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Saturday, July 9 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals

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Want to understand the alternatives to business as usual? We know the current system does exactly what it was designed to do: line corporate pockets at the expense of real people’s health and livelihoods, destroying the environment while fueling the war machine. But we also know that another world is possible. Many models for radically different, sustainable, inclusive and democratic societies exist and we have invited a few of their proponents to present their ideas, debate the options and answer your questions about what a better world looks like in detail. Join us for a deep dive into next system solutions for a better future!

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Dana Brown

Deputy Director, The Next System Project
System change! Finding ways to radically transform the architecture of the current political-economic system in order to produce a more sustainable, equitable and just future.

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Emily Kawano

Coordinator, US Solidarity Economy Network
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 (Intercontinental Social Solidarity Economy Network).

Michael Lewis

Mike Lewis is the Founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal. Lewis is an author, practitioner, researcher, educator and organizer. He has a diverse base of experience building businesses, CED organizations, national and international networks and designing practical practitioner focused tools and curriculum. His focus on community resilience and empowerment has let him to interaction across many sectors affection... Read More →

Gus Speth

Gus Speth: Co-chair of the Next System Project and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, Speth is a also faculty at the Vermont School of Law and an award-winning author. Bringing decades of experience in sustainable development and environmental advocacy from organizations like the UNDP, the World Resources Institute and U.S. Council on Environmental Quality (Carter Administration), Speth currently serves on the boards of the New Economy... Read More →
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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 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Theater

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