This project links up four broad activities in our efforts to help grow a Solidarity Economy in Worcester and beyond:
1) Mapping: Create a map for printing and a dynamic map for on-line navigation that illustrates relationships and connections between different aspects of the Solidarity Economy-entities whose missions include: “alternative” economies, political resistance, or social inclusion.
2) Interviews: Perform qualitative ethnographic research to grow our understandings of Solidarity Economy, build community and cross community relationships, and expand the SAGE Alliance and Conference. Video soundbites and virtual tours of each space is also a possibility.
3) Community Organizing: Both the process of mapping and the finished map will be integrated into creating the very relationships and connections we are trying to illustrate, thereby grounding the project into the organizing needs and possibilities of communities.
4) SAGE Conference: Use the map to expand the conference planning coalition, increase attendance, start dialogues and potential projects leading up to the conference, and create compelling, interactive plenary presentations.

2 Comments

  • Terra says:

    please put me on your list for announcements. i’m available for consultation (i’m a business consultant) for free, for new socially sustainable co-ops/enterprises. but i can’t do a lot of online discusison til after i finish with the ballot initiative PassMassAmendment.org to amend state constitution via petition based on “corporations are not people, money is not speech”. this finishes nov 20th, but please put me on your announcement list so i can forward to my lists, thanks for all you’re doing. there’s mapping stuff going on in boston too…

    • admin says:

      Hi Terra!

      Thanks for emailing. Your work sounds very interesting; will you be coming to the conference? It would be great to have you in the conversations.

      Boone

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