Susy: Promoting the social and solidarity economy

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At Think Global, we believe in the potential of the social and solidarity economy to help create a just and sustainable world. We were one of 25 European partners collaborating on the Susy project, implementing it in the UK in partnership with The Co-operative College.

What was the project about?

This exciting collaboration shone the spotlight on innovative initiatives helping to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable livelihoods. Funded through the European Union, the project aimed to strengthen the social and solidarity economy (SSE) by highlighting and promoting best practice case studies, and enabling mutual learning.

Initiatives that fall under the SSE umbrella are vast and diverse but have in common social and environmental objectives, and principles of reciprocity and community ownership. By addressing local and global needs, and creating sustainable livelihoods, SSE can play an important role in contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We attended the Susy advocacy event in Brussels on Tuesday 23rd January 2018, when the project’s policy paper Maximising dignity through social and solidarity economywas presented at the European Parliament. Hosted by the MEP Elly Schlein, the event was an opportunity to discuss the role of SSE in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and how it can represent a model for the private sector in the transition towards a sustainable economy. 

Susy featured at two regional events designed to explore, and engage local communities in the SDGs. Read about the December 2017 event in Liverpool here, and the January 2018 event in Wimborne, Dorset here

How can you get involved?

  • Support young people to understand the benefits of SSE for people and planet. Use our photo teaching resource to help young people explore this theme.
  • Take a look at national SSE networks Social Enterprise UK, Locality and the Solidarity Economy Association and support their work. 
  • Check out the Susy project YouTube page to explore best practice case studies of the social and solidarity economy through film. Share and promote these resources to inspire others!
  • Read the results of research carried out into SSE good practice across Europe and the world. Download the full research report, or take a look at the the Susy brochure which provides a summary of the research findings. If you would like to print this, see the folding guidelines
  • Explore the Susy map below which showcases the richness and diversity of social and solidarity initiatives across Europe and the globe. Zoom in to focus on a particular country or region, and use the filter on the left hand side to search by your area of interest.

Get in touch

If you would like more information about our work on this project, please get in touch!

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