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Collective housing, cultural co-ops, land trusts, community banks are community-rooted enterprises that empower those that have been excluded from traditional economic institutions. Solidarity economy models exercised throughout the country are becoming viable solutions towards sustainable and economically just living.

The Farmacy program has so far given 200 patients “prescriptions” that they can exchange for wooden tokens to buy produce at the market.

“A doctor tells someone, ‘You need to start eating more greens,’ but they say, ‘Well, I only get $122 a month in SNAP, I just can’t afford that stuff,’” Horn says. With the doctor’s prescription, now they can.

Maine’s  economy  faces  a  host  of  well-known  challenges:  reliance  on  natural  resource  extraction  or  low-quality  service  jobs,  geographic  isolation,  challenging  climate,  and  out-migration,  especially  of  young  adults.  Staying  on  this  course  is  undesirable,  but  traditional economic development fixes have had limited success.

Tens of thousands of people showed that we don’t need capital or governments to get things done. They demonstrated the will of people to take part in comforting each other, re-building, creating and moulding their own futures.

Fourteen miles from Winthrop, in Moltke Township, population 330, one soybean- and wheat-farming family reported its sluggish DSL connection often made it impossible to upload reports to business partners.

This  paper  focuses  on  the  process  of  workers' self-management  brought about by  a  wave  of experimentation  with  alternative organizational  forms  taking  place  in  Greece  since  the beginning  of  the  current  financial  crisis.  The  discussion  is  supported  by  empirical  evidence from qualitative fieldwork conducted in three workers' collectives.

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