We’re creating a map of everything that helps people to meet their material and social needs in ways that don’t harm people or the planet.

Explore the map, connect with others and help to build a more just and sustainable world.

The solidarity economy is an economy that serves everyone and the planet.

We want to show that a solidarity economy already exists and it is thriving in our region. The North East is alive with organisations, projects, and initiatives who are offering an alternative to the extractive and oppressive mainstream economic system.

This map, like others around the world, will connect communities, strengthen initiatives and make their work more visible so that more people can be part of this movement for change.

Get on the map. Share information about your initiative with us by completing this short survey.

In our
own words

Scotswood Community Garden: … All of the ideas and the work we do comes from the people in the community. I think it is important that we listen, and we are giving people what they want. It’s not about what we think, it’s about everybody working together.

ReCoCo – Recovery College Collective: It’s not all that difficult, it’s about a basic human need: people want somewhere to go, something to do and some people to do it with.

Newcastle Food Cooperative: There are lots of people who are doing cool things who all share these values and they work hard on their individual projects, but they don’t often step back and get a view of the broader landscape. The knowledge across the map is an asset.