Dan Swinney, a member of the Solidarity Economy Working Group and co-creator of NANSE, suggests that a key task of solidarity economy organizing is to pressure and support privately held capitalist firms to take what he calls the high road: There's a definite low road sector of capital portion of the 13,000 publicly traded companies that are larger and can typically roam the world to solve their production problems at the expense of local communities. But there are 8 million privately held, usually locally-owned companies that represent a large section of the business community that can and will be won to our side.
Source: Excerpted from Jenna Allard, Carl Davidson, and Julie Matthaei, eds. Solidarity Economy: Building Alternatives for People and Planet Chicago: ChangeMaker Publishing (www. Lulu.com/changemaker), 2008 from part II, page 53.