Solidarity Economy aims at a restructuring of our mode of production and our lifestyles. Solidarity Economy satisfies concrete needs of human life by fostering societal self-realisation. It delegitimizes the motive of profit production, being able even to transcend the coercion of "covering costs". It's sole constraint is ecological in nature. A good life for all is it's only benchmark.
Commons are a nourishing matrix, where social recognition of everyone goes without saying, and free access to the wealth of relations is real. Commons are the intellectual and material basis of Solidarity Economy, reaching beyond single enterprises and niches. Commons are Solidarity Economy's best expression and it's most important product.
This forum tries to bring Solidarity Economy and the Commons together, reflecting practical projects, discussing strategic interventions, setting agendas. The perspective of such a type of "activist research" is to develop a Solidarity Economy starting from projects organized according to the principles of self-management, egalitarian cooperation and solidarity towards society.
German Language Forum is here: http://transitionaustria.ning.com/group/solcom
Solecopedia, a space for sharing and disseminating social and solidarity economy concepts and practices, available in 7 languages.