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Saturday, July 9 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Banking and Finance for a New Economy

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How can we overhaul the financial system so that our collective capital is directed to meeting community needs and making productive investments in building an equitable economy? This session will demystify finance by exploring what finance is really for and looking at how megabanks fail to meet these core purposes. We'll then spend the bulk of the time exploring innovative policies, strategies, and models for restructuring banking and investment. Participants will come away with both a long-range vision and strategies for getting there.


Saqib Bhatti, Director, ReFund America Project

Lew Daly, Senior Fellow and Project Director, Demos

Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Deyanira Del Rio, Co-Director, New Economy Project



Saqib Bhatti

Saqib Bhatti is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and the Director of the ReFund America Project (RAP). He works on campaigns to rebalance the relationship between Wall Street and local communities by exposing the role that financial deals play in contributing to public budget distress... Read More →
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Lew Daly

Senior Fellow and Project Director, Demos
Lew Daly is Director of Policy and Research at Demos, with responsibility for planning and managing research and policy development across the organization. He previously led Demos’ Beyond GDP project, a multi-year campaign to advance alternative indicators of well-being and sustainability... Read More →
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Stacy Mitchell

Co-Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and leads its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces in-depth research and partners with a range of allies to implement public policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen locally owned... Read More →
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Deyanira Del Rio

Co-Director, New Economy Project
Deyanira is co-director of New Economy Project, an economic justice center that works with community groups to challenge Wall Street corporations, press for government accountability, and promote cooperative and community-led development. New Economy Project and allies have won fair... Read More →
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Emily Sladek

Manager for Higher Education Engagement, The Democracy Collaborative
Assisting with the New Economy Action Project at CommonBound in Buffalo, NY 2016

Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am EDT
Bulger Communication Center East 2