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 (SSE) to help create a just and sustainable world. We are one of 25 European partners collaborating on the Susy project, implementing it in the UK in partnership with The Co-operative College.

What is the project about?

This exciting collaboration is looking to find new and innovative ways to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable livelihoods. Funded through the European Union, it aims to strengthen the social and solidarity economy 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.

At the beginning of the project, research was carried out on SSE good practice across Europe and the world. Read the full research report, or download the Susy brochure which provides a summary of the research findings. If you would like to print this, see the folding guidelines

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.
  • 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. Contact us if you have organisations to recommend!
  • 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!

Get in touch

If you would like more information about our work on this project, please contact Catherine Richardson.

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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.