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Sunday, July 10 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Decolonizing the Economy from the Ground Up: Case Study Boston Ujima Project

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What will an anti-imperialist, economy look like? What will it take to decolonize economic structures in pursuit of liberation? After introducing frameworks for building a movement for sustainable business, community and worker ownership, workplace democracy, and thriving family businesses, we'll go local. We'll hear lessons from Boston, where grassroots organizations, small businesses and investors are working together to model an alternative to the capitalist economy at a local level. Participants will learn from leaders of the Boston Ujima Project about their efforts to fight poverty and displacement through the formation of a community capital fund, a Good Business Certification, and an alternative local currency. Participants will learn about Boston's unique new economy project and engage in the opportunities and limits of this community development strategy.


Nia K. Evans

Chair, Economic Development and Labor and Industry, Boston NAACP | | Nia K. Evans is an independent education policy analyst and a | co-creator of Frames Debate Project, a multimedia policy debate | project that explores the intersection between drug policy, mental | health services and incarceration in the state of Massachusetts. She | is also the current chair of the Economic Development and Labor and | Industry Committees and was the 2014... Read More →
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Deborah Frieze

Co-Founder, Boston Impact Initiative
Founding Partner, Boston Impact Initiative | | Deborah Frieze is founding partner of the Boston Impact Initiative, an | impact investing fund that invests in enterprises throughout Eastern | Massachusetts that address the growing wealth gap and ecological | challenges of our times. The fund takes an integrated capital | approach, combining investing, lending and giving to build a resilient | and inclusive local economy. Deborah is co-author of... Read More →

Maya Gaul

Sales Team Lead, CERO Co-op | | Maya Gual is a CERO Cooperative member and a Sales Team Leader. She is a writer, activist, native Bostonian and creative entrepreneur who enjoys engaging with sustainability and creation in the urban space. | With a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Columbia | University, she is a co-founder of the BRIDGES Foundation. Her | interests range from marketing and communications, public relations, and... Read More →
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Esteban Kelly

Executive Director, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Esteban Kelly is the Co-Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and is an important leader and creative force in solidarity economy and co-op movements. He has served on numerous boards including the USFWC, the US Solidarity Economy Network, the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA-CLUSA), and the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF). He is a co-founder and current board President of the cross-sector... Read More →

Lisa Owens

Executive Director, City Life Vida Urbana | | Lisa Owens is the Executive Director at City Life Vida Urbana (CLVU), | a grassroots organization fighting for an end to forced displacement | and for housing as a human right for all people. A long time Boston | resident, she has helped to start and nurture a number of local | projects led by people of color over the past 25 years. In her roles | as activist and educator, Lisa studies the roots of... Read More →

Aaron Tanaka

Director, Center for Economic Democracy

Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Theater

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