Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department

Humanities and Cultural Studies

Major Professor

Rebecca Johns, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Chris Meindl, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Heather O'Leary, Ph.D.


Buy Nothing, Community, Capitalism, Case Study, Timebank


Capitalism has created problems including wealth polarization, rapid depletion of natural resources, and pervasive systemic societal issues. Hard work is not enough to solve the unequal distribution and barriers preventing access to necessities. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were created to remedy the harsh reality of global inequities and negative environmental impacts by working towards a more just and equitable future for all. Solidarity Economies (SE) offer an alternative framework to achieve these goals.

This research used multiple qualitative methods to investigate the synergies between SE and SDGs in a growing urban environment. St. Petersburg, FL struggles with affordable housing, food insecurity, inadequate employment, and insufficient financial resources. Environmental concerns are high as climate change and sea level rise have begun to impact the densely populated coastal city.

Evaluation of two community groups, Buy Nothing Project and St. Pete Timebank, shows both do utilize SE framework and work towards SDG achievement daily. Considering that both organizations are found globally highlights the value of small-scale collective actions to achieve widespread initiatives; however, little research has been conducted on their capacity to create positive change. Additional research will offer evidence of the usefulness and necessity of Solidarity Economy framework in addressing many of the concerns local and regional governments face today as they look towards the future. As St. Petersburg officials seek ways to implement sustainable practices, research such as this, may offer valuable insight.