An Alternative Economy: Michael Johnson, Co-Founder of SolidarityNYC, in Interview

Do we need to radically rethink economics, in the wake of the 2008 stock market crash? Or are their already working models of how to do business more ethically; businesses that put the environment, their society, and their employees first? “Alternative economics,” “the new economy,” and the “triple bottom line” are a few terms that we’ve heard about since the crash. But what does they mean in practice? We talk to Michael Johnson, a co-founder of SolidarityNYC, to learn about what he describes as “a very positive,” “non-ideological” movement of businesses and cooperatives that aim to make the world a better place while supporting themselves and improving their own lives.

SolidarityNYC is a a volunteer collective that is bringing together an ever-enlarging network¬†of businesses and collectives that range from credit unions to worker cooperatives, and from food buying groups to artists’ communities. It stands for the “values of justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, and democracy.”


Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO)
US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Eastern Conference For Workplace Democracy
U.S. Solidarity Economy Network
Levellers Press

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Lino Rise — “Initiate Frame I”.

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