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

In 2013, an organizer from Shareable.Net and a local Chicago representative initiated one of their more complete Solidarity Economy mapping projects in conjunction with the Sharing Cities Initiative. While the Google Maps platform was chosen for this initial development, the map was later abandoned and grew outdated as organizations transitioned, merged, or changed their name.

Following the launch of the timebank, the Kola Nut Collaborative set itself upon the task of bringing the organizational records on this map up to date as part of renewed interest in building a more cohesive presentation of Chicago’s solidarity economy. During one of our community mapping conversations, we discovered that Steve Ediger of ChiHackNight and Greenrise had been working with Shareable on a new map using and a far more agile 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.