People in low-wage countries face a number of challenges, including exploitation, precarious employment and living conditions, pollution and depletion of natural resources. Increasingly, we are experiencing similar problems here in the developed word. Unfortunately, it seems that decent living conditions for everyone across the globe are not compatible with our prevailing economic model.
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 alternative 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. Examples of successful solidarity-based initiatives, many of which take place on a local scale, include horticulture projects, barter exchanges, local trading systems, giveaway shops, open-source projects, repair cafés and lots more. As initiatives such as these thrive, and show what the social 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 social economy 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.