Canadians are appreciated internationally for their contributions to the solidarity economy movement. That solidarity is somewhat lacking at home, unfortunately.
The number and variety of organizations, networks, and conferences concerned with social and economic solidarity are growing. But is there a vision of how all these pieces fit together? Or are people getting "married" to particular tools and strategies while losing sight of the values they have in common with others? Were we to find ways to co-ordinate and combine our efforts, we could magnify the impact of this surge of creativity, energy, and determination.
That is why we are working to launch a National Summit on the solidarity economy in 2010. It will be an opportunity to explore and celebrate how people are insinuating inclusiveness, fairness, personal and collective responsibility, and entrepreneurial flair into their hearts of their enterprises, sectors, and communities.