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What is Social Solidarity Economy?

Today, perhaps as never before, more people are becoming aware that capitalism has turned our lives and our planet into a commodity. A system that is environmentally unsustainable and socially unjust, and that it is not able to guarantee the happiness and dignified life conditions of all persons in any place on the planet.

Social Solidarity Economy includes a wide range of practices that span economic, social, environmental, political, communitarian or holistic dimensions.



The US Solidarity Economy Network, US member of RIPESS, has been running the Solidarity Economy 101 course for four years now. It is meant for organisations, networks and entities of SSE who want to engage with groups and learn together about Solidarity Economy, as well as reflect collectively about capitalism and the alternatives to it. The Resist and Build Education [...]

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RIPESS takes now part in the Nyéléni process Steering Committee

RIPESS had the great opportunity to participate in the Nyeleni Global Forum Preparation Meeting in Rome, last 10-11, June 2023. The purpose of this meeting was to include in the food sovereignty process and structure social movements that are close to the concept and values of food sovereignty/agroecology with different origins and backgrounds. The meeting was a participatory quest among [...]

RIPESS keeping the work up as observers for the UNTFSSE in its last meeting of the year.

Hamish Jenkins updates about the last UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) taking place last 13 December 2023 according to him, one of the most important meetings of the UNTFSSE’s history. Prior to the meeting, two major processes were underway: 1.       A joint letter by #UNTFSSE observers that have a historical background in the global #SocialSolidarityEconomy movement [...]

What is RIPESS?

RIPESS is a global network of continental networks committed to the promotion of Social Solidarity Economy. The member networks themselves (Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania) bring together national and sectorial networks, thus ensuring strong territorial anchoring.

The combined local and global scope gives RIPESS legitimacy to promote SSE, foster intercontinental cooperation, and advocate at different levels. RIPESS members believe in the importance of the globalisation of solidarity, and the ability to build and strengthen an economy that places people and planet at the centre of its activities.

CSA, cohousing,biocoops, recycling,, renewable energy cooperatives, food coop… What is it that allows these thousands of initiatives, this system of values that underpins the social and solidarity economy, to form a system? To create a movement? How can they be made more visible?

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