"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Location: New York, NY


SolidarityNYC connects, supports, and promotes New York City’s solidarity economy.

The solidarity economy meets human needs through economic activities–like the production and exchange of goods and services–that reinforce values of justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, and democracy. From credit unions to worker cooperatives, Community Supported Agriculture to time banks, community land trusts to participatory budgeting, it’s an economy actually worth occupying.

Our vision is a vibrant and growing movement that provides greater economic security, improved physical and emotional health, and increased democracy for our communities and ecosystems.

We hope to:

- Make the strong solidarity economy practices that already exist in New York City more visible. (Check out our map and our films.)

- Bring the various sectors of the solidarity economy into conversation with each other for collaboration and mutual benefit.

- We want to build political power.

- Grow the solidarity economy by driving more traffic into existing initiatives and inspire and support the development of new ones.

- We’ve mapped what’s available and we’re ready to connect people and organizations who can help New Yorkers start their own economic alternatives.

- Create cultures of cooperation and direct democracy to replace those of competition and hierarchy which characterize corporate capitalism. It isn’t enough to just have a “green” business or “social” enterprise–we have to radically change the way we relate to each other and the purpose of economic activity.

- Challenge the social justice movement to take up grassroots economic community development. When our communities organize to meet their own needs–which all have some economic element–we create new bonds of interdependence (some might call it solidarity!) and open additional opportunities for transformation.

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