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Friday, July 8

9:00am EDT

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.


  • 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 EDT
Ketchum Hall 111

9:00am EDT

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.


  • Betamia S. Coronel (350.org)

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

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

9:00am EDT

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.


  • 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 EDT
Rockwell Hall 201

9:30am EDT

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.


Nwamaka Agbo (Movement Strategy Center)

Rosa Gonzales (Movement Strategy Center)

Jovida Ross (Movement Strategy Center)

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

9:30am EDT

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 EDT
Rockwell Hall 307

9:30am EDT

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 EDT
Rockwell Hall 308

9:30am EDT

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 EDT
Rockwell Hall 302

9:30am EDT

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 EDT
Rockwell Hall 305

9:30am EDT

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


  • 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 EDT
Assembly Hall

9:30am EDT

#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


  • 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 EDT
Rockwell Hall 306

9:30am EDT

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.


  • Yvonne Yen Liu (Solidarity Research Center)

  • Parag Rajendra Khandhar (Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies)

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

9:30am EDT

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.


Andrew Collver (Community Builders of Long Island)

Paul D'Ascoli (Community Builders of Long Island)

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

9:30am EDT

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.


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 EDT
Ketchum Hall 106

9:30am EDT

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.


  • Jerry Koch-Gonzalez (Class Action)

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

9:30am EDT

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.


  • 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 EDT
Rockwell Hall 303

10:30am EDT

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!


  • Arielle Clynes, SustainUS

  • Adam Hasz, SustainUS

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

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