• "The social and solidarity economy is a dream that we are dreaming for 200 years. [...] It's up to us to combine our skills and bring together our efforts."

    - Paul Singer, National Secretary of the Solidarity Economy in Brazil

    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.


    What is the issue?

    The currently economic system strives for endless growth and our economic policies create and support the framework for this. Our economic system does not work for people, instead it works to support financial institutions.  Here in Ireland we have seen countless bankers walk away from the financial crisis while ordinary people continue to suffer.  But it doesn't have to be this way...

    SUSY is a solution!

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    Where is SUSY?

    Find a way to get involved with and benefit from having SUSY in your life! On this website you will find field reports and case studies from inspiring examples of existing projects around the world, along with specific suggestions and opportunities for action. And most importantly, we will give you some local starting points wherever you are in the world!

    Here is SUSY in action in Ireland!

    Get Active

    Find out how you can have SUSY in your life! 

    Learn more, connect with like-minded people, introduce SUSY to others, set an example or take your own path towards the social economy and share it with others. SUSY is here to support you!

    SUSY is possible!



    This website has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the SUSY initiative and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.