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Sunday, July 10


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

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Isaac Baker

Director, Community Solar, Co-op Power
Isaac Baker is a founding Co-op Power member and long-time supporter who brings expertise in financing structures for renewable energy, community finance, and cooperative development. He is an entrepreneur with experience building a community-scale biogas project development company... Read More →
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Krys Cail

Consultant and Project Manager, DE Squared
Krys Cail is a cooperative development consultant specializing in rural development. She consults with Cooperative Development Institute, and DE Squared,("distributed energy, distributed equity" ), which specializes in financing and developing community distributed electricity generation... Read More →
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Jake Schlachter

Executive Director, www.weown.it
Jake Schlachter is the executive director of We Own It, a start-up nonprofit that is building a new national network for cooperative member rights, education, and organizing, with the mission goal of bringing co-ops and their 130 million members into the movement for a new economy... Read More →
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Timothy DenHerder Thomas

General Manager, Cooperative Energy Futures
Timothy DenHerder-Thomas is the General Manager of Cooperative Energy Futures, a community energy co-op based in Minneapolis. Timothy has a background in energy democracy organizing and social enterprise. Timothy has co-founded Grand Aspirations, which supports teams of youth innovators... Read More →

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


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

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Daniel Egusquiza

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

Brian Kelly

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

ReDesign Reading/ Reading Bike Hub
Dani Motze creates leadership and inclusion opportunities for adults and transitioning-youth through bike advocacy efforts in Reading, based out of Reading Bike Hub. Reading Bike Hub mobilizes community members to run a bike shop and advocacy center that provides bike shop services... Read More →

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


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

Limit: 40 participants

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

Límite: 40 participantes no bilingües.


Oscar Recinos Morales

El Salvador’s Federation of Agrarian Reform Cooperatives of the Central Region Peasant leader and co-op farmer organizer Oscar Recinos Morales is a 49-year-old Salvadorian. He organizes one of the most important co-op federations of El Salvador and has more than 25 years of experience... Read More →

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


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


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

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

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project

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



Jessica Kingston

Director, City of Saint Paul
Jessica Kingston is the Director of Saint Paul's Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity. She was formerly the Associate Director of Purchasing for Digital River, and has close to 20 years of experience working at various levels of leadership in the private sector... Read More →
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Mariah Montgomery

Future of Work Strategist, Partnership for Working Families
Mariah Montgomery leads the Partnership’s strategic initiatives to propel the future of work towards worker power and equity, with a focus on nonstandard, fissured employment and the way technology is changing work and organizing. Before joining the Partnership, Mariah was the deputy... Read More →
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Satya Rhodes-Conway

Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project
Satya Rhodes-Conway is the Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project and a senior associate at COWS. She works with cities across the country to implement innovative policy that promotes environmental and economic sustainability and builds strong, democratically accountable... 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

Shanelle Smith

Shanelle Smith is the inaugural deputy director of Cuyahoga County's new Department of Sustainability. Prior to her role with Cuyahoga County, Smith was the head of Emerald Cities Cleveland, part of a national energy efficiency initiative. Smith was instrumental in building consensus... Read More →

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


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

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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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Elizabeth Sawin

Co-Director, Climate Interactive
Elizabeth Sawin is Co-Director of Climate Interactive, a think-tank that applies system dynamics modeling to climate change and related issues. Her work focuses on Multisolving, helping people find solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while producing multiple benefits in... Read More →
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Nathaniel Smith

Chief Equity Officer/Founder, Partnership for Southern Equity
Nathaniel Smith is Founder and Chief Equity Officer of a multi-sectored, racial and generational ecosystem of regional stakeholders called the Partnership for Southern Equity. PSE pushes for policies and actions that promote equity and inclusive prosperity in metropolitan Atlanta... Read More →

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


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


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 →

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


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

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Nadine Bloch

Nadine is an activist artist, nonviolent practitioner, political organizer, direct-action facilitator/ trainer, and puppetista. Her work explores the potent intersection of art and politics; where creative cultural resistance is not only effective political action, but also a powerful... Read More →
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Elandria Williams

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

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


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

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Tawana Petty

Detroit Community Technology Project/Petty Propolis
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, anti-racist social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is the Data Justice Coordinator and Communications Assistant for the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project (ODB... Read More →

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


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

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Gin Armstrong

Deputy Director, LittleSis
Gin Armstrong is the deputy director of the Public Accountability Initiative, the Buffalo, NY non-profit behind LittleSis, where she focuses on tracking the networks that prop up the power elite. She is a board member of GObike Buffalo, a bicycle infrastructure advocacy organization... Read More →

Rob Galbraith

Senior Research Analyst, LittleSis
Rob Galbraith is a senior researcher at the Public Accountability Initiative/LittleSis.org. His research focuses on the influence of the oil and gas and high finance industries on pubic policy. He is a board member of Farmer Pirates, a cooperative of urban farms in Buffalo, and co-chair... Read More →

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


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


Joyce Bell

Joyce Bell is a ONE Northside Board Member and leader with ONE Northside's Affordable Housing Team. Joyce has been a leader in several affordable housing campaigns, especially regarding Chicago's fight to lease-up vacant public housing units. She has been active in the campaign formation... Read More →

Norm Kaesburg

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

Housing Organizer, ONE Northside
Vivien Tsou is a Community Organizer with ONE Northside and focuses on the affordable housing work of the organization, especially on the preservation of the significant and at-risk subsidized housing in our area. She is also staffing the work around ONE Northside's Anti-Displacement... Read More →

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


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


Chris Petit

Chris Petit is Co-coordinator of Mutual Aid Networks. He is a board member of the Chicago Time Exchange as well. He is also a facilitator, whose interest lies in dialogue that explores what matters to people personally and collectively in their communities and utilizes Art of Hosting... 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 →

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


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


anthony flaccavento

Anthony Flaccavento is an organic farmer, consultant and author from Abingdon, Virginia, in the heart of Central Appalachia.  His work includes support and technical assistance to grassroots communities across the country working to build more locally rooted, sustainable food systems... Read More →

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


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


Michaela Fisher

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

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

Ellery Wealot

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

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


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

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David Korten

President, Living Economies Forum
David Korten is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, founder of the Living Economies Forum, and author, most recently, of When Corporations Rule the World (3rd ed), Change the Story, Change the Future, and a bi-weekly column for YES!. After many years working in international... Read More →
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Fran Korten

Publisher, YES! Magazine
Fran Korten is Publisher of YES! Magazine, an award-winning print and online publication that showcases powerful ideas and practical actions for building a just, sustainable, and compassionate world. Previously she was a grantmaker in the Ford Foundation's Manila, Jakarta, and New... Read More →

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


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


Bobby Anderson

Chef Bobby Anderson is the Founder and Executive Director of FBites, a culinary vocational training program for youth and young adults ages 10-19 in Erie and Niagara County. F Bites is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering youth and adults through building employable skill... Read More →

Khadijah Hussein

Khadijah Hussein is a 17 year old, early-graduate "Class of 2016 Junior" at International Prep High School in Buffalo. Khadijah came to the United States from Kenya when she was 7 years old. She participates in a lot of community and school-based activities like being on the school... Read More →

Shira Tiffany

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

Rebekah Williams

Rebekah Williams, Youth Education Director at MAP, hires ~50 teenagers each year. MAP develops lesson plans and curriculum in food systems, urban farming, community organizing, and social and environmental justice. She co-facilitates the Youth Advisors Council (YAC), a city-wide collaboration... Read More →

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

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