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Saturday, July 9 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Democratizing Finance

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How can we assure that the material resources and tools are available to communities to meet their needs and elevate the quality of life? We will explore the movement to create democratic sources of financing to enable communities to build a democratic, just and sustainable economy.We will discuss the role of finance, fundamentals of non-extractive finance, and principles being used to develop a financial cooperative nationally, in close connection to grassroots front-line communities.The panel will use concrete examples of existing models.

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Brendan Martin

Executive Director, The Working World
Brendan Martin is founder and director of The Working World, a cooperative financial institution and business incubator based in Argentina, Nicaragua and the United States. Brendan moved to Argentina in 2004 to work with Argentines looking to support the “recovered factory” phenomenon, and out of this was born The Working World financial institution and its methods of non-extractive finance and just-in-time credit. In the United... Read More →
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Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan

Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project
Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan is on the staff collective of the Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project. Movement Generation (MG) inspires and engages in transformative action towards the liberation and restoration of land, labor, and culture. In her role at MG, Michelle has served as co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance & currently helps coordinate Reinvest in Our Power. She came into the movement through labor and community organizing... Read More →
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Kate Poole

Kate Poole is a leader of Regenerative Finance, a collective of young people with wealth working to shift control of capital to communities most affected by racial, economic and climate injustices. Kate is also a member-leader of Resource Generation, working with the Philly chapter to redistribute land, wealth and power. Kate creates comics and zines about Buddhist economics, Jewish economics, racial justice and wealth redistribution, and the... Read More →

Aisha Shillingford

Innovation Specialist, Intelligent Mischief
Aisha Shillingford is a freelance artist, trainer, facilitator and social change strategist who has been living in Boston for the past 16 years. With over 15 years of community organizing and program development experience in Boston, Aisha dreams of a day when we all believe that community really is the answer to every problem and when we are truly prefiguring the community we wish to see in our every day practices as change makers.
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Edward Whitfield

Co-Managing Director, Fund for Democratic Communities
Ed Whitfield is a long time social justice activist who came through the late sixties black student movement to do labor, community and anti - war organizing in the South. In 2007, Ed Co-founded The Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC) whose mission is to strengthen authentic democracy in communities and social justice organizations. Since 2010 the main focus of his work has been on building economic democracy through promoting cooperative... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rockwell Theater

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