Gwendolyn Hallsmith is the Executive Director of Global Community Initiatives, a US non-profit organization she founded in 2002 and through which we receive tax-deductible donations. Global Community Initiatives (GCI) helps communities move forward with confidence and enthusiasm to achieve their vision for a healthy environment, a vibrant economy, good governance, and a sense of connection to their neighbors and the world. They assist communities with projects that foster democratic practices, social and economic justice, respect and care for the community of life, and environmental integrity. They work to create a context where people feel inspired to work for positive change.
Kioscos Socioambientales, part of the University of Costa Rica, aims to "encourage the strengthening of rural community organizations through processes that allow the collective construction of alternatives to socio-environment conflicts." Their work with the community of Guacimal and the Sustainability Demonstration Center has included educational activities on topics of agroecology and gender perspectives in agricultural societies.
Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud (Ministry of Culture and Youth) is our main collaborator for our Comunicadoras Para El Buen Vivir program. Their Puntos de Cultura enabled funding for this program to teach and inspire the collective voices of women through radio.
Dr. Thomas Shahady of the University of Lynchburg has collaborated using his scientific expertise since the beginning of the movement to protect the Veracruz River years ago, and now has partnered with our Center to open up the AGUAVIDA LAB (see tab for more information) to enable community access to science in order to protect and ensure their access to clean and sufficient water.
RedESS, the Social Economy Network of Solidarity in Costa Rica (RedESS) was born in 2013 after the national meeting of organizations entitled National Meeting on Social Solidarity Economy: Alternative Economies for the Common Good. Currently, about 50 organizations participate: Associations,Collectives, Networks, Small cooperatives, Civil Societies, Foundations, organized groups and people interested in building together alternatives in solidarity for the common good
Stephanie Rearick, Founder of Mutual Aid Networks. "(MANs) are a new type of networked cooperative creating means for everyone to discover and succeed in work they want to do, with the support of their community. Through the HUMANs (Humans United in Mutual Aid Networks, formerly the Main MAN), a global umbrella cooperative, all pilot sites and members share their tools, experiences and resources. Together we demonstrate that the economy is what we make it." You can read more on their website www.mutualaidnetwork.org