The article examines the possibility that solidarity-based economies represent an operational field of Welfare, where social competence is replaced by institutional specialization and, where possible, substituted. The adumbrated hypothesis fits into a historical context that in recent decades, especially in Europe, has mixed a creeping fiscal crisis of the states with a pervasive population aging process. While the first questioned the sustainability of welfare, the second "upset" the evolutionary scenarios of pension systems. In Italy and beyond, the double negative contingency has been met with a progressive loss of socio-welfare benefits and a gradual devaluation of the future pension of the youngest and of those who are currently employed in the middle age of the labor market.
Keywords: Solidarity economy; welfare state; economic crisis; social innovation