Value Chains + Ecosystems: Solidarity Economies Now

This past May, CEANYC joined the NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNOWC) and the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) to host the first in a series of events called Rebuilding with Our Powers Combined, giving a chance to the dozens of attendees from across sectors to learn about each other’s work and strategize around future collaborations.  

In case you missed it, below are two event highlights. 

In this first clip, CEANYC’s Ali Issa and Sheryll Durrant break down the term “solidarity economy value-chain.” Highlighting the unique power and autonomy that these value chains foster, they zoom-in on three present day examples in NYC: a burgeoning food (justice) chain in Central Brooklyn, a credit union/housing coop/CSA/garden loop in the Northwest Bronx, and finally a very coop networked – and just-launched! – city-wide driver-owned ride-hailing platform.

In this second clip, the brilliant Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard unpacks the key term “solidarity economy ecosystem.” Explaining why that concept is so central to building a people-centered and anti-racist economy, she draws on two concrete examples: the powerful Eastern North Carolina Association of Black Cooperatives of the mid-1930s, and the flourishing coop culture of the present day Emilia-Romagna region in north-central Italy.

Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard is Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College at CUNY, and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.

Rebuilding with Our Powers Combined: Strengthening the Solidarity Economy in NYC was held virtually on May 26th, 2021 and was hosted by: Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC (CEANYC), NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNOWC) + Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB).

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