In 2007, CPE initiated an effort to create a focus on economic alternatives and the social/solidarity economy at the U.S. Social Forum. We worked with the Center for Labor and Community Research, the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, Grassroots Economic Organizing, the Democracy Collaborative, the Institute for Trade and Agricultural Policy and Guramaylay to organize:
1) Economic Alternatives & the Social/Solidarity Economy, a track of 75 workshops/activities on the social/solidarity economy and
2) Solidarity Economy Caucus (link to text below) a series of meetings bringing together more than 40 people representing groups involved in solidarity economy organizing. At the conclusion of these meetings, there was unanimous support to launch the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network, and for CPE to provide core staffing for its start up.
CPE continues to provide core staffing for the coordination of SEN activities. For more information please visit the SEN website: http://www.ussen.org