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Sunday, July 10

9:30am EDT

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.


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... Read More →
avatar for Matt Feinstein

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 incubatorWorcester SAGE Alliance - alliance of co-ops and solidarity economy initiatives running a bottom up anchor institution campaignFuture Focus Media Co-op - member owner of this... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.


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... 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... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.


Nia K. Evans

Chair, Economic Development and Labor and Industry, Boston NAACPNia K. Evans is an independent education policy analyst and aco-creator of Frames Debate Project, a multimedia policy debateproject that explores the intersection between drug policy, mentalhealth services and incarceration... Read More →
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Deborah Frieze

Co-Founder, Boston Impact Initiative
Founding Partner, Boston Impact InitiativeDeborah Frieze is founding partner of the Boston Impact Initiative, animpact investing fund that invests in enterprises throughout EasternMassachusetts that address the growing wealth gap and ecologicalchallenges of our times. The fund takes... Read More →

Maya Gaul

Sales Team Lead, CERO Co-opMaya 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... Read More →
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Esteban Kelly

Executive Director, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Esteban Kelly is the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) and is a worker-owner and co-founder of AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op that builds capacity for social justice projects through intersectional training... Read More →

Lisa Owens

Executive Director, City Life Vida UrbanaLisa Owens is the Executive Director at City Life Vida Urbana (CLVU),a grassroots organization fighting for an end to forced displacementand for housing as a human right for all people. A long time Bostonresident, she has helped to start and... Read More →

Aaron Tanaka

Director, Center for Economic Democracy

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

9:30am EDT

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.


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



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... 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... Read More →

Yassi Eskandari-Qajar

Policy Director, Sustainable Economies 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... Read More →

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... 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

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

9:30am EDT

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.

avatar for Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan

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 →
avatar for Miya Yoshitani

Miya Yoshitani

Executive Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Miya has an extensive background in the environmental justice movement. In her early twenties she was the director of the largest student environmental network in the US, the Student Environmental Action Coalition. She has worked broadly in international environment and economic justice... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.


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... Read More →

Doug Feeney

Commercial Fisherman, FV Noah II, Chatham, Massachusetts
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... Read More →
avatar for Jonah Fertig

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... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.

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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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.


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... Read More →

Lauren Wilfong

New Economy Project
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... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.


​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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.

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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 →

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 Econo... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.

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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 theSchool 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... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.


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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.

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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... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.


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... 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... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.

avatar for Franzi Charen

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... Read More →
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Andrew Delmonte

Cooperative Developer, Cooperation Buffalo
Andrew is a founder and cooperative developer with Cooperation Buffalo, a movement to generate wealth and power in marginalized communities through employee ownership of capital and labor in Buffalo, New York. Andrew also assists cooperatives, B Corps, social enterprises, and other... Read More →

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

9:30am EDT

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.

avatar for Edgar Cahn

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... Read More →

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.

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 EDT
Rockwell Hall 306

9:30am EDT

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.


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 →

Ora Grodsky

Principal, Just Works Consulting
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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

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