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Independant media talk about SSE
May 19, 2020
Photo Reporterre, 12 mai 2020

Independent media are close to the SSE, often by their status and especially by the values they defend. But how do they approach it? Here is a selection of independent media articles mainly on the post #COVID-19 for SSE. You can also find them on the map of socioeco.org: Journalism of Solutions (the articles are located in the city where the experience is taking place or, in the case of a general article, in the city where the media is based).

As you will see, the articles are in their original language, due to the diversity of European countries. This will allow you to perceive which themes are covered by these media: sustainable development, refugees, self-management, cooperatives, organic agriculture, etc. Feel free to send us an article or a media site to improve the map and our knowledge of SSE. Write to Françoise Wautiez: fwautiez[at]socioeco.org


  • La crise sanitaire impose l’urgence de la transition écologique, Tribune de Libération, 1 avril 2020 [lire]
  • Covid-19, et la vie bascula Dès maintenant !, Serge Halimi, Article du Monde Diplomatique, avril 2020 [lire]
  • Le monde d’après-demain, Jean-Louis Laville, Michèle RIOT-SARCEY, Blog de JL Laville, Alternatives Economiques, 10 avril 2020 [lire]
  • Décoloniser notre imaginaire économique pour penser le revenu universel d’existence, Geoffrey Volat, Article Mediapart, 21 avril 2020 [lire]
  • Pour relancer l’économie, choisissons les monnaies locales
    Article de Reporterre, 28 avril 2020 [lire]
  • Les Amap, îlots de lien social dans l’océan du confinement, Article de Reporterre, 27 mars 2020 [lire]
  • Vélo, sécurité alimentaire, taxation des riches.. La sphère écolo pousse pour un « après » plus vert, Article de Reporterre, 12 mai 2020 [lire]
  • Le moment est venu de créer un revenu d’existence en démocratisant la monnaie, Article de The Conversation, 13 mai 2020 [lire]


  • Por una salida cooperativa a la crisis del Covid, Esteban y Rubio Luis, Adrián Gallero Moreiras, Blog de El Salto Diario, 13 de abril 2020 [lire]
  • La vida en juego. La vida en riesgo, Artículo de Pikara Magazine, 15 de abril 2020 [lire]
  • 25 años enredando Economías Solidarias, Carlos Askunze Elizaga, Blog de El Salto Diario, 29 de abril 2020 [lire]
  • ¡Hasta la victoria, siembre! Articulo de CTXT, n°259, abril 2020 [lire]
  • Propuestas de politicas públicas desde la economía social y solidaria, Articulo de Alternativas económicas, 13/05/2020 [lire]


  • Amsterdam to embrace ‘doughnut’ model to mend post-coronavirus economy, Daniel Boffey, Article of The Guardian, 08/04/2020 [lire]
A Potato Revolt begins in Sweden in response to covid-19

On 11th April 2020 a handful of local citizens in the north Swedish town of Söderhamn marched to the city hall demanding action on food production in light of the Covid-19 crisis. Their actions have sparked similar protests around Sweden, reminiscent of the Potato Revolt of 103 years ago. At the end of World War One, some two hundred women from Söderhamn started a nationwide food uprising on 11 April 1917, due to widespread hunger in Sweden.

In Söderhamn, local NGO Närjord, which is part of Southern Norrland Transition Centre, delivered a list of 22 demands to the local municipality (see below). And while the Potato Revolt of 1917 saw mass gatherings by 1st May that year, the current Revolt found other, socially-distanced ways of demonstrating this 1st May, with flash mobs across the country placing buckets of potatoes and posters urging revolt. Images of community groups planting potatoes together and protest buckets in Malmö, Gothenburg, Molkom and in front of the parliament in Stockholm were shared on social media. And Sävarådalen’s Garden Club near Umeå distributed Potato Revolt buckets to 10 villages to spread the concept.

People continue to post Potato Revolt photos and more local community groups are taking action locally by planting potatoes together, asking for access to public lands and involving more residents in joint food security efforts.

The list of 22 demands presented to Söderhamn municipality on 11th April to be implemented in May-June 2020 are:

1. The immediate establishment of municipal food safety crisis groups.
2. The provision of emergency funds to finance increased self-sufficiency including long-term sustainable food production.
3. Seeds and seeds are immediately purchased on a large scale
4. That the fertilizer supply is secured
5. That other necessary input goods are secured
6. That existing food producers are supported by all available means
7. That all available land is immediately inventoried and made usable
8. That all greenhouses produce edible crops in 2020
9. That a large number of smaller greenhouses are bought and loaned to citizens in civil society who can produce food for several people.
10. That the municipality starts urban cultivation in possible places
11. That “starter packages” for cultivation on balconies and similar places are offered
12. To offer intensive courses in the cultivation of different crops
13. To offer intensive courses in agricultural jobs
14. To regularly blog with tips shared actively on social media
15. To collaborate with local producers, wholesalers, distributors to secure the food chain
16. To immediately contact the Employment Service for emergency work
17. To immediately investigate the possibilities for stock keeping and processing
18. To immediately examine distribution channels, cooling chains, etc.
19. To coordinate opportunities to harvest more in the forest (herbs, berries, mushrooms, etc.)
20. To cooperate with the hunter clubs in the municipality for the autumn hunt
21. To explore other possibilities for alternative food production
22. Immediately start your own seed production of necessary vegetable crops

NGO Närjord also urged people in Söderhamn to write to the municipality about their concern for food security, demanding the municipality to fulfil its legal obligation to have a food security contingency capacity.

Anders Persson of Närjord had calculated that every inhabitant needs some 150 kg of potatoes annually and at an average price of 20 SEK/kg anyone in Söderhamn concerned about the food situation could purchase a local and organic “potato share” for 3000 kronor or roughly 300 EUR which Närjord would cultivate and deliver after the autumn potato harvest.

Article of Transition Sweden, may 2020

After the pandemic, no going back to the “abnormal”

What is a pandemic? An epidemic that is highly dangerous and is developing on a global scale. The coronavirus has indeed spread throughout the world and has thus highlighted the dangers of unregulated globalisation, based on the lowest wages, which encourages companies to relocate their production to low-wage countries which, in addition to the indignity of the process, runs the risk of severe restrictions as soon as the flow of goods is interrupted while threatening localised industries. The abrupt cessation of tourism highlights by contrast the damage it does to ecological balances. Confinement has forced populations, by reducing their mobility, to buy goods at a local level, even if, with the help of the Internet, the use of distribution companies has consolidated their supremacy. But this halt to previous forms of consumption and production has shown that many of them were not essential or even useful, and this beyond the circle of convinced activists. It also highlighted the importance of food sovereignty and the quality of agricultural products The pandemic has paradoxically revealed our interdependence by forcing the closure of borders to preserve each nation from a worsening of the pandemic. The shutdown of economies due to the lockdown heralds an unprecedented economic crisis if governments (political and economic) want to “make up for lost time” and restore profit levels, or even deregulate working conditions.

However, since the beginning of the pandemic, chains of solidarity have been set up and virtual meetings have abounded to lead a collective reflection on the “post-Covid 19” period. Internationally, RIPESS Intercontinental has facilitated a series of webinars in three languages organized by its members and published a text reminding us that the globalization of solidarity is the response we need now.

There is a tendency to join forces, because it is clear that there is a tug-of-war between those who support a return to “normal” and those who reject this return to “abnormal”. The major difficulty is to oppose in a firm and effective way without triggering bloodshed because the reaction has the military force at its disposal and the recent mobilizations that have inflamed the streets of many countries on all continents have met with more or less ferocious repression. There are also many calls to organize collectively to have the virtues of the solidarity economy recognized in order to respond to the challenges before us. A certain number of these proposals are listed in this newsletter. Among those that we do not reproduce but that you can find by following the links : A manifesto signed by more than 3114 researchers (at last count) from 600 universities around the world calls for lessons to be learned from the unprecedented health, social and economic crisis that humanity has been suffering for more than two months and for politicians to act now. Immediately. Its title: “Work: democratize, demarcate, depollute.”

In France a group including two former members of the National Council of Resistance calls for the creation of a National Committee of the New Resistance (CNNR), recalling what was set up just after the war for a new social pact. In Belgium, the Regional Council of the Transition brings together 70 associations that wish to advance the solutions of the future. This review is not exhaustive, we can find others in this newsletter and on the website, do not hesitate to let us know about the mobilizations that are taking place in this direction in your countries.

The World Social Forum of Transformative Economies originally planned for June in Barcelona has been postponed but in the meantime a virtual version of the Forum will be organized to publicize the alternatives that exist to the capitalist system, as well as to build new ones.

Many virtual meetings are planned while waiting for the end of the lockdown to come to an end. We publish them on our Facebook & Twitter pages whenever we are informed.

We have enormous challenges in the years to come. More than ever, solidarity will be the glue that will give strength and coherence to what we will undertake collectively. It is gratifying to see the number of those who want to roll up their sleeves.

By Josette Combes

What if the coronavirus helps spread the solidarity economy?
Diego Moratti, RIES

Article of Valori.it, (in Italian) 25/4/2020

Diego Moratti (Solidarity Economy Network): the lockdown imposed a rethinking of habits. Many are approaching the world of critical consumerism. An opportunity to be exploited
By Corrado Fontana

With a coronavirus pandemic still in progress, we try to pick up the signs for a positive outcome. And the world of the solidarity economy, that of gruppi d’acquisto (GAS) and the short supply chain, relations between critical consumers and small producers, healthy food and the right price, is discovering a pleasant truth: it has so far responded well to the difficulties. And that’s not all. The solidarity-based economy has strengthened the certainty that certain well-established good practices can be successful on the model of intensive agriculture. What’s more, thanks to lockdown restrictions, the number of consumers interested in “alternative” purchasing styles is growing.
“Many daily habits have changed obligatorily due to the virus, with the consequent potential to root – or start from scratch – the affirmation of more sustainable practices” confirms Diego Moratti, member of the national board of the newly founded Italian Solidarity Economy Network (its birth as RIES was made official just before the outbreak of the epidemic). “Such practices, if integrated and added together, can affect and bring about effective social and economic change”.

Could this crisis therefore become a watershed?

This is exactly what emerged at the founding moment of the new RIES on Wednesday 22 March 2020. We asked more than 70 representatives from all over Italy: there was a strong convergence on the value of the historical opportunity we are facing.

What contribution can the realities of the solidarity economy concretely provide to relaunch the agricultural sector after the coronavirus crisis?
“We have activated relations with other networks of producers and with actors involved in the defence of peasant agriculture in the direction of agro-ecology: the first objective was to propose to the most sensitive members of Parliament the possible recognition of our systems of production and distribution of quality food in government decrees gradually issued. The second objective is now to seek unified lines of intervention for the post-virus within a medium-long period of economic crisis, the most serious in the last 100 years (i.e. since ’29)”.

What role does the solidarity economy play in the sustainable production of food, in the transition to organic agriculture, in the processes of social inclusion?

“The realities of the solidarity economy are mainly aimed at an “internal” market and a “conscious” demand, which knows the producers and chooses them for a series of reasons (not so much for an alleged convenience or supermarket convenience). For these reasons (environmental sustainability, social inclusion, cooperative forms) the consumer decides to be “solidarity” with the producer.

This pivotal concept, even in times of economic crisis, can allow for the “holding” of support for that part of sustainable agriculture – organic, social inclusion – that leverages on our GAS, small producers’ markets and similar practices. Provided that these activities are allowed in legal and security terms in the various emergency decrees”.

The civil economy has flexibility and resilience. In this crisis, have RIES and GAS confirmed similar characteristics?

“A long-distance meeting organized by RIES at the end of March with about a hundred participants, mostly “GAS experts”, revealed “creative” responses from local chains of production and distribution of genuine food with respect to the regulations contained in government decrees. The latter have placed constraints on our relationship systems, to the benefit of large-scale distribution. We have made the most of these experiences, providing those in difficulty with a series of materials to facilitate the recognition, even formal, by mayors and prefects of the activities of the GAS or small producers who have proposed to make home deliveries.
After an initial setback, many purchasing groups got back on track by reinventing ways of sourcing products, storing them and delivering them to families. For example, condominium GAS have been proposed and new spaces for sorting goods designed to maintain social distancing.

Other realities have developed platforms for online or telephone orders or have joined the social aid circuits of the various municipalities, information and delivery of local civil protection or groups of volunteers born for the emergency. In other words, resilience and flexibility are typical qualities of these alternative supply circuits”.

Will you also succeed in inducing a rethinking of the current agricultural model in a more sustainable sense?

“All the subjects of the Italian Solidarity Economy Network – the GAS, Fair trade and ethical finance organisations – are aware that the considerable changes in people’s habits, even if forced, give an exceptional opportunity to reflect on how much our consumption, including food consumption, impacts on agriculture, the environment and the economy in general.

We are certain that the model of the solidarity-based economy responds to many critical issues that the system of agro-industrialism and the depersonalisation of economic relations has brought to extremes. In particular, I am thinking of environmental sustainability and pollution. The crisis caused by the pandemic, therefore, can be used to spread our good practices. Provided that they can be grasped and recognized by citizens and institutions as a better and preferable model, alternative and concretely activated”.

APRES Manifesto

What if the “return to normality” was accompanied by real changes for the environment, the Human being and society?

The Manifesto of Après-Ge regroups proposals for political and concrete actions to make the ecological and social transition our compass to get out of the crisis!

Complementary to the Call of May 4th (in French), this manifesto proposes concrete solutions for a sustainable future.

> Consult the Manifesto < (in French)

This health crisis is an opportunity
Covid-19, one crisis too many in an already sick society The simple revival of the economy of Befor is out of the question The State must increase its regulatory role
Debt as a response to this crisis is unsustainable The pursuit of financial profit alone is unsustainable

Let’s build an economy of solidarity-based sobriety
Let’s share, let’s cooperate
Let(s favour short circuits and the regional economy
Let’s work differently, let’s govern our organizations differently
Let us reappropriate our time, our lives, our health and our citizenship capacities Let us develop a policy of “commons” to cover our basic needs Let us develop an international Geneva as a conductor of sustainability, and of global and local balances

The ecological, social and solidarity transition as a compass for emerging from the crisis
The creation of a fund and a network of expertise as pilots of the transition
Public aid linked to this crisis as a lever for tomorrow’s economy
Innovative financing as an alternative to “classic” private and public debt ” Our savings as the driving force of our economy
Leman currency as a stimulator of local trade
A secure platform for short circuits as an alternative to the giants of globalization like Amazon.
Cooperation and Mutualisation as models of development
Neighbourhoods as living and basic units for transition
Independent information as a guarantor of the construction of our free will
Culture as an expression of creativity and a catalyst for sustainable futures
Social and solidarity economy networks as transition networks
Taking the right exit from the crisis

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