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Friday July 8, 2016 8:00am - 7:00pm
Campbell Student Union Lobby

9:00am

Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network Leadership Gathering - INVITE ONLY
The Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network (DSN) is building a powerful, multiracial student movement that aims to stigmatize the fossil fuel industry and create popular support for a just transition. The DSN trains, mentors, and coordinates students running nonviolent direct action campaigns for divestment and reinvestment, supporting them to become lifelong organizers.

As we enter into a long term strategy process over the course of 2016, we aim to bring together 30-50 of our most dedicated leaders across the network to build long-lasting relationships, workshop our story and strategy, and gain input and buy-in to the direction of our movement long-term.  This Network Gathering will be open to folks holding explicit leadership in our national staff, major working groups, and the regional networks.  Join us in Buffalo as we come together to build shared vision, strategy, and power across the Divestment Student Network!

For more information, please contact Michaela Mujica-Steiner at michaela.mujica.steiner@gmail.com or Jess Grady-Benson at jgradybenson@gmail.com.

Coordinators:





  • Michaela Mujica-Steiner (Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network)



  • Jess Grady-Benson (Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network)



  • Morissa Zuckerman (Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network)




Friday July 8, 2016 9:00am - 5:30pm
Ketchum Hall 111

9:00am

Reinvest in Our Power Convening - INVITE ONLY
The climate crisis is a crisis of ownership. While corporations control our resources and labor, those facing the greatest impacts of the crisis are prevented from building the solutions needed for our survival. Climate justice calls for divestment and reinvestment in an oppositional economy that builds power for communities on the frontlines of the crisis. The Reinvest in Our Power Network will be hosting a closed gathering for active members of the network that will allow project partners to dig into shared visioning and working through key challenges.

At this gathering, we hope to:





  • Bring together different wings of the Reinvest in Our Power Network to build stronger relationships between individuals and organizations



  • Grapple with key strategic questions and develop a program plan for the next 1-2 years.



  • Shift infrastructure to support decentralization





This network gathering is invitation only. For more information, please contact Beta Coronel at beta@350.org or Audrey Irvine-Broque ataudreyirvinebroque@me.com.

Coordinators:





  • Betamia S. Coronel (350.org)



  • Audrey Irvine-Broque (Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network)




Friday July 8, 2016 9:00am - 5:30pm
Rockwell Hall 202

9:00am

WealthWorks Regional Hub Gathering - INVITE ONLY
WeathWorks is an approach to local and regional economic development that brings together and connects community assets to meet market demands in ways that build capacities and livelihoods that are sustainable over time.

Our approach aims to advance a region’s economic prosperity and self-reliance, strengthening existing and emerging sectors to increase individual and community wealth. It works for people, businesses and organizations and in communities of all sizes, shapes and success levels.

The mechanism for reaching these ends are wealth creating value chains that build deep collaboration between links and relationships along the chain.  Value chain links include; public sector entities, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, colleges, universities, consumer groups and individuals.

A cohort of organizations across the United States is forming a National Network of regional hubs committed to sharing their on the ground experience with the WealthWorks approach and principles. The network of regional hubs functions as a learning community, committed to learning from each other.

Regional hubs provide training and technical assistance for practitioners and communities to connect and learn with organizations implementing WealthWorks on the ground. Hubs support work at the local, state and regional level. Regional hubs have created economic opportunity nationally in the development of value chains such as; agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, labor, downtown revitalization and the energy sector.

At this gathering, the WealthWorks Regional Hubs will come together to: clearly articulate our niche in doing economic development differently; finalize structure of the network; further define the network leadership; establish and maintain national presence; and, promote inclusivity of all partners.

Current regional hubs include: Central Appalachian Network, Communities Unlimited, Community Roots, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, Rural Development Initiative and Region 5. The hubs are supported by the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.

This network gathering is invitation only. For more information, please contact, Ines Polonius, Communities Unlimited, ines.polonius@communitiesu.org, 479-443-2700 or visit www.weathworks.org.

Coordinators:





  • Ines Polonius (Communities Unlimited)



  • Carol Cohen (Rural Community Assistance Partnership)



  • Melissa Levy (Community Roots)



  • Dawn Espe (Region Five Development Commission)



  • Andrew Crosson (Rural Support Partners) 




Friday July 8, 2016 9:00am - 5:30pm
Rockwell Hall 201

9:30am

How Racism is a Roadblock to the Next Economy -- And What We Can Do About That: Movement Strategy Center's Transitions Lab
BEFORE ADDING THIS NETWORK GATHERING TO YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE NOTE: Registration for network gatherings is not included in general conference registration.  In order to attend a network gathering you must register for it through eventbrite.  

“How do we transition from a world of domination and extraction to a world of resilience and regeneration” is the organizing question for Movement Strategy Center’s (MSC) Transitions Initiative and Community Driven Climate Resilience Planning networks. MSC focuses on placing movement and community building at the center of our work to transform the world. As inequality grows and our economy teeters on the edge of collapse, we need to determine not only what will take its place, but also how we will not repeat the past failures of the old exploitative and extractive economy.  We need to develop the capacity and practices to form a next economy that is centered on whole and healed people and communities, where people can bring their full selves to all that they do.  

This gathering invites leaders from multiple fields to explore the practices that will put racial and ecological justice at the center of the next economy. Our networks include practitioners working on a host of diverse issues from climate justice, education reform, economic justice, political organizing and much more. In this gathering we will use interactive, experiential processes to help generate the principles that can help us transition to Local, Living, Loving Economies for Life.

We are excited to host a day long gathering to share our methodology and practices around just transition and community resilience to the larger Next Economy movement.  People and groups that are seeking to connect with a larger network of people focused on developing practices to create a more socially just, racially equitable and ecologically sustainable economy are eagerly welcomed and encouraged to join this daylong session.  

Movement Strategy Center is a transformative movement building organization that seeks to build an ecosystem of deeply connected groups with shared values that strive to transform the lives of people on the frontlines of change.  For the past 15 years, MSC has worked with over 300 grassroots organizations, alliances and networks across sectors to support these groups to build their capacity to be strategic, collaborative and sustainable in how they live and do their work.  

Visit our website to learn more about our work.  You can also read more about our Transitions Lab and Community-Driven Community Resilience Planningwork at our blog, Let’s Talk: A the Heart of Movement Building.

This network gathering is open to all CommonBound attendees. For more information, please contact Nwamaka Agbo at nwamaka@movementstrategy.org.

Coordinators:

Nwamaka Agbo (Movement Strategy Center)

Rosa Gonzales (Movement Strategy Center)

Jovida Ross (Movement Strategy Center)

Friday July 8, 2016 9:30am - 4:00pm
Rockwell Hall 204

9:30am

International Research Lab - INVITE ONLY
The International Research Lab will convene new economy researchers and thought leaders from around the world, helping to root the conference in the research, academic work, and thought leadership needed to guide direction, strategy, and goals. This full-day focused event will open dedicated space for researchers and thought leaders to ask—and take concrete steps to answer—difficult, big-picture questions. For example, this is an opportunity to discuss strategies for addressing climate change while creating a more equitable global economy, the role of capitalism in our vision for the new economy, how we might truly live within planetary bounds, and what the new economy movement has to say about economic growth. The lab will bring together a group of people to share experiences and thinking on how to make systems change work, share lessons learned, and trade ideas about narratives and principles. Participants will work together to identify key leverage points with the potential to shift systems, working together to refine theory of change and core strategies. 

Friday July 8, 2016 9:30am - 4:00pm
Rockwell Hall 307

9:30am

PB 101: An Introduction to Participatory Budgeting
BEFORE ADDING THIS NETWORK GATHERING TO YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE NOTE: Registration for network gatherings is not included in general conference registration.  In order to attend a network gathering you must register for it through eventbrite.  

At this network gathering attendees will learn the history of PB in the US and North America, experience the inner workings of neighborhood assemblies, budget delegate meetings, and voting through demo exercises, and gain a better sense of strategies and next steps for moving PB forward in your city.

This network gathering is open to all and especially recommended for people interested in planning and advocating for PB in their community. The workshop is especially recommended for organizers, public employees, planners, and elected officials looking to gain a solid foundation in PB before deciding if and how to move a process forward locally.

For more information, contact Maria Hadden, maria@participatorybudgeting.org.

Friday July 8, 2016 9:30am - 4:00pm
Rockwell Hall 308

9:30am

Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed and Moses Start a Co-op: Faith Communities Building an Inclusive Economy
BEFORE ADDING THIS NETWORK GATHERING TO YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE NOTE: Registration for network gatherings is not included in general conference registration.  In order to attend a network gathering you must register for it through eventbrite.  

People of faith have been active in movements for equality, and economic and ecological justice for decades, if not millennia. They have also developed cooperative models and other economic alternatives to benefit communities- especially the most vulnerable.

These are just two of the key ingredients to build what Pope Francis and other faith leaders have called an “economy of inclusion.”

Join in an interactive gathering to learn and reflect on what it takes to build a new and inclusive economy that promotes green and healthy jobs, locally driven renewable energy projects and food systems, co-ops, community purchasing programs, affordable housing and access to credit in low-income communities. In this way we are building resilient communities in the face of an economic system that puts profit before people.

The workshop will feature a keynote speech from author David Korten and participation of people of faith engaged in the movement.

 Learn, share and find a deeper sense of connection between people of all faiths and conscience committed to the vision of an inclusive economy.

In this network gathering, we will:





  • Share how your faith or ethical values drive your interest and participation in transformational change.



  • Hear and share your own stories of how people of faith and conscience are engaging in alternative economic models of development



  • Map where faith communities are involved in the new economy across the country



  • Brainstorm on how we might collaborate after Commonbound, strengthen new relationships, and put ideas into action.





This gathering is sponsored by the Faith Economy Ecology Transformation Working Group (FEE), Quaker Earthcare Witness, Friends Economic Integrity Project, and GreenFaith. To learn more about the FEE working group visit: https://faitheconomyecology.wordpress.com/about/


This network gathering is open to all CommonBound attendees. For more information, please contact Chloe Schwabe cschwabe@maryknoll.org.

Friday July 8, 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm
Rockwell Hall 302

9:30am

Commons Rising: Moving from Ownership to Relationship
BEFORE ADDING THIS NETWORK GATHERING TO YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE NOTE: Registration for network gatherings is not included in general conference registration.  In order to attend a network gathering you must register for it through eventbrite.  

Learning the language of commoning and decolonization is a radical act.

The words themselves change how we think as they highlight many of our culture's fundamental misconceptions. Our four facilitators are offering this workshop as medicine for some of the things that are ailing us at a deep level. As we build a new economy together, let's move forward in a way that unites us at the core with other beings, the natural world, and ourselves.

This network gathering explores these topics with conversations and illustrations about the commons (all that we share, inherit, and pass on), decolonization (ending control over people, land, and language), reparations (restoring equity among all people and all things) and rewilding/reindigenation (embracing the wild in us and around us and recovering our indigenous roots). 

Our team will share parts of our work that explore food, water, land, and energy. We want to collectively seek answers to:





  • What kinds of relationships does ownership offer?



  • What types relationships does a new economy need?



  • Where does knowledge about balance, diversity, and exchange come from?



  • How to build and restore new relationships inside of old ones?



  • What does reconciliation with each other and the earth ask of us?





Join this gathering to help answer these questions and to learn from the experiences of others including our four facilitators:

Scott Reed (Communal land stewardship)
Strong Oak (Indigenous food systems)
Lynn Benander (Cooperative energy)
Paul Baines (Great Lakes governance)

Friday July 8, 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm
Rockwell Hall 305

9:30am

Organizing Community Power for the New Energy Economy - INVITE ONLY
The impacts of climate change coupled with the continued economic deterioration of our communities pose urgent challenges for grassroots community organizing. New systems rooted in justice and new economic models are needed to empower our communities and pave the road to a new energy economy.

One such challenge is to close the cultural divide and knowledge gap between grassroots community organizations and new economy advocates. Many community organizations build political power fighting defensive battles; while new economy alternatives lack a base and political power. We will create a space for community organizations, environmental justice groups, and new economy groups to engage with one another to close this gap. This network gathering will be an opportunity to share experiences and challenges in combining community organizing models with just, sustainable economic development.

The goals of the network gathering are to:





  • Support the mobilization of grassroots communities to engage in organizing for new alternatives, new programs, and new energy economy development.



  • Shared dialogue and knowledge of community expertise and technical knowledge with advocates, intermediaries and catalyzers



  • Shared perspectives and takeaways on how to organize and build community power for development of the new energy economy.



  • Build relationships and trust and support pathways for collaboration among community organizers, catalysts, developers, policy advocates 



  • Shared narrative on organizing power for the new energy economy.





This is a closed gathering, but if you are interested in attending please contact: Jordan Estevao at National People’s Action at jordan@npa-us.org

Coordinators: 





  • Michael Guerrero (Climate Justice Alliance)



  • Al Weinrub (Local Clean Energy Alliance) 



  • Clarke Gocker (PUSH Buffalo)



  • Anthony Giancatarino (Center for Social Inclusion) 




Friday July 8, 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm
Assembly Hall

9:30am

#CoopYouth Campaign Strategy Session
BEFORE ADDING THIS NETWORK GATHERING TO YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE NOTE: Registration for network gatherings is not included in general conference registration.  In order to attend a network gathering you must register for it through eventbrite. 

How do we ensure that the cooperative movement is grounded in anti-racism, justice, sustainability, and participatory democracy?

At CommonBound, the USA Cooperative Youth Council (USACYC) will host a Peoples' Movement Assembly process with a national group of #CoopYouth to explore how other movements have effectively addressed this challenge. Our goal is to make the cooperative movement stronger by engaging young cooperators around this question in a meaningful way that promotes their continued engagement. We will use this network gathering to:



  1. Strategize about how we build an truly anti-racist cooperative movement.



  2. Share tools to make our cooperatives and movements more participatory.



  3. Continue to challenge the notion that cooperative movement spaces are “politically neutral.”



We are young people in their teens and twenties who are committed to economic justice as an integral aspect of our striving for collective liberation. We believe that equipping folks with the tools they need to collectively organize around issues that affect them is an essential key to this liberation.

We will share and use tools such as the PMA “People’s Movement Assembly” and our organizing strategy guides, which engage people in participatory democracy. These tools have been developed and used by many organizations in order to successfully break down complex issues and unify around cohesive action steps to resolve them.

We are seeking other young people in their teens and twenties who are committed to economic justice as an integral aspect of our striving for collective liberation. We will engage with these tools around developing a truly Anti-Racist Cooperative Movement. We don’t see that our national cooperative movement actively embraces and pursues social, economic, and ecological justice. Through this process, we hope identify the issues we face and engage people to build on this work in their movement spaces with specific goals in mind. We seek to challenge the notion that these movement spaces are “politically neutral”.

This network gathering is open to all attendees who identify as “youth” - (while youth means different things in different contexts, we define youth as late teens to age 30). The demographic we organize is the age group typically in the vanguard of social movements. For more information, please contactinfo@youth.coop.

For more information about USACYC, visit http://youth.coop, check out our dynamic postings on http://facebook.com/usacyc, or read an article that inspires us here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5Pyx9g3K1JFWXZLdDVMa0paUnM

Coordinators:





  • Emily Lippold Cheney (USACYC Co-Founder, Traveling Cooperative Institute Director, cooperative developer)



  • Payam Kaveh Imani, (USACYC President, President of the Lorin District Business Association Berkeley, Ca ; Alchemy Collective Cafe & Coffee Roasters Co-Founder)




Friday July 8, 2016 9:30am - 5:30pm
Rockwell Hall 306

9:30am

Asian American Solidarity Economies - INVITE ONLY
This network gathering will launch an Asian American Solidarity Economy cohort, which will meet for one year with three goals:

The first is to develop a framework for the theory and practice of solidarity economies in Asian American communities. We believe that there are historical and cultural particulars to the Asian American experience that make equitable and cooperative economic development distinct.

Second, we aim to create a participatory toolkit on the different facets  of solidarity economies (including worker-owned cooperatives, community land trusts, and participatory planning) targeted to and translated for Asian American communities.

Last, we will develop a peer network of Asian American solidarity economy practitioners that will, on the one hand, make visible experiments emerging in communities across the nation, and, on the other, provide support to local projects. The overarching intent is to cultivate ideas, tools, and resources so Asian American communities can self-determine a new economy that is radically inclusive, just, sustainable, and democratic.

This network gathering is invitation only. For more information, please contact yvonne@solidarityresearch.org or parag@riseup.net.

Coordinators:





  • Yvonne Yen Liu (Solidarity Research Center)



  • Parag Rajendra Khandhar (Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies)




Friday July 8, 2016 9:30am - 5:30pm
Rockwell Hall 304

9:30am

Entrepreneurs’ Cafe
BEFORE ADDING THIS NETWORK GATHERING TO YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE NOTE: Registration for network gatherings is not included in general conference registration.  In order to attend a network gathering you must register for it through eventbrite.  

The vision of the New Economy Movement is a world in which economic activity to a large extent is in the hands of democratically governed enterprises that operate for the benefit of their workers and customers, the community and the planet.

There are two ways to add new economy enterprises to a community.  One is to change capitalist-run businesses into cooperatives and other democratic forms. The other is to start new economy enterprises from scratch.  The Entrepreneurs’ Café is a place where we hope such entirely new enterprises will be conceived and set into motion.

This network gathering will engage participants in testing and improving a new way to invent, start and grow new economy enterprises.  In the gathering we want to see how quickly the participants can understand the purpose and the process that we have in mind, conduct exercises in accordance with our instructions and provide feedback to help us design a creative and productive process.

It is a timeless tradition for people to meet at taverns, pubs, teahouses and cafés to talk about prospective business ventures.  Our café is different in at least two respects.  First, we don’t rely on chance to bring people together.  We will look for good prospects and invite them to come.  Second, we will structure the discussion around four questions:  



  1. What idle or underused resources are there in this community?



  2. What unmet needs are there?  



  3. Is there an opportunity for a business that would put those resources to work to fill those needs?  



  4. If so, who among us could get excited about building that business?



Once a volunteer steps forward, the group will discuss what training and services such as legal, marketing, accounting and finance they will need to build an enterprise.

This network gathering is open to all CommonBound attendees. Come and learn with us how to pull idle or underused resources together to build an enterprise that will both generate income for its members and serve the community’s needs. For more information, contact Andrew Collver at acollver@optonline.net.

Coordinators:

Andrew Collver (Community Builders of Long Island)

Paul D'Ascoli (Community Builders of Long Island)

Friday July 8, 2016 9:30am - 5:30pm
Rockwell Hall 204

9:30am

New York Cooperative Network: Building the State’s New Economy through Cross-Sectoral Collaboration
BEFORE ADDING THIS NETWORK GATHERING TO YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE NOTE: Registration for network gatherings is not included in general conference registration.  In order to attend a network gathering you must register for it through eventbrite.  

We know from experience that when cooperatives work together across silos, their impact on justice, sustainability and democracy exponentially increases. And yet, “cooperation among cooperatives” is overwhelmingly dictated by place and sector. We do business with other co-ops in our proximity; we partner with co-ops that share our business model: food co-ops working with other food co-ops, credit unions working with fellow credit unions. This gathering of the New York Cooperative Network seeks to realize the potential for cooperation between and among these silos.

To build a solidarity economy in New York State and beyond, we need to strong web of co-ops of all kinds, an ecosystem with a rich pattern of connections.

This gathering will:





  • Outline specific initiatives for expanding the cooperative economy in New York State through strategic partnerships.



  • Establish a framework to grow our informal network of cooperators into a statewide Cooperative Business Association (CBA), including determining an organizational form and laying out a start-up action plan.





We are seeking participants from across New York State who want to learn about and contribute to conversations on a range of topics, such as:





  • Leveraging cooperative ownership models to establish and scale-up community solar initiatives, especially in low/moderate income communities.



  • Creating value-added partnerships between food co-ops, housing cooperatives, and  and community solar initiatives.



  • Promoting public policy and funding for cooperative entrepreneurship and technical assistance.



  • Building alliances with municipalities to create cooperative development programs that advance economic development, financial inclusion, and environmental sustainability.



  • Financing and incubating cooperative businesses through Credit Unions.



  • Incorporating, governing, staffing and sustaining a Cooperative Business Association (CBA).



  • Organizing public awareness and advocacy campaigns led by a CBA.





Workshops will include brief presentations, followed by facilitated discussions and action-oriented, group planning. Be sure to let us know if you have particular expertise to contribute to the conversation.

This network gathering builds on four years of grassroots organizing. In 2012 and 2013, volunteer efforts to organize two consecutive New York Cooperative Summits mobilized hundreds of co-op directors, managers, workers, organizers, consultants, members and scholars from across the state to begin a process of peer-learning and strategic planning. In 2014 and 2015, local events built on this momentum by taking steps toward the development of a CBA with the National Cooperative Business Association. Now, through this 2016 network gathering, we will advance our work to the next stage by laying out concrete plans -- for both the creation of a CBA, and for programmatic “footholds” that can start expanding the benefits of economic cooperation.

Attendance at this action-oriented gathering is by invitation only.

Please complete this very brief form to request an invitation. You are also welcome to contact Krys Cail at krys.cail@gmail.com with comments and questions.

Coordinators:

Frank Cetera (Senior Business Advisor with NYS Onondaga Small Business Development Center)

Krys Cail (GreenStar Cooperative Market, DE Squared)

Joe Marraffino (Democracy at Work Institute, American.coop, New York Cooperative Network)

Meagan Weatherby (Cooperative Federal, Syracuse Real Food Co-op)

Friday July 8, 2016 9:30am - 5:30pm
Ketchum Hall 106

9:30am

Self-Governance: Walking The Talk in Our Organizations and Movements
BEFORE ADDING THIS NETWORK GATHERING TO YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE NOTE: Registration for network gatherings is not included in general conference registration.  In order to attend a network gathering you must register for it through eventbrite.  

Does the way you are organized and make decisions match your values? Is there a system of organization and decision making...





  • that is more effective and scalable than consensus?



  • that delivers greater equality than majority rule democracy?



  • that delivers products and services efficiently in any sector - businesses, cooperatives, nonprofits, and social change organizations?





Many nonprofits talk the talk of shared power but internally still operate with a traditional top-down hierarchy. Within the New Economy, we have a number of ways of creating ownership: workers, producers, employees, and consumers. But many of us are still struggling to accompany ownership with effective participatory governance based on egalitarian principles. Similarly, many social change organizations promote equality but internally, they still suffer from unhealthy power dynamics.

What is the alternative?

In this network gathering we will explore a variety of aspects of governance: meeting dynamics, facilitation, decision-making processes, and organizational structures. What are the power of personalities and the communication challenges we each bring with us? What is the power of the facilitator role? Does the hierarchy of our organization match our values? What is the relationship between absence/presence of hierarchy and responsibility and accountability? If what Gerard Endenburg said, "Behavior is determined by the prevailing form of decision making" is true, then what are the impacts of decision making by consensus and by majority vote?

In the first half of the day we will present a model approach to self-governance that redesigns traditional organizational decision making, transforms ownership structure, and offers a vision of society based on cooperation. Through verbal, visual,and hands-on demonstrations and exercises, participants will be guided through experiences of organizational design, consent decision-making, and open selection of people to leadership roles. This model approach is known as Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance. (For more information see http://sociocracyconsulting.com and http://sociocracy.info).

In the second half of the day, we will ask participants to share the decision making process and structure of their organizations. We will examine these in relation to the model of sociocracy and other frames such as policy governance. And we will explore avenues towards more effectively matching our values and our practice.

If your organization is not egalitarian, this gathering will give you a vision of what is possible. If your organization says it is egalitarian but struggles to fulfill its promise, this workshop will offer practical skills and an approach that will help realize the dream. Time to walk the talk.

Who should come? Anyone interested in shared leadership including worker-owners, social change activists, nonprofit staff and board members, and members of New Economy organizations. This gathering will be useful and accessible to participants with varying levels of experience.

This network gathering is open to all CommonBound registrants. For more information, please contact outreach@both-and.net.

Coordinators:





  • Jerry Koch-Gonzalez (Class Action)




Friday July 8, 2016 9:30am - 5:30pm
Ketchum Hall 118

9:30am

Southern Movement Assembly, Southern People’s Initiative - INVITE ONLY
Before the South became synonymous with the US South, it was a global south slave colony and plantation. Therefore the US South is an extension of the Greater Caribbean region of colonial slavery. Given the historical legacy of slavery in the US and Global south, we work against this trend by working to ensure a just transition, jobs, equitable pay, and working conditions along with an improved impact on environment and climate.

We need a new sustainable economy for the South. The labor laws and practices in the US South are of a 20th century capitalist economy and today we are in a 21st century globalized economy. We need to form a new social economy that is not just the profiteers and corporations, but includes workers at the negotiation table.

To that end our Network Gathering will bring Southern Organizers from throughout the Southern Movement Assembly to gather, assess, and plan how our efforts and the current Southern People’s Initiatives have met the goal of advancing Southern movement power, education, and communication.

This network gathering is open to all Southern People's Iniative Participating Organizations. For more information, contact jovan [at] projectsouth.org or call 404-622-0602.

Coordinators:





  • Emery Wright, (Project South)



  • Ash-Lee Henderson (Project South)



  • Jovan Julien (Project South)



  • Joaquin Abrego (Southwest Workers Union)




Friday July 8, 2016 9:30am - 5:30pm
Rockwell Hall 303

10:30am

Foreign Trade and Investment in the New Economy
BEFORE ADDING THIS NETWORK GATHERING TO YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE NOTE: Registration for network gatherings is not included in general conference registration.  In order to attend a network gathering you must register for it through eventbrite.  

This gathering will cover the main challenges that neoliberal, corporate-driven trade paradigm pose to a thriving new economy, explore alternatives frameworks, and discuss which networks, coalitions, and bases of power could come together to transform our trade paradigm to one centered on justice and sustainability.

We are activists organizing to stop the new wave of proposed free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and think it is important to contextualize this advocacy within a larger movement building a new economy that is centered on people and sustains communities.

This gathering will offer participants from an array of backgrounds new ideas helpful to contextualize local work, a greater understanding of what better trade policy looks like, and strategies to strengthen advocacy against the bad, as well as for the good. It will include a broad range of experiences, issue focuses, and identities. We encourage any activists mobilizing to #StopTPP, community organizers working on building strong local economies, trade policy wonks, and individuals looking to learn more to attend.

Throughout the day, we will:





  • Learn about the work that has already been done to develop principles that could frame foreign trade and investment in the new economy and discuss successes and limitations in advocating for these alternatives.



  • Hear from organizers working to rebuild and strengthen local economies who have been challenged by trade rules limiting local procurement and reinvestment policies.



  • Strategize ways to build power through grassroots movements and networks of progressive cities to advance an alternative trade and investment framework centered on justice, sustainability, and equitable development.





This network gathering is open to all CommonBound attendees. Please contact Arielle Clynes at arielle.clynes@sustainus.org with any ideas, questions or if you are interested in helping to coordinate or present at this gathering!

Coordinators:





  • Arielle Clynes, SustainUS



  • Adam Hasz, SustainUS




Friday July 8, 2016 10:30am - 5:00pm
Rockwell Hall 301

12:30pm

5:00pm

5:30pm

Light Dinner
Friday July 8, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Rockwell Hall Patio

6:00pm

#CommonBound Storytellers' Training
Help tell the story of #Commonbound 2016! This short training Friday night will provide a guide to the basics of social media and how to get the word out about the rising New Economy this weekend, whether you're a digital organizing pro or just getting started. NEC's Communications Team will offer primers on CommonBound messaging, Facebook, Twitter, meme-making and other digital storytelling tools to be put to use through the length of the weekend. In addition to RSVP'ing here, we also ask that participants fill out the following form: http://bit.ly/29tyFlx

NOTE: This session is happening in the same building as Friday night's keynote, and you'll have plenty of time between the 2 to leave and get a good seat. To make sure that happens, though, we ask that everyone attending arrive promptly at 6 so we can end on time!

Friday July 8, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Rockwell Hall 201

7:00pm

Opening Plenary: Achieving Self-Determination And Sovereignty For Our Communities
This opening plenary panel will explore what it means for our movements to “win.” Grounding us in a framework of decolonization, community selfdetermination and sovereignty, we will dive deep into why we do this work. Each of the panelists will share their perspective on what is unique about this moment in history — from the political and economic level, to the cultural and ecological. The panel will leave the audience with some guiding questions and big ideas as we embark on the next two days of the conference together. 

Speakers
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Chrystel Cornelius

Executive Director, First Nations Oweesta Corporation
Chrystel is the executive director of First Nations Oweesta Corporation located in Longmont, Colorado. Ms. Cornelius has worked with Native communities for most of her professional career, with than 16 years of experience working in the Native economic development field. Chrystel is of Chippewa and Oneida descent and has a BS in Business Management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.
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Malachi Garza

Community Justice Network for Youth, W. Haywood Burns Institute
Malachi Larrabee-Garza currently serves as Director of the Community Justice Network for Youth at the W. Haywood Burns Institute. Before coming to the BI, Malachi spent 5 years at the School of Unity and Liberation (S.O.U.L.) as the Advanced Political Education Director. Malachi co-founded the Brown Boi Project in 2006 and currently sits as Board Chair of its Board of Directors.
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Elandria Williams

Highlander Research and Education Center, Beautiful Solutions
Elandria Williams is Co-Editor of Beautiful Solutions and is on the Education Team and Organizational Leadership Team of the Highlander Research and Education Center. She coordinates the Southern Grassroots Economies Project, co-leads the Governance and Economics curriculum, and supports community leaders and organizers in the South and Appalachia. Elandria lives in Knoxville, TN.


Friday July 8, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Rockwell Theater

9:00pm

Media Happy Hour, Hosted by YES! Magazine & The Laura Flanders Show
Want to get your work covered in the news? Join hosts YES! Magazine and The Laura Flanders Show to connect with media covering the New Economy movement. Share your work, pitch your stories, or just come and relax — free drink tickets available for the first 100 guests!


Join us for drinks, light appetizers, and special guests at this classic Buffalo pub — and help raise a toast for YES! Magazine’s 20th Anniversary!

Friday July 8, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Cole's On Elmwood 1104 Elmwood Ave.

9:30pm

9:30pm

Opening Social
Friday July 8, 2016 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Campbell Plaza, Tent
 
Saturday, July 9
 

8:30am

Breakfast
Saturday July 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Campbell Student Union Lobby

8:30am

9:00am

9:30am

Banking and Finance for a New Economy
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.

Speakers:

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

 

Speakers
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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 and advancing solutions to fix inefficiencies in the municipal finance system that cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year.
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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 in federal and state-level governance in the United States. From 2007-2011, he was a Demos Senior Fellow and then Director of the Fellows Program... 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 businesses. | | Stacy is the author of the acclaimed book Big-Box Swindle, has produced numerous influential reports, and has written articles for a wide... 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 lending and anti-discrimination laws in New York City and State; launched community loan funds and land trusts to combat gentrification and displacement; developed... Read More →
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Emily Sladek

The Democracy Collaborative
Assisting with the New Economy Action Project at CommonBound in Buffalo, NY 2016


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

9:30am

Building Power to Transform our Food System
A just and ecological food system is rooted in an agricultural and fisheries systems that provides nourishing and affordable food to all communities, employment with fair wages, production with fair prices, access to credit and a widely held protection of land and water rights of tribal, fisher, and traditional communities. This session is an overview of efforts to advance food justice, and share case studies; examining collaborative/innovative local/regional models of farming and fishing that model the type of food system we seek to create.

Moderators
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Niaz Dorry

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Niaz Dorry is the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). Based in Gloucester, MA, she has began working to advance the rights, economic sustainability and ecological benefits of indigenous and community based fishermen 22 years ago. Time Magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The Planet for fighting against the industrialization, privatization, and corporate takeover of the ocean.

Speakers
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Georgia Good

Georgia Good, ED of Rural Advancement Fund, RC Vice-Chair, has assisted low-income people in rural areas of SC for over forty years. Raised on a farm, she picked cotton to help her family make the $133 yearly land payment. In 1970 she co-founded a health clinic for poor families. . In 1990, she assumed leadership of (RAF) of the National Share Croppers Fund (founded in 1937), leading economic development, advocacy, and training and with RC... Read More →
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Lorette Picciano

Executive Director, Rural Coalition
Since 1992, Lorette has served as ED of the Rural Coalition, a DC-based alliance of 60 culturally diverse community based organizations representing producers and farmworkers in the US and Mexico. She works with RC's Board and members to promote just and sustainable development in rural areas. A part of 7 Farm Bill debates, she has coordinated a broad effort to assure equal access to USDA programs for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers and helped... Read More →
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Diana Robinson

Diana Robinson has been the Campaign and Ed Coordinator of the Food Chain Workers Alliance since 2012. The daughter of immigrants from Colombia and the Dominican Republic, she previously worked at UFCW Local 1500, which represents over 23,000 grocery store workers in New York. At Local 1500, Diana played dual roles as a worker organizer and Food Policy Coord of the Bldg Blocks Project for Good Food, Good Jobs, and Good Health. Diana graduated... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Bulger Communication Center West

9:30am

Combatting Economic Violence in Baltimore and DC: Black Workers Centers and Cooperatives as Tools for Liberation in the New Economy
The death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore shined a light on the connections between police terror and economic violence - both direct byproducts of structural racism. In this session, we'll explore the development of Black workers centers and worker-owned cooperatives in Baltimore and DC as responses to economic violence. We'll discuss the roots of economic inequity in these two cities and the process of creating local workers centers and a national network through the National Black Worker Center Project. We’ll also explore the (re)emergence of cooperatives as a tool for survival and community-control. Participants will walk away with strategies for connecting Black labor to the new economy.

Speakers
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Jennifer Bryant

Jennifer Bryant is a community organizer and emerging cooperative developer with Cooperation DC. Cooperation DC is a project of ONE DC, a long-time grassroots community organizing group based in the District. Building on ONE DC's mission of creating and preserving racial and economic equity, Cooperation DC's mission is to expand opportunities for dignified employment and democratic ownership in low-income communities of color through the... Read More →
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Dorcas Gilmore

Dorcas R. Gilmore is a racial and economic justice advocate. She is an attorney and consultant working with nonprofit organizations and small businesses on racial and economic equity, organizational development, and leadership development. Currently, Dorcas is a Visiting Practitioner in Residence in the Community & Economic Development Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. She is a co-founder of Baltimore Activating... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 304

9:30am

Do-It-Yourself Video for Activists and the New Economy
Video can be one of the most powerful tools available to organizations. And with smartphones in most of our pockets, we have the what we need to tell good stories on a budget. In this session we'll focus on three aspects of the craft. We'll talk briefly about the components of a good video story, we'll look at useful gear and apps, and we'll spend time talking about good video technique and shot selection. Participants will leave with more confidence in their ability to use video in their work.

Have a question or topic you want to make sure I cover? Or a great example of an organization using video? Send me an email at chris@christopherlandry.com. Thanks!

Speakers
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Chris Landry

Principal, Landry Communications
Chris Landry is a filmmaker and communications consultant. His firm, Landry Communications, helps mission-driven organizations tell their stories more effectively so they can have greater impact. His film, Joanna Macy and the Great Turning, is currently airing on the PBS series Natural Heroes.


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 305

9:30am

Exploring Post-Capitalist Alternatives
What is economic democracy? To answer this question we will consider what lessons we can draw from socialist experiments throughout the world, and examine some of the big debates around a future post-capitalist economic system, such as the appropriate mix of democratic planning and markets. Participants will have a chance to discuss and contrast different alternatives to capitalism, the possible advantages and disadvantages of each approach, and what policies will be necessary for a just transition.

Moderators
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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.

Speakers
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Francisco Perez

Francisco Perez is a solidarity economy activist, working as an economic development professional with frontline communities in Senegal, Sierra Leone, Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Francisco is a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in economics and a member at the Center for Popular Economics. His research focuses on international political economy. He holds a BA from Harvard College and an MPA from Princeton... Read More →
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Aaron Tanaka

Director, Center for Economic Democracy


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

9:30am

From One Owner to Many: Why and How to Convert Small Businesses to Employee Ownership (and why now is the time to do it)
The large-scale retirement of baby-boomer business owners is set to create a wave of small business closures and ownership transitions. The new economy movement can leverage this unique situation to preserve local businesses and create stable, dignified workplaces by using employee ownership as a realistic and attractive alternative to closure, strategic buyers, or venture capital. We will discuss how and why businesses transition to employee ownership through co-ops or ESOPs (employee stock ownership plans.) Real-life examples of successful transitions will be highlighted, and you will walk away with the knowledge and resources to promote employee ownership in your communities.

Speakers
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David Hammer

Executive Director, The ICA Group
David Hammer is the Executive Director of the ICA Group, the country’s oldest national organization dedicated to democratic employee ownership. Mr. Hammer is a leading practitioner of employee buyouts of small business and worker cooperatives. Mr. Hammer joined the ICA Group in 2008 and served as a Senior Business Consultant until assuming the position of Executive Director in June 2013. He has spent his career working for organizations... Read More →
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Nathan Hixson

Nathan is the Loan and Investment Manager at Local Enterprise Assistance Fund. Nathan oversees loan underwriting and compliance at LEAF, a nonprofit CDFI lender focused on cooperative business and housing. Prior to joining LEAF, Nathan served as an AmeriCorps New Sector Fellow and performed underwriting at RSF Social Finance. Nathan is a member of his neighborhood food co-op and works on community-owned solar access in New England as well. He... Read More →
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Ramona Rodriguez-Brooks

National Center for Employee Ownership
Ramona Rodriguez-Brooks works for the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), a non-profit that provides information and resources on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), equity compensation, and ownership culture. Through cutting-edge research and practical tools, the NCEO works to create an environment where employee ownership is widely used and every employee-owned company fulfills its potential for success. Ramona’s work... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Ketchum 315

9:30am

Keynote Case Study: The 15M and Podemos movements in Spain/ El 15-M y el Movimiento Podemos de España
This session will feature Jacobo Rivero, one of Sunday’s keynote panelists, diving deep into his work in the anti-austerity (indignados/15M) movement in Spain and the subsequent rise of Podemos as a political force in the country. This workshop will be conducted in English and Spanish. All are welcome; all non-bilingual participants will be provided headsets.  Limit: 40 participants

Esta sesión contará con Jacobo Rivero, uno de los panelistas magistrales del domingo, nos sumergimos en el trabajo del movimiento de anti-austeridad (Indignados / 15M) en España y el crecimiento incremental del movimiento Podemos como fuerza política en el país. Este taller se llevará a cabo en Inglés y en Español. Todos son bienvenidos; todos los participantes no bilingües se les proporcionaran equipo auriculares de interpretación.  Límite: 40 participantes no bilingües 

Speakers
avatar for Jacobo Rivero Rodríguez

Jacobo Rivero Rodríguez

Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Trabajo en el Ayuntamiento de Madrid en el Área de Cultura y Deportes. Periodista, he trabajado para varios medios de comunicación españoles e internacionales. Autor de dos libros sobre Podemos: Conversación con Pablo Iglesias( 2014) y Podemos. Objetivo: Asaltar los cielos (2015). Además he escrito tres libros sobre ética y deporte y trabajado como documentalista y asesor de contenidos para cine y tv... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Ketchum Hall 111

9:30am

New York Renews: Uniting Climate With Social and Economic Justice to Build Power and Win a Renewable & Equitable Energy Economy for All
Winning transformational change requires diverse coalitions, tactics, capacities, and communities. NYRenews connects 50+ community, labor, environmental justice, environmental, and social justice groups. We will look at how we have tried to balance diverse theories of change and constituency - as we set out to make NY State act boldly on climate, create tens of thousands of good jobs, and build a more equitable society. We will discuss the challenges and benefits of bringing together diverse partners and navigating differences.

Speakers
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Brittny Baxter

Brittny Baxter is the Upstate Legislative Organizer for New York Working Families, where she is working on environmental justice legislative policies with NY Renews, an unprecedented statewide coalition responsible for the Climate and Community Protection Act. A Graduate of Buffalo State College, with a bachelors degree in Public Communication, the Buffalo native has experience as a political organizer on local and state level campaigns, as... Read More →
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Annel Hernandez

Annel Hernandez is the Resiliency Planner with the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance. Previously, as Research Assistant with the Urban Climate Change Research Network at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, she collaborated with scholars, experts, and advocates on pushing forward new climate change resources for cities. Annel also worked in the NYC Mayor’s Office as Social Innovation Fund Advisor managing the program implementation of a... Read More →
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Isaac Silberman-Gorn

Community Organizer, Citizen Action of New York
Isaac has been organizing against fracking for over 4 years, first as a student, and over 2 with Citizen Action of New York. He lives in Binghamton – a unique community, both on the front lines for climate change and in the bullseye of the gas industry. When not organizing, Isaac enjoys playing music and riding his bike, though not at the same time


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

9:30am

Nonprofit Workplace Democracy: Self-governance for More Just and Resilient Movement Organizations
How can social justice nonprofits prefigure the world we are working toward in our own organizations? This session will explore models and practices for workplace democracy in nonprofit organizations through the stories and experiences of several existing organizations. Participants will leave with tangible examples and practical tools for implementing democratic self-governance in your own organization, and connection to an emerging community of practice within the new economy movement.

Speakers
avatar for Evan Casper-Futterman

Evan Casper-Futterman

Rutgers University
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Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

CEO, The Sociocracy Consulting Group and Sociocracy For All
I am passionate about living the revolution now in organizations. So talk to me about two elements of that I am excited by: | 1. Sociocracy (pronounce it like a combo of sociology and democracy). The operating system for the New Economy! Meaning it is a more egalitarian approach to decision making and organizational structure than the traditions of top-down hierarchy, voting democracy and consensus. Watch this 4 minute video... 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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Chris Tittle

Director of Organizational Resilience, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Director of Organizational Resilience | | Chris co-leads Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Housing, Commons Governance, and Money & Finance Programs, and coordinates SELC’s grant writing, grassroots fundraising, and internal governance. He is particularly focused on participatory and polycentric governance structures for more just and resilient economies. He practices Aikido, is committed to racial justice, and once traveled from Japan to... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Ketchum Hall 118

9:30am

Our Money, Our Voices: Particpatory Budgeting in Buffalo
Tired of your tax dollars being used to help everyone but you? What if you could decide how to use those funds to improve your city? A Council district in Buffalo is doing just that with Participatory Budgeting (PB), a democratic process that gives community control over public dollars. Participants will learn about PB in the U.S. and hear directly from Buffalo residents about how they gained real power over their money.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Hadden Hadden

Maria Hadden Hadden

Maria Hadden works with the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), managing projects in the Midwest & South. She first became involved in participatory budgeting (PB) as a budget delegate during the first US cycle in 2009 in Chicago where she's lived for 14 years. She was so inspired by the experience that she joined PBP in 2010 as a founding board member. Maria is a member of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) as well as an alumni of both... Read More →
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Natasha Soto

Natasha D. Soto is a Community Organizer for the Clean Air Coalition of WNY for the past 5 years. CA is an Environmental Health and Justice Organization that believes in democratic decision making; CA knowing s that when residents have the capacity to make real decisions that impact their neighborhoods those decisions are better than when those decisions are made on behalf of residents by individuals who don't live in those neighborhoods.


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Ketchum Hall 113

9:30am

Scaling Up the New Economy in Red and Rural Communities: Best Practices from the Field
This session will explore innovative strategies that build the new economy in rural and Red (Conservative) communities, and which are ‘scalable’, replicable or that help build leadership and broadly based support.  Four organizations – We Own It (Madison, WI), One Voice (Mississippi) Local First Arizona (Arizona) and the Appalachia Funders Network (Central Appalachia) – will briefly highlight examples of their work, including democratizing energy and rural electric cooperatives, leveling the playing field for local businesses, and investing in the transition to a post-coal economy.  This session will be highly participatory.

Speakers
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Becky Cain Ceperley

Becky Cain Ceperley is a member of City Council in Charleston WV. She is currently employed as a consultant to the Appalachia Funders Network. She recently retired as the CEO of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.  She serves on many nonprofit boards and is a former President of the League of Women Voters of the United States. 
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Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson is the driving force behind One Voice, working tirelessly with local elected officials, philanthropic community and local stakeholders to make sure voices often neglected in Mississippi get heard. Derrick has served as State President for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP since 2004. He earned his Jurist Doctorate Degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tougaloo College in... Read More →
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Kimber Lanning

Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur actively involved in fostering cultural diversity, economic self-reliance and responsible growth for the Phoenix metropolitan area. She's the executive director of Local First Arizona, a statewide organization of over 2,500 local businesses working to advance public policy that enables locally owned businesses to thrive and builds a vibrant, inclusive economy.
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Jake Schlachter

Executive Director, We Own It
Jake Schlachter is the executive director of We Own It, a start-up nonprofit that is building a new national network for cooperative member rights, education, and organizing, with the mission goal of bringing co-ops and their 130 million members into the movement for a new economy. Its first focus is on inspiring and supporting member-owner organizing efforts for governance reform, local energy and efficiency, and economic development within... Read More →
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Mary Snow

Mary grew up in Appalachia and has a strong commitment to rural people and places. Mary is a consultant for the Appalachia Funders Network’s Philanthropic Engagement Initiative and for Rural Support Partners community development efforts through the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust's Healthy Places North Carolina Initiative. In these roles, she works to build networks and partnerships that deepen both regional and place-based development... Read More →
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Liz Veazey

Since late 2015, Liz Veazey has been excited to put her skills and experience to work for We Own It, the national network for cooperative member rights, education and training as Network Coordinator. Liz has a range of communication, project management, technology, and organizing skills and knowledge from her fifteen years as a social change leader and her study of environmental science, biology, social movements, history, and sociology. This... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 201

9:30am

Side by Side: Building Solidarity Economies in Jackson, MS and Madison, WI
Come hear community leaders from Jackson, MS and Madison, WI talk about their work to build solidarity economies, and compare and contrast approaches. We are choosing to include these two case studies side by side as an invitation to develop deep analysis and assessment in communities on the frontlines of building new economies.

Speakers
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Kali Akuno

Cooperation Jackson, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson. He served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. Kali is also an educator, writer, and an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots movement. 


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Ketchum 320

9:30am

Sustainable Development Goals and Social Solidarity Economy - Lessons From the Grassroots, Impacting Macro Economy
The UN adopted in September 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’S) for the 2016-2030 period. The workshop will explore ground examples of people challenges the dominant economic models Through micro case studies from Asia- Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia & Philippines ordinary people are making the change and challenging the stereotypes. Presentation of micro case studies and drawing lessons using a SDG framework. Participants will walk away knowing that small actions put together can have a major impact but this requires systematic documentation and data collection.

Speakers
avatar for Denison Jayasooria

Denison Jayasooria

Deputy Chair, Ripess Asia
PhD in sociology (Oxford Brookes University, UK). Working at the Institute of Ethnic Studies, National University of Malaysia (UKM). Deputy Chair of RIPESS Asia and ASEC and member of the global RIPESS movement. Recent article "Developing solidarity economy in Asia: innovation in policy and practice" IN Naai Pun et al (2015) Social economy in china and the world. Routledge: London). Member of the RIPESS Board of Directors.
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Yvon Poirer

International delegate, Canadian Community Economic Development Network
Yvon Poirier is Secretary of the Board of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet). Yvon Poirier is involved in the international work of CCEDNet since 2004. Since 2013 he is member of the Board of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS). Through RIPESS, he was involved in the process of adopting the UN development Goals for the period 2015-2030 and in the United Nations... Read More →
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Shigeru Tanaka

Vice executive director at Pacific Asia Resource Center (PARC), a people's think-tank based in Tokyo Japan, with experiences in researching misbehavior by Japanese development cooperation agencies and Japanese multinationals. Member of the RIPESS Board of directors since January 2015.


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 301

9:30am

The Internet of Ownership: Cooperative Platforms for the Online Economy
As the online "sharing economy" devolves into poor labor conditions and monopolistic practices, the concept of "platform cooperativism" offers a hopeful vision for a more democratic online economy. This new wave of entrepreneurs, investors, and business developers are merging offline cooperative economics with the Internet in creative ways. We'll discuss how far this emergent movement has come, and explore some of the challenges it faces in the struggle for the future of the online platforms we increasingly depend on.

Speakers
avatar for Mario Liebrenz

Mario Liebrenz

Communication Team, FairCoop
Mario Liebrenz is a member of the FairCoop Communication Team and a co-founder of the European Cooperative Society "Freedom Coop". Since 2013, he is involved in alternative and post growth economy movemtens, integral cooperatives, commons, cryptocurrencies and related areas. Currently, he finished his study "Professional Public Decision Making" at the University Bremen, with a Master’s thesis about Bitcoin, decentralized networks and blockchain... Read More →
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Micky Metts

Activist Hacker – Industry Organizer – Public Speaker – Connector – Visionary, Agaric
Micky Metts is a member of Agaric, a worker-owned web-tech cooperative. She is known as an Activist Hacker – Industry Organizer – Public Speaker – Connector – Advisor and Visionary. Micky acts as a liaison between the Solidarity Economy Network (SEN) and the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives, to bring the movements closer together. She is a member of FSF.org, Drupal.org and MayFirst.org. Micky has escaped from Weston, CT and... Read More →
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Nathan Schneider

Scholar in residence, University of Colorado Boulder
Nathan Schneider is a scholar-in-residence of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder whose work revolves around economy, technology, and religion. His articles have appeared in publications including Harper's, The Nation, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Inquiry, The New York Times, The Catholic Worker, and others. He writes regular columns for America, a national Catholic weekly, and Vice magazine, and is... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 204

9:30am

Unions and Co-ops Together
There's a groundswell of activity among labor unions exploring worker cooperatives as a way to create and preserve jobs, and one of the most exciting efforts in this growing movement is the development of the "union co-op model", the direct link to Mondragon Cooperative Corporation. "1worker1vote" articulates a business structure combining the benefits of worker ownership and workplace democracy with the strengths of organized labor. This session will provide an overview of the union co-op model, its successes nationally, and opportunities in the Buffalo region and beyond.

Speakers
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Harper Bishop

is currently the Economic Development and Climate Change Coordinator at Open Buffalo, a community movement for social and economic justice. Harper comes to this position with over a decade's worth of non-profit management experience and progressive policy expertise. Since returning home to Buffalo from Washington, D.C., Harper has advocated for a new economy that puts people first and protects our environment. Harper is a 2013-2014 BALLE Local... Read More →
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Libby Sholes

Founder and member of the board, 1worker1vote
is a union co-op catalyst organizing California progressive faith communities, labor, immigrant groups, and communities of color. She is a co-founder of 1worker1vote, a national organization dedicated to the advancement of union-coops.


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 302

9:30am

What Do We Mean by Energy Democracy?
This is an "Energy Democracy for Beginners" session in which a few panelists draw out the vision and political framework of Energy Democracy and what it means in their respective communities and organizing work. They will each provide an example project and briefly share their perspectives on strategies for Democratizing Energy and building the energy democracy movement. Participants will be asked to raise questions and to provide additional examples they know about.

Speakers
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Denise Fairchild

Executive Director, Emerald Cities Collaborative
Denise Fairchild, the inaugural president of Emerald Cities Collaborative, has dedicated over 30 years to strengthening housing, jobs, businesses and economic opportunities for low-income residents and communities of color, domestically and internationally.
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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.
avatar for Al Weinrub

Al Weinrub

Coordinator, Local Clean Energy Alliance
Al Weinrub is coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA), the Bay Area's largest clean energy coalition. The LCEA, which hosts an annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities conference, sees the development of local energy resources as key to growing sustainable business, advancing social equity and promoting community resilience.
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Miya Yoshitani

Executive Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Miya has an extensive background in community organizing, campaign strategy, leadership development and training, organizational development, and fundraising, and a long history of working in the environmental justice movement. In her twenties she was the executive director of the largest student environmental network in the US, the Student Environmental Action Coalition, SEAC, and worked broadly in international environment and development... Read More →


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

9:30am

What's in the Pipeline: Strategy for Regional Cooperative Development in Philadelphia
The workshop will present the strategies and successes of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), a cross-sector association, as the basis for a conversation about regionally rooted approaches to co-op development. In the past year, PACA has focused on engaging community partners, supporting the existing co-ops in and around Philadelphia, and planning for the growth of the regional cooperative economy. We want to share our model and inspire others to consider similar approaches while asking the question how can we do this better?

Speakers
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Michaela Holmes

Michaela Holmes is the Director of Cooperative Development at PACA. She studied Organizational Change Management and is dedicated to supporting cooperative business models. Before coming to PACA, Michaela worked at the Democracy at Work Institute and was an intern with Praxis Consulting Group. She is gearing up to pilot the Cooperative Leadership Institute, a 6-month, cross-sector, leadership development program for Philadelphia Area leaders.
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Kristin Schwab

Co-op Organizer, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance
Kristin Schwab is a Cooperative Organizer at the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance. She is a community educator, cook, and organizer who facilitates collaboration and communication across difference. A native to the Philadelphia area, Kristin has over ten years of experience developing programs, leading workshops, and organizing young people and adults for social change. Recently she has led trainings, facilitated meetings, and consulted for... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 306

11:15am

Budgets for Black Lives
How can we #FundBlackFutures? Take control of your $ with participatory budgeting (PB). Our session will explore how integrating demands for PB in your campaigns could advance your goals. We'll highlight campaigns for economic justice led by Black Youth and discuss whether PB could be a tool used to achieve movement goals at the local level. We hope participants will leave with a new tool to use in their struggles for liberation and a bit more empowered to take control of their public funds. NOTE: All will be welcome in this space but the voices of Black identified folks and people of color will be given priority in this session.

Speakers
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Maria Hadden Hadden

Maria Hadden works with the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), managing projects in the Midwest & South. She first became involved in participatory budgeting (PB) as a budget delegate during the first US cycle in 2009 in Chicago where she's lived for 14 years. She was so inspired by the experience that she joined PBP in 2010 as a founding board member. Maria is a member of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) as well as an alumni of both... Read More →
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Biola Jeje

Biola Jeje is currently at the American Postal Workers Union doing social media and communications work. Biola was previously the Statewide Coordinator of New York Students Rising, a statewide network of students dedicated to defending public higher education in New York State. A graduate of Brooklyn College with a degree in Political Science, she is a Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) Board Member as well as a member of the Black Youth... Read More →
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Natasha Soto

Natasha D. Soto is a Community Organizer for the Clean Air Coalition of WNY for the past 5 years. CA is an Environmental Health and Justice Organization that believes in democratic decision making; CA knowing s that when residents have the capacity to make real decisions that impact their neighborhoods those decisions are better than when those decisions are made on behalf of residents by individuals who don't live in those neighborhoods.


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ketchum Hall 113

11:15am

Building Rain Resilience and Green Jobs
It's raining opportunities to stop flooding from rain while building a new economic system. Join experts working to organize communities and build policy to end the inequitable impact of flooding from rain while creating good local jobs in green infrastructure. Participants will learn about strategies and programs that can be applied in their own neighborhoods and cities.


Speakers

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project

Maris Grundy, Sustainable Landscaping Project Manager, PUSH Buffalo.

Julie Barrett O'Neill, General Counsel, Buffalo Sewer Authority.

Burrell Poe, Member Emerging Leaders Board, Mikva Challenge

 

Moderators
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Satya Rhodes-Conway

Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project
Satya Rhodes-Conway is the Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project and a senior associate at COWS. She works with cities across the country to implement innovative policy that promotes environmental and economic sustainability and builds strong, democratically accountable communities. She has researched and written extensively about local policy that promotes sustainability, equity and democracy. Satya served three terms on Madison's... Read More →

Speakers
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Maris Grundy

Maris Grundy is interested in all elements of the botanical world, especially the intersections of human plant-use in stormwater management and urban ecological restoration. Maris focuses her work on ecological, social, and economic justice in her current role as the Sustainable Landscaping Project Manager at PUSH Buffalo. She is responsible for coordinating, overseeing, and reviewing landscape construction sites to specifications relevant for... Read More →
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Julie Barrett ONeill

Julie Barrett O'Neill serves as General Counsel for the Buffalo Sewer Authority. In addition to legal work, Julie oversees the implementation of the Authority's $93 million green infrastructure combined sewer overflow reduction program. Julie also assists the City of Buffalo Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning team in the City's Energy Plan and Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Julie previously served as the Executive Director and... Read More →
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Burrell Poe

Burrell Poe heads up RainReady's national advocacy and community organizing work, including recruiting, educating and convening people affected by flooding and drought; and advocating for legislative changes to help protect victims and their communities. Burrell is on the Emerging Leaders Board at Mikva Challenge, an organization that teaches civic literacy to young people. He is an Army Veteran who is dedicated to transforming communities... Read More →
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Emily Sladek

The Democracy Collaborative
Assisting with the New Economy Action Project at CommonBound in Buffalo, NY 2016


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Bulger Communication Center East 2

11:15am

Building WealthWorks Food Value Chains
WealthWorks (WW) value chains create deep collaborations between all members of a food system to create eight forms of wealth and ensure a just, locally controlled and inclusive economy. They interconnect rural and urban economies to benefit both. We will draw on the experience of ten WW coordinators at the conference to provide training on the many WW tools. We will learn how to leverage existing food system players by integrating them in a value chain and jointly filling the gaps. Utilize this unique opportunity to learn about WealthWorks.

Speakers
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Andrew Crosson

Director of Regional Initiatives, Rural Support Partners
Andrew has been at Rural Support Partners since June of 2012. A native of Appalachia, his path to sustainable economic development work began in a small farming community in the mountains of rural Western North Carolina. As Director of Regional Initiatives at RSP, Andrew works with leaders, organizations, and networks to support regional strategies that advance Appalachia’s transition towards a just and sustainable economy for all. This... Read More →
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Roger Gonzalez

Mr. Gonzales is Prs of the Los De Mora Local Growers' Cooperative, Inc., a 35-member agricultural coop designed to serve as an economic conduit between local agricultural producers and emerging commercial markets. He utilized the WW framework to connect the cooperative to consumers. Mr. Gonzales serves as the VP of Business Development with Siete Del Norte CDC – CPLC Affiliate, an organization with over 40 years to improving the economic... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Bulger Communication Center West 2

11:15am

Challenging Entrenched Power Through New Economy Work in Red and Rural Communities
Participants will consider how to effectively challenge entrenched power, by building a base of economic and political power among people historically marginalized by race and class.  Cooperation Jackson (Jackson, MS) the Black Mesa Water Coalition (Navajo Nation, Arizona) and the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, or MACED (Berea, KY) will launch the discussion with lessons learned from their work in Native American, African American and Appalachian communities.  Cooperatives, community wealth building and capturing traditional knowledge will be among the tools discussed.  This session will be highly participatory.

Speakers
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Ivy Brashear

Ivy Brashear is the Appalachian Transition and Communications Associate at the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development in Berea, Ky. Before joining MACED, she was chief blogger at The Rural Blog, which is a product of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. She has been a reporter at The Hazard Herald in Hazard, Ky., and at the Times-Tribune in Corbin, Ky. She holds a Bachelor's... Read More →
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Brandon King

Cooperation Jackson
brandon is a founder and organizing coordinator of Cooperation Jackson, which is an emerging network of worker cooperative and supporting institutions. Cooperation Jackson is fighting to create economic democracy by creating a vibrant solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, that will help transform Mississippi and the South. brandon also serves as the anchor for Freedom Farms Cooperative, a farming cooperative aimed at providing healthy... Read More →
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Roberto Nutlouis

Roberto Nutlouis is Diné (Navajo) from Pinon, Navajo Nation. He is of the Tódích’ií’nii (Bitter Water) clan, born for the Tótsohnii (Big Water) clan. Through his involvement with Native Movement, the Indigenous Youth Coalition of Pinon, Indigenous Community Enterprises, and BMWC Roberto Nutlouis has been actively involved in the sustainable evolution of Black Mesa and the Navajo Nation for several years. His experience and expertise... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 201

11:15am

Community Benefits Agreements: Making Them Solid, Making Them Stick
Community Benefits Agreements are an important tool for making sure that all residents benefit from the large-scale development projects. Community Benefits Agreements can make the difference between projects that benefit a few and projects that can further the cause of racial and economic justice. The speakers on the panel will present research that addresses some of the issues in negotiating strong, accountable Community Benefits Agreements and what it takes to enforce them once the projects are under way.

Speakers
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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. His work has appeared in many journals, including Poetry, The Antioch Review, The Partisan Review, and The Paris Review. In 2009 he published Primo Levi's... Read More →
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Carl Nightingale

Board of Directors, PUSH Buffalo
Cities, Buffalo, PUSH Buffalo, Gentrification, Anything!
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John Washington

John Washington is a Community Organizer with PUSH Buffalo and the Community Economic Empowerment Task Force co-ordinator for the WNY Peace Center


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 306

11:15am

Community Investing Innovations & Challenges
In recent years, we've witnessed an unprecedented array of innovations in our financial system that are transforming how people in communities invest in each other. We'll examine the tools, both fringe and mainstream, with the greatest potential for building the New Economy, and share practical examples of how they can work. Then, bring your real-world community funding challenges to share with our session, and we'll collectively brainstorm solutions to help move you forward. We hope you'll be inspired and invigorated by the possibilities!

Speakers
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Brian Beckon

Vice President, Cutting Edge Capital
Brian Beckon is a Vice President at Cutting Edge Capital and an attorney with over twenty-five years of experience working for nonprofits, start-ups, and publicly-traded companies. His work with CEC is focused on building a more democratic and inclusive economy by helping entrepreneurs raise capital from their own communities via private placements, direct public offerings, and other types of investment crowdfunding.
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James Frazier

James Frazier is a Certified Financial Planner™ specializing in Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact (SRI) investing with Natural Investments LLC. He helps progressive investors around the country achieve their long-term financial goals while making a positive impact in the world. He is the founder and director of the Local Investing Resource Center, a nonprofit dedicated to local investing education and advocacy, and a founding member of the... Read More →
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Glynn Lloyd

Glynn Lloyd is the Managing Director of The Boston Impact Initiative, a social impact investment fund utilizing an integrated capital approach investing in enterprises throughout Eastern Massachusetts that address the wealth gap and ecological challenges of our time. In addition, he founded City Fresh Foods Inc., a nationally-renowned food service business, and over 20 years grew it on average 15% annually to $9M in revenue. Glynn played a... Read More →
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Marnie Thompson

Co-Managing Director, Fund for Democratic Communities
Marnie Thompson is co-Managing Director of the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC), where she focuses on building the capacity of social justice activists and organizations, spreading the gospel of grassroots fundraising, and building a new economy based on cooperation, democracy, justice, and sustainability. This year, she's focusing on the Southern Reparations Loan Fund and opening the Renaissance Community Coop, a community-owned grocery... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 302

11:15am

Divesting from a Corrupt System: Lessons Across Movements
How can divestment movements share strategy and tactics to scale up our winning campaigns? Activists from three divestment movements–private prisons, fossil fuels, and Palestine Solidarity–will explore their different stages, reactions they're generating, and cross-movement points of similarity. Presenters will discuss the connections between these movements, sharing lessons learned through campaign wins and losses. Participants will leave with intersections between these movements and ideas on how to better link our struggles.

Speakers
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Natalie Casal

Natalie is a National Organizer for the Responsible Endowment Coalition, where she focuses on private prison divestment.
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Alana Krivo-Kaufman

Alana is the East Coast Organizer for Jewish Voice for Peace.
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Zakaria Kronemer

Zakaria is a National Organizer with the Responsible Endowments Coalition.
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Iliana Salazar-Dodge

Iliana Salazar-Dodge is a recent graduate from Columbia University. She co-founded Columbia Divest for Climate Justice and organized around fossil fuel divestment for four years. Iliana is currently engaged in the Reinvest in Our Power project through the Divestment Student Network.


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Bulger Communication Center West

11:15am

Economic Autonomy in the Immigrants' Rights Movement/ Economia autonoma en el movimiento de derechos a los inmigrantes
As we build a more robust movement towards economic autonomy, it is necessary for us to build accountability to different people's struggles for self-determination. As the fight for immigrants' rights continues, it is necessary for us to explore the capitalist exploitation of immigrants and how to overcome it. This will be a space to consider these and other topics pertaining to the crossover between the new economy and immigrants' rights.

A medida que vamos construyendo un movimiento más fuerte para la autonomía económica, es necesario  que desarrollemos la transparencia de los desafíos que otras personas enfrentan para obtener su autodeterminación. A medida que la lucha por derechos a los inmigrantes continúa, es necesario que nosotros exploremos la explotación capitalista de los inmigrantes y cómo vencerla. Este será un espacio para considerar estos y otras temas pertinentes a la mezcla entre la nueva economía y derechos al inmigrante.

Este taller se llevará a cabo en Inglés y en Español. Todos son bienvenidos; todos los participantes no bilingües se les proporcionaran equipo auriculares de interpretación. Límite: 40 participantes no bilingües.

Moderators
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Esme Baltazar

Artist, Educator, Organizer. Originally from San Antonio, TX, Esmeralda worked with Fuerza Unida, a Latina-led organization that empowers women workers and their families to organize for justice. It’s through that work that she came to Highlander, first through the Southern Grassroots Economies Project. An accomplished visual artist, Esmeralda also holds an MA in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy from New York University.

Speakers
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Francisco (Pancho) Argüelles Paz y Puente

Pancho is director of Living Hope Wheelchair Association, a grassroots organization of immigrants with spinal cord injuries. He is one of the founders of Fe y Justicia Worker Center, a community organization in Houston for low-wage immigrant workers. Since coming to the U.S. from Mexico in 1996, Pancho has served as a teacher and mentor in the immigrant rights movement to build institutions that empower and defend the most vulnerable coming to... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ketchum Hall 111

11:15am

Listening to Those Working in America's Fields
Every year, farm workers harvest 80% to 90% of the hand-picked produce we eat in this country – what happens to them and what do they propose to change the system in which they work? In any discussion of economic systems, we need to hear the voices of farm workers. This session will feature an overview by the National Farm Worker Ministry, a faith-based organization which supports farm workers as they organize for justice and empowerment around the country. It will be co-led by a farm worker organizing partner.



Speakers
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Jeannie Economos

Jeannie Economos serves as the Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project Coordinator of the Farmworker Association of Florida, a 33-year old, statewide, grassroots, farmworker membership organization with five offices in different rural agricultural areas in the state. Her work has included conducting pesticide health, safety and rights trainings with farmworkers and working for policy change and stronger protections against pesticide... Read More →
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Julie Taylor

Julie Taylor is Executive Director for The National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM) a faith-based organization which supports farm workers as they organize for justice and empowerment. NFWM helps to connect this country’s major farm worker organizing groups to denominations, religious orders, regional groups and individuals who are interested in providing support in their efforts to improve their labor and living conditions ( www.nfwm.org... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 301

11:15am

New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals
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!

Moderators
avatar for Dana Brown

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.

Speakers
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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).
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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 →
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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

11:15am

Power to the Parents: Building Strong Caregiver Networks Through Popular Education
Caregivers do crucial work, but often feel exhausted, isolated, & invisible. How can we build stronger support networks & tap into our tremendous economic & political power? Using principles of popular education - everyone teaches, everyone learns - we'll engage in thought-provoking games, storytelling, & brainstorming. How can building self-worth help to confront a system that ignores our worth? How can we rouse gentle souls to fight the good fight? We'll leave with new connections, ideas, & practical tools for community organizing.

Speakers
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Kate O'Rourke

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Kate O'Rourke aka Kate Duva is a mama, teacher, Early Intervention therapist, & community organizer. She facilitates developmental playgroups for families of children with & without disabilities, where parents grow as teachers & leaders, & self-care comes first. She is a Caring Economy Advocate, an enthusiast of popular education, & a member of Logan Square Early Learning Coalition, a grassroots organization nationally recognized for its parent... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ketchum 320

11:15am

Queering Labor: Worker Cooperatives as a Model for Leadership Development and Economic Stability
This session will be situated from an explicitly queer and feminist lens, examining how worker coops "queer" and problematize status-quo (patriarchal, heteronormative and capitalist) notions of labor, hierarchy, profit, leadership, ownership, power and relationships. We will discuss how worker coops provide benefits - and value labor - that are traditionally not identified as such, and thus serve as a socially just economic and organizing strategy for all people, especially those whose voices and experiences are historically marginalized.

Speakers
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Rachel Isreeli

Rachel is a Brooklynite, social worker and cooperative developer at the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park. Rachel brings a feminist and trauma lens to the cultivation of worker leadership and anti-exploitative work opportunities through direct work with coops and training community organizations to develop coops in their communities. Rachel holds a BA from Dartmouth College and MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ketchum 315

11:15am

Race, Power, and Energy Democracy
This session will explore race, privilege and equity and their connections to the energy democracy movement. Using popular education techniques this session will define concepts of Just Transition and local control of energy infrastructure to address energy and economic issues at the intersection of the global climate crisis and social inequity. This session lays a foundation for participants to develop an internal analysis around power, privilege and accountability to assist participants strengthen partnerships with communities on the frontline of climate change.

Speakers
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Collete Pichon Battle

Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. serves as Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) developing programs focused on Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice, and Equitable Disaster Recovery. In 2015 Colette was selected as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow and was awarded the 2015 US Human Rights Network Movement Builder Award for her climate equity work across the Gulf South. Colette also served as... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ketchum Hall 118

11:15am

The Shocking Impact of Boring Energy Policy
How can communities seize the opportunities of a decades-old energy system being rocked by distributed power? We will explain how boring-sounding policy and regulatory decisions about "net metering" and the grid are shaping the future of the electricity system, and how these boring-sounding issues have serious implications for an equitable energy economy. Participants will leave armed with knowledge of key issues and prepared to hear stories of communities taking charge, in "Grassroots Community Meets Energy Technocracy."

Speakers
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John Farrell

Director of Democratic Energy, Institute for Local Self Reliance
"John Farrell is the Director of the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and widely known as the guru of distributed energy. John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy. He’s the author of Energy Self-Reliant States, a state-by-state atlas of renewable energy potential highlighted in the New York Times, showing... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 304

11:15am

Updating Cuba's Economic Model: The Role for Social and Solidarity Economy Practices
Cuba has been transforming its economic model since 2011, and re established relations with the U.S. in 2014. By engaging in an active question and answer format we will explore what these profound changes mean for a socialist economy and the challenges of protecting the social gains of the Cuban revolution while creating a more robust, efficient economy Our goals are to provide a realistic appraisal of events, often not available in US media, and to foster opportunities of exchange between Cuban and US practitioners of New Economy strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Betancourt

Rafael Betancourt

Associate, Sol2 Economics, 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 and environmental planning, program development, project management and evaluation, and economic and social research. Currently he is Associate of SOL² ECONOMICS... Read More →
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Eric Leenson

President, SOL Economics
Eric Leenson is President of Sol Economics, a firm that builds strong links between socially responsible enterprises throughout the Americas – North and South. He has been involved in the fields of socially responsible investing (SRI) and business for more than 30 years, serving as the CEO of Progressive Asset Management, the first full service brokerage in the U.S. to specialize in SRI. | For the past seven years he has coordinated the... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 204

11:15am

Urban Gardens: Growing Health, Wellness and Justice in Diverse Communities
Urban gardens are providing fresh food and other services to increase community wellness, especially in underserved and food desert areas –addressing obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other illnesses, creating new jobs and providing green space for outdoor activities. Some of these are innovative "water farms", versatile gardens that are space and energy efficient and recycle and re-use water and waste. Meet the women making all this happen and join the discussion about the green future of urban farming and its contribution to healthier communities.

Speakers
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Yemi Amu

Yemi Amu is co-founder of Oko Farms and Farm Manager at Moore Street, an aquaponics production and education farm in Brooklyn. She leads Oko Farms' design/build projects and directs its education programs. Yemi began as a nutrition educator, using hands-on education and culinary skills to empower children through seniors. She turned to food production, particularly aquaponics, due to the limited availability of fresh food in the communities where... Read More →
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Marianne Cufone

Executive Director, Recirculating Farms Coalition
Marianne Cufone is the Founder/Director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition, a national non-profit organization that supports farms and farmers from hands on training to policy advocacy, in innovative, eco-efficient "water based" agriculture. Farming methods include hydroponics, on-land aquaculture and aquaponics, where wastes and water are constantly recycled and reused. Marianne is also an environmental attorney, law professor, trained... Read More →
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Allison Dehonney

CEO, Buffalo Go Green Inc.
Allison DeHonney is the owner and operator of Buffalo Go Green, Inc. and Urban Fruits & Veggies mobile food truck, which services several food desert communities. She possesses certification in "Good Agricultural Practices" (GAPS), which Allison obtained through the Cornell Cooperative Exchange. Ms. DeHonney has a Master's Degree in Business Management has opened and operated several successful businesses.
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Vivian Logan

Owner/CEO, VDL enterprises , Inc.
Vivian D. Logan: is the owner and CEO of VDL enterprises, Inc. a human service consulting company and serves as the Coordinator for the Nutritional Eating & Living Project. She has worked in the Human Service field for over 25 years and in the field of social work for 21 years, as a Licensed Masters level Social Worker and most recently completed her doctoral work, focusing on Education Leadership with the University of Phoenix... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 305

11:15am

When Coal Plants Retire, Who Should Pay?
The energy economy is shifting. Coal fired power plants are closing due to lack of growth in electricity demand and noncompetitive prices. This shift has impacted private and public sector jobs and communities where these plants are located. This session highlights a campaign between an environmental justice organization and organized labor to face the challenge of a coal plant retirement. We will share strategies and success in our fight for a just transition. Participants will analyze how lessons learned can impact national organizing.

Speakers
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Peter De Jesús

Peter is an Organizer and Director of Communications for the Western New York Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. As a union member for 17 years he has served in a number of roles, including site diversity trainer, co-chair of the United Way Committee for the United Auto Workers Local 686, current President of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and current Communication Director for Western New York Next Up.
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Richard Lipsitz

Richard Lipsitz is the President of the Western New York Area Labor Federation. During his career, he has worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Service Employees International Union. Richard also served as the Director of the Buffalo Labor Studies Program for the Western New York Region of the Cornell School of Industrial Labor Relations He has had a particular interest in high road economic strategies to achieve a positive... Read More →
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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 in a series of economic and social justice campaigns. Rebecca holds a B.S in Health Science Education for the State University College at Brockport and a M.S. in... Read More →
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Peter Stuhlmiller

Peter Stuhlmiller is a teacher and elected President for the Kenmore Teachers Association. The KTA is a local union representing over 688 in-service and 400 retired members. Peter is active in the governance and committee structures of the state and national affiliates – NYSUT and AFT. He works closely with the Area Labor Federation and Clean Air Coalition to lobby for and secure public policy changes that positively impact his Ken-Ton... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Bulger Communication Center East

12:30pm

Lunch
Saturday July 9, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Social Hall Campbell Student Union

1:00pm

Growing Stronger Together: Youth and Student Caucus
If you identify as a youth or student, please join us for this energizing session focused on building the visionary leadership, imagination, and skills of young people. The Youth Caucus is a closed space for you to come together with other young people at CommonBound 2016 and learn from each other about the work you are doing around the country. Caucus participants can organize around issues of interest to the group, hear about the New Economy Coalition’s youth organizing and grantee network, and participate in dialogue to further the new economy. We will map our work, get to know each other, and lift up our visions for a more just future.

Saturday July 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Rockwell Hall 305

2:00pm

2:00pm

Development Without Displacement Tour: Community First Alliance
BEFORE ADDING THIS TOUR TO YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE NOTE: Registration for tours is not included in general conference registration.  In order to attend a tour you must register for it here.

The Community First Alliance (CFA), comprised of a diverse array of stakeholders, including Fruit Belt residents, entrepreneurs, social and economic justice advocates and labor leaders, is currently leading a campaign to negotiate a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), ground zero for current economic development in the region. The CFA has been a champion for “high road” economics that put people and neighborhoods first.

It’s important that Buffalo has a comeback for all, not just the few. If you care about rents going up, come on this tour. If you care about strategies to create economic opportunity without displacement, come.  If you want to know what decision-making at the local level looks like, come.  If you want to see and support longtime residents of one of Buffalo’s most historic and diverse neighborhoods, come. We’d love to have you.

All bus tours will depart at 2pm at Cleveland Circle and return before 4pm. 

Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:45pm
TBA

2:00pm

Green Development Zone Tour
BEFORE ADDING THIS TOUR TO YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE NOTE: Registration for tours is not included in general conference registration.  In order to attend a tour you must register for it here.

The West Side Tour will focus on three local Buffalo organizations:  PUSH Buffalo, Massachusetts Avenue Project, and the WASH Project

PUSH Buffalo’s Green Development Zone (GDZ) is a place-based initiative focused in a 25-block district on Buffalo’s West Side. Renewable energy projects, green housing rehabilitation, urban farming and green infrastructure installations have transformed over 200 parcels within the zone. Projects in the Zone have generated more than 100 living wage jobs accessible to neighborhood residents in a range of sectors and have reduced carbon emissions by approximately 155 Metric Tons of CO2 annually. The Zone has gained worldwide attention as a model of building community wealth and power while reducing the carbon footprint through intensive interventions through energy efficiency and renewables.

Massachusetts Avenue Project has built cultural, economic and political power by engaging youth in the food justice campaigns and community planning processes and by helping to lead the creation of community-controlled social enterprises in the food sector that advance the self-sufficiency and localist elements of the New Economy. MAP’s mission is to nurture the growth of a diverse and equitable Western NY food system, providing economic opportunities, greater access to affordable, nutritious food and food sovereignty for all.

The WASH Project engages residents in planning the future of their communities by integrating interactive visual and performing arts projects with regional organizing initiatives. The WASH is a mixed-use laundromat and community arts center serving Buffalo’s most diverse neighborhood. The WASH establishes an outlet to create and engage in art, music and literacy, as well as a neighborhood access point for information regarding a wide range of community services and cultural opportunities.

All bus tours will depart at 2pm at Cleveland Circle and return before 4pm. 

Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:45pm
TBA

2:00pm

New Economy Tour of Tonawanda
BEFORE ADDING THIS TOUR TO YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE NOTE: Registration for tours is not included in general conference registration.  In order to attend a tour you must register for it here.

Across the country the energy economy is shifting. Coal fired plants are closing due to lack of growth in electricity demand and noncompetitive prices. As a result of this shift, there are impacts to private and public sector jobs, and the communities where these plants are located.

The tour will include a visit to a coal fired power plant in the decommissioning process, and demonstrate a joint campaign built between a local environmental justice organization and organized labor in response to the retirement.

All bus tours will depart at 2pm at Cleveland Circle and return before 4pm. 

Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:45pm
TBA

2:00pm

White People Disrupting Racism and White Supremacy

This is a working space for people to gather and talk about how white people can be active agents in disrupting racism and white supremacy in our minds, our relationships, our communities, and our movements. Join us in a working session to reflect on your experience of race, privilege, and white supremacist culture. This conversation will use tools and values from the organization Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). *This is a working space, not a caucus, and is open to anyone of any identity.

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Exhibitors

Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Rockwell Hall 301

2:00pm

Emerging Conversations: We Need The New Economy Movement More Than Ever.
We live in turbulent times.  Climate change, growing structural inequality, mass incarceration, and the subversion of democracy are just a few manifestations of the way our political and economic systems are increasingly failing our communities.  In a moment like this it becomes easy for reactionaries to exploit people’s fears and to scapegoat the vulnerable and it becomes essential for those of us who value fairness to not just play defense but to present a positive, inclusive visions of a better way to do things.


This session will utilize a modified version “open space” facilitation to initiate conversations on the strategic, tactical, and practical questions that we each bring to this space as New Economy activists who are all wrestling with the larger question: “How might we use this unique moment to advance a fundamentally different kind of economy?"  If you have a topic you’d like to discuss as part of this session please drop by the social hall on Saturday morning or during lunch and put it up on the big board.

Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Social Hall Campbell Student Union

2:00pm

Reinvest in Our Power Orientation
Come learn about Reinvest in Our Power - a coordinated effort to bridge movements, build power and create deep and lasting infrastructure for a Just Transition. And figure out how to engage! Have you been hearing a buzz about student divestment forces teaming up with
grassroots and community-based organizations? Do you want to know how they are moving resources out of the extractive economy to build economic democracy? Have you been wondering what non-extractive finance means or what a financial cooperative is?

Speakers
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Gopal Dayaneni

Gopal has worked for social, economic, and environmental justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, and speaking since the late 1980′s. He is on the boards of The Working World, Center for Story-based Strategy, and the ETC Group and is an active trainer with the Ruckus Society.
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Greta Neubauer

Greta Neubauer has been organizing in the fossil fuel divestment movement for four years, during which time she ran a campaign at Middlebury College and co-founded the Divestment Student Network. She now works for the DSN as the reinvestment coordinator, supporting the student divestment movement to run campaigns to reinvest in community-led solutions.


Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

3:00pm

Disability Justice Caucus
This caucus is for people with disabilities to discuss how disability informs our work for social justice. Discussions will be participant-driven and may include topics such as disability justice, the politics of the built environment, and the ways in which disability intersects with race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. 

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Andrew Marcum

Andrew Marcum, Ph.D. is a former postdoctoral research fellow and visiting scholar at the Center for Disability Studies and Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. His research explores the lived experiences of people with disabilities, the politics of the built environment, and the cultural and political legacies of movements for disability rights and disability justice. He currently teaches... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Rockwell Hall 201

3:00pm

4:00pm

Abolish Corporate Personhood: Democratize the Law
The current US legal system protects property rights rather than human rights, and facilitates individualism/competition/capitalism rather than communalism/cooperation/democracy. This session will explore how the illegitimate, court-created doctrine of "corporate constitutional rights" has legalized the theft of self-government. We will learn about the growing movement for a constitutional amendment to abolish this doctrine. We will provide participants with the opportunity to plug into this existing concrete campaign.

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David Cobb

David Cobb is a lawyer who has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. In 2002 he ran for Attorney General of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket.
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George Friday

George Friday grew up in rural North Carolina and holds degrees in political science, economics, and African American studies from the University of North Carolina. She provides training on leadership development, strategic planning, community organizing, and her work focuses on the role of privilege in transforming power dynamics. She also serves as national field organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and works with the Independent... Read More →
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Virginia Rasmussen

National Leadership Team, Move To Amend (people's organization)
Virginia Rasmussen is a principal with the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD) and worked with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in its national campaign to "Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People's Rights." She taught chemistry and environmental studies at Alfred University in Alfred, NY, and served as Education Director at the New Alchemy Institute in Falmouth, MA. She serves as a local elected... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Bulger Communication Center East 2

4:00pm

Bitcoin and Beyond: The Problems and Prospects of New Digital Currencies
Can new technology enable us to reinvent the money system? This session will introduce some of the emerging opportunities and dangers among digital currencies and financial platforms, including Bitcoin and lesser-known alternative currencies. We can expect to understand better not only the workings of these systems, but what they mean for efforts to create a more just economy.

Speakers
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Chris Hewitt

Chris Hewitt is the executive director of the Hudson Valley Current, a digital local currency for the mid-Hudson Valley. As a co-founder of the nonprofit project, Hewitt has helped grow the membership in the barter exchange to over 210 members that have exchanged over 160,000 Currents since January 2014. He launched the monthly newspaper Country Wisdom News—age-old and modern thoughts on community, the land and the home—in August 2010... Read More →
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Mario Liebrenz

Communication Team, FairCoop
Mario Liebrenz is a member of the FairCoop Communication Team and a co-founder of the European Cooperative Society "Freedom Coop". Since 2013, he is involved in alternative and post growth economy movemtens, integral cooperatives, commons, cryptocurrencies and related areas. Currently, he finished his study "Professional Public Decision Making" at the University Bremen, with a Master’s thesis about Bitcoin, decentralized networks and blockchain... Read More →
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Scott Morris

Founder, CEO, Ithacash
Scott Morris is a political economist and community economics activist living in Ithaca, NY, where he founded “Ithacash” as the buy-local/localist answer to Bitcoin. He has been designing and organizing for complementary currencies since the “HERO Rewards” and “Merit” currency he led in Iowa (2009-2012) which was featured in the “Money & Life” documentary (2013). Today he is launching a marketplace-based app in Ithaca in support... Read More →
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Stephanie Rearick

Creative Director, Mutual Aid Networks
Stephanie Rearick is founder of the Dane County TimeBank (DCTB) - a 2800+-member timebank devoted to building a just and inclusive economy - and Project Coordinator of Mutual Aid Networks. In addition to her work in timebanking and promoting grassroots-up economic and community regeneration, Rearick is co-owner of Mother Fool's Coffeehouse. Rearick worked for Greenpeace for six years and helped launch Madison Hours local currency in 1995. Rearick... Read More →
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Nathan Schneider

Scholar in residence, University of Colorado Boulder
Nathan Schneider is a scholar-in-residence of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder whose work revolves around economy, technology, and religion. His articles have appeared in publications including Harper's, The Nation, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Inquiry, The New York Times, The Catholic Worker, and others. He writes regular columns for America, a national Catholic weekly, and Vice magazine, and is... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rockwell Hall 201

4:00pm

Building the Business Movement for a New Economy
Speakers
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Nabeel Ahmed

Network Coordinator, Social Enterprise Toronto
Nabeel Ahmed is Network Coordinator for Social Enterprise Toronto, a member-led network of social enterprises that create employment & training opportunities for marginalized individuals in the Greater Toronto Area. He has worked in social enterprise for five years, and also has experience in international development and environmental sustainability. Nabeel studied public policy and administration in Toronto after business school in Karachi... Read More →
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Niaz Dorry

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Niaz Dorry is the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). Based in Gloucester, MA, she has began working to advance the rights, economic sustainability and ecological benefits of indigenous and community based fishermen 22 years ago. Time Magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The Planet for fighting against the industrialization, privatization, and corporate takeover of the ocean.
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Bob Rossi

Bob Rossi is an active member of the New York State Sustainable Business Council and is the founder and director of the CommonSpot, a coworking space and social enterprise incubator in Ithaca, NY. Formerly, Bob served as director of the Sustainable Enterprise & Entrepreneur Network. Bob is passionate about connecting people, building community, and supporting entrepreneurship rooted in human rights and environmental sustainability.
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April De Simone

April De Simone, Co-Founder, Managing Partner at Designing the We. April De Simone is a social impact designer and urbanist with over 15 years of experience using design thinking to facilitate processes that launch initiatives and ventures centered on systemically addressing complex social challenges.


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rockwell Hall 301

4:00pm

Building the Global Social Solidarity Economy Movement
Learn about the international Social Solidarity Economy Movement. What people are doing at the grassroots, at the country and continental levels. The work with other social movements (fair trade, the commons, food sovereignty, human rights, solidarity finance, gender, anti-discrimination, against exclusion, etc.) Promoting SSE in international institutions such as the UN Taskforce on SSE and other international institutions. The participants will be acquainted with the global movement and its work.

Speakers
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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).
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Yvon Poirer

International delegate, Canadian Community Economic Development Network
Yvon Poirier is Secretary of the Board of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet). Yvon Poirier is involved in the international work of CCEDNet since 2004. Since 2013 he is member of the Board of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS). Through RIPESS, he was involved in the process of adopting the UN development Goals for the period 2015-2030 and in the United Nations... Read More →
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Shigeru Tanaka

Vice executive director at Pacific Asia Resource Center (PARC), a people's think-tank based in Tokyo Japan, with experiences in researching misbehavior by Japanese development cooperation agencies and Japanese multinationals. Member of the RIPESS Board of directors since January 2015.
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Peter Utting

Peter Utting is Senior Research Associate, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), and International Co-ordinator, Center for Social Economy (CES), Nicaragua. Until September 2014 he was Deputy Director of UNRISD, and in 2013 founded and coordinated the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy. His current research centers on public policies for social and solidarity economy. His recent... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Bulger Communication Center West 2

4:00pm

Building Your Community's Blueprint for Economic & Energy Democracy
How can untapped community assets and the skills of our community members be the building blocks for community control of energy and our economy? In this session, participants will learn about community-led projects across the Bronx and Buffalo that leverage community assets to build healthy, resilient community and collective ownership and decision-making for low-income people of color.  In this session, participants will experience popular education tools and asset-mapping strategies that PUSH Buffalo and the Bronx Co-op Development Initiative/NWBCCC have developed in their respective communities to build power around energy democracy. Participants will walk away with a set of resources and exercises they can use to envision, plan for, and achieve energy democracy in their communities.

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Claude Copeland

Claude S. Copeland, Jr. is a board member of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) and an active leader of campaigns for housing and environmental justice and for green, equitable economic development without displacement in the Bronx. He joined NWBCCC in 2012 as a fellow for the Mission Continues, an organization which supported post-9/11 Vets to work with local community groups. He is a board member of Iraq Veterans... Read More →
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Alexis Francisco

Alexis Francisco is a Bronx-based minister and community organizer committed to building communities of faith, justice and well-being. As Assistant Pastor at New Day United Methodist Church in the Bronx, New York, he is committed to creating radical Christian faith community that celebrates the divinity of all people across boundaries of race, class, sexual orientation gender and age, while boldly confronting injustice as an expression of... Read More →
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Wanda Salaman

An Afro-Latina who moved from Puerto Rico to the arson prone South Bronx as a child, Wanda Salaman responded to the conditions in her community by getting involved in organizing at age 14. She has worked in the Bronx ever since, for the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition and then Mothers on the Move (MOM), where in her first six months she organized 18 tenant associations and was promoted to Co-Director. Wanda has been Executive... Read More →
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Meghan Maloney de Zaldivar

Community Education Specialist, PUSH Buffalo
Meghan is the Community Education Specialist with PUSH. She loves popular education and has the privilege of spending most of her time at PUSH developing popular education materials and facilitating workshops. Her main focus is climate justice and green development. While currently working in Buffalo she lived for many years in El Salvador. She attributes much of her passion and knowledge of popular education to the rich tradition and heritage of... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rockwell Hall 305

4:00pm

Changing the Public Debate by Telling the Stories of the Emerging Economy in Red and Rural Places
This session will dive into issues of language, framing, communications, media, and getting beyond typical ‘progressive’ language and preoccupations, in order to make new allies.  Local First, AZ will describe how they’ve forged common ground with conservatives and the business community, using practical results and deliberate framing;  MACED will discuss the long term process of building support for an economic transition away from extractive industries; and We Own it will share elements of their strategy which reframe the debate around energy, ownership and democracy.  This session will be highly participatory.

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Ivy Brashear

Ivy Brashear is the Appalachian Transition and Communications Associate at the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development in Berea, Ky. Before joining MACED, she was chief blogger at The Rural Blog, which is a product of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. She has been a reporter at The Hazard Herald in Hazard, Ky., and at the Times-Tribune in Corbin, Ky. She holds a Bachelor's... Read More →
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Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg founded ActionMedia in 1994 providing strategic communications, research and framing services to social change organizations. He has worked in energy issues since 1996, and provided communications services to the RE-AMP coalition during its formative years. In 2013, Goldberg began focusing on rural electric cooperatives in Minnesota, under contract with the Energy Foundation. He has served on We Own It's Launch Team since October... Read More →
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Kimber Lanning

Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur actively involved in fostering cultural diversity, economic self-reliance and responsible growth for the Phoenix metropolitan area. She's the executive director of Local First Arizona, a statewide organization of over 2,500 local businesses working to advance public policy that enables locally owned businesses to thrive and builds a vibrant, inclusive economy.
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Liz Veazey

Since late 2015, Liz Veazey has been excited to put her skills and experience to work for We Own It, the national network for cooperative member rights, education and training as Network Coordinator. Liz has a range of communication, project management, technology, and organizing skills and knowledge from her fifteen years as a social change leader and her study of environmental science, biology, social movements, history, and sociology. This... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Ketchum 315

4:00pm

Confronting Capitalism in the Solidarity Economy
How can we develop campaigns that make an immediate material difference in people's lives AND build long-term political and economic power in our communities? This session will dive into some potential strategies for how we can run direct action campaigns that confront capitalism while simultaneously building the world that we want to live in. We will create space for people to share stories about their work and explore questions around how we relate the solidarity economy to other movements for justice.

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Tia Byrd

Tia Byrd has been involved in organizing work with MORE since the fall of 2014. Her work began with the mobilization of activist and citizens for Ferguson October. She has continued her work with the org with a focus around eminent domain abuse, land access and urban agriculture. Though she is now one of the directors of MORE she continues to manage their community garden and works with Solidarity Economy on plans to develop a black co-op network... Read More →
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Julia Ho

Julia Ho is a community organizer with Solidarity Economy St. Louis. Since the Ferguson uprising in August 2014, she has worked with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) on campaigns for racial justice and municipal court reform. Currently, she is working to incubate Black co-ops, advocate for food justice, build mutual aid networks, implement restorative justice practices, and promote community development of vacant land.


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Ketchum Hall 118

4:00pm

Confronting Utility Power
How does the community exert control over municipal and state decisions about our energy system? How do we arm and mobilize the grassroots to contend with regulators, career bureaucrats, and utilities regarding energy decisions. This session will feature conversation about challenging the power of both public and for-profit electric utilities and their regulators in order to shift decision-making power into the hands of the public. We’ll hear from leaders who have waged successful campaigns in New York, Washington DC, and New Mexico.

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Jessica Azuluay

Jessica Azulay is Program Director of Alliance for a Green Economy, a coalition working for carbon-free and nuclear-free NY. Jessica has been an activist for nearly 20 years, working on issues ranging from environmentalism, media, US foreign policy, and economic and social justice. She is also a co-founder of the NY Energy Democracy Alliance, which is working to advance a just and participatory transition to a resilient, localized, and... Read More →
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Allison Fisher

Outreach Director, Climate and Energy Program, Public Citizen
Allison Fisher is the Outreach Director for Public Citizen’s Climate and Energy Program. Allison earned her master's degree in social work-community organizing from the University of Connecticut. For nearly a decade, she has been engaging and organizing communities to challenge dirty energy sources at the local and state level; fighting to hold Big Polluters and the agencies that oversee them accountable; and working to implement commonsense... Read More →
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Mariel Nanasi

Executive Director, New Energy Economy
Mariel Nanasi is the Executive Director of New Energy Economy (NEE). A civil rights and criminal defense attorney by trade, Mariel shifted her work from police brutality suits in Chicago to climate justice work in NM after she moved to the state and learned of the threat posed by climate change to local communities. Mariel has been leading NEE's grassroots organizing & targeted legal campaigns against NM's largest & most powerful coal and nuclear... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rockwell Hall 304

4:00pm

Democratizing Finance
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.

Speakers
avatar for Brendan Martin

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 →
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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

4:00pm

Fighting Privatization: Policy Tools for Corporate Accountability
Strengthening accountability about private influence in public policy and funding will be critical if we are to build a new economy. Join leading advocates for corporate accountability to learn about policy strategies that will give activists tools to ensure that public funds are used for public goods. Participants will leave with concrete information about subsidy accountability and privatization that they can apply in their own communities.

Speakers

Jayme Montgomery Baker, Community Organizer, Milwaukee, WI

Sarah DeLuca, Director of Major Gifts, Corporate Accountability International

Greg LeRoy, Executive Director, Good Jobs First

Lars Negstad, Strategic Communications Coordinator, ISAIAH,

Joel Rogers, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison & Executive Director, COWS 

 

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Jayme Montgomery Baker

A Milwaukee, WI native, Jayme Montgomery Baker became a community organizer because of a strong desire to improve the conditions of her city. Jayme was involved with the successful Keep Public Our Waters campaign in 2010, where the City threatened to “lease” the municipal water utility to a private business. In her role as organizer with the Sierra Club, she works with the community to address their needs related to water, environmental... Read More →
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Sarah DeLuca

Corporate Accountability International
DeLuca started her work organizing members and volunteers in Minnesota and across the Midwest. Today she keeps new and long-time members informed of, and involved in, Corporate Accountability International’s work around the country. Prior to joining staff, DeLuca worked with Greenpeace in Los Angeles and Clean Water Action in New Hampshire, where she led public awareness efforts around the use of BPA and toxic chemicals in popular cosmetics... Read More →
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Greg LeRoy

Good Jobs First
Dubbed "the leading national watchdog of state and local economic development subsidies" and "God's witness to corporate welfare," Greg LeRoy founded Good Jobs First in 1998 upon winning the Public Interest Pioneer Award. He has been training and consulting for state and local governments, associations of public officials, labor-management committees, unions, community groups, tax and budget watchdogs, environmentalists, and smart growth... Read More →
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Lars Negstad

Lars Negstad is the Strategic Communications Coordinator for ISAIAH, a statewide organization of clergy, congregations and people of faith working together for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. Current campaigns include worker justice issues such as paid sick days and paid family leave, abolishing mass incarceration and deportations, ending predatory lending and environmental justice. Before joining ISAIAH 5 years ago, Lars spent 15 years... Read More →
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Joel Rogers

Joel Rogers is the Sewell-Bascom Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs COWS, the national high-road strategy center. Rogers has written widely on American politics and democratic theory. Along with many articles, his books include The Hidden Election, On Democracy, Right Turn, Metro Futures, Associations and Democracy, Works Councils, Working Capital... Read More →
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Emily Sladek

The Democracy Collaborative
Assisting with the New Economy Action Project at CommonBound in Buffalo, NY 2016


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Ketchum Hall 106

4:00pm

Growing Food and Power: Food Sovereignty in the United States
How do we advance food sovereignty--the right of communities to control their own food systems--in the United States? In this session, you will hear from leaders across the country working to create systemic approaches to community health and self-determination. Examples include cooperative enterprise, direct action to defend land and water rights, grassroots organizing to change economic and political power structures, and rights-based ordinances. Attendees will learn how such tools can be used to support food sovereignty in their communities.

Speakers
avatar for Brandy Brooks

Brandy Brooks

Director of Programs, Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.
Brandy H. M. Brooks is an activist, educator, facilitator and designer who has spent more than 10 years working on social and environmental justice. Her particular areas of focus include community engagement and empowerment; community-based design and land use planning; and food justice and food sovereignty. She's excited about creating intentional communities led by people of color that model sustainable self-production, radical economics and... Read More →
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Heather Retberg

Farmer -- Organizer, Quill's End Farm --Local Food Rules
Heather Retberg and her husband Phil first met as young children in Mexico, where their fathers were missionaries.  Led through many twists and turns by their faith and values, they now live on a small, diversified, grass-based farm with their own family in Penobscot, ME. Heather home-schools their three children, Alexander, Benjamin, and Carolyn.  When the state Department of Agriculture began re-defining small-scale family farms according... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rockwell Hall 204

4:00pm

How Can Decentralized, Self Organized Networks Help Us Build a Healthy Movement Ecosystem?
How do the mass popular social movements of our time, from Occupy to Black Lives Matter, create new opportunities for decision-makers, organizations, and political parties to make political and economic change possible? How can organizing in these decentralized movements help us learn how to create the just world we want? In this session, Movement Netlab, a think tank created by and for activists, will share how decentralized social movements function, and how they help us build movement ecosystems that will lay the groundwork for our future.

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Pablo Benson

Movement Netlab
Pablo Benson-Silva a native Puerto Rican, obtained an M.A. in Sociology from The New School for Social Research. Pablo was heavily involved in the Occupy Sandy relief effort as a site coordinator for the network's first donation and volunteer distribution hub and helped design the Worker Owned Rockaway Cooperatives program that emerged from it. Pablo is currently Co-Director of Programs at NYC Network Of Worker Cooperatives and a member of... Read More →
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Tamara Shapiro

Tamara Shapiro is a member of Movement Netlab. Previously she was one of the lead coordinators of Occupy Sandy, as well as Rockaway Wildfire and Worker Owned Rockaway Cooperatives that emerged from it. She was also a lead strategist and facilitator of the InterOccupy network and created and implemented a networked hub structure for The People's Climate March. In addition to Movement Netlab, she is currently the Co-Director of Programs of the... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Ketchum 320

4:00pm

Organizing Workers in the New Economy, Online and Off
In the 21st century, worker organizations increasingly need to (and can) reach workers through digital means. Hour Voice, the Good Work Code, and Coworker.org have all developed innovative models for educating workers about their rights, creating standards within industries, and aggregating worker power to change the playing field at specific employers. Panelists will discuss the role their specific efforts are playing within the larger movement for workers' rights.

Speakers
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Don Chartier

Founder, HourVoice
Don Chartier is the founder/CEO of HourVoice. He is a formerly closeted corporate lefty, having worked at Accenture and SAP for 25 years, but managed to work as a full-time volunteer on President Obama’s 2008 campaign, and currently mentors at Chicago’s 1871 innovation hub.
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Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of coworker.org. She is a former fellow at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. Before that she spent a decade at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where she led the union’s member engagement programs. She is a 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow.


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rockwell Hall 302

4:00pm

Overworked and Undervalued: Race, Gender and the Economy/ Agobiada/o y menospreciada/o: Raza, género y la economía
While economic inequality has received increased attention in recent years, less visible is the role racism and patriarchy play in the growing divide. This popular education workshop asks participants to reflect on their experiences of the economy and think about the structures that have contributed to the ongoing exploitation of work performed by women, immigrants and people of color. This workshop will be followed by a discussion: How can we use popular education to build a shared intersectional analysis of economic inequality?

Mientras que la desigualdad económica ha tenido un aumento en atención en los años recientes, menos visible ha sido el papel que el racismo y el patriarcado juegan en esta creciente división. Este taller de educación popular le pide a los participantes que reflexionen en sus experiencias de la economía y piensen en las estructuras que han contribuido a la continua explotación del trabajo hecho por mujeres, inmigrantes y personas de color. Este taller será seguido por una discusión: ¿Cómo podemos nosotros usar la educación popular para crear un análisis interseccional compartido de injusticia económica? 

Speakers
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Indira Garmendia

Indira Garmendia is a Nicaraguan feminist activist who immigrated to the U.S. in 2015. She has supported young women's movements throughout Central America as an organizer, educator and program officer and has recently partnered with United for a Fair Economy to develop a curriculum on economic inequality that centers the experience of Latina immigrants.
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Jeannette Huezo

Executive Director, United of a Fair Economy, UFE
Jeannette Huezo is executive director of United for Fair Economy, and an internationally-known popular educator. Originally from El Salvador, Jeannette came to the US in 1989. She has empowered women, immigrants and others facing injustice to participate in the decision-making process around issues that affect their lives.
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Riahl O'Malley

As Education Director for United for a Fair Economy, Riahl O'Malley helps design and develop UFE's Popular Economics Education materials and facilitates workshops and trainings across the country. He has worked as an organizer and facilitator in the United States, Canada, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Honduras using popular education to raise consciousness and build power to confront oppression.


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Ketchum Hall 111

4:00pm

What is the Next System?
At a moment in which corporate capitalism seems so deeply entrenched, could there be a just, sustainable, and democratic alternative? Are there feasible paths to get us there? Renowned environmentalist James Gustave Speth and political economist Gar Alperovitz answer those questions with a resounding yes! Co-chairs of the Next System Project, launched just last year, they will recount the Project’s major ambitions and accomplishments, discuss the historical moment in our politics and economy, assess the opportunities that are emerging to transform our society, and highlight the work already underway to build toward the next system.

Moderators
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Keane Bhatt

Senior Associate for Policy & Strategy, The Democracy Collaborative - Next System Project
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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.

Speakers
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Gar Alperovitz

The Next System Project
Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. For fifteen years, he served as the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. | | He is the author... Read More →
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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 →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Bulger Communication Center East

4:00pm

When the City Steps In: Institutionalizing City Government Support for Worker Cooperatives
City governments around the US are supporting the growth of worker cooperatives as a strategy for preserving local business and alleviating economic inequality. NYC's Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative is the country's largest municipal program of its kind. Administered by SBS, this initiative funds a coalition of organizations to develop and grow worker cooperatives and their ecosystem of support. This workshop will explore how the initiative evolved and how the city is institutionalizing support for worker cooperatives.

Speakers
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Jasmine Vasandani

Jasmine Vasandani is the Program Manager for Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative at the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS). She oversees the outcomes and performance of the Initiative partners, wherein she helped compile a report in compliance with Local Law 22 of 2015 titled, “Working Together: A Report on the First Year of the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative.” Jasmine also serves as a... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Bulger Communication Center West

4:00pm

Youth-Led Solutions
This participatory workshop will feature youth talking about about the work they are doing in their communities to build a more just, sustainable, and democratic future. How do we support intergenerational and youth organizing? In particular, how do we understand the ways that young people move differently in doing this work? What are some amazing examples of young people organizing to have control and ownership over their lives and communities? We will explore those questions and more! 

Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rockwell Hall 306

5:30pm

Evening Plenary
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 

Moderators
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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).
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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. His work has appeared in many journals, including Poetry, The Antioch Review, The Partisan Review, and The Paris Review. In 2009 he published Primo Levi's... Read More →

Speakers
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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 the | School 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 on the topics of social economy, social enterprise management, and cooperative firms.
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Rafael Betancourt

Associate, Sol2 Economics, 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 and environmental planning, program development, project management and evaluation, and economic and social research. Currently he is Associate of SOL² ECONOMICS... Read More →
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Andrew Delmonte

Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State; Cooperation Buffalo; Buffalo First; Buffalo infringement Festival
Andrew assists cooperatives, Benefit Corporations, and other small businesses with planning and management decisions as a Business Advisor and coordinator of the Social Enterprise Center, a project of the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Buffalo State. | | Andrew is a founder of Cooperation Buffalo, a project that mobilizes workers to achieve economic security through cooperative business ownership, generating wealth and power in... Read More →
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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.
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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 wellness team, being a student ambassador, as captain of the school Girls Soccer Team, a trained Community Health Worker, as well as a Youth Advisor Council member... Read More →
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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 in the co-op world.
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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 environmental impact), community economic development and movement bukding for a transformation of our economic development model. | Organizing a major international... Read More →
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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 in a series of economic and social justice campaigns. Rebecca holds a B.S in Health Science Education for the State University College at Brockport and a M.S. in... Read More →
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Rebekah Williams

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 of organizations, Buffalo Public School students, administrators, health leaders, and Food Service Director working to improve school meals. She lives in... Read More →


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

7:30pm

 
Sunday, July 10
 

9:00am

9:30am

Anchor Institutions and Frontline Communities
Universities and hospitals buy more than $1 trillion each year in the US, but how much is going to support co-ops / new economies? They can be a vehicle for rapid scaling up and long-term sustainability (especially in food systems), but have been criticized for driving a top-down process with unhealthy race and class power dynamics. This interactive workshop will explore successes and challenges of organizing anchor institution campaigns that have workers, people of color and youth at the forefront.

Speakers
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Jeuji Diamondstone

Organizer with Worcester SAGE Alliance, permaculture activist and board member of U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and Co-op Power. Jeuji brings to economic organizing the ecological lens of permaculture and to both the solidarity and permaculture movements a focus on and commitment to decolonizing.
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Matt Feinstein

Co-Director, Media and Organizing Coordinator, Worcester Roots
Co-op and solidarity economy organizer based in Worcester, MA: | Worcester Roots - grassroots co-op incubator | Worcester SAGE Alliance - alliance of co-ops and solidarity economy initiatives running a bottom up anchor institution campaign | Future Focus Media Co-op - member owner of this video / website / graphic design worker cooperative, member of US Fed. Worker Co-ops


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 304

9:30am

Basic Income as a First Step Towards a Care-Centered Economy
The concept of Basic Income has much potential as an element of a feminist and post-patriarchal economic system that values contributions to society by everyone. This workshop seeks to explore the various dimensions of how bringing together the concepts of a Basic Income and a Care-Centered Economy solidifies the vision of a new economic system, where caring for self, each other, and the planet is the primary focus. We are also committed to providing space for spontaneous relationship-building and horizontal decision-making processes as means of arriving at grassroots-formulated strategies and solutions to global issues and problems.

Speakers
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Liane Gale

Liane is a former research scientist (specializing in the population biology of plant-pathogenic fungi) turned activist. She is interested in radical politics and alternative approaches to the economy and has identified Basic Income as a possible first step towards system change at a global scale. A recent feminist, she also has been exploring Basic Income from the point of view of women and coordinates, together with Ann, the Basic Income... Read More →
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Ann Withorn

Founder, RadicalReentry
Ann is a University of Massachusetts Professor Emeritus of Social Policy. She has written extensively about poverty, welfare rights and social activism in the US. She is actively involved in building a movement to achieve a Basic Income, with special attention to what it would mean for women. See her new website www.radicalreentry.com for more.


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 302

9:30am

Decolonizing the Economy from the Ground Up: Case Study Boston Ujima Project
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.



Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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Aaron Tanaka

Director, Center for Economic Democracy


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

9:30am

Employee Ownership: Policy Levers to Build Community Wealth
A baby boom generation is retiring. As many as 150,000 businesses could be candidates for employee ownership in the next 10-20 years. In this workshop, we will explore policy options to promote the use of worker cooperatives and employee stock ownership plans (ESOP), both as start-ups and conversions. We will discuss both policy levers and campaign mechanics. Participants will walk away with tools and strategies that can be employed to promote more equitable ownership of business assets and empower employees to become owners in your cities.

Speakers:

Chris Cooper, Program Coordinator, Ohio Employee Ownership Center

Steve Dubb, Director of Special Projects, Democracy Collaborative

Yassi Eskandari-Qajar, Policy Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center

Camille Kerr, Associate Director, ICA Group

 

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Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper is a Program Coordinator at the OEOC and is primarily involved with the Center's Business Succession Planning Program at Kent State University. Chris is also active in various Center training programs on employee ownership, including annual Employee Owner Retreats and the annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference. Prior to joining the Center, Chris spent over 15 years working in small business. Chris is also a Kent State graduate and... Read More →
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Steve Dubb

Director of Special Projects, Democracy Colloborative
Based in Washington, D.C., Steve Dubb is Director of Special Projects and Senior Advisor to the President at The Democracy Collaborative. Steve has been with the Collaborative since 2004. In 2005, Steve was lead author of Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems, published by The Aspen Institute. Steve is also a co-author (with Rita Axelroth Hodges) of The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a... Read More →
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Yassi Eskandari-Qajar

Policy Director, Sustainable Ecomomies Law Center
Yassi Eskandari-Qajar leads SELC's city and regional policy work, identifying municipal-level barriers to our vision and producing policy solutions that cultivate community resilience and economic empowerment. Yassi's primary areas of interest at SELC are cooperatives, energy, transportation, housing, and food. Among other campaigns, Yassi has supported worker co-op policy campaigns in Oakland and Berkeley, California.
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Camille Kerr

Camille Kerr co-directs the Democracy at Work Institute's Workers to Owners project, Previously she worked as the Director of Research at the National Center for Employee Ownership, launching the organization's outreach initiative and managing its various research projects. Camille speaks frequently about employee ownership and has written on many topics related to alternative ownership structures. Camille also chairs the board of directors for... Read More →
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Emily Sladek

The Democracy Collaborative
Assisting with the New Economy Action Project at CommonBound in Buffalo, NY 2016


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Bulger Communication Center West

9:30am

Financing Energy Democracy
What are some of the new financing models being developed to propel community-based renewable resource development, from just transition zones, to non-extractive and full-spectrum capital, to anchor institutions, to divestment/reinvestment campaigns. How do these approaches scale? What are the barriers and what are people doing to create mechanisms to overcome these barriers? Participants will leave understanding how frontline communities are organizing a wide array of allies to engage in shifting resources and power on an unprecedented scale.

Speakers
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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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Miya Yoshitani

Executive Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Miya has an extensive background in community organizing, campaign strategy, leadership development and training, organizational development, and fundraising, and a long history of working in the environmental justice movement. In her twenties she was the executive director of the largest student environmental network in the US, the Student Environmental Action Coalition, SEAC, and worked broadly in international environment and development... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 305

9:30am

Growing Cooperation and Equity on Land and Sea
How do we grow a cooperative food system in the Northeastern US? Through presentations and discussion, we will  weave our rich history of cooperative food businesses in the Northeast together with new organizing to establish cooperatives farms by Somali Bantu refugees in Maine, a fisherman’s co-op in Massachusetts working on a model to sell their catch cooperatively to a wide range of consumers and new models of multi-stakeholder cooperatives providing food service to institutions. Through a facilitated discussion, we will use our collective wisdom, experience and connections to envision a food economy that increases equity, food access, living wages and democracy.

Speakers
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Mohamed Dekow

Mohamed is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Livelihoods Relief Organization. They are a Somali Bantu group that is starting up a farm training and cooperative development program in Lewiston, Maine. Mohamed also works as an interpreter and previously ran a small grocery store and worked as an outreach worker for Coastal Enterprises Inc. In addition to his local work in Lewiston, he also works internationally with Somali Bantu refugees in... Read More →
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Doug Feeney

Doug Feeney is a lifelong commercial fisherman from Chatham, MA. He has crewed on many different boats and fished for a variety of species including dogfish, skate, monkfish, groundfish, scallops and much more. He recently bought his first boat and is highly committed to creating fishing conditions that maximize the social, economic, and ecological values of his business and the broader fishing community.
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Jonah Fertig

Cooperative Food Systems Developer, Cooperative Development Institute
Jonah Fertig is a cooperative food systems developer with the Cooperative Development Institute. He is a co-founder of Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative, the nation's first farm & sea-to-institution cooperative. He works with New American farmers, assisting them in developing cooperatives and helped Somali Bantu Farmers form New Roots Cooperative Farm, the first New American co-op in Maine. He is also Democracy at Work Institute 2016 Fellow.


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Bulger Communication Center West 2

9:30am

Harnessing New Economy Work in Red and Rural Areas to Change Public and Institutional Policy
Challenges and successful strategies for policy change among institutions and local, state and federal government will be considered, with Cooperation Jackson and the Black Mesa Water Coalition offering insights into how to challenge policies of exclusion through organizing and building new economic structures. This session will be highly participatory.

Speakers
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Brandon King

Cooperation Jackson
brandon is a founder and organizing coordinator of Cooperation Jackson, which is an emerging network of worker cooperative and supporting institutions. Cooperation Jackson is fighting to create economic democracy by creating a vibrant solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, that will help transform Mississippi and the South. brandon also serves as the anchor for Freedom Farms Cooperative, a farming cooperative aimed at providing healthy... Read More →
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Roberto Nutlouis

Roberto Nutlouis is Diné (Navajo) from Pinon, Navajo Nation. He is of the Tódích’ií’nii (Bitter Water) clan, born for the Tótsohnii (Big Water) clan. Through his involvement with Native Movement, the Indigenous Youth Coalition of Pinon, Indigenous Community Enterprises, and BMWC Roberto Nutlouis has been actively involved in the sustainable evolution of Black Mesa and the Navajo Nation for several years. His experience and expertise... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 301

9:30am

Housing Is A Human Right: Organizing For Community Land Trusts
Housing insecurity, displacement and homelessness are rampant and rising. Learn how groups are organizing for community land trusts (CLTs) and other community-led development models in NYC and beyond, to address root causes of displacement, segregation and homelessness. New to CLTs? Never fear! This workshop will include an overview of the structure and history of CLTs before diving into lessons learned from the NYC CLT movement and the strategies we’re using to build the social, political and economic support needed to spread CLTs across our city. BONUS: This workshop includes a live session of Trustville, our new board game that teaches players about the benefits of CLTs.

Speakers
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Alexis Smallwood

My name is Alexis Smallwood, I was born and raised in Harlem, until my adopted mother kicked me out at the age of 17 years old. For 6 years I lived in the DHS (Department of Homeless Services)-run shelter system, which is a huge scam, destroys  lives, and is a business.  July 6, 2006, I got my first apartment with my new born son.  Ocean Village, which has been renamed Arverne View, has been my home for 10 years. I've had three... Read More →
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Lauren Wilfong

Lauren Wilfong is the Program and Operations Coordinator at New Economy Project, an economic justice advocacy organization based in NYC. Lauren oversees office management and contributes to several NYC economic and social justice coalitions, as well as communications, campaigns and community outreach. Lauren also facilitates new economy and financial justice workshops for community groups throughout NYC and co-chairs the Education & Outreach... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Ketchum Hall 118

9:30am

Indigenous People's Network: The Future Is in the Past/ Red de Personas Indígenas: El futuro está en el pasado
We cannot create a future if we do not know the past. We cannot face the future if we are not clear on the past, are not sure what really happened, and do not know how to heal from the wounds and mistakes of our ancestors. 

No podemos crear un futuro si no conocemos nuestro pasado. No podemos enfrentar el futuro si no tenemos claro el pasado y no estamos seguros de lo que realmente ocurrió y no sabemos cómo sanar las heridas y los errores de nuestros ancestros. 

This workshop will be conducted in English and Spanish. All are welcome; all non-bilingual participants will be provided headsets. Limit: 40 participants. 

Este taller se llevará a cabo en Inglés y en Español. Todos son bienvenidos; todos los participantes no bilingües se les proporcionaran equipo auriculares de interpretación. Límite: 40 participantes no bilingües.

Speakers
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​Chief George Spring Buffalo

​Chief George Spring Buffalo is Council Chairman of the Pocasset Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation and a direct decedent Massasoit and Pometacom, alias King Philip, who were the first Indigenous to welcome the Pilgrims. Nations goal is to obtain a holistic and culturally inclusive health care, as well as educational and employment opportunities. He is the tribal government liaison between other tribal nations, local, state and federal politicians... Read More →
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Gloria Ramirez

Gloria Ramirez 25 de septiembre de 1951. Medico Holístico con especialidad en Resolución de conflictos. Ha Realizado estudios en diferentes ciudades del mundo. Entre ellas: Cuba, Alemania, India, Brasil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, España, Holanda, Suiza, Francia y El Salvador. Con una larga trayectoria en Defensa del Medio Ambiente y los Derechos Humanos Empoderando A Las... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Ketchum Hall 111

9:30am

Intro to the Solidarity Economy: Finding Common Ground Across Nation, Culture, and Language
There is a growing global movement to build an economy and society that puts people and planet at its heart. We will explore how the solidarity economy is building a common vision across differences of nation, culture, history, politics, and economy. Participants will engage as learners and teachers and will come out of this participatory process with a deeper understanding of the solidarity economy in the U.S. and around the world.

Speakers
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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).
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Julie Matthaei

Professor of Economics Wellesley College. An activist academic, committed to shifting our economy and society to a more just and and sustainable paradigm.Member of the Union for Radical Political Economists, Marxist-Feminist I, and the International Association for Feminist Economists, and have presented papers at and participated in many of their conferences. Active in organizing blocks of sessions on economic alternatives and the solidarity... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Ketchum 315

9:30am

Keynote Case Study: The Cooperative Movement in Emilia Romagna
This session will feature Federica Bandini, one of Saturday’s keynote panelists, diving deep into the history and present of the cooperative movement in Emilia Romagna and throughout Italy.

Speakers
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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 the | School 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 on the topics of social economy, social enterprise management, and cooperative firms.


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

9:30am

Reclaiming Economic Theory with the Personal Manifesto - A Guided Arts Workshop
How do we release creative potential so we too can contribute to new economy theory? A first step is to represent our truths. In this workshop we will create personal manifestos that both vision global movement towards new economy rooted in local need and remain true to our innate creative expression. The mission is to get clarity for ourselves and inspire conversation when disseminating our manifestos to our communities. When people see their neighbors articulating economic theory in a creatively unconventional and critical non-didactic way, the hope is they too may get inspired to engage topics typically made to appear daunting.

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Pampi D

Pampi D is a performance artist poet & educator. Founding member of Massachusetts Creative Workers (MCW) organizing non-unionized creative workers for living wage. Founding choreographer at In Divine Company, activist music and dance theater that seeks to create politically engaged performance work, Spring 2013-present. www.indivinecompany.org Founder of third eye fell, a community-focused design company, Spring 2005-present... Read More →
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Linda Jenkins

Linda Jenkins is a child of God, a mother & a grand-mother, a recovering lawyer, a mediator & a trainer of mediators. She has co-facilitated Alternatives To Violence Project workshops in prisons, started & run a non-profit where she created & spun-off 2 restorative justice programs that continue to serve their communities in northern NH. She also started & ran a successful for-profit solo law practice. More recently she is... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 201

9:30am

Side by Side: Building Solidarity Economies at ACENet/Rural Action and in Quebec
Come hear community leaders from ACENet/Rural Action and Quebec, Canada talk about their work to build solidarity economies, and compare and contrast approaches. We are choosing to include these two case studies side by side as an invitation to develop deep analysis and assessment in communities on the frontlines of building new economies.

Speakers
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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 environmental impact), community economic development and movement bukding for a transformation of our economic development model. | Organizing a major international... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Bulger Communication Center East

9:30am

The History and Future of the Community Development Finance Movement
Community Development Credit Unions have long been working for racial justice and innovating in economic justice. Part of the larger community development finance institution (CDFI) movement, these institutions are today boldly lending to undocumented immigrants, fighting predatory lending, preserving historic Black and farmworker CUs, financing worker coops and land trusts, and building partnerships to fund the new economy. Part history lesson, part show and tell, and part participatory debate, three practitioners from the field will lead a session to engage participants in how they might access, build, challenge and partner with CDFIs in their own geographies to sustain the new economy.

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Kristen Cox

Kristen Cox works in investor relations, communications, and development for Self-Help, now the largest community development financial institution (CDFFI) in the country. Self-Help is a family of organizations that includes two credit unions, a community development corporation, nonprofit loan fund, and research and public policy nonprofit. She found the field of community development finance after spending 13 years in non-profit programming... 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 lending and anti-discrimination laws in New York City and State; launched community loan funds and land trusts to combat gentrification and displacement; developed... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 204

9:30am

The Power of Going Local
Local movements are transforming the way we think about economic development. We will explore the connection between Local First campaigns and their potential to pollinate cooperative enterprises through marketing and branding strategies. We will learn creative ways to build local and coop loyalty by partnering with a localist movement or getting one started in your community. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the connection between democratizing ownership and strong local movements and how they can benefit each other.

Speakers
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Franzi Charen

Asheville Grown Business Alliance and Project Equity
Franzi has been an independent business owner in Asheville, North Carolina for 14 years and co-owns Hip Replacements clothing store. From small manufacturing, retail, festival and non-profit work, she is well versed in the diversity of businesses needed for a community to thrive. As founder and director of the Asheville Grown Business Alliance and the Love Asheville, Go Local Campaign, she assembled a team that promotes the independent spirit of... Read More →
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Andrew Delmonte

Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State; Cooperation Buffalo; Buffalo First; Buffalo infringement Festival
Andrew assists cooperatives, Benefit Corporations, and other small businesses with planning and management decisions as a Business Advisor and coordinator of the Social Enterprise Center, a project of the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Buffalo State. | | Andrew is a founder of Cooperation Buffalo, a project that mobilizes workers to achieve economic security through cooperative business ownership, generating wealth and power in... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Ketchum Hall 113

9:30am

TimeBanking for Change Makers
TimeBanks.org seeks to create an economy that values caring, reciprocity and a passion for justice. TimeBanking creates and circulates a tax-exempt currency that people earn helping others and building community. All hours are of equal value. One hour = one Time Credit.  TimeBanks.org has pioneered social and system-change by promoting civic engagement at the grass-roots level through the use of time banking. Time banking is a tool for you to use to further community-based efforts to advance social justice. Its use is spreading worldwide. There are now over 500 independent time banks in the U.S. and more than 400 time banks internationally in 38+ countries. 

As a proven social technology, TimeBanking provides a platform for activists and community leaders to tackle local problems by engaging citizens as co-producers of outcomes. In various communities, time banking has been used to enhance school performance, divert youth from the school-to-prison pipeline, reduce violence in neighborhoods, provide respite to caregivers, support  families coping with disability and create partnerships that bridge lines of race, class, age, national origin and gender.
A sample grant proposal will be provided with illustrative problem statement, narrative, goals, tasks and timelines.

New TimeBank software has just been released; it operates on smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops. The session will include a hands-on demo so bring your laptop or smartphone; learn how to take access to the software home.

Speakers
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Edgar Cahn

Professor, Univ District of Columbia Law
Creator of TimeBanking Movement, Co-Founder, Legal Services in the War on Poverty (now Legal Services Corporation), Antioch School of Law (now University of the District of Columbia School of Law), CEO -TimeBanks USA, Ashoka Fellow (formerly speech writer and special counsel to Atty Gen. Robert Kennedy, and Sargent Shriver) Distinguished Profess of Law
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Debra Frazer

Founder of the Arthur Capper TimeBank and former positions include the Washington Area Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Head Start Policy Council.
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Christine Gray

TimeBanksSpecial Projects, Facilitator: state of the art TimeBank Software; Organizer, TimeBanks local, national and international, Adjunct Faculty, UDC School of Law teaching Systems Change to clinical faculty


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 306

9:30am

Values Added: Working from Trust, Connectivity and Alignment
How do we stand strong, clear and powerful when the winds come? How can we bend, but not break? In this session we will explore the power of having clear, shared values within an organization and/or a network. We will hear NAMA's story about how their values guide their work and build power in the face of constant challenges. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the power of Values and ways to help their organization or network articulate their shared values.

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Niaz Dorry

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Niaz Dorry is the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). Based in Gloucester, MA, she has began working to advance the rights, economic sustainability and ecological benefits of indigenous and community based fishermen 22 years ago. Time Magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The Planet for fighting against the industrialization, privatization, and corporate takeover of the ocean.
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Ora Grodsky

Ora Grodsky co-founded Just Works Consulting in 2000 to provide organizational development services to social justice organizations. Since then she has guided hundreds of groups through successful processes. She received a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a graduate and former academic dean of the New England School of Acupuncture. Ora lives in the Boston area with her husband, dog, cat, and (when she is... Read More →
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Brett Tolley

Brett Tolley is a Community Organizer at the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). He comes from a four-generation Cape Cod commercial fishing family. He has hung fishing nets, worked on various boats, and dug clams to pay for going to Elon University where he studied Social Justice. In Brooklyn, NY he fought for low-income tenants and organized citywide campaigns around health and housing rights. He wrote and produced Dying to Get In, an... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Ketchum 320

11:15am

Breaking Down the Silos: Establishing A Culture of Consent, Gender Equality and Reproductive Justice in the New Economy
This session will explore how to build bridges between our bodies, our movements and our new economies. We will explore why reproductive justice and gender equality are consistently underrepresented in radical organizing and how we build a culture of consent within our movements. Participants will have the opportunity to share common experiences around gender and reproductive violence, develop a deeper understanding of consent beyond the bedroom and leave with practical tools to center these issues in their own organizing efforts.

Speakers
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Mo Kessler

Mo is a queer Appalachian anarchist and artist, with a history of organizing against Mountaintop Removal, foreclosures and police brutality. They are the Director of Youth Organizing and Services of the YWCA Greensboro, founding board member of the Renaissance Community Co-op and Co-chair of the Central Carolina Worker Justice Center. Mo spends most of their time making art and uplifting the intersections of food access, healthy sexuality... Read More →
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Farzana Serang

Farzana is the former Executive Director of CoFED, The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from U.C. Berkeley and a masters in city and urban planning from MIT. She has over 10 years of experience is cross-sector partnerships, built a cooperative in Argentina, and is humbled everyday by the communities she gets to work alongside.


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ketchum 320

11:15am

Building an Information Commons for the New Economy
In this session, we'll explain what #opendata is, why it's useful & how you can benefit from it. We'll explore how #opendata is being used by humanitarian aid communities & local governments to improve people's lives & sector performance. We'll then explore how #opendata can open new possibilities for the new economy and lead exercises to get people comfortable using #opendata in their orgs & communities. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of how data can empower the new economy.

Speakers
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Devin Balkind

Devin Balkind works at the intersection of the nonprofit sector, the free/libre/open-source (FLO) movement, and grassroots community organizing initiatives to help each benefit from the best practices of the others. His current areas of focus are disaster relief, regenerative agriculture and collaborative/new economics. He is the executive director of Sarapis, a nonprofit that advances the FLO movement within transformative sectors.
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Greg Bloom

Chief Organizing Officer, Open Referral
Greg Bloom is the instigator of the Open Referral Initiative, which he began while working at Bread for the City in DC. Previously, he organized Get Out the Vote campaigns, class-action labor lawsuits, municipal budget battles, death penalty abolition, community wireless networks, DiscoTechs, and even a backyard chicken legalization movement. He has been published in In These Times, Civic Quarterly, Personal Democracy Forum, and Code for... Read More →
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Leah Feder

Leah Feder is a Brooklyn-based organizer. As the New Economy Lead at Sarapis, a nonprofit that advocates for free/libre/open-source solutions to common challenges, she connects dots & people to help build the next economy. In addition, she works at the Murphy Institute for Labor and Community Studies. She recently organized the Next System Project NYC Convening.
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Annie McShiras

Annie McShiras is an Investment Associate at Self-Help Federal Credit Union. Passionate about cooperative and democratic economics, Annie has been promoting movements for economic justice, the solidarity economy, and systems change for the past ten years. Annie has worked in organizations on issues ranging from worker cooperative development to homelessness prevention to impact investing; in Vermont, California, and NYC; wearing director... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 305

11:15am

Building Another World: Community Spaces as a Transformational Tool for Collective Liberation
How do we build community ownership and transformative relationships within the oppressive system? Stone Soup Community Center is collectively owned by 12 groups working for social justice. You will find a meeting of the Jobs Not Jails Coalition, a workshop on cooperative business or a Puerto Rican poetry night. We will explore how shared physical space can create amazing cross-pollination and solidarity. You will leave with a story of how a community with limited financial resources but rich in love and ideas can create a liberatory home.

Speakers
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Jen Burt

Jen Burt has been an anarchist organizer and facilitator with Stone Soup for 10 years. They spend a lot time doing the nuts and bolts committee work to keep the community center running. Jen is excited to discuss the big picture of a decade of shared ownership and decision-making at Stone Soup. They are also the farm steward for Dismas Family Farm - a working farm for formerly homeless and incarcerated men.
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Coqui Negron

Coqui Negron is a health educator, interpreter, and long-time core member of Stone Soup. She is also part of the Stone Soup member organization, Tertulia Julia de Burgos, a Spanish language poetry, music, and storytelling group.


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 201

11:15am

Challenging a Rigged Market: Policy Tools to Enable Local Businesses to Thrive
For too long public policy has rigged the market to favor big corporations, undermining small, locally owned businesses, especially those launched by women and people of color. Now local businesses and activists across the country are working to change the rules to instead support community enterprises. Join leaders of these efforts for a look at how cities and states can expand financing for local businesses, keep commercial space affordable, end corporate subsidies, better support entrepreneurs of color, and more. Participants will come away with concrete policy tools for building a robust ecosystem for local businesses, as well as new insights on engaging small businesses as allies in building a new economy.

Speakers

Devita Davison, Co-Director, FoodLab Detroit

Kimber Lanning, Founder and Executive Director, Local First Arizona

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

Chris Schildt, Senior Associate, PolicyLink

 

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Devita Davison

Devita Davison is the Co-Director of FoodLab Detroit, a non-profit organization committed to serving low-income entrepreneurs of color and sees good food entrepreneurship as a way to build power and resilience for traditionally marginalized people and communities. A native Detroiter, Devita moved back home after running a specialty food retail shop in Brooklyn, New York and now plays a leading role in Detroit’s emerging food scene. She has a BS... Read More →
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Kimber Lanning

Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur actively involved in fostering cultural diversity, economic self-reliance and responsible growth for the Phoenix metropolitan area. She's the executive director of Local First Arizona, a statewide organization of over 2,500 local businesses working to advance public policy that enables locally owned businesses to thrive and builds a vibrant, inclusive economy.
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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 businesses. | | Stacy is the author of the acclaimed book Big-Box Swindle, has produced numerous influential reports, and has written articles for a wide... Read More →
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Chris Schildt

Senior Associate, PolicyLink
Chris Schildt conducts research on equitable economic growth strategies, including best practices for advancing equity in job creation, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Schildt researched job creation strategies at the University of California Berkeley Labor Center and has worked on community engagement and local hire campaigns related to transportation and land-use planning in the Bay Area. She holds a... Read More →
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Emily Sladek

The Democracy Collaborative
Assisting with the New Economy Action Project at CommonBound in Buffalo, NY 2016


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 204

11:15am

Collective Courage: Creating Beautiful Solutions in Our Communities and Our Everyday Lives
This participatory workshop will explore systems of economics and governance and how they play out in our communities, offering a broad range of case studies and an opportunity to learn more about Beautiful Solutions and the Highlander Research and Education Center's Economics and Governance Curriculum. Highlander and Beautiful Solutions are partnering to help communities explore their own situations and develop ideas for moving forward. Come join us to be inspired by the stories of solutions happening around the world and those created by people at CommonBound!

ATTENDANCE: OPEN TO EVERYONE
FORMAT: PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOP

Speakers
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Elandria Williams

Highlander Research and Education Center, Beautiful Solutions
Elandria Williams is Co-Editor of Beautiful Solutions and is on the Education Team and Organizational Leadership Team of the Highlander Research and Education Center. She coordinates the Southern Grassroots Economies Project, co-leads the Governance and Economics curriculum, and supports community leaders and organizers in the South and Appalachia. Elandria lives in Knoxville, TN.


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 306

11:15am

Dismantling the Low-Wage Economy: The Fight for 15 and Beyond
A few years ago, many dismissed the demand for a $15 minimum wage as a fantasy, but today it's shaping the national debate. This breakthrough is a result of efforts by thousands of workers across the nation, including in Buffalo. This panel will feature participants from the Fight for 15 and will discuss the campaign's lessons and how to advance the fight to dismantle a low-wage economy beyond fast-food. Participants will walk away with an understanding of recent victories for low-wage workers as well as the significant work left to be done.

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Somalia Doyle

Somalia Doyle was one of the original Fight for 15 fast-food strikers in Buffalo. She has moved into another industry and is currently participating in a unionization drive at a nursing home. She is in her third year at Medaille College where she majors in Criminal Justice.
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Kim Gibson

Kim Gibson is an organizer with 1199 SEIU and is currently the President of the Board of the Coalition for Economic Justice. She was formerly the lead organizer for the Fight for 15 in Buffalo.


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ketchum Hall 113

11:15am

Energy Democracy Models
What are the mechanisms driving forward Energy Democracy? The demand and development of community-driven and owned clean energy has followed a number of models: from small community-based projects, to worker-owned and multi-stakeholder cooperatives, to community-shared solar, to municipal-level programs like Community Choice Aggregation. How does the community, especially low-income people and people of color, become organized and empowered through these different models? This panel will share their work with a variety of successful community-driven models.

Speakers
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Adam Flint

Southern Tier Solar Works Program Manager, Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition
Adam Flint is Southern Tier Solar Works Program Manager at the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition. Previously he led the Southern Tier Green Jobs Green New York program. He has more than 20 years experience as an educator, including as Asst. Prof. of Sociology at Hartwick College. Adam co-founded the NY Energy Democracy Alliance, leads the Community Owned Shared Renewables Working Group, and works on NY State energy policy focusing on... Read More →
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Jessica Tovar

Organizer, Local Clean Energy Alliance
Jessica Tovar is a staff organizer for the Local Clean Energy Alliance. After growing up in East Los Angeles, Jessica worked for over a decade as an environmental justice organizer in a variety of urban, rural, and indigenous communities throughout California and Arizona. Jessica interned with the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative in 2003, working with organizations across the U.S. on issues of climate justice. More recently she... Read More →
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Eric Walker

Eric Walker is the Director of Energy Development and Management in the Erie County Department of Public Works. There, he works to drive conservation and efficiency in County owned facilities while working with an interdepartmental team to develop strategic initiatives that strengthen Erie County's sustainability leadership.
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Al Weinrub

Coordinator, Local Clean Energy Alliance
Al Weinrub is coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA), the Bay Area's largest clean energy coalition. The LCEA, which hosts an annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities conference, sees the development of local energy resources as key to growing sustainable business, advancing social equity and promoting community resilience.


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Bulger Communication Center West 2

11:15am

Getting Impact Capital to the Grassroots
How do we fund grassroots experimentation? We will discuss systematic divestment from a global to a more local economy requiring grant making, Project Related Investments, Mission Related Investments, and creating a long-term commitment between philanthropic partners and those in the field. We will share our stories from the national and local scales to illustrate the emergence of strategies that target place-based, system-scale solutions.

Speakers
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Nwamaka Agbo

Amaka Agbo is a project consultant for Democratizing Capital East Bay (DCEB). She has a range of experiences in grassroots organizing and voter engagement from her time at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Oakland Rising. Amaka led the initial work at Transform Finance and to develop financial literacy workshops for community based organizations and advocates. She is now working on a range of projects to seed a just transition in... Read More →
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Julia Dundorf

Executive Director, New England Grassroots Env. Fund
Julia Dundorf has been Executive Director of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund since October 2014. She has nearly two decades of experience forming and working with nonprofits and community engagement programs. In 2012 she joined the Grassroots Fund as their Energy & Climate Program Director to enhance the work of local level climate and energy action in New England. Julia attributes her passion for environmental advocacy and building... Read More →
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Cara Matteliano

Cara Matteliano, Vice President for Community Impact at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, has over 25 years of experience in not-for-profit leadership, program development, and grantmaking. She has created and facilitated collaborations such as Buffalo's Green & Healthy Homes Initiative and the Western New York Environmental Alliance. Her work has been recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development... Read More →
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Alexie Torres-Fleming

As the Executive Director of Access Strategies Fund, Alexie Torres-Fleming is an activist, community organizer, advocate and urban planner from the South Bronx with over 20 years of experience in social justice leadership in low-income communities of color. Her life's work has been dedicated to the intersections of faith, economic and racial justice, democratic change, youth organizing and women's rights. Alexie has received numerous awards... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Bulger Communication Center East 2

11:15am

Grassroots Community Economic Development For Racial Justice: The Community as Developer/Accessing Capital and Markets as Cultural Practice
This will be two part presentation, where the “Community as Developer” will be explored by the Fund for Democratic Communities, and “Accessing Capital and Markets as a Cultural Practice” will be presented by WEDI. The Fund for Democratic Communities will discuss their work with cooperative business development in Greensboro, NC, focused on making the community its own developer.  WEDI will discuss its micro-finance and incubation work as a reimagining of prevailing commercial and banking fundamentals as an act of culture. The goal is to share specific successes within the context of common success strategies, which invites the ideas and imagination of participants. The sought outcome is a collective conversation around the possibilities of real economic change.

Speakers
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Sohnie Black

Sohnie brings with her a lifelong passion for justice and community organizing. At the Fund for Democratic Communities she focuses on food access, democratic ownership of natural resources, and ecological sustainability. Sohnie is deeply involved in the Renaissance Community Co-op project with our partners in Northeast Greensboro. She believes great cities are built through organized and empowered neighborhoods that are resilient, sustainable and... Read More →
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Michelle Holler

Michelle is a Buffalo native and serves as the West Side Bazaar’s Program Manager. Ask Michelle about the West Side Bazaar, she will tell you she loves the mission behind it. One of Michelle’s greatest passions is exploring other cultures. She has traveled to 17 different countries on four separate continents. What has she learned, that she can work with people from all over the world. It is this experience, and understanding, which... Read More →
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John McKeone

John is a native of Buffalo, NY and currently serves as WEDI’s Economic Development Director. When asked about why he chose to work for WEDI, he said that instead of sitting around complaining about economic injustice he would rather go out and do something about it. This statement speaks very highly of the type of individual John is. He loves to get things done. In regards to the future of WEDI, John said that he hopes to see the... Read More →
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Dave Reed

Organizer, Fund for Democratic Communities
Dave is a community and cooperative organizer at the Fund for Democratic Communities. He is particularly interested in issues of democratic governance, technology development and use, worker-owned cooperatives, and community ownership of resources. His social justice work has included international human rights observing and community organizing, developing collectively run community centers, and organizing national speaking tours on a variety of... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 302

11:15am

Immigrant Communities in the New Economy/ Comunidades inmigrantes en la nueva economía
Economic autonomy is a key component of selfdetermination and our liberation. In this session, you will hear from several projects that immigrant communities are undertaking that can help us build an understanding of what a new economy could look like.

La autonomía económica es un componente clave de la autodeterminación y nuestra liberación. En esta sesión, escucharemos de diferentes proyectos en los que trabajan comunidades inmigrantes que nos pueden ayudar a desarrollar un mejor entendimiento de cómo luciría la nueva economía.

This workshop will be conducted in English and Spanish. All are welcome; all non-bilingual participants will be provided headsets. Limit: 40 participants.

Este taller se llevará a cabo en Inglés y en Español. Todos son bienvenidos; todos los participantes no bilingües se les proporcionaran equipo auriculares de interpretación. Límite: 40 participantes no bilingües.

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Nikki Marin Baena

Loan Officer, Southern Reparations Loan Fund
Nikki Marín Baena is the loan officer of the Southern Reparations Loan Fund. Her parents are Colombian and she was born in North Jersey, but her heart will always belong to the mountains of North Carolina. She worked at Weaver Street Market and Firestorm Books and Cafe, both in North Carolina. She has also worked in worker-cooperative development since 2011, with a focus on immigrant communities. Nikki is passionate about cooperatives (as a... Read More →

Speakers
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Rosalia Guerrero-Luera

Rosalia Guerrero-Luera worked on community development, economic empowerment, and political education. She currently works as Program Manager for the Community Health Worker training program at the UT-Health Sciences Center in Houston. Alberto and Rosalia live in Houston, TX.
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Alberto Luera

I am Alberto Luera. I am a native of South Texas and spent practically all of my life on the Texas Mexican border. Ethnically, I am deemed a Mexican American. Culturally and politically, I am a Chicano. Since my graduation from college in 1969, I have spent all of my professional life in the non profit sector with an emphasis in social service, advocacy activities, community development, economic empowerment and political education. My career... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ketchum Hall 111

11:15am

Is System Change Possible? Long-Term Strategies
The new economy is rich in experiments and examples, but can these various efforts actually build up to challenge, displace, and ultimately replace our current economic system? Our three panelists will explore ambitious yet pragmatic strategies over the long term for our organizing, activism, and institutional development. Clear, articulated theories of change can better guide the movement to boldly transform corporate capitalism and create a just and sustainable future.

Moderators
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Keane Bhatt

Senior Associate for Policy & Strategy, The Democracy Collaborative - Next System Project

Speakers
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Gar Alperovitz

The Next System Project
Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. For fifteen years, he served as the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. | | He is the author... 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 →
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Julie Matthaei

Professor of Economics Wellesley College. An activist academic, committed to shifting our economy and society to a more just and and sustainable paradigm.Member of the Union for Radical Political Economists, Marxist-Feminist I, and the International Association for Feminist Economists, and have presented papers at and participated in many of their conferences. Active in organizing blocks of sessions on economic alternatives and the solidarity... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Theater

11:15am

Mapping the New Economy
Panelists will map out the emerging next system by exploring the landscape of organizations and networks that comprise the new economy and engage with the audience about gaps, obstacles, common values and principles and how to build on one another’s efforts and collaboratively work towards a more capable, credible, and coherent movement for systemic change. The Real Economy Lab, the Solidarity Economy Network and others have advanced significant work in this area surveying the landscape, identifying the linkages and seeking to provide interactive platforms where the cumulative knowledge, aims, and resources of our movements can be drawn together in order to seek common ground and drive coordinated action. 
This workshop will include presentations of this mapping work to date and a discussion of the results, ongoing challenges and what tools, data, or support might be missing from the system we all work in.



Speakers
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Benjamin Brownell

Ben Brownell is a whole systems designer, integrator, and synthesizer working to shape the ways we perceive and utilize complex information in order to build healthier networks and ecosystems. He is closely involved with VillageLab (intentional communities movement), Real Economy Lab (next paradigm economics), Metamaps (collaborative knowledge graph platform), and an ambitious new project for land-based cooperative regenerative development around... Read More →
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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).
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Jules Peck

convenor and founder, real economy lab
Jules Peck has thirty years experience in sustainable development within and at the interfaces of the worlds of business, government and civil society. He is a Founding Member of Jericho Chambers, a strategy advisory partnership where he advises companies on issues relating to their purpose and relationship to society as seen through the lens of sustainable development. Jules is also Founder and Convener of the Real Economy Lab, a connector of... Read More →
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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 →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 301

11:15am

PUSH Buffalo's Green Development Zone - A Model for Development Without Displacement
PUSH Buffalo’s Green Development Zone is a place-based initiative anchored in a 25-block section of Buffalo’s West Side that includes green affordable housing construction, community-based renewable energy projects, housing weatherization, green jobs training, and urban agriculture. This session will include presentations on different aspects of the model and how the comprehensive community development approach creates opportunities to build wealth and equity in our neighborhoods.

Speakers
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Jenifer Kaminsky

Director of Planning and Community Development, PUSH Buffalo
Jenifer Kaminsky is an urban planner who focuses on community development and planning, creation of affordable housing, and green infrastructure. She currently resides in Buffalo, New York, where she serves as Director of Planning and Community Development for People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo). In this capacity, she leads PUSH’s efforts to create high quality, green affordable housing on Buffalo’s West Side and reclaim... Read More →
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Jason Kulaszewski

PUSH Green Program Manager, PUSH Buffalo
Jason Kulaszewski is currently Director for PUSH Buffalo’s PUSH Green Energy Efficiency and Solar Programs. These programs connect home and business owners to low cost installations of energy efficiency and solar measures to drive job growth in disadvantaged communities throughout WNY. Jason has been actively working with several organizations that advocate for | social issues such as improved educational access for inner city youth, and... Read More →
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Edwin Padilla

Edwin Padilla, Director of Operations, PUSH Buffalo; Edwin was born and raised in Buffalo NY. He started working in the community at a young age, first with the Hispanic Conference of WNY and then with local political campaigns. He currently lives on the Westside of Buffalo with his wife and three children. They helped to organize their neighborhood block club and a couples ministry from their house. Edwin started working for PUSH Buffalo in 2012... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Bulger Communication Center West

11:15am

Reparations: How Are We Doing It?
How can we move the discussion of reparations beyond making the case for it and being angry at those who do not agree? This Strategy Session will engage the room in looking at potential tools in the fight for securing reparations now and putting them to work to repair our communities. We will develop a broad understanding of why development is key and multiple approaches to engaging in this work now. Participants will leave with ideas of how to fund work in communities that we can initiate to repair the damage of slavery and exploitation.

Speakers
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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 →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Bulger Communication Center East

11:15am

Shifting Our Power Together: Building Youth and Community Engagement in Energy Democracy
The clean energy transition is happening. And rather than accept a corporate clean energy status quo, we can leverage our power as young people to transform our energy system to be localized, just and sustainable. This session will present opportunities to learn about existing campaigns and organizing strategies that advance a democratized energy system. From campaigns for a just transition to 100% clean energy by 2030 for your campus to campaigns that reinvest college and university endowments - we invite participants to build on these frameworks and strategize for themselves, and the movements we work in, how to move forward energy democracy work on campuses and in communities. By exploring ways that environmental, education, social justice and health advocates have come together in North Carolina to demand 100% renewable powered schools in an intersectional campaign, participants will walk away with ideas for how to bring this effort to their communities and have a platform off of which to engage by articulating their own strategic objectives and next steps.

Speakers
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Arielle Clynes

Organizer, SustainUS
Arielle Clynes is a systems thinker and movement builder. She values approaches to addressing our global crises of climate injustice and extreme inequality that decentralize power and wealth, and recognize historical trauma. Arielle advocates for alternative trade models and aims to encourage young people to challenge the dominant neoliberal narrative and tell a new story about the global economy through recognizing the intersection between the... Read More →
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Sean Estelle

Sean Estelle is a resident of Chicago and graduated from UCSD in 2013. Since being politicized through Occupy in 2011, Sean has been organizing on a variety of issues, including the fight for public education, multi-issue divestment campaigns, and building youth-led infrastructure for system transformation. Sean believes in climate justice work that can leverage the power of young people and build a greater movement to fight back against... Read More →
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Michael Zytkow

Michael Zytkow is a Field Organizer for Greenpeace based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has a strong background in intersectional activism with environmental justice at the core. He works on a wide variety of issues including bringing clean, safe, affordable renewable energy options to communities throughout North Carolina.


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ketchum 315

11:15am

Strategy Framework for a Just Transition
To shift from a 'Banks & Tanks' Economy to Economies for Life requires aligning our analysis, vision, and strategies. Movement Generation has been working with frontline community groups, resilience practitioners, folks in the labor movement, and others to craft a strategy framework for a Just Transition. We will share this framework as a tool for systems change across food, energy, water, waste, transit, energy, and housing. Participants will walk away with a framework to situate our strategies to reclaim land, labor, and capital.
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Gopal Dayaneni

Gopal has worked for social, economic, and environmental justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, and speaking since the late 1980′s. He is on the boards of The Working World, Center for Story-based Strategy, and the ETC Group and is an active trainer with the Ruckus Society.
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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 →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ketchum Hall 118

12:30pm

Lunch
Sunday July 10, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Social Hall Campbell Student Union

1:45pm

Community Energy Cooperatives
How can we control and own the energy resources we depend on? How can we work together across class and race to build a more just and resilient future? Join this dynamic session for energy cooperatives and people interested in developing them to look at the opportunities before us, the challenges we're facing, best practices, and the ways we're making a real difference creating a more just and sustainable energy future for all. You'll hear from leaders working to build and grow clean energy cooperatives, to transform incumbent rural electric co-ops, and to utilize food co-ops and other non-energy co-operatives as a lever for advancing energy democracy.

Speakers
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Isaac Baker

Director, Community Solar, Co-op Power
Isaac Baker is a founding Co-op Power member and long-time supporter who brings expertise in financing structures for renewable energy, community finance, and cooperative development. He is an entrepreneur with experience building a community-scale biogas project development company. In the past year, Isaac has built Co-op Power's community shared solar business model with a world-class team of lawyers and accountants. He has worked at Co-op... Read More →
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Krys Cail

Consultant and Project Manager, DE Squared
Krys Cail is a cooperative development consultant specializing in rural development. She consults with Cooperative Development Institute, and DE Squared,("distributed energy, distributed equity" ), which specializes in financing and developing community distributed electricity generation. Additionally, she is Treasurer of GreenStar Cooperative Market, a food co-op in Ithaca, NY, grossing nearly $20 million in sales annually, that just installed... Read More →
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Jake Schlachter

Executive Director, We Own It
Jake Schlachter is the executive director of We Own It, a start-up nonprofit that is building a new national network for cooperative member rights, education, and organizing, with the mission goal of bringing co-ops and their 130 million members into the movement for a new economy. Its first focus is on inspiring and supporting member-owner organizing efforts for governance reform, local energy and efficiency, and economic development within... Read More →
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Timothy DenHerder Thomas

General Manager, Cooperative Energy Futures
Timothy DenHerder-Thomas is the General Manager of Cooperative Energy Futures, a community energy co-op based in Minneapolis. Timothy has a background in energy democracy organizing and social enterprise. Timothy has co-founded Grand Aspirations, which supports teams of youth innovators creating green economic opportunity for their communities, and helped co-convene Community Power, which has secured the nation's first city-utility Clean Energy... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Bulger Communication Center East

1:45pm

How Class Continues to Impact Our New Economy Initiatives
Participants in the New Economy movement have inherited the vestiges of class-based psychological trauma. We will investigate how class patterns manifest in interpersonal interactions in new economy initiatives. Following a short case study of 3 initiatives: the Bike Hub, Barrio Alegria, and local Farmer's Market, session participants will explore their individual class backgrounds and how this relates to their work. Participants will walk away with a more robust understanding of how class patterns show up in their organizations/initiatives.

Speakers
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Daniel Egusquiza

Co-founder, Barrio Alegria
Daniel Egusquiza is the co-founder of Barrio Alegria, an arts-based organization that uses creative artistic expression to unlock self-limiting beliefs and expand individual sense of personal power and civic involvement. He consults with the Reading Public Library System to transform their relationship with the local Latino population.
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Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly helped launch a number of initiatives to combat the historic trauma of a 3rd class city who internalized the negative side effects of several decades of macroeconomic decline: the local Penn Street Farmer's Market, the Regional Reading Food Policy and Action Council, and STAR Communities. He is the executive director of ReDesign Reading CDC.
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Dani Motze

ReDesign Reading/ Reading Bike Hub
Dani Motze creates leadership and inclusion opportunities for adults and transitioning-youth through bike advocacy efforts in Reading, based out of Reading Bike Hub. Reading Bike Hub mobilizes community members to run a bike shop and advocacy center that provides bike shop services; training and education; and social and advocacy opportunities. She is also the Communications Empress of ReDesign Reading CDC.


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Ketchum 320

1:45pm

Keynote Case Study: The Cooperative Movement in Post-War Central America/ El Movimiento Cooperativo en América Central de la Posguerra
This session will feature Oscar Recinos Morales, one of Saturday’s keynote panelists, diving deep into his work in the cooperative movement in El Salvador and other regions in Central America. This workshop will be conducted in English and Spanish. All are welcome; all non-bilingual participants will be provided headsets.

Limit: 40 participants

Este taller se llevará a cabo en Inglés y en Español. Todos son bienvenidos; todos los participantes no bilingües se les proporcionaran equipo auriculares de interpretación.

Límite: 40 participantes no bilingües.

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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 in the co-op world.


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Ketchum Hall 111

1:45pm

Leveraging Procurement for Community Wealth-Building and Local Jobs
Cities should align their procurement practices with policy goals to encourage community wealth-building while creating high-quality jobs for local residents. Join successful organizers and local government leaders applying these principles. Attending this panel will provide activists with actionable strategies and policy tools that can be used in other communities.

Speakers

Jessica Kingston, Director, St. Paul Dept. of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity.

Mariah Montgomery, Future of Work Strategist, Partnership for Working Families

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project

Shanelle Smith, Deputy Director, Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability.

 

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Jessica Kingston

Director, City of Saint Paul
Jessica Kingston is the Director of Saint Paul's Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity. She was formerly the Associate Director of Purchasing for Digital River, and has close to 20 years of experience working at various levels of leadership in the private sector. As a member of the Edina Human Rights Commission since 2009 and chair for the past two years, Kingston has been in front of a range of municipal and state-wide... Read More →
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Mariah Montgomery

Future of Work Strategist, Partnership for Working Families
Mariah Montgomery leads the Partnership’s strategic initiatives to propel the future of work towards worker power and equity, with a focus on nonstandard, fissured employment and the way technology is changing work and organizing. Before joining the Partnership, Mariah was the deputy campaign director for retail initiatives at the Change to Win (CtW) labor federation, where she led innovative campaigns in retail and telecommunications with an... Read More →
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Satya Rhodes-Conway

Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project
Satya Rhodes-Conway is the Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project and a senior associate at COWS. She works with cities across the country to implement innovative policy that promotes environmental and economic sustainability and builds strong, democratically accountable communities. She has researched and written extensively about local policy that promotes sustainability, equity and democracy. Satya served three terms on Madison's... Read More →
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Emily Sladek

The Democracy Collaborative
Assisting with the New Economy Action Project at CommonBound in Buffalo, NY 2016
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Shanelle Smith

Shanelle Smith is the inaugural deputy director of Cuyahoga County's new Department of Sustainability. Prior to her role with Cuyahoga County, Smith was the head of Emerald Cities Cleveland, part of a national energy efficiency initiative. Smith was instrumental in building consensus among diverse community and civic leaders around the goals of sustainable economic development and creation of jobs in green building for disadvantaged county... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Rockwell Theater

1:45pm

Multisolving: Equity, Systems Analysis and Community Engagement in Service of Green Infrastructure in the City of Atlanta
Sustainable, human-centered infrastructure can deliver health, equity, economic benefit and climate protection. But in communities with a history of fractured and inequitable decision making it can be hard to achieve this potential. This session shares lessons and tools from a project aimed influencing infrastructure decision making in the city of Atlanta based on principles of equity, systems thinking and community building. We will share tools and processes prototyped in Atlanta, which participants can adapt for use in their own communities

Moderators
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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.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Sawin

Co-Director, Climate Interactive
Elizabeth Sawin is Co-Director of Climate Interactive, a think-tank that applies system dynamics modeling to climate change and related issues. Her work focuses on Multisolving, helping people find solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while producing multiple benefits in health, justice, equity, resilience and well-being. She writes and speaks on this topic to local, national, and international audiences, and leads systems thinking... Read More →
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Nathaniel Smith

Founder and Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity
Nathaniel Smith is Founder and Chief Equity Officer of a multi-sectored, racial and generational ecosystem of regional stakeholders called the Partnership for Southern Equity. PSE pushes for policies and actions that promote equity and inclusive prosperity in metropolitan Atlanta and beyond. Nathaniel's vision and leadership has guided the creation of this emerging force for a "New Southern Strategy" (and outcomes) for shared prosperity in the... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Ketchum Hall 113

1:45pm

New Economy DiscoTech
Discover Technology for the new economy! Are you working on a technological or knowledge-sharing solution you want to share with others? Have you been facing technological/information challenges in your work? The DiscoTech is a facilitated open space for you to learn about, share, and build technology with others in the new economy. You don't need a project — just a desire to learn and build our collective capacity. Join us!

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Leah Feder

Leah Feder is a Brooklyn-based organizer. As the New Economy Lead at Sarapis, a nonprofit that advocates for free/libre/open-source solutions to common challenges, she connects dots & people to help build the next economy. In addition, she works at the Murphy Institute for Labor and Community Studies. She recently organized the Next System Project NYC Convening.


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Rockwell Hall 201

1:45pm

Planning for Liberation: Strategy Tools from the Popular Education Spiral to the Power Analysis and Beyond
Come to this workshop/series/jam session/open lab ready to roll your sleeves up and dig into several strategic tools for your specific projects and campaigns - from popular education spirals to power analysis.

Speakers
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Nadine Bloch

Nadine is an activist artist, nonviolent practitioner, political organizer, direct-action facilitator/ trainer, and puppetista. Her work explores the potent intersection of art and politics; where creative cultural resistance is not only effective political action, but also a powerful way to reclaim agency over our own lives, fight oppressive systems, and invest in our communities — all while having more fun than the other side! She is a... Read More →
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Elandria Williams

Highlander Research and Education Center, Beautiful Solutions
Elandria Williams is Co-Editor of Beautiful Solutions and is on the Education Team and Organizational Leadership Team of the Highlander Research and Education Center. She coordinates the Southern Grassroots Economies Project, co-leads the Governance and Economics curriculum, and supports community leaders and organizers in the South and Appalachia. Elandria lives in Knoxville, TN.


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Rockwell Hall 306

1:45pm

Poetry: Not Just An Afterthought in the New Economy
Toni Cade Bambara said, "the role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible." This session will explore the role of poetry in movements & highlight poetry as an avenue for visionary resistance and as an art form worthy of political study and investment. We will explore poems, including some authored by the facilitator. We will dissect poems & assess their contributions to political movement, theory and livelihood. Participants will walk away with collectively written poetry and an understanding of the role of the poet in narrating and ushering in a new world and new economy.

Speakers
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Tawana Petty

Organizer/Board Member, James and Grace Lee Boggs Center/DCTP
Tawana Petty is a mother, anti-racist social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is intricately involved in water rights, digital justice and visionary organizing work on the ground in Detroit. She is the past recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award, Woman of Substance Award, Women Creating Caring Communities Award, Detroit Awesome Award and was recognized as one of Who's Who in... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Ketchum 315

1:45pm

Power Mapping for the New Economy
Existing institutions and entrenched power structures often stand in the way of creating a new economy based on social, economic, and environmental justice. We will explore how to support movements by researching powerful people and institutions and creating power maps to understand their relationships. Using LittleSis, a free tool for conducting and organizing power research, we will share local victories aided by power research and participants will learn how to build maps for any local, regional, or national movement.

Speakers
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Gin Armstrong

Research Analyst, LittleSis
Gin Armstrong is a researcher, trainer, and tweeter for the Public Accountability Initiative, the non-profit behind LittleSis, where she focuses on corporate and government accountability. Her work for PAI/LittleSis can be found in VICE, Rolling Stone, and the Washington Post. Prior to joining PAI, Gin spent several years in the bike industry to recover from her research roles at Media Matters and George Mason University's Institute for... Read More →
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Rob Galbraith

Research Analyst, LittleSis
Rob Galbraith is a researcher at PAI focused on the oil and gas industry. His work has featured prominently in reporting from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post as well as the Emmy-nominated documentary Gasland: Part II and the Naomi Klein book This Changes Everything. Rob is also a co-founder and board member of Farmer Pirates Cooperative, a collective of Buffalo urban farms and gardens that shares land, equipment, and... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Bulger Communication Center West 2

1:45pm

Preserving Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing in Chicago
People of color and low-income people are being displaced from Chicago's north side and from the city overall in huge numbers. ONE Northside is working on a campaign to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing that aims 1. to pass citywide legislation that would regulate the sale of rental housing and 2. that would generate revenue for those sales by taxing activities that spur gentrification. In this session, we will outline the policy proposal and our action plan, and will hear from participants about their solutions to displacement.

Speakers
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Joyce Bell

Joyce Bell is a ONE Northside Board Member and leader with ONE Northside's Affordable Housing Team. Joyce has been a leader in several affordable housing campaigns, especially regarding Chicago's fight to lease-up vacant public housing units. She has been active in the campaign formation and strategic planning around ONE Northside's Anti-Displacement Campaign.
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Norm Kaesburg

Norm Kaesburg is a ONE Northside Leadership Council Member and a leader with ONE Northside’s Affordable Housing Team. Norm was very active in the campaign to preserve individual single room occupancy hotels (SROs) in the community, and then in the campaign to pass a citywide policy to preserve SROs.
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Vivien Tsou

Housing Organizer, ONE Northside
Vivien Tsou is a Community Organizer with ONE Northside and focuses on the affordable housing work of the organization, especially on the preservation of the significant and at-risk subsidized housing in our area. She is also staffing the work around ONE Northside's Anti-Displacement Campaign, leading a team to turn our ideas into concrete policy proposals.


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Rockwell Hall 204

1:45pm

Redesigning Work and Joyfully, Voluntarily Redistributing Wealth Through Mutual Aid Networks
We've designed a new type of cooperative, with expanded core principles (based in Rochedale, Commons governance, and timebanking values) where people come together around a common goal and steward various resource exchange tools to meet everyone's needs. These tools are timebanking, mutual credit, shared resources,and savings pools. The mission is 'to create means for everyone to discover and succeed in work they want to do, with the support of their community.' It will spring up locally everywhere, linked in a global coop of mutual support

Speakers
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Chris Petit

Chris Petit is Co-coordinator of Mutual Aid Networks. He is a board member of the Chicago Time Exchange as well. He is also a facilitator, whose interest lies in dialogue that explores what matters to people personally and collectively in their communities and utilizes Art of Hosting methodologies (circle, world cafe, etc.) and approaches (appreciative inquiry, etc.) to move organizations and communities toward engagement and empowerment.
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Stephanie Rearick

Creative Director, Mutual Aid Networks
Stephanie Rearick is founder of the Dane County TimeBank (DCTB) - a 2800+-member timebank devoted to building a just and inclusive economy - and Project Coordinator of Mutual Aid Networks. In addition to her work in timebanking and promoting grassroots-up economic and community regeneration, Rearick is co-owner of Mother Fool's Coffeehouse. Rearick worked for Greenpeace for six years and helped launch Madison Hours local currency in 1995. Rearick... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Rockwell Hall 302

1:45pm

Strategies to Increase Impact on Policy and the Public Debate across Red and Rural America
The final session in this track will be a Roundtable Discussion among all participants and presenters focused on two questions:  What have we learned over the past 1 ½ days that could strengthen or accelerate our own work?  Where do/can we go from here, in order to significantly strengthen the New Economy in rural and Red State communities?

Moderators
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anthony flaccavento

Anthony Flaccavento is an organic farmer, consultant and author from Abingdon, Virginia, in the heart of Central Appalachia.  His work includes support and technical assistance to grassroots communities across the country working to build more locally rooted, sustainable food systems and economies.  Through Bottom Up Economy, Anthony uses weekly You Tube videos, blog posts and various social media to build and promote a Progressive... Read More →

Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Rockwell Hall 301

1:45pm

Strategizing for Racial Justice in the Cooperative Movement
Can you imagine a mainstream cooperative movement taking bold risks for racial justice? We’ll practice using a campaign strategy chart together to make that dream real. We will build on the brilliance emerging from Network Gatherings earlier in the week and discuss strategies to: amplify the leadership of cooperators of color; dismantle white supremacy within coop institutions; and put coop resources where they will most rapidly foster racial justice. We'll share stories about how coops support and inhibit racial justice movements, pinpoint key leverage points in the coop movement, and commit to action.

Speakers
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Michaela Fisher

Michaela Fisher is a student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, fighting for food justice. “I want to see a future where every graduating student knows about co-ops as an alternative to the investor-owned model.”
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Jason Rodney

Director, Aynah
Jason Rodney thrives in circles creating social justice, reconnecting to the Earth, remembering our bodies, playing, and getting free together. Co-counseling, Resource Generation, and InterPlay are a few tools that help him.
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Ellery Wealot

Aynah
Ellery Wealot just graduated from college at the University of Minnesota - Morris (UMM; in Morris, MN) - now a summer staff at Wisconsin Farmers Union’s Kamp Kenwood. Ellery also does facilitation with Aynah. "I enjoy job-searching, talking about co-ops and meeting people.”


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Rockwell Hall 304

1:45pm

What is the Story You Seek to Change? A Conversation with David Korten
Stories, while often unspoken, are implicit - and very much alive - in the organizations, coalitions, and communities that power the New Economy movement. Each of us plays a vital role in turning the human course by exposing the fallacies of prevailing cultural stories and offering alternatives. One such alternative is the Living Earth Economy story that David Korten offers. Join us to reflect on and share the deep cultural stories and assumptions you and your organization seek to change.

Speakers
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David Korten

President, Living Economies Forum
David Korten is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, founder of the Living Economies Forum, and author, most recently, of When Corporations Rule the World (3rd ed), Change the Story, Change the Future, and a bi-weekly column for YES!. After many years working in international development, he defected from the establishment and returned to the U.S. to focus, to this day, on exposing the destructive forces of corporate rule, participate... Read More →
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Fran Korten

Publisher, YES! Magazine
Fran Korten is Publisher of YES! Magazine, an award-winning print and online publication that showcases powerful ideas and practical actions for building a just, sustainable, and compassionate world. Previously she was a grantmaker in the Ford Foundation's Manila, Jakarta, and New York offices. Earlier, she taught at Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She lives on Bainbridge Island WA with her husband David Korten... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Ketchum Hall 118

1:45pm

Youth and Emerging Leadership in Just Food Economies
We will: Demonstrate how young people and the next generation of leaders are engaged in shifting our food system and food economies. Share models of youth engagement and emerging leadership in food justice organizations and networks. Learn about strategies and commitments to youth leadership, nurturing the next generations through the lens of racial equity and food justice. Explore various models of engaging youth and emerging leaders in food justice work and new food economies.

Speakers
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Bobby Anderson

Chef Bobby Anderson is the Founder and Executive Director of FBites, a culinary vocational training program for youth and young adults ages 10-19 in Erie and Niagara County. F Bites is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering youth and adults through building employable skill sets through culinary art and hands on learning. Chef Bobby, who is known throughout Western New York as "The People's Chef", is an internationally renowned chef and... Read More →
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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 wellness team, being a student ambassador, as captain of the school Girls Soccer Team, a trained Community Health Worker, as well as a Youth Advisor Council member... Read More →
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Shira Tiffany

Shira Tiffany is a Community Organizer at the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and is excited to facilitate a unique decentralized collaborative network of fishermen, fishworkers, and allies organized around economic, social, food, and environmental justice. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Rebekah Williams

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 of organizations, Buffalo Public School students, administrators, health leaders, and Food Service Director working to improve school meals. She lives in... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Rockwell Hall 305

3:05pm

Closing Plenary
Moderators
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Makani Themba

Higher Ground Change Strategies
Makani Themba is Chief Strategist at Higher Ground Change Strategies based in Detroit, Michigan. Previously, Makani served as the founder and executive director of The Praxis Project, a nonprofit organization helping communities use media and policy advocacy to advance health justice. Makani has published numerous articles, books, and case studies on race, class, media, policy advocacy and public health.

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Kali Akuno

Cooperation Jackson, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson. He served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. Kali is also an educator, writer, and an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots movement. 
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Jacobo Rivero Rodríguez

Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Trabajo en el Ayuntamiento de Madrid en el Área de Cultura y Deportes. Periodista, he trabajado para varios medios de comunicación españoles e internacionales. Autor de dos libros sobre Podemos: Conversación con Pablo Iglesias( 2014) y Podemos. Objetivo: Asaltar los cielos (2015). Además he escrito tres libros sobre ética y deporte y trabajado como documentalista y asesor de contenidos para cine y tv... Read More →
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Erica Smiley

Jobs with Justice, Highlander Research and Education Center
Erica Smiley is the organizing director for Jobs With Justice. She sits on the board of the Highlander Research and Education Center. | | In the past, she has organized with community groups such as Progressive Maryland, the Tenants and Workers Support Committee (now Tenants and Workers United) in Virginia, and SEIU Local 500. She was national field director of Choice USA, a pro-choice organization focusing primarily on youth access to... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 3:05pm - 11:30pm
Rockwell Theater

4:20pm

Closing
Sunday July 10, 2016 4:20pm - 4:30pm
Rockwell Theater
 


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