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Vanna Gonzales, a professor of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation, has designed and helped coordinate the September launch of, a website that is designed to bring awareness about the social economy. 

Here’s how the website describes social economy:

The social economy includes organizations such as cooperatives, mutual benefit societies, associations, foundations and social enterprises which provide goods, services and information to the public with the aim of generating both economic productivity and social solidarity.

The site is part of a new project designed to raise awareness about the concept, history and theory of the social economy in the United States, with the specific aim of promoting its identity and growth in the Southwest.

The site also offers local, national and international support networks for capacity and alliance building among academics and 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, and a directory of social economy organizations in Arizona.

The project is collaboration between ASU’s School of Social Transformation, the School of Human Evolution and Social Changes, the School of Social Work and the School of Community Resources and Development.

Gonzales says the website’s mission is “to connect local consumers, entrepreneurs and business owners to a wealth of information … and to advance research and teaching in areas that connect social entrepreneurship to social justice, community development and economic sustainability.”  

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