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

Shieldfield Forum Community Café: As a team of volunteers we are a very small, but we have found our own way … and gradually built ourselves up step by step.

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.

The Lockdown Gazette: A newspaper for the digitally excluded of Newcastle and Gateshead. A collective effort from the For Solidarity Network in response to exceptional circumstances imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to everyone who contributed and to Roots and Wings for pulling it all together.