Article by REAS, network of networks, Spain
Put life at the center
We place the sustainability of life at the center of economic activity.
The proposals of the Solidarity Economy face the development of a capitalist economy, financialized and far from the real economy, focused on the unlimited growth of production and consumption regardless of its social and environmental effects. Its only objective is profit and profit maximization, which produces unsustainable precariousness, poverty and inequality. It is a system not only economic, but socio-political and cultural, based on relations of inequality and exclusion based on gender, sexual orientation and identity, age or origin.
The Solidarity Economy is a vision and a practice that, within the Social Economy, places the processes of sustaining life at the center of socioeconomic activity, placing people, communities and the environment above capital and its accumulation. This model promotes and develops alternative initiatives in all spheres of the economic cycle (financing, production, marketing and consumption), from values related, among others, to cooperation, reciprocity, self-management and solidarity. All this from a transformative perspective that seeks to build more communitarian, democratic, equitable, inclusive and sustainable economies. Economies, in short, feminist, ecological and based on solidarity.
In this context, we demand the transition towards new models in which the six principles we present enable the generation of initiatives, spaces and networks that are economically and socially transformative.
Equity incorporates justice and diversity into the goal of equality. It means recognizing equality of opportunities, conditions and treatment, while establishing a fair distribution of obligations, resources and responsibilities under the principles of universality and uniqueness.
Much more than a job or an occupation, work is any human activity that makes life possible, thus recognizing plural, productive and reproductive, professional and voluntary, paid and free jobs. Based on our interdependence and ecodependence, we understand as basic for our survival the works of care between people, communities and with the planet, placing them as priorities for social organization.
We recognize nature as a subject of rights, placing living beings and the reproduction of life at the center of every social and economic process. Ecological sustainability is, based on the ecodependence of all human activity, a central principle of the commitment to the sustainability of life and the need to ensure the survival of all living beings within the biophysical limits of the planet.
Cooperation is a central element for the construction of collaborative, democratic and transparent economic relations, a proposal of self-organization, based on mutual support and solidarity, aimed at satisfying needs and achieving the common good.
FAIR DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH
We understand wealth as the set of material, social, cultural and natural elements that determine the capacity of a community to meet the needs of its members in the short, medium and long term. Thus, its fair generation, distribution and conservation becomes a collective strategy necessary for the reproduction and sustainability of life. This implies resignifying the use and value of money as an instrument for a real community-based economy that allows us to build equitable, inclusive and autonomous societies.
COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT
The commitment to the environment means collaborating and articulating with the rest of the agents that make up the socioeconomic fabric. It implies to promote and impulse production, distribution and consumption models focused on the territory, from which to build community proposals for improvement and an eco-social transformation agenda that moves from the local to the global.
You can sign the Manifesto: here
Hundreds of groups and people from the environmental movement have already joined, from feminisms, diverse defenders of human rights, people from the academic and cultural world, the neighborhood and trade union movement among others. As the ecologist and feminist Yayo Herrero, one of the prescribers of the campaign, defends, “It is urgent to develop economies that ensure the sustainability of all lives in good conditions. That is why we must celebrate the new Charter of Principles of the Social and Solidarity Economy, because it speaks of equity, justice and sustainability as we must speak, committing to all this at the same time. That is the economy that those of us who live now and also future generations need.” (from the article “More than 1,500 signatures on the manifesto for the Solidarity Economy”