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Sunday, July 10

11:15am EDT

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

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Mo Kessler

Mo is a queer Appalachian anarchist and artist, with a history of organizing against Mountaintop Removal, foreclosures and police brutality. They are the Director of Youth Organizing and Services of the YWCA Greensboro, founding board member of the Renaissance Community Co-op and... Read More →

Farzana Serang

Farzana is the former Executive Director of CoFED, The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from U.C. Berkeley and a masters in city and urban planning from MIT. She has over 10 years of experience is cross-sector partnerships, built a cooperative... Read More →

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

11:15am EDT

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


Devin Balkind

Devin Balkind works at the intersection of the nonprofit sector, the free/libre/open-source (FLO) movement, and grassroots community organizing initiatives to help each benefit from the best practices of the others. His current areas of focus are disaster relief, regenerative agriculture... Read More →

Greg Bloom

Chief Organizing Officer, Open Referral
Greg Bloom is the instigator of the Open Referral Initiative, which he began while working at Bread for the City in DC. Previously, he organized Get Out the Vote campaigns, class-action labor lawsuits, municipal budget battles, death penalty abolition, community wireless networks... Read More →

Leah Feder

Leah Feder is a Brooklyn-based organizer. As the New Economy Lead at Sarapis, a nonprofit that advocates for free/libre/open-source solutions to common challenges, she connects dots & people to help build the next economy. In addition, she works at the Murphy Institute for Labor and... Read More →

Annie McShiras

Annie McShiras is an Investment Associate at Self-Help Federal Credit Union. Passionate about cooperative and democratic economics, Annie has been promoting movements for economic justice, the solidarity economy, and systems change for the past ten years. Annie has worked in organizations... Read More →

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

11:15am EDT

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


Jen Burt

Farm Steward, Dismas Family Farm

Coqui Negron

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

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

11:15am EDT

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


Devita Davison, Co-Director, FoodLab Detroit

Kimber Lanning, Founder and Executive Director, Local First Arizona

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

Chris Schildt, Senior Associate, PolicyLink


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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 →

Devita Davison

Devita Davison is the Co-Director of FoodLab Detroit, a non-profit organization committed to serving low-income entrepreneurs of color and sees good food entrepreneurship as a way to build power and resilience for traditionally marginalized people and communities. A native Detroiter... Read More →
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Stacy Mitchell

Co-Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and leads its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces in-depth research and partners with a range of allies to implement public policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen locally owned... Read More →
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Chris Schildt

Senior Associate, PolicyLink
Chris Schildt conducts research on equitable economic growth strategies, including best practices for advancing equity in job creation, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Schildt researched job creation strategies at the University of California... 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 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Rockwell Hall 204

11:15am EDT

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


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Elandria Williams

Highlander Research and Education Center, Beautiful Solutions
Elandria Williams is Co-Editor of Beautiful Solutions and is on the Education Team and Organizational Leadership Team of the Highlander Research and Education Center. She coordinates the Southern Grassroots Economies Project, co-leads the Governance and Economics curriculum, and supports... Read More →

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

11:15am EDT

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


Somalia Doyle

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

Kim Gibson

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

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

11:15am EDT

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

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Adam Flint

Southern Tier Solar Works Program Manager, Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition
Adam Flint is Southern Tier Solar Works Program Manager at the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition. Previously he led the Southern Tier Green Jobs Green New York program. He has more than 20 years experience as an educator, including as Asst. Prof. of Sociology at Hartwick... Read More →

Eric Walker

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

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

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

11:15am EDT

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


Nwamaka Agbo

Nwamaka Agbo Consulting
Amaka Agbo is a project consultant for Democratizing Capital East Bay (DCEB). She has a range of experiences in grassroots organizing and voter engagement from her time at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Oakland Rising. Amaka led the initial work at Transform Finance and... Read More →
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Julia Dundorf

Executive Director, New England Grassroots Environment Fund
Julia has been Executive Director of the Grassroots Fund since October 2014. She has nearly three decades of experience forming and working with nonprofits and community engagement programs. Complementing her experience in energy and climate change solutions, she has a background... Read More →

Cara Matteliano

Cara Matteliano, Vice President for Community Impact at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, has over 25 years of experience in not-for-profit leadership, program development, and grantmaking. She has created and facilitated collaborations such as Buffalo's Green & Healthy... Read More →

Alexie Torres-Fleming

As the Executive Director of Access Strategies Fund, Alexie Torres-Fleming is an activist, community organizer, advocate and urban planner from the South Bronx with over 20 years of experience in social justice leadership in low-income communities of color. Her life's work has been... Read More →

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

11:15am EDT

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


Sohnie Black

Sohnie brings with her a lifelong passion for justice and community organizing. At the Fund for Democratic Communities she focuses on food access, democratic ownership of natural resources, and ecological sustainability. Sohnie is deeply involved in the Renaissance Community Co-op... Read More →

Michelle Holler

Michelle is a Buffalo native and serves as the West Side Bazaar’s Program Manager. Ask Michelle about the West Side Bazaar, she will tell you she loves the mission behind it. One of Michelle’s greatest passions is exploring other cultures. She has traveled to 17 different countries... Read More →

John McKeone

John is a native of Buffalo, NY and currently serves as WEDI’s Economic Development Director. When asked about why he chose to work for WEDI, he said that instead of sitting around complaining about economic injustice he would rather go out and do something about it. This statement... Read More →
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Dave Reed

Organizer, Fund for Democratic Communities
Dave is a community and cooperative organizer at the Fund for Democratic Communities. He is particularly interested in issues of democratic governance, technology development and use, worker-owned cooperatives, and community ownership of resources. His social justice work has included... Read More →

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

11:15am EDT

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

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

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

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


Nikki Marin Baena

Loan Officer, Southern Reparations Loan Fund
Nikki Marín Baena is the loan officer of the Southern Reparations Loan Fund. Her parents are Colombian and she was born in North Jersey, but her heart will always belong to the mountains of North Carolina. She worked at Weaver Street Market and Firestorm Books and Cafe, both in North... Read More →


Rosalia Guerrero-Luera

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

Alberto Luera

I am Alberto Luera. I am a native of South Texas and spent practically all of my life on the Texas Mexican border. Ethnically, I am deemed a Mexican American. Culturally and politically, I am a Chicano. Since my graduation from college in 1969, I have spent all of my professional... Read More →

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

11:15am EDT

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

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Keane Bhatt

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

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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 →
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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 →

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 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Rockwell Theater

11:15am EDT

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

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Benjamin Brownell

Ben Brownell is a whole systems designer, integrator, and synthesizer working to shape the ways we perceive and utilize complex information in order to build healthier networks and ecosystems. He is closely involved with VillageLab (intentional communities movement), Real Economy... Read More →
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Emily Kawano

Coordinator, US Solidarity Economy Network
Emily Kawano is an economist and the co-director of Wellspring Cooperative, a non-profit working to build a network of worker co-operatives in low income communities of Springfield, MA. She is also the coordinator of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and a Board member of RIPESS... Read More →

Jules Peck

convenor and founder, real economy lab
Jules Peck has thirty years experience in sustainable development within and at the interfaces of the worlds of business, government and civil society. He is a Founding Member of Jericho Chambers, a strategy advisory partnership where he advises companies on issues relating to their... 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 →

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

11:15am EDT

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


Jenifer Kaminsky

Director of Planning and Community Development, PUSH Buffalo
Jenifer Kaminsky is an urban planner who focuses on community development and planning, creation of affordable housing, and green infrastructure. She currently resides in Buffalo, New York, where she serves as Director of Planning and Community Development for People United for Sustainable... Read More →

Jason Kulaszewski

PUSH Green Program Manager, PUSH Buffalo
Jason Kulaszewski is currently Director for PUSH Buffalo’s PUSH Green Energy Efficiency and Solar Programs. These programs connect home and business owners to low cost installations of energy efficiency and solar measures to drive job growth in disadvantaged communities throughout... Read More →

Edwin Padilla

Edwin Padilla, Director of Operations, PUSH Buffalo; Edwin was born and raised in Buffalo NY. He started working in the community at a young age, first with the Hispanic Conference of WNY and then with local political campaigns. He currently lives on the Westside of Buffalo with his... Read More →

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

11:15am EDT

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


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 →

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

11:15am EDT

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

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Arielle Clynes

Organizer, SustainUS
Arielle Clynes is a systems thinker and movement builder. She values approaches to addressing our global crises of climate injustice and extreme inequality that decentralize power and wealth, and recognize historical trauma. Arielle advocates for alternative trade models and aims... Read More →
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Sean Estelle

Sean Estelle is a resident of Chicago and graduated from UCSD in 2013. Since being politicized through Occupy in 2011, Sean has been organizing on a variety of issues, including the fight for public education, multi-issue divestment campaigns, and building youth-led infrastructure... Read More →

Michael Zytkow

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

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

11:15am EDT

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

Gopal Dayaneni

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

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

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