For many solidarity economy activists, mapping is the key to building the movement.
Especially in areas where there is little familiarity with the term "solidarity economy," mapping has potential to raise awareness. Advanced mapping platforms have additional functionalities. They can enable consumers to find solidarity economy producers, create solidarity economy supply chains, facilitate research and data collection, and develop social networking.
Advanced Mapping Platforms
With the growth of the organization of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in different countries, the capacity of publicizing and sharing informations of SSE initiatives also got stronger, through mappings, construction of databases, systems of information and portals in the Internet. Unfortunately, these informations are still restricted to each network. ESSGlobal is a pilot project (still in development) to achieve economic and thematic intercommunication among national SSE information systems.
- FBES Farejador[pt]
The Brazilian mapping project. Able to generate a "yellow pages"-style directory of results.
- Cirandas[pt]The social networking platform linked to the Brazilian project.
- Zoes[it]The Italian platform.
- Economie Sociale Québec[fr]
The Quebec platform.
Other U.S. mapping projects
A static copy of the Philadelphia map is visible below. For an interactive map, visit the Philadelphia mapping page.
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