Data Commons Cooperative Maps the Alternative Economy

The emerging constellation of alternative economic activities celebrated on Shareable.net goes by many names—shared, gift, solidarity, social, cooperative, rooted, generative, and new economy are just a few—but they share many core values and aspirations in common. Fundamentally, we are working to re-build our economic relationships to be based on equality, reciprocity and respect, as an affirmation of life rather than a threat to its integrity. To accelerate this work from an “alternative” periphery toward the center of our culture, we need to make these concrete initiatives more visible, and help link these many projects with each other in webs of mutual support. This is how we build new economies based on cooperation, democratic participation and solidarity.

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