Welcome. You’re looking for simple ways to stay on the fringes of the current system? Perfect. Heres some tips on how to create the world you may envision.
Solidarity Economy: An alternative development framework that is grounded in practice and the in the principles of: solidarity, mutualism, and cooperation; equity in all dimensions (race/ethnicity/ nationality, class, gender, LGBTQ); social well-being over profit and the unfettered rule of the market; sustainability; social and economic democracy; and pluralism, allowing for different forms in different contexts, open to continual change and driven from the bottom-up.
Most Importantly: Question who is behind your decisions or morals. Are you defining what is important to you?
Solidarity forms of consumption:
- Simple living. Reduce/resuse/repair/recycle.
- Grow your own food.
- Build things yourself!
- Get stuff from goodwill or salvation army-type places.
- DIY your stuff as much as you can. It makes you feel accomplished and adds a unique flair, as opposed to standardized products.
- Live off the excessive waste. Freeganism, gleaning, freecycling
- Buy socially responsible or sustainable products: fair trade, CSA’s, etc
- Buy local! The majority of the money spent goes back into your community. On the flipside, buying from Corporations don’t feed into communities, they leech from them.
- Share rides, housing, tools, equipment, anything!
Solidarity Forms of Exchange:
- Getting/giving for free: Free markets, charity, volunteer, skillshare
- Support local co-ops
- Barter and swap: barter clubs, swapfests
- Squatting living spaces that aren’t being used, refusing eviction
- Community-currencies: Local money systems opposing U.S. dollar
Solidarity Forms of Working and Producing:
- Work for a socially responsible and/or green business
- As part of a worker owned coop (www.usworker.coop)
- As part of a producer coop (farmer’s coop)
- As part of a CSA (localharvest.org)
- As a social entreprepeur (se-alliance.org) (Ashoka.org)
- Work for a nonprofit with solidarity-based goals
- Transform a non-solidarity-based business
- Volunteer worker
- As a member of a timetrade circle (www.timebanks.org)
- As part of a progressive union (jwj.org)
Check out http://www.ussen.org for more info on the Solidarity Economy!