Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mapping the Quiet Revolution

The Freelancers Union has created a crowd-sourced Google Map of coworking spaces, food co-ops, credit unions and other organisations which are sustainable, have a social-purpose and are connected to their communities.

The Quiet Revolution map shows the location of such organisations throughout the United States. You can click on any of the categorized markers on the map to find out more about each listed organization. You can also submit organizations to the Quiet Revolution map by completing a short form.

The Global Transition to a New Economy is a Google Map designed to showcase projects around the world that are part of a new developing economy.

The 'new economy' is one that "maximizes well-being, operates within environmental limits and is capable of coping and adapting to global environmental change".  The map is crowd-sourced and invites contributions from organisations and projects who want to help build a framework to define this new economy.

The contributed projects are color-coded by category. The categories include citizens and communities, finance, currencies and local economies.

The Solidarity Economy refers to activities and groups that foster the production and exchange of goods and services that reinforce values of justice, ecological sustainability and cooperation. Examples of organisations that could be defined as part of a Solidarity Economy include credit unions, worker cooperatives and community land trusts.

One key aspect of the Solidarity Economy is that it supports and helps the local community. One way to ensure that individual groups and organizations don't just work in isolation and actually support the Solidarity Economy of the community is by forging links between different organizations and groups.

I can't think of a better way to help raise awareness of a local Solidarity Economy and forge links between different groups than by mapping the organizations and groups working within that community.

In New York SolidarityNYC are doing exactly this. They have created a Google Map and a directory of organisations and groups that are working to foster relationships of mutual support and solidarity in New York City.

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