Globally, economic factors, rather than social, cultural, political or other considerations, are becoming increasingly dominant in determining peoples’ lives. ‘The Economy’ permeates all spheres of life, often limiting freedoms and spaces for people to secure their existence. The global spread of capitalism often undermines possibilities of building up transnational solidarity, replacing it with a ‘race to the bottom’. Mauerpark Institute seeks to find ways of working against this trend, supporting social movements in their struggles for self-determined lives in dignity and the securing of material needs. The struggles are not only economic in nature, but also challenge other forms of domination, such as racism or sexism. Mauerpark Institute actively supports exchanges between social movements from different contexts and strives to link its work to the goals of achieving social and economic justice.