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Social Economy AZ aims to connect students, researchers, community and entrepreneurs to both resources and each other. We aim to fill the gap between research, action, and access to information.

The various resources you will find on the site include:

  • Information about the concepts, history and theory of the social economy
  • Local, national, and international support networks for capacity and alliance building among academics, practitioners and organizations operating in different social sectors
  • Research articles, documents, and working papers about the social solidarity economy
  • Financial, legal and organizational resources available to support social economy organizations
  • A directory of social economy organizations in Arizona

We are here as a source of information but also as a way for the social economy in Arizona to connect, collaborate, learn and share.  Consequently, this website depends on your participation and contribution.  Please notice the submission forms at the bottom of many pages on the site.  These are here to encourage you to share your feedback, comments and insights with others.

RESEARCH–For researchers we provide an overview of key areas of research, including articles and citations, journals, conferences, list serves and blogs.  We also highlight and provide information about programs and centers nationally and internationally and sources of funding available to both students and faculty pursing related research

RESOURCES–This section is designed for community members, social entrepreneurs, cooperators, and people interested in organizational development.  It provides a general overview of the social economy, including a series of short videos, a comprehensive overview of the relevant legal, organizational, financial and promotional considerations relevant to forming and maintaining a social enterprise, including pages devoted to advocacy and advisory services.  In addition, you will find a comprehensive resource guide focused on cooperative development, as well as pages devoted to food and urban agriculture; affordable housing and community action; fair trade, recycling and reuse retail; and social policy and human services.

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