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Saturday, July 9

4:00pm EDT

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.


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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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.


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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Stephanie Rearick

Creative Director, Humans United in 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... Read More →
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Nathan Schneider

Assistant Professor, Media Studies, CU Boulder
Nathan Schneider is an assistant professor 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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

Building the Business Movement for a New Economy
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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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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.

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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... Read More →
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Yvon Poirer

Secretary of the Board, CCEDNet
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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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.


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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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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Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona

Executive Director, Local First Arizona Foundation
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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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... Read More →
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Liz Veazey

Network Director, We Own It
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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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.


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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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.


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... 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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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.

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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... 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... Read More →
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Kate Poole

Co-founder, Be Invested
Kate Poole is co-launching an investment advisory firm that will work with inheritors to redistribute wealth and power and be grounded in an explicit commitment to racial and economic justice. She has organized and moved money with other inheritors as a leader of Regenerative Finance... Read More →

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... Read More →
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Edward Whitfield

Ed Whitfeld is co-founder and co-managing director of the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC). A long time social justice activist, Ed had been involved in labor, community organizing and peace work since the late 60‘s when he was a student activist at Cornell University. He was the chairman of the Greensboro Redevelopment Commission for 9 years and formerly board chairman of Greensboro’s Triad Minority Development Corporation. In his work with F4DC, Ed helped initiate the formation of the Southern Grassroots Economies Project (SGEP) and their annual CoopEcon conferences aimed at networking and training among people interested in developing a cooperative new economy in the US South. He has visited and studied worker cooperative activities from the Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland, OH to the massive Mondragon Cooperatives Corporation in the Basque region of Spain. For Ed, helping people in communities engaged in meaningful, democratic, just, sustainable and productive activities is a key motivation., 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... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm EDT
Rockwell Theater

4:00pm EDT

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.


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 



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... 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... 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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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... Read More →
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Emily Sladek

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

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

4:00pm EDT

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.

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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... Read More →

Dara Cooper

National Black Food & Justice Alliance
With roots in numerous cities including Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta and Jackson, MS, Dara Cooper is a national organizer with the National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA), an alliance of Black led organizations working towards national Black food sovereignty and land justice... 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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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.


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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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.

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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.

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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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? 


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... Read More →
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Jeannette Huezo

Executive Director, United For A Fair Economy
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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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.

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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.

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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... Read More →

Gus Speth

Gus Speth: Co-chair of the Next System Project and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, Speth is a also faculty at the Vermont School of Law and an award-winning author. Bringing decades of experience in sustainable development and environmental advocacy from organizations like... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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.


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... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Rockwell Hall 306

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