2015/07/09 10:25 Marlyne Sakahian, “The Social and Solidarity Economy: Why is it Relevant to Industrial Ecology?”, ISIE, U. Surrey

Plenary talk by Marlyne Sakahian, University of Lausanne, at “Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology”, 8th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, University of Surrey, Guildford, July 7-10, 2015

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Plenary talks for ISIE 2015 are by contributors to an open access volume, Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology, available online as open access e-book from Springer in fall 2015.  See the table of contents and the Springer book description.


Marlyne Sakahian is a post-doctoral researcher at University of Lausanne, Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics (IDYST)

[Marlyne Sakahian]

Why a social and solidarity economy?

  • Capitalism isn’t working
  • Carbon

Another world is possible

Travel back to 19th century

  • Transform from biomass and coal through industrial revolution
  • Polanyi:  transformation, stark utopia of market liberalism
  • Poverty and urban centres
  • A lot of innovation
  • Start of the social economy

1990s: similar trends, in social economy (Lafuentu and Freundlich, 2012)

  • Add solidarity to label
  • Mondragon: 74000 worker, Spain’s 12th largest organization
  • Coop principles

What is it?

  • Citizen engagement, social and/or environmental goals
  • Reciprocity, based on voluntary interdependent people
  • Democritization of economy

Geneva:  Charter and chamber in place for 278 members

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Comparing to the sharing economy?

  • In book, also complementary currencies
  • Sharewashing, comparable to greenwashing

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Beyond Ostrom

  • Not sharing the pie, putting the pie into the commons
  • Different from end-of-pipe sharing