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Saturday, July 9 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Evening Plenary

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Taking Our Visions To Scale: Lessons from Abroad
Outside of the US, there are a number of powerful examples of new economies at scale. This plenary panel will look at a few of those international stories as we explore what economic democracy can look like at the level of a city, state, region, nation — and world. From Italy and Quebec to Cuba and El Salvador, we will hear about cooperative ecosystems that are not “alternatives” because they are, in fact, part of the mainstream. We will explore how some of these examples came to be, what challenges they face, and what global solidarity looks like in the face of an international economic system of domination. 

Speakers: Federica Bandini, Rafael Betancourt, Nancy Neamtan, Oscar Recinos Morales, Emily Kawano (moderator)

Snapshots of Buffalo’s New Economy Movement 
This panel will explore some of the powerful organizing happening here in Buffalo, NY. 

Speakers: Sam Magavern (moderator), Rebekah Williams Youth Education Director, Khadijah Hussein, Andrew Delmonte, Rebecca Newberry, and Clarke Gocker 

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Emily Kawano

Coordinator, USSEN / Wellspring Cooperative
Emily Kawano is an economist and the co-director of Wellspring Cooperative, a non-profit working to build a network of worker co-operatives in low income communities of Springfield, MA. She is also the coordinator of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and a Board member of RIPESS... Read More →

Sam McGavern

Sam McGavern is a writer and public interest lawyer, currently serving as co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good. He also teaches at the University at Buffalo Law School. He has written non-fiction, poetry, fiction, scholarly articles, a movie screenplay, and comic books... Read More →

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Federica Bandini

Director of the Course in Management for Social Economy at the School of Economics, Bologna University
Federica Bandini is Director of the Course in Management for Social Economy at theSchool of Economics at Bologna University. Federica was also Director of the Master on Management of Social Enterprises at L. Bocconi University in Milan from 2008-2014. Federica has numerous publications... Read More →
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Rafael Betancourt

Consultant, Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana, SOL² ECONOMICS
Rafael J. Betancourt, PhD (ABD) in Economics (University of Florida, USA) and MSc in Urban & Regional Planning (ISPJAE, Cuba) is an economist with 30 years of employment and academic experience in international cooperation, business administration, local development, strategic urban... Read More →
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Andrew Delmonte

Cooperative Developer, Cooperation Buffalo
Andrew is a founder and cooperative developer with Cooperation Buffalo, a movement to generate wealth and power in marginalized communities through employee ownership of capital and labor in Buffalo, New York. Andrew also assists cooperatives, B Corps, social enterprises, and other... Read More →

Clarke Gocker

Director of Policy and Strategy, PUSH Buffalo
Clarke Gocker is a native Western New Yorker. He currently serves as the Director of Policy and Strategy at PUSH Buffalo where he supports PUSH's organizing campaigns and strategic communications efforts. He holds an MA in Sociology from the University at Buffalo.

Khadijah Hussein

Khadijah Hussein is a 17 year old, early-graduate "Class of 2016 Junior" at International Prep High School in Buffalo. Khadijah came to the United States from Kenya when she was 7 years old. She participates in a lot of community and school-based activities like being on the school... Read More →

Oscar Recinos Morales

El Salvador’s Federation of Agrarian Reform Cooperatives of the Central Region Peasant leader and co-op farmer organizer Oscar Recinos Morales is a 49-year-old Salvadorian. He organizes one of the most important co-op federations of El Salvador and has more than 25 years of experience... Read More →
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Nancy Neamtan

Strategic adviser, Chantier de l'économie sociale
over 30 years working in building a movement locally and internationally for a more democratic and inclusive econmy. I have a long experience I the social and solidarity economy (collectively owned enteprises..coops, non-profits, mutuals), social financing (investing for social or... Read More →

Rebecca Newberry

Executive Director, Clean Air Coalition: Organizing for Health and Justice
Rebecca has organized win the Clean Air Coalition since 2011, supporting residents to run and win environmental justice and public health campaigns. Rebecca serves on the board of the Western New York Council for Occupational Safety and Health, and for over a decade has been involved... Read More →
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India Walton

Community Organizer, Open Buffalo

Rebekah Williams

Community Organizer // Organizadora de la Comunidad, Massachusetts Ave Project
Rebekah Williams, Youth Education Director at MAP, hires ~50 teenagers each year. MAP develops lesson plans and curriculum in food systems, urban farming, community organizing, and social and environmental justice. She co-facilitates the Youth Advisors Council (YAC), a city-wide collaboration... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Rockwell Theater