy Summit.

The result of these conversations was the launch of Solidarity Economies of Greater Chicago, a study group, working group, collaborative workspace, and organizing tool for all of the disparate local economies doing work in the Chicagoland area.

If you are interested in plugging into the infrastructure and work being done within local solidarity economies, join the listserv that we might realize the full range of assets at our disposal throughout Chicago.

In addition to the listserv, the group also maintains a presence on Facebook in order to take advantage of some of the collaborative infrastructure and generative conversations which can happen in near real time there.

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