How do we build regional economies rooted in community ownership? As Stacey Sutton wrote to introduce an NPQ article series last fall on “Solidarity Economies—Building Community Power,” the growth of solidarity economy organizations across the country over the last decade has been “somewhat astounding.” In this webinar, cosponsored by the New Economy Coalition, we build on the contributions from that series and take a deep look at movement growth and ongoing challenges—with participants from New Orleans, Los Angeles, Oakland (CA), Buffalo and Washington DC sharing their perspectives.

Our panelists are:

This webinar explores:

  • What do we mean by a solidarity economy?
  • How do you build a community-owned solidarity economy at the local and regional levels?
  • How do solidarity economy businesses develop viable and sustainable business models?
  • What does an incubator do and how does that help community-owned businesses generate living wages and earnings?
  • What is the ecosystem that is needed to support cooperatives, community land trusts, and other tools of community economic ownership?
  • What is the role of culture and the arts in the solidarity economy?
  • How can community economic organizing build on African and Indigenous cultural traditions?
  • How do solidarity economy activists join forces with labor unions, racial justice groups, and other social movement organizations?
  • What can public policy do to support solidarity economy development?

Whether you’re a social movement activist, nonprofit leader, board member, or engaged in community-based organizing, this webinar will provide you with real-life examples and lessons learned that can inform your work in your own community.


Andrew Delmonte, “Building Economic Resilience in the Rust Belt: Buffalo’s Growing Co-op Network,” NPQ, December 13, 2023.

Latowa Giwa, in collaboration with Susan Sakash, “Building an Arts Solidarity Economy,” NPQ, December 6, 2023.

Gilda Haas, “How the City of Angels Can Become a City of Worker-Owners,” NPQ, December 13, 2023.

Gregory Jackson, “Building the Solidarity Economy by Boosting Black-Owned Co-ops,” NPQ, December 20, 2023.

M. Felix Macaraeg and Bianca Vazquez, “Building the Spokes in the Wheel of a Solidarity Economy: A DC Story,” NPQ, December 20, 2023.

Stacey Sutton, “Seeding Solidarity Economies: What’s Behind the Emerging Ecosystems,” NPQ, December 6, 2023.