North America

Who we are

RIPESS North America connects networks from the United States, Canada and Quebec. There are currently three members representing each country/province: the United States Solidarity Economy Network (US SEN), the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) and the Chantier de l’économie sociale from Québec.

Our history

Forty Quebec province social economy activists were involved in the first Globalisation of Solidarity meeting in Lima in 1997. There they committed to organize a second meeting in Québec City in October 2001.

In December 2002, in a meeting in Dakar Senegal, English speaking community economic development leaders from the United States and from Canada joined participants from Latin America, Europe and Africa to create RIPESS.

RIPESS North America itself was created in May 2004 at the occasion of a CCEDNet conference. The creation of US SEN in June 2007 formalized RIPESS NA as a network of networks.

What we believe in

We support the RIPESS Global vision of transforming our economic system beyond cut-throat capitalism to one that is equitable, democratic and sustainable. As such, we strive to develop and strengthen initiatives that are transformative and reinforce solidarity among individuals and among communities.


Areas of work

Strengthening and connecting the SSE

The 3 networks work to strengthen and connect the SSE within their own territories as well as between the US, Canada and Quebec.

In Canada, we work at the federal level and at the provincial level.  In Quebec in particular, the Chantier de l’économie sociale has been at the forefront of developing an ecosystem to support the development of the social economy which is recognized by the provincial government and is exemplary at the international level. In other provinces of Canada, the SSE is gaining traction and in several cases has support from provincial and local governments. CCEDNet works to rally these actors at the Federal level, often in collaboration with the Chantier.

In the United States, there is a vibrant and growing foundation of solidarity economy practices that US SEN seeks to connect through the development of a structure and vision to promote a common identity and strategy. US SEN has worked to  connect “Resist and Build”—social justice movements with solidarity economy practitioners—one important element of which has been through the US Social Forum.

Over the years, through participation in national events and specific exchanges among practitioners RIPESS NA members in the US and in Canada have explained their work, have exchanged information, have learned from each and have broadened and deepened their perspective thanks to these exchanges.

As a continent, RIPESS NA remains deeply committed to the development of RIPESS as a global network.

Some Actions

NA SSE Forum

In the spring of 2016, RIPESS-NA initiated the first North American Social Solidarity Economy Forum. We chose to hold it in Detroit, Michigan because it embodies both the legacy of de-industrialization and some of the most innovative strategies of resurgence. One thread that was deliberately woven throughout was an anti-racism, anti-oppression, de-colonization lens. The venue of the Forum also included the Incite Focus FabLab, which is at the forefront of bringing together cutting-edge tech, like 3D printing, with community production. Over 400 people participated in the local tours, plenary sessions, workshops, cultural celebrations, healing spaces, and strategy sessions.


Chantier de L’Économie Sociale

CountryCanada (Quebec)
ActivitiesRéseau régional pour la promotion de l’économie solidaire


U.S. Solidarity Economy Network

Country: United States
Activities: Connect individuals, organizations, businesses and projects in the shared work of building and strengthening regional, national and international movements for a solidarity economy.


Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet)

Country: Canada
Activities: CCEDNet is a national member-led organization committed to strengthening Canadian communities by creating economic opportunities that enhance social and environmental conditions.


Board Members

Contact and Join RIPESS-NA

For information about RIPESS-NA, including how to become a member, please contact the representatives at US-SEN, CCEDNet or the Chantier.

  • Le chantier de l’economie sociale: Béatrice Alain – contact
  • US-SEN: Marcus Hill – contact
  • CCEDNet: Yvon poirier – contact


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