Principes d’Économie Solidaire


Education & Leadership Development

Les mouvements de libération prennent de l’ampleur grâce au partage et à l’élaboration de connaissances collectives. Les points communs, au même titre que les différences, fournissent tous de nouvelles occasions d’apprentissage. En valorisant l’étude collective approfondie, on honore nos apprentissages et nos expériences. Cela donne ensuite la possibilité aux membres de contribuer efficacement au développement de leur entreprise ou organisation, et de faire connaitre l’essence et les avantages de la solidarité et coopération à un public élargi — particulièrement aux jeunes et aux personnes en position de leadeurship. Les mouvements d’économie solidaire sont plus résilients lorsque le pouvoir est diffus entre les membres, plutôt que concentré entre les mains de quelques personnes épuisées. Ainsi, il faut prioriser l’élaboration de leadeurship organisationnel autant au sein des organisations, que dans tous les secteurs du mouvement.

PRINCIPE : Conformément au principe coopératif universel n°4, qui porte sur l’éducation des membres, les organisations s’engagent à soutenir la formation continue des membres.


  • PRATIQUE : Learn how to best label and contextualize your work. Cooperatives are well known and there is a tendency for everything SE to get labeled as a co-op, but that diminishes the unique contributions of organizing that does not fall under a co-operative label. Groups engaged in SE work should consider carefully which label to apply to their work by learning about co-operatives and their unique rights and responsibilities (including legal formations and traditions) and learning about or exploring the history of collectives. If you are in a group that is democratic, but does not adhere to the Co-op Principles and Values and is not incorporated as a co-op, consider what you need to do to move your group towards actually becoming a co-op. If you do not wish to be a co-op, consider the potential harm claiming the identity causes and be aware of the legal liability you face in some states for applying that term to your work.
  • PRATIQUE : Educational activities should happen regularly within every SE entity. Promulgate clear principles & revisit/revise periodically. This should include political education as well as ongoing training in all aspects of the work you are doing together.
  • PRATIQUE : Education should always be integrated into our networking and organizing since it is about transforming our understanding and capacities for collective & cooperative action.

PRINCIPE : S’en remettre aux processus d’apprentissage collectif pour examiner, adapter et améliorer ses pratiques en répondant aux défis, nouvelles idées et oppositions.


  • PRATIQUE : Convene regular member meetings and informational forums to discuss and debate issues arising in our organizations.
  • PRATIQUE : Share research, data and educational materials freely within our networks.

PRINCIPE : Démocratiser les pratiques éducatives. Chaque personne peut prendre le rôle d’apprendre ou d’enseigner.


  • PRATIQUE : Use context specific popular/participatory education methods. There are many traditions to learn from but the most common in the US is based on Paulo Freire
  • PRATIQUE : Prioritize peer support and education, utilizing the knowledge/expertise of practitioners.
  • PRATIQUE : Use study groups as a way to learn new things together and build relationships.
  • PRATIQUE : Develop a shared definition about this work – not necessarily using the same words, but being clear about what is SE vs what is something else. This should be debated at all levels and renewed on a regular basis.
  • PRATIQUE : Support democratic schools that include students in decision-making and explicitly move away from punitive models that insist on rote learning and rely on grading.

PRINCIPE : Le leadeurship des organisations d’économie solidaire doit être continuellement renouvelé.


  • PRATIQUE : Utilize ladders of engagement, which are ways to specifically tier learning that allow people to take on more leadership and responsibility as they gain a deeper understanding of the work.
  • PRATIQUE : Commit to ongoing leadership development and succession planning for all management, board, committee and leadership roles.
  • PRATIQUE : Develop and support mentorship programs within and among organizations.
  • PRATIQUE : Invest in training and support to develop democratic self-management practices. These are learned skills that allow us to respect ourselves as adults who can be trusted, rather than the paternalistic view of workers as lazy children who must be supervised for their own good. For examples of self-management practices, check out Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux. Structures like regular peer reviews to provide feedback, checking in on tasks as a core part of group meetings, creating clear policies for what to do when somebody isn’t meeting group expectations, and having a shared project management system can all support self-management. You can find more examples in the Nonprofit Democracy Network..

Image of people pulling up plants by their roots. Text reads we are having to unlearn generations of teachings that taught us how to dehumanize and encouraged us to prioritize punishment
Nous devons désapprendre ce qu'on nous a appris pendant des générations : comment déshumaniser les gens et donner la priorité à la punition.