Participatory Online Workshop

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A large proportion of economic activity just does not appear in measurements of national income or GDP. There is a whole non-exchange economy of voluntary work, reciprocal work and activities such as housework and personal care in the home. This insight by feminist economists and others provides an important corrective to how we understand economics.

It is also true that there are other activities that might be considered part of the social and solidarity economy: co-operatives, community-owned enterprises and publicly-controlled sectors, for example.

Participants are challenged to put aside their assumptions about economics to discover ways to build the economics of solidarity - practical alternatives to the dominant models around us.

We hold occasional one-day taster workshops for individuals to sign up or you may arrange for in-house training for your group.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and continuing university restrictions, we now offer online rather than in-person events.


  • 1

    What is the social economy?

    • Models of the economy. Exchange and non-exchange economies.

  • 2

    The non-exchange economy

    • Voluntary, reciprocal and social activities. Feminist economics.

  • 3

    Social and solidarity economies

    • How to build economic alternatives.


  • The name on the registration doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

    Yes, but please let us know in advance if you wish to change the registration details.

  • Can I update my registration information?

    Yes. Please contact us with any request to update your information.

  • What is the refund policy?

    If you wish to cancel your registration, we will issue a full refund of fees if it is 30 days or longer before the event. For periods less than 30 days, we issue refunds on a pro rata basis. If we cancel an event, we will issue a full refund of fees.

  • Do you allow video or sound recording?

    We do not allow video or sound recording of events unless by prior arrangement.

  • Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

    There are no specific age requirements but anyone under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please contact us if you require further guidance. For security purposes, every visitor will be given a visitor pass to wear in the building. Applies to in-person events only.

  • What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

    For events at UCLan Burnley: Burnley Manchester Road railway station is nearby. If coming by car there is limited parking available by arrangement in advance, subject to availability, or there are fee-paying car parking spaces nearby. For other locations we will publish details as appropriate. Applies to in-person events only.

  • Is lunch included?

    No, we advise you to bring your own lunch or make use of the catering facilities at the venue. There are also many other venues nearby - we will advise you of different options. Applies to in-person events only.