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Friday, June 22
 

8:00am

Breakfast / Registration
A full hot breakfast will be served in Bosley Dining Hall. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available.

Same Day Registration and Housing Check In will be hosted at the Info Table in Bosley Hall. If you registered in advance, you may pick up a program and fill out a name tag at the Info Desk.

Interpretation and mobility services may also be requested at the Info Desk.

Friday June 22, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Bosley Hall

9:00am

Becoming a Worker Cooperative Developer: The Basics (By Application) (Morning Only)
Limited Capacity filling up

This gathering is for people who are interested in entering the field of worker cooperative development. Worker cooperative development can create quality jobs and contribute to a more equitable economy. But what does it look like in practice, and how can it be done most effectively? Hosted by the Democracy at Work Institute, this workshop will use participatory methods to draw out the desired impacts of cooperative development projects, and emphasize alignment with best practices and principles of cooperative development. We will cover the skills and resources needed, the implications of different models, and metrics to collect to understand long-term success. Interested in developing worker-owned businesses as part of a community-based organization or economic development program? Spend the morning with us!

To attend, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/Oyydbew956gKC30v1 

Contacts:
Roodline Volcy, Program Coordinator at Democracy at Work Institute, rvolcy@institute.coop
Leigh Brown, Program Coordinator at DAWI, lbrown@institute.coop

Speakers
LB

Leigh Brown

Program Coordinator, Democracy at Work Institute
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Roodline Volcy

Contracts Manager, Democracy at Work Institute
Roodline Volcy is the Contracts Manager at the Democracy at Work Institute. Roodline was born in Haiti and emigrated to Florida to join her family in the early 90s. She attended Salem College in North Carolina where she studied International Relations and Race & Ethnicity Studies... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 214

9:00am

The Future of Philanthropy - A Radical Vision (SOLD OUT)(By Application) (Morning Only)
Limited Capacity filling up

This half-day Network Gathering is intended for progressive funders of all stripes -- community and family foundations, participatory grantmakers, giving circles. It is our intention that funders in this space will share best practices, talk openly about challenges, and discuss how they can be more accountable, transparent, and rooted in the frontline communities they support.

Funders who attend the morning gathering will have first priority to attend an afternoon session on place-based impact investing for racial justice or have the option to go on a tour of St. Louis. Attendees will also be invited to a dinner with NEC’s grantee organizations, spotlighting the critical and timely work they’ve been doing within the New Economy movement.


To apply to attend, please contact the coordinator below.

Contact: Kelly Baker kelly@neweconomy.net

Speakers
avatar for Farhad Ebrahimi

Farhad Ebrahimi

Founder and Chair, Chorus Foundation
JN

Jennifer Near

Coordinator, Shake the Foundations


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 12:30pm
CEC Classroom 215-216 C

9:00am

Bridging Divides to a New Economy training (By Application) (Full-Day)
Limited Capacity seats available

Growing the new economy movement will require us to navigate divides in our communities whether its differences of opinion on strategy or historical imbalances of power and privilege. This "Bridging Divides" training is designed for people working in movement and community spaces who are seeking more strategies to engage people across divides, difference, or disagreement.

Led by Macky Alston of the Auburn Seminary, this "Bridging Divides" training will introduce you to a range of strategies to help people engage across divides with courage and grace, with the goal of improved, more just relations in diverse community. You will walk away with a range of successful strategies to listen, share, and be with people who do not see eye to eye, as well as a plan to engage difficult conversations with greater skill -- and to train leaders in your community to facilitate such conversations in group settings.  

The training is designed for 10-20 participants, who will be selected based this simple application. All CommonBound attendees are welcome to apply to attend. NEC staff will curate the final roster of participants with the help of Auburn Seminary.

To attend, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/SiSjk5qisL9jBcO03

If you have any questions, please contact Macky Alston at malston@auburnseminary.org.

Speakers
MA

Macky Alston

SVP, Auburn Seminary
http://auburnseminary.org/team/macky-alston/


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
HGA Classroom 204

9:00am

Mapping Our Futures: Exploring Economics and Governance in Our Communities (SOLD OUT) (Spanish Interpretation)
Limited Capacity filling up

The Highlander Research and Education Center and Beautiful Solutions will offer a very participatory workshop at CommonBound called "Mapping Our Futures". The heart of the "Mapping Our Futures" curriculum is a community research and mapping process. Other components include: exploring capitalism and solidarity economics, examining our histories, and blowing our minds with “Beautiful Solutions” -- i.e. examples and strategies that exist around the world of resistance and alternative sustenance to help communities and offer alternatives to an individualistic, capitalist culture. Following the workshop we will share curriculum materials with participants to take home to use and adapt.

To attend, please register here and fill out this google form. 

Contact Susan Williams at susan@highlandercenter.org or Rachel Plattus at rachel@beautifultrouble.org.


Speakers
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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 →
RP

Rachel Plattus

Co-Editor, Beautiful Solutions
SW

Susan Williams

Librarian- archivist, Highlander Center


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
HGA Classroom 203

9:00am

Movement Voices Training with Laura Flanders (SOLD OUT) (Invitation Only) (Full-Day)
As part of year two of the New Economies Reporting Project, we are hosting a one-day media training led by Laura Flanders for the 2018 NEC Movement Voices fellows. The training will be hands-on, challenging, and designed with the specific fellows in mind. Taking place with a professional interviewer, in front of a camera, they will give participants an in-depth, firsthand look at what it takes to represent themselves and their work to modern media.

If you have questions, contact Eli Feghali at eli@neweconomy.net.

Speakers
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Laura Flanders

Journalist, The Laura Flanders Show


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
HGA Classroom 215 3026 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

9:00am

People and Planet First: Organizing for Energy Sovereignty (SOLD OUT) (Invitation Only) (Full-Day)
Limited Capacity seats available

Adapting to climate change and preventing global catastrophe will require massive economic shifts, which for the past 50 years have only increased wealth inequality. We have the opportunity now to shape the next great economic shift, and ensure that it benefits our communities that have been most impacted. Over 25 organizations in 20 states are part of the People and Planet First program of People's Action, and several of them are developing models that create economic opportunity while benefiting the environment. We will discuss challenges and learnings related to organizing for policy change that makes alternative economic models possible and creates opportunities for our members to be owners of the new energy economy. Guest presenters will be invited to inform parts of our discussion.

This gathering is by invitation only for People’s Action Affiliate Organizations

Contact: Jordan Estevao j.estevao@peoplesaction.org

#PeoplePlanetFirst


Speakers
BI

Ben Ishibashi

Climate Justice Organizer, People's Action Institute


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
HGA Classroom 205

9:00am

Rural Electric Cooperative Organizing Gathering (SOLD OUT) (By Application) (Full-Day)
Limited Capacity seats available

This gathering will be a space for rural electric cooperative (REC) member-owners and organizers to meet each other, learn from each other's work, access additional resources, discuss ways to build a new economy narrative through REC work, and plug into opportunities for regional and national collaboration. The focus will be on networking folks who are doing the work; we will also welcome people interested in getting more involved and supporting the work. There are more than 800 rural electric cooperatives owned by 42 million people across almost 75% of America's land area with $45B in annual revenue. REC’s are energy democracies and can be harnessed for broader economic democracy across a large swath of rural and suburban America.

To apply to attend, please contact the coordinators below.

Contact: Nikita Perumal nikita@kftc.org and Liz Veazey liz@weown.it

#OwnOurEnergy


Speakers
avatar for Nikita Perumal

Nikita Perumal

New Energy & Transition Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Nikita grew up in Louisville and is the New Energy and Transition Organizer with KFTC. After five years away, Nikita returned to Kentucky to work on the issues she feels most passionate about, in the place she calls home, with the organization that first sparked her interest in activism... Read More →
avatar for Liz Veazey

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 →
avatar for Chris Woolery

Chris Woolery

How$martKY Program Coordinator, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Chris Woolery became the How$martKY™ Program Coordinator in September of 2015 after four years with MACED as a Residential Energy Specialist. How$martKY™ partners with rural electric cooperatives to design, finance, and install home energy efficiency upgrades – and these improvements... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
CEC Classroom 213-214 B

9:00am

Solutions Journalism Training for the New Economies Reporting Project (SOLD OUT) (Invitation Only) (Full-Day)
Limited Capacity seats available

A training for reporters in solutions journalism led by the Solutions Journalism Network. This training is part of NEC's New Economies Reporting Project. Attendees will include our 2018 reporting fellows and other invited guests.

Contact: Nati Linares nati@neweconomy.net


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
HGA Classroom 218

9:00am

Stories for a New Economy (Open) (Full-Day)
Limited Capacity seats available

How can storytelling support the shift to a just, generative, and sustainable future? How can we amplify solutions, successes, and the radical visions of those most impacted by exploitation and extraction - directly, or as accountable accomplices? This participatory, multidisciplinary and hands-on one day network gathering will help you harness the power of story in your strategies for social change.

The morning will be an introduction to story-based strategy. In the afternoon we’ll dive deep into principles and practices to remedy extractive storytelling while dreaming, scheming, and creating the kinds of stories we need to tell for inspiring a future that bends the arc towards justice and liberation. This workshop includes an introduction to story-based strategy with no prerequisites. Our explorations will include multi- and interdisciplinary forms of storytelling and media platforms, including ways to integrate film with other mediums such as visual art, music, movement, healing rituals, and performance in your work.

This network gathering is presented by the Center for Story-based Strategy - a national movement-building organization dedicated to harnessing the power of narrative for social change, and StoryShift - an initiative coordinated by Working Films building a collaborative network and resourcing hub for media-makers, artists, activists, and organizers who are building powerful alternatives to structural racism, oppression, and inequity in the face of climate change.

Speakers
avatar for Jayeesha Dutta

Jayeesha Dutta

StoryShift Strategist, Working Films and Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative
Jayeesha Dutta is a tri-coastal, nearly tri-lingual Bengali-American artist, activist and strategist who leads the StoryShift initiative at Working Films. She is also part of the core leadership circle for Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative, galvanizing the voices and experiences... Read More →
avatar for Chloe Henson

Chloe Henson

Membership Engagement Coordinator, Climate Justice Alliance
Chloe Henson recruits, onboards, and supports CJA’s amazing member groups, help develop engagement strategies as well as logistic support for member events and Just Recovery work.Chloe is formerly CJA’s digital organizer, graduated from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque... Read More →
avatar for Yuki Kidokoro

Yuki Kidokoro

National Organizer, Climate Justice Alliance
Yuki Kidokoro is CJA’s National Organizer for Reinvest in Our Power, supporting strategies to move money from the extractive economy and towards building local regenerative economies. After graduate studies in Urban Planning at UCLA, Yuki spent 15 years at Communities for a Better... Read More →
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Anna Lee

Co-director, Working Films
avatar for Mariana Mendoza

Mariana Mendoza

Urban Sustainability MA, Center for Story-based Strategy, and Local Peace Economy
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Kiara Nagel

Center for Story-based Strategy


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
CEC Classroom 217-218 D

9:00am

Worker Cooperative JUMPSTART (SOLD OUT) (Open) (Full-Day)(Spanish Interpretation)
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you interested in starting a worker-owned cooperative, or converting an existing business to worker-ownership? Curious about cooperatives and how they really function in everyday practice? Looking for ways to build and strengthen a cooperative ecosystem in your city? Our Worker Cooperative Jumpstart is for YOU.

Organized by a group of longtime worker-owners and ecosystem allies, CommonBound's Worker Cooperative Jumpstart is a hands-on opportunity to get started on the cooperative path, or to expand your knowledge and understanding, and learn best practices for your existing worker cooperative. We welcome active worker owners looking to learn more, community members looking to bring cooperative development to their neighborhoods, aspiring worker-owners, and everyone else! Come alone, or bring a team!
Learn about why workers choose cooperative ownership structures; how cooperatives impact the racial wealth divide; how your early structure choices impact your cooperative's ability to thrive; how to start, organize, grow, and maintain your cooperative enterprise; and how to finance your path forward ... and more!

Coordinator: Kate Khatib (Red Emma’s Cooperative), Ro McIntyre (Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy), Brendan Martin (The Working World), Jim Johnson (Democracy at Work Network), Parag Khandhar (Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy), Bernardo Vigil (Baltimore Bicycle Works), Joseph Cureton (CORE Staffing), John Duda (The Democracy Collaborative)

Questions: kate.baltimore.roundtable@gmail.com

Speakers
avatar for John Duda

John Duda

Director of Communications, The Democracy Collaborative
Heading up outreach, publicity, publishing, and field building for The Democracy Collaborative's efforts to catalyze a more democratic economy. Also a founding worker-owner at Baltimore's Red Emma's.
avatar for Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson

Peer Advisor, Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy
worker co-op peer-to-peer technical assistance
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KATE KHATIB

Executive Director, BRED


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
CEC Classroom 211-212 A

1:00pm

Site Visit: Pruitt-Igoe
Limited Capacity seats available

“In the early 1950s, Pruitt-Igoe, a vast public housing project, arose on 57 acres on the near north side of St. Louis. Barely 20 years after construction, the 33 eleven-story buildings that made up the complex were razed, and the vacant land that was once home to thousands of people was gradually reclaimed by a dense, neglected urban forest. What happened in-between is a story that tempts but also defies simple narratives. It is a story of interweaving and competing accounts, both then and now.” - from Images of America: Pruitt-Igoe
This tour will be led by St. Louis native, Bob Hansman, associate professor and a faculty fellow of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. In the early 1990s, he founded—and still directs, with his son Jovan—City Faces and the Jermaine Lamond Roberts Memorial Studio, in the Clinton-Peabody public housing project. Locally, he has received a Rosa Parks Award and a Dred Scott Freedom Award for his work.

For background on this tour, please watch the trailer for the documentary, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.
50% of ticket sales for this site visit will support City Faces and the Jermaine Lamond Roberts Memorial Studio.

 We will provide shuttle transportation for all site visits that depart and return to the shuttle stop at Harris-Stowe State University. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your departure time to check in and board the bus.

Tickets are $20. Advanced ticket purchase is required. Tickets may not be purchased on the bus.

Friday June 22, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Shuttle Departure Point

1:30pm

Data-Mapping for the New Economy (SOLD OUT) (Open) (Afternoon Only)
Limited Capacity seats available

The movement needs good data about itself—and to be relevant data must be FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. This gathering will bring together organizations and researchers working on gathering information on the "new" (social/solidarity/cooperative) economy to come to a shared understanding on basic issues such as taxonomies (categories and definitions), technical infrastructure needs, and good practices for gathering, sharing, maintaining, and displaying data. All are welcome, but this will make most sense to those who spend time and resources on these tasks.

Contact: Noemi Giszpenc ngiszpenc@cdi.coop

#datasharing #betterdata #dataworks #databomb #drivewithdata

Speakers

Friday June 22, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm
HGA Classroom 219

1:30pm

Place-Based Investing for Racial Justice (SOLD OUT) (By Application) (Afternoon Only)
Limited Capacity filling up

Funders, investors and financial advisors will play an essential role in helping to resource a Just Transition to a New Economy. In Boston, a new generation of cutting edge capital vehicles are redefining a theory of change for transformative place based ecosystem investing. Participants will explore the Boston Impact Initiative and Boston Ujima Project as case studies for advancing economic justice and the democratization of capital. Transform Finance and other national partners will help contextualize these case studies within broader trends in philanthropy and impact investing. Participants will explore a “restorative capital stack” and leave with a better understanding of opportunities to leverage their funding to catalyze a New Economy movement in the US.

Hosts:
  • Boston Impact Initiative
  • Boston Ujima Project
  • Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
  • Center for Economic Democracy
  • Transform Finance
  • Solidago Foundation

To apply to attend, please contact the coordinator below.

Contact: Ariel Brooks, ariel@economicdemocracy.us

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Frieze

Deborah Frieze

Founder & President, Boston Impact Initiative
Deborah Frieze is founder and president of the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund focused on economic justice, which means investing in opportunity for all people—especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system—to lead a dignified and... Read More →
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Aaron Tanaka

Director, Center for Economic Democracy
Aaron Tanaka is a Boston-based community organizer, grantmaker, and impact investor. As the director of the Center for Economic Democracy, Aaron stewards funding and technical assistance to grassroots groups that build power and vision in low-income communities of color for a new... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm
CEC Classroom 215-216 C

1:30pm

Worker Cooperatives: Moving the Movement (SOLD OUT) (Open) (Afternoon Only)
Limited Capacity seats available

Worker co-ops are a small part of our country's huge economy — in order to make a difference, we need to know how to communicate together, and play off of our collective strengths. This network gathering will explore the internal and external communications about this movement through marketing, policy, and community engagement. What are the opportunities before us to bring worker co-ops into the national spotlight? How do we articulate our model in a way that illustrates the equitable solution that is worker cooperatives? We'll explore the avenues and messages that will help us to coordinate effectively together.

We'll map out the big ways in which worker co-ops have an opportunity to make a mark — both ones that are currently in motion, and rallying points for our ecosystem to develop. There will be strategic group-thinking around policy, messaging, and ecosystem communication to help us leverage the best of the many players in this field.

Coordinators: Mo Manklang and Morgan Crawford from the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives


Speakers
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Annette Griffin

Owner / Worker, A & Associates
avatar for Mo Manklang

Mo Manklang

Communications Director, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Mo Manklang is the Communications Director for the USFWC. She leads policy efforts at the federal level, as well as working with our membership on state and local initiatives, and heading up health benefits initiatives. She has been convening people in cooperatives and social impact... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm
HGA Classroom 214

5:00pm

Dinner
A full dinner with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options will be served in Bosley Dining Hall. 

Friday June 22, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Dining Hall

6:00pm

Ngoma In Motion Concert Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

Ngoma In Motion (NIM) blends the sounds of old world traditions that can only be found at the confluence of the Congo and our own Mississippi Valley. Their creative blend of blues chanting and spoken word are presented against a backdrop of funk, afro-Cuban, and west African percussion. This performance will also include West African dance. You don't want to miss it! 


Friday June 22, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
HGA Auditorium

7:00pm

Opening Plenary: "Owning This Moment"
Join your fellow CommonBounders for the 2018 opening plenary, featuring a welcome from NEC, Solidarity Economy St. Louis, a Native Women's Care Circle performance, and a keynote panel with three of our movements’ most powerful and insightful leaders.

Keynote Panel: "Owning This Moment"
Real talk. What is it going to take to step into our power, defend our communities, and build a liberatory future for all? What are the key opportunities and challenges ahead of us? How should our movements adjust to this moment in history

Speakers
avatar for M ADAMS

M ADAMS

Co-Executive Director, Freedom inc
M Adams is a Black-queer, gender-non-conforming feminist, community organizer and scientist. Adams is co-executive director of Freedom Inc., which works with low income survivors of gender-based violence who are Black, Khmer and Hmong women, queer and trans folks and youth, to end... Read More →
avatar for Makani Themba

Makani Themba

Makani Themba is Chief Strategist at Higher Ground Change Strategies based in Jackson, Mississippi.  A social justice innovator and pioneer in the field of change communications and narrative strategy, she has spent more than 20 years supporting organizations, coalitions and philanthropic... Read More →
avatar for Coy Wakefield

Coy Wakefield

Grant Admin, Highlander Research and Education Center


Friday June 22, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
HGA Auditorium
 
Saturday, June 23
 

8:00am

Breakfast / Registration
A full breakfast with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will be served in Bosley Dining Hall.

The Info Desk will be open.

Same Day Registration and Housing Check In will be hosted at the Info Table in Bosley Hall. If you registered in advance, you may pick up a program and fill out a name tag at the Info Desk. 

Interpretation and mobility services may also be requested at the Info Desk.

Saturday June 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Bosley Hall

9:00am

Workshop Block 1 / Emergent Conversations A
Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
TBA

9:00am

Being the Change: An Introduction to Just Transition
This is an interactive introduction to the Just Transition framework developed for the Our Power Campaign and Climate Justice Alliance. We will discuss ways to think about the current extractive economy and strategies for building local regenerative economies.

Speakers
avatar for Chloe Henson

Chloe Henson

Membership Engagement Coordinator, Climate Justice Alliance
Chloe Henson recruits, onboards, and supports CJA’s amazing member groups, help develop engagement strategies as well as logistic support for member events and Just Recovery work.Chloe is formerly CJA’s digital organizer, graduated from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque... Read More →
avatar for Yuki Kidokoro

Yuki Kidokoro

National Organizer, Climate Justice Alliance
Yuki Kidokoro is CJA’s National Organizer for Reinvest in Our Power, supporting strategies to move money from the extractive economy and towards building local regenerative economies. After graduate studies in Urban Planning at UCLA, Yuki spent 15 years at Communities for a Better... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
CEC Classroom 213-214 B

9:00am

Building The Social Economy: Case Studies from Cuba, Mexico and Quebec
The workshop will present different international case studies about the development of public policies for the social economy (SE). The objective of the workshop is to inspire new practices and strategies elsewhere, as well as underscore the usefulness of relaying information and connecting practitioners around best practices. The workshop will highlight different policies that support the development of the SE in Mexico and in Quebec, how they came about and their impact, then present the case of Cuba and what policies stakeholders of the SE there are working to adapt to their local context.

Speakers
avatar for Béatrice Alain

Béatrice Alain

Director of Partnerships and Development, Chantier de l’économie sociale
Béatrice Alain is the Director of Partnerships and Development at the Chantier de l’économie sociale. The Chantier is an independent organisation that brings together actors and partners of the social economy in Quebec, in order to promote collective entrepreneurship and develop... Read More →
avatar for Rafael Betancourt

Rafael Betancourt

Consultant, Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana, SOL² ECONOMICS
Rafael J. Betancourt, PhD (ABD) in Economics (University of Florida, USA) and MSc in Urban & Regional Planning (ISPJAE, Cuba) is an economist with 30 years of employment and academic experience in international cooperation, business administration, local development, strategic urban... Read More →
avatar for Aristarco CORTES

Aristarco CORTES

Design and Tech Institute (IDIT), Fab Lab Puebla
Director IDIT, I'm engineer and hard core Maker. At IDIT we design and implement social and tech projects for Puebla's State and Municipality. We have developed a social economy project that is being executed in Puebla and 8 states in Mexico. 
avatar for Eric Leenson

Eric Leenson

President, SOL Economics
Eric Leenson is President of Sol Economics, a firm that builds strong links between socially responsible enterprises throughout the Americas – North and South. He has been involved in the fields of socially responsible investing (SRI) and business for more than 30 years, serving... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
HGA Auditorium

9:00am

Community Investment Funds: Taking Community Capital to Scale
Community capital represents a paradigm shift, enabling everyone to participate in and benefit from the economy. But how do we scale it up? Community investment funds offer a way to efficiently tap into community capital and expand opportunities for everyone in every community to invest in their own community. In this workshop, we will discuss why investment funds can be such a powerful transformative tool, and we will provide an overview of the various legal strategies that you can use to build a fund in your own community.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Beckon

Brian Beckon

Principal, Cutting Edge Counsel
Brian is an attorney with over twenty-five years of experience working for nonprofits, start-ups, and publicly-traded companies. As a principal of both Cutting Edge Capital and Cutting Edge Counsel, Brian’s work is now focused on direct public offerings, corporate structuring, and strategies for community capital to help build a more equitable economy. Brian has served as General Counsel for RSF Social Finance, Clean Power Finance, and LendZoan; and before that as Corporate C... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Kaplan

Sarah Kaplan

Attorney, Cutting Edge Counsel Inc.
Legal stuff re: co-ops and raising capital. Also permaculture.


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
HGA Classroom 204

9:00am

Cooperativism for Latinos living in the US: Challenges and opportunities

English bellow  (workshop will be in spanish- translated into english)

Estamos invitando a este espacio inmigrantes Latin@s para compartir sus experiencias, retos y logros tratando de crear un mundo mas justo y equitativo para nuestras comunidades mediante el cooperativismo. Muchos de nosotros traemos experiencias ricas de cooperativismo de nuestros paises, familias, vecindarios, trabajo y de la sociedad en general, pero cuando llegamos a los Estados Unidos nos encontramos en medio de un sistema capitalista que limita nuestra vision. Esperamos que en este espacio podamos comenzar a desarrollar una red de apoyo para Latin@s haciendo este trabajo y podamos empezar a identificar nuestro papel como latin@s en este movimiento de Economia Solidaria.

We are inviting to this space for Latinx immigrants to share your experiences, challenges and opportunities trying to create a more just and equitable world for our communities through cooperativism (challenges and opportunities). Many of us bring rich experiences of cooperativism from our countries at the family, neighborhood, work and society levels, but when we get to US we found ourselves caught up within a capitalist structure that limits our vision. We hope that at this space we can start developing a support network of Latinos doing this work and try to identify what is our role as Latinos in this new Solidarity Economy movement.

 

 


Speakers
LA

Liliana Avendaño

coordinator, CCDS
IG

Indira Garmendia

Secretary, CCDS
CR

Catalina Rojas

Board Member, CCDS
avatar for Luz Zambrano

Luz Zambrano

Coordinator, Center for Cooperative Development and Solidarity


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
CEC Classroom 217-218 D

9:00am

Creating a Just Capital Fund for your Community
What does just capital and community-controlled finance look like? What have we learned already from emerging experiments in democratic and community-controlled finance? Through this workshop, Transform Finance, Solidago Foundation, and the Boston Ujima Project will introduce participants to the concept of a community-controlled capital fund, highlight Ujima’s work with a capital fund to scale the solidarity economy in Boston, and encourage participants to envision what a fund would look like in their own communities.

Speakers
avatar for Hendrix Berry

Hendrix Berry

Fund Strategist, Boston Ujima Project
NE

Nia Evans

Director, Boston Ujima Project
Nia Evans is the Director of the Boston Ujima Project. Nia joined Ujima's executive leadership after serving as a co-founder and Steering Committee member. Nia also is the former Executive Director of the Boston NAACP, as well as an accomplished policy analyst and researcher.
avatar for Eric Horvath

Eric Horvath

Program Manager, Transform Finance
avatar for Pierre Joseph

Pierre Joseph

Program Associate, Solidago Foundation


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
HGA Classroom 203

9:00am

Fighting for a Public Bank: How, Why, and Where
This workshop will spotlight a range of efforts to build municipal public banks across the U.S. and describe how public banks can push back against Wall Street while serving the public good, support campaigns for divestment, and expand fair access to banking services. Members of the Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland will share their experience with grassroots organizing and working with elected officials and banking experts to gain city support for a feasibility study and develop a robust governance proposal. Lewis Reed, President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, will discuss the task force to study public banking recently created by his legislation. An organizer with the New Economy Project will discuss the recently-launched Public Bank NYC coalition and campaign, grounded in a vision for racial, environmental and economic justice.

Speakers
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Sylvia Chi

Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland
Sylvia Chi is a cannabis business attorney and volunteer member of both the Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland and Defenders of Mother Earth-Huichin, an indigenous-led, Oakland-based grassroots coalition following the call from Standing Rock to divest from banks that fund the extractive... Read More →
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Ali Issa

Coalition Organizer, New Economy Project
Ali is lead organizer for the NYC public bank campaign, which New Economy Project coordinates in coalition with community, labor and base-building groups. Ali previously worked with War Resisters League, organizing against police militarization and helping build cross-community coalitions... Read More →
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Debbie Notkin

Member, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland
I'm a lifelong activist, currently focused on public banking, and understanding/closing the racial wealth and income gaps. Also deeply versed in body image issues (very widely interpreted) and science fiction, especially feminist science fiction.
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Lewis Reed

President, Board of Aldermen, City of St. Louis
Lewis Reed has spent over two decades serving the people of St. Louis in elected office, civic and charitable involvement. He is currently the President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen and serves as the head of the legislative branch of city government. Reed is the first African-American... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
CEC Classroom 211-212 A

9:00am

Healing Justice & Collective Care in Our Movements
As calls for self-care become popularized in mainstream and activist culture and we are bombarded by consumerist individualist pursuits of wellbeing, healing justice offers a transformative framework that can transition us to collective rhythms that support our lives together. Moving the needs of our personal lives out of the market back into our communities is an essential part of how we organize together.

Speakers
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Alyson Thompson

Community Liason, The 4A Project
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Kate Werning

Founder, Healing Justice Podcast
Kate is the creator and host of Healing Justice Podcast, a virtual practice space resourcing activists and organizers with weekly conversations and practices to sustain their work for social change. Kate is a decade-long community organizer, social movement trainer with Momentum... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
HGA Classroom 219

9:00am

Learning from the UK: Connecting Politics to Local Economic Democracy Efforts
Something remarkable is happening in the UK. The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is articulating an economic platform grounded in “alternative models of ownership” that outlines what an economy that works for the many, not the few, could look like. Come watch the premier of independent journalist Laura Flanders’ (of The Laura Flanders Show) new video documentary telling this powerful story, followed by conversations with the Next System Project’s European Representative and a leader from Cooperation Buffalo who will discuss what lessons the US Left can learn about how a popular economic agenda can be built from the bottom up.

Speakers
avatar for Harper Bishop

Harper Bishop

Director of Equitable Development, Open Buffalo
has nearly a decade’s worth of experience in training grassroots leaders, advocating for progressive policies, and organizing for economic and social justice in his hometown, most recently as the Director of Equitable Development at Open Buffalo. In this position he has worked with... Read More →
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Laura Flanders

Journalist, The Laura Flanders Show
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Sarah McKinley

European Representative, Next System Project, The Democracy Collaborative
Sarah McKinley is Manager of Community Development Programs for The Democracy Collaborative and the European Representative for the Next System Project, working out of her home-office in Brussels, Belgium. She manages the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building, a multi-year... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
HGA Classroom 220

9:00am

Owning Our Advocacy: Creating a Democratic Process for Worker Cooperative Policy Development
In this workshop we will explore how to center worker owner voices and/or those most impacted in the development of policy and advocacy strategies as we push forward efforts to support democratic ownership. What kind of training and capacity building is needed? What kinds of processes can we develop that help move policy efforts forward and also allow for significant feedback loops? What kinds of expertise do we need to translate real needs into policy asks, and help translate policy to be understood by those that have been historically left out of policy spaces in the past?

Speakers
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Yassi Eskandari

Policy Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center
I am Policy Director and Board President of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a nonprofit based in Oakland, CA. I focus primarily on the center's Transformative Policymakers project (theselcorg/transform_policy), worker cooperatives, food systems, and renewable energy. Last year... Read More →
avatar for Kate Spasic

Kate Spasic

founder, Bikes&Humans Cooperative
Human being. Meditator. Community Builder. Love spreader. Social justice activist. Cyclist. Favorite quote: "A bicycle is an invention that was in many ways ahead of its time, and whose time has finally come" Bike Snob NYC
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Saduf Syal

Coordinating Director, NYC NOWC
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Steph Wiley

Founder, Brooklyn Packers


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
HGA Classroom 215 3026 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

9:00am

Planting Poetry as Visionary Resistance
This session honors the power of poetry and food in shifting culture, expanding possibilities, and shaping revolutionary ideas and actions. Celebrating food as poetry and poetry as food, we will explore poems, including some authored by the facilitators, as an avenue for visionary resistance and food as an art form worthy of political study and investment.

Speakers
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Hnin Hnin

Executive Director, CoFED
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Dominique Pearson

Program Coordinator, CoFED


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
HGA Classroom 214

9:00am

Story Shift Film Salon
How can we create, amplify, resource and support community accountable media that can inspire, tell, and shift the story of just transition and building the new economy? In this highly participatory salon, we will explore the principles and praxis of StoryShift, a new initiative building a generative future through a just and equitable transition away from exploitation of people and the planet. We'll move, sing, watch some inspiring stories, and discuss how together, we can seed, root, and nurture the long-term collaborations, resources, and vision needed for us to fundamentally shift our relationships to each other, to the planet, and to the way in which we tell the story of how this work is happening. We aim to spur innovations necessary to achieve what is possible on the long road to liberation, justice, and sustainability.

Short films we will be screening as part of this session include:

MORE ABOUT STORYSHIFT
StoryShift is part resource network, part production hub, and part skill-share system for artist-organizers working with intention and integrity. StoryShift is a collaborative initiative that aims to resource and support individual leaders, media-makers, artists, and community-based organizations who are building powerful alternatives to structural racism, oppression, and inequity in the face of climate change. 

StoryShift  is based on the belief that powerful community-centered stories can seed solutions for justice and sustainability, and bring people from various backgrounds and geographies together to learn from each other while increasing their collective impact. From racist policing, to mass deportations, and devastation from hurricanes fueled by a warming climate – we are facing threats to our very existence. Yet in the midst of this, we are doing more than saying “No.” We are actively building new systems and structures – even in a moment full of of new threats. This makes up the crux of the stories StoryShift will help to produce, support, and amplify.

Facilitated by Jayeesha Dutta, Luisa Dantas, and Rachel Plattus



Speakers
avatar for Luisa Dantas

Luisa Dantas

filmmaker, JoLu Productions
Brasilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas works at the intersection of storytelling, social justice and cities. She produced and directed the multi-platform documentary Land of Opportunity, which chronicles the reconstruction of New Orleans through the eyes of those on the frontlines... Read More →
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Anna Lee

Co-director, Working Films
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Rachel Plattus

Co-Editor, Beautiful Solutions



Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
HGA Classroom 206

9:00am

Strategies for Reclaiming Land for Communities
Across the nation, communities are taking their fate into their own hands. Our workshop brings together community based organizations from Oakland, Buffalo, and New York City who are making real progress in leveraging community power, keeping land in the hands of The People, and permanently removing land from the speculative market. This is a space for organizers working to establish community land trusts and other forms of democratically-controlled housing and land to build community, share triumphs and roadblocks, and troubleshoot strategies for decommodifying land and housing

Speakers
avatar for Noni Session

Noni Session

Communications Director, East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative
Noni Session is a Native Oaklander, Librarian and Cultural Anthropologist. Her research and organizing work spans national and global arenas. After a successful run for Oakland City Council in 2016 she realized that the development of an independent cooperative economy was her community’s... Read More →
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India Walton

Community Organizer, Open Buffalo
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Lauren Wilfong

New Economy Project


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
CEC Pro Dev 204

9:00am

Walk the Talk of Equality: Exploring Inclusive Decision Making
Often, our mission-driven organizations form as a response or alternative to the destructive power dynamics in the mainstream hyper-capitalist and oppressive systems, and yet as often as not, we end up replicating the power dynamics and lack of inclusivity of the wider culture inside our groups. In this session, three practitioners explore creative and tension points between different approaches to consensus and consent-based decision-making.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Fisher-McGinty

Rebecca Fisher-McGinty

Communications Wizard, Round Sky Solutions
Rebecca Fisher-McGinty joined Round Sky Solutions as the Communications Lead to manifest and better understand her vision for economic justice and process. She’s always had a strong sense of the power that our processes have to shape the direction of teams, relationships, and even... Read More →
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Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Co-Founder, Sociocracy for All
Jerry Koch-Gonzalez is a co-founder of Sociocracy for All and co-author of Many Voices One Song: Shared Power with Sociocracy. Jerry has served on the Boards of United for A Fair Economy, Class Action, the National Coalition Building Institute, and the Life Center Community Land Trust.--Jerry... Read More →
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Yana Ludwig

Yana Ludwig Training and Consulting
Yana Ludwig is a cooperative culture pioneer, intentional communities advocate and anti-oppression activist. She serves on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Community and works as a local chapter coach for Showing Up for Racial Justice. Her latest book, Together Resilient... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
HGA Classroom 205

9:00am

What Are We For? Exploring Socialist Alternatives
The purpose of this workshop is to help participants understand the historical and proposed alternatives to capitalism, and to debate their merits and disadvantages. We will play the "Comparative Systems" game that will clarify how different economic systems give different stakeholders decision-making power and influence important outcomes. We will conclude with a discussion of different new economy models and the democratic planning vs. market socialism debate.

Speakers
avatar for Francisco Perez

Francisco Perez

Outreach Director, Center for Popular Economics
Francisco Perez is a solidarity economy activist, working as an economic development professional with frontline communities in Senegal, Sierra Leone, Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Francisco is a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in economics and a member... Read More →
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Aaron Tanaka

Director, Center for Economic Democracy
Aaron Tanaka is a Boston-based community organizer, grantmaker, and impact investor. As the director of the Center for Economic Democracy, Aaron stewards funding and technical assistance to grassroots groups that build power and vision in low-income communities of color for a new... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
HGA Classroom 218

9:00am

Youth Climate Justice Assembly
We will be inviting young people and folks who work with young people to participate in a conversation around the challenges/barriers young people face in regards to environmental justice organizing and the opportunities for building a stronger, more collective movement.

Speakers
avatar for Hope Ghazala

Hope Ghazala

Trainings Coordinator, Power Shift Network
Hope is a queer, Muslim, Egypt-o-Rican, who continuously devotes themselves to gender, ethnic and racial equity. As a Social Worker and community capacity builder, Hope has grounded themself in fostering leadership development, particularly for young people of color. Experiences working... Read More →
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Alexandra Lindstrom

student, Washington University in St. Louis
Allie is a student organizer at Washington University in St. Louis. She helps lead Fossil Free WashU, the school’s fossil fuel divestment campaign. She’s always working to center environmental justice in her work. She is also a part of Title Mine, a movement to build resources... Read More →
avatar for Meagan Lyle

Meagan Lyle

Network Organizer, Power Shift Network
Meagan is a Network Organizer at the Power Shift Network who is based in Birmingham AL. At PSN, she focuses on engaging and supporting student leaders from 2-year college campuses organize around climate and environmental justice issues. In addition, she helps facilitate collaboration... Read More →
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Jessie Thornton

Student & Organizer, Fossil Free WashU, Shawnee Hills and Hollers
Jessie Thornton is a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis who has been organizing with the Fossil Free WashU divestment campaign since her freshman year. Along with peers, she helped to rebuild and relaunch the divestment campaign, engage a strong membership base, and... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
CEC Classroom 215-216 C

11:00am

Workshop Block 2 / Emergent Conversations B
Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:00am

Building Powerful and Thriving Groups
Strong, healthy, thriving groups are essential to build powerful movements and reach our vision of an economy that works for everyone. Following the launch of PeoplesHub, a new online movement school, we will dig into who we are, what we do, and why we believe online training has a role in strengthening local work for justice and transformation. We'll also explore some of the ingredients we believe are essential to cultivating healthy group culture.

Speakers
avatar for Jess Grady-Benson

Jess Grady-Benson

Trainer & Trainings Coordinator, PeoplesHub
Jess Grady-Benson is an artist, organizer, and facilitator living in Seattle, WA. She currently works with PeoplesHub online movement school as a trainer, curriculum developer, and member of the Core Team. Before joining PeoplesHub, Jess organized with multiple environmental and... Read More →
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Jeanne Rewa

PeoplesHub


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 205

11:00am

Community Capital in the Digital Age
From investment crowdfunding to blockchain technologies, there are new digital tools available to move money in local economies. With the assistance of online portals, marketplaces, and new securities laws, these tools can be used to finance businesses and community projects, create local currencies, capitalize community investment funds, and much more. Speakers Amy Campbell Bogie of the National Coalition for Community Capital and Croatan Institute and Scott Morris of Ithacash, AmeriQoin, and Bancor will share expertise, ideas, and case studies to teach you how to use these tools in your community.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Bogie

Amy Bogie

Executive Director, NC3; Associate, Croatan Institute, National Coalition for Community Capital (NC3), Croatan Institute
Amy Campbell Bogie is passionate about growing sustainable local economies, with more than eight years’ experience building networks and organizations in the community economic development sector. Her research and consulting practice focus on community-based financing opportunities... Read More →
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Scott Morris

Founder, AmeriQoin
Blockchain; Token economics; Designing token models for impact; Community capital funds; Participatory economics; Community currency; Marketplaces supporting locality, affinity, solidarity, and/or utility; How we beat the billionaires


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 203

11:00am

Dismantling Class Privilege to Build Cross Class Power
Class privilege is rarely talked about or examined in activist spaces, which means that social justice organizing can inadvertently replicate classism and can exclude poor and working class leaders. This workshop will provide concrete tools for people to recognize and counter class privilege to build cross-class solidarity. This 101 training is open to people of all ages and class backgrounds, and is geared toward both people of color with class privilege and white people with class privilege in the top 25% of the US economy.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Abbott

Sarah Abbott

Director of Resource Mobilization, Resource Generation
Sarah (she/her) is the Director of Resource Mobilization at Resource Generation. Sarah has been on staff at RG since 2011 and involved as a wealthy member since attending Making Money Make Change during her senior year of college in 2009. She was a founding member of the Hummingbird... Read More →
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Kaitlin Gravitt

Campaign Director, Resource Generation


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 214

11:00am

From Divest to Reinvest: Moving Resources & Power into Frontline Community Control for a Just Transition
What will it take to build a movement to Divest from racism, colonialism and ecological collapse and Reinvest in a new system? How can we reinvest in growing solutions to social, climate and economic crises that are led by those who have been most impacted? This workshop will grapple with these questions and provide an opportunity to share stories of divestment and of building local non-extractive economic infrastructure to support a local just transition strategies.

Speakers
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Lupe Romero Elicea

Just Transition Loan Fund Project Steward, Climate Justice Alliance
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Vivian Huang

Campaign & Organizing Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
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Loren White Jr

Indigenous Environmental Network
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Yuki Kidokoro

National Organizer, Climate Justice Alliance
Yuki Kidokoro is CJA’s National Organizer for Reinvest in Our Power, supporting strategies to move money from the extractive economy and towards building local regenerative economies. After graduate studies in Urban Planning at UCLA, Yuki spent 15 years at Communities for a Better... Read More →
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Alyssa Lee

Director of Campus Programs, Better Future Project
I am the Campus Programs Manager with Better Future Project, a grassroots climate action organization in Massachusetts. I provide coaching, training, and mentorship to student fossil fuel divestment organizers. Up until recently, I've mostly focused on Massachusetts and the surrounding... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
CEC Pro Dev 204

11:00am

Just Transition to a Feminist Economy
Just Transition is an environmental justice framework that insists that, through following leadership of grassroots communities of color and white working class people, we can develop intentional pathways away from extractive economies toward regenerative local living economies. We must confront patriarchy alongside racism and capitalism and recognize gender as a critical lens as we develop an alternative economic model that prioritizes people and planet over profit. Without an insistence on grassroots feminism, we run the risk of transitioning to another economy that thrives off the degradation and exploitation of women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people.

Speakers
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Priya Johnson

Political Coordinator, Grassroots Global Justice


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
CEC Classroom 213-214 B

11:00am

Local Victories Reveal a Path to Ambitious Climate Equity Nationally
Can you envision a movement that simultaneously centers racial and economic equity, tackles climate change, and fights for good union jobs? Local movements across the country are already leading the way in pushing for policies to support a just transition to a clean energy economy. By building on local victories, progressives have an opportunity to build a powerful cross-sector, multiracial movement for good jobs and climate equity.

Speakers
avatar for Colette Pichon Battle

Colette Pichon Battle

Executive Director, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy
Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. serves as Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) developing programs focused on Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice, and Equitable Disaster Recovery. In 2015 Colette was selected as an Echoing... Read More →
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Jim Irby

Training and Facilitation Circle Convener, Philly Thrive
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Adrien Salazar

Campaign Strategist, Dēmos
Adrien Salazar supports advancing climate change policy that centers racial and economic equity through partnerships with local, state, and national movement partners. Adrien is an organizer, political ecologist, and writer who advocates for just and regenerative visions for our economies... Read More →
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Anthony Torres

Campaign Strategist, Living Economy Program, Sierra Club


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
CEC Classroom 211-212 A

11:00am

Mobilizing Data to Combat Mass Incarceration and Build the New Economy in Post-Industrial Cities
Throughout the country, post-industrial cities are rapidly developing through models of displacement, exploitation, and incarceration. In this workshop, participants will learn from members of Team TIF, a tax incentive reform collective, and Decarcerate STL, an anti-mass incarceration campaign, on how to use publicly sourced data to inform organizing. Topics will focus on the intersections of tax reform and public budgets, equitable development, and mass incarceration, although skills can be used in a variety of contexts.

Speakers
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Glenn Burleigh

Community Engagement Specialist, EHOC
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Nay'Chelle Harris

Member, Team TIF
Nay’Chelle Harris is a member of Team TIF, a tax incentive reform collective, and a fair housing educator based in St. Louis, MO. As an activist, she enjoys doing the behind the scenes work of translating complex or “boring” policy issues into relatable content for political... Read More →
avatar for Kennard Williams

Kennard Williams

Community Organizer, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE)
Born and raised in St. Louis, Mo, Kennard Williams is a community organizer with MORE (Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment), a social justice organization focused on climate, economy, and justice reform. Kennard works on MORE's Decarcerate STL campaign, a campaign focused... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 215 3026 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

11:00am

Our Cities: Participatory Budgeting for Inclusion and Equity
Participatory Budgeting (PB) has been used in the United States for nearly 10 years in cities, districts and schools. What has the impact been in communities so far? What opportunities are there to use PB to make democracy more equitable and inclusive? In this workshop, we’ll cover PB basics and focus on how people are using this as a way to rebuild civic power.

Speakers
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Olga Bautista

Director of Community Leadership, Our City Our Voice
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Maria Hadden

Executive Director, Our City Our Voice
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Vincent Russell

Graduate Part-Time Instructor, University of Colorado Boulder
I'm a doctoral student studying the ways communicative practices promote democracy, activism, and social justice. For three years, I was the president of the grassroots organizing effort Participatory Budgeting Greensboro that secured the city’s first PB process in 2015 with $500,000... Read More →
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Valerie Warren

Director of Network and Strategic Development, Our City Our Voice
Building power by reclaiming our stories and raising our voices; Organizing the South; Spreadsheets; My teenagers and/or my cats.


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 218

11:00am

PACA's 20 BookClubs, 20 Cooperative Businesses: Reimaging Cooperative Development in Marginalized Communities Through Study and Democratic Practices
In 2016-2017 the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) implemented a co-op development strategy rooted in the history of black Americans creating and sustaining co-ops beginning with the formation of bookclubs. Throughout the program, PACA supported nearly 200 people - through a study process to learn more about the cooperative business model, identify the need they wanted their potential co-op to fill, and ultimately learn how to work together through democratic and cooperative practices to achieve their goal. In this workshop, PACA will share how it developed its strategy, go through its process for implementing the program, and lessons learned and corrections made along the way.

Speakers
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Jamila Medley

Executive Director, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 219

11:00am

Performing Habitus: A Collaborative Transformation Game
This workshop frames habitus – the different physical/cultural ways we move in the world – as a performative game. As we play, we will explore collaboration, non-exploitive and extractive principles, and behavioral reflection through embodied interaction, thereby creating a fleeting micro-culture that addresses some of the key questions of equity, justice, and direct  democracy.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Neff

Beth Neff

Executive Director, MARSH
Beth Neff is a recent transplant to St. Louis, having sold her organic vegetable farm in Michigan to purchase and renovate a mixed use building in South City, the new home of MARSH, a not-for-profit life-art laboratory where she and community partners will be “materializing and... Read More →
avatar for Esther Neff

Esther Neff

Founder, PPL
Life-art and social arts practitioner, organizer, bioculturalist: interested in intentional and creative strategies for alternative cultural habitus (food, housing, culture), intersections between activism and cultural practice, intentional/intersectional community-formation, mutualist... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 206

11:00am

Policy, Power, and the Radical Imagination
How can concrete, on-the-ground examples of the institutions of a new economy—like worker cooperatives, community land trusts, and public banks—work to open up a sense of radical possibility around systemic alternatives? What kind of organizing then makes possible new policy solutions that help scale and replicate these models? And how do we keep this circuit from idea to action and back again ratcheting up towards truly transformative change (and not just incremental reforms)? This panel and discussion will look at how projects building pieces of the new economy can inspire larger movements, and what these movements can do in turn to lay the groundwork for further projects to take root and grow.

Speakers
avatar for John Duda

John Duda

Director of Communications, The Democracy Collaborative
Heading up outreach, publicity, publishing, and field building for The Democracy Collaborative's efforts to catalyze a more democratic economy. Also a founding worker-owner at Baltimore's Red Emma's.
avatar for Ali Issa

Ali Issa

Coalition Organizer, New Economy Project
Ali is lead organizer for the NYC public bank campaign, which New Economy Project coordinates in coalition with community, labor and base-building groups. Ali previously worked with War Resisters League, organizing against police militarization and helping build cross-community coalitions... Read More →
avatar for Sarah McKinley

Sarah McKinley

European Representative, Next System Project, The Democracy Collaborative
Sarah McKinley is Manager of Community Development Programs for The Democracy Collaborative and the European Representative for the Next System Project, working out of her home-office in Brussels, Belgium. She manages the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building, a multi-year... Read More →
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Peter Sabonis

Director Legal Strategies, NESRI


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
HGA Auditorium

11:00am

Scaling Employee Ownership
Sharing three strategies for scaling employee ownership; local ecosystem organizing; shared services and purchasing coops (in partnership with organized labor); and increasing impact investing in EO conversions.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Armeni

Andrea Armeni

Executive Director, Transform Finance
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Jennie Msall

Business Strategist, The ICA Group
avatar for Sarah Stranahan

Sarah Stranahan

Senior Editorial Associate, The Democracy Collaborative
I am Treasurer of the board of NEC and a long time organizer of the new economy movement. I am excited by all of the fresh young energy in the space and want to hear what you are excited about.


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 220

11:00am

Self Care, Sisterhood & Sustainability
Two Visionary Founders of Grassroots (or Radical) Collectives in St. Louis Share Stories and Skills. We will explore the relationship of self development in mother communities, sister circles and our support networks. We are using our eight year span of self, (co) and social development as an ethnographic share of our practice in sustainability, community organizing, ancestral connection and partnered impact through a mixed media, ephemera and guided, group centered discussion.


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 204

11:00am

Technology for the New Economy
Last year, over 50 front-line technologists gathered at the Highlander Center to talk about our political relationship with the activist movement (including the new economy movement) and within our community. What does our movement need from us? What do we need from it? Based on the Movement Technologist Statement that came out of that gathering, we'll explore those issues with our panel and the attendees in an open discussion.

Speakers
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Alfredo Lopez

Outreach Coordinator, May First/People Link
Alfredo Lopez, a founder and leader of May First/People Link, is in his 50th year as a movement activist.
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Micky Metts

Hacker, Agaric
Micky is a member of visionary Agaric, a tech co-op in the “free software for community building” movement - using tools like VOIP, Drupal and GNU/Linux. She is liaison between the US Solidarity Economy Network (SEN) - devoted to ongoing dialog on building the network - and US... Read More →
avatar for René Pérez

René Pérez

IT Manager, NEC
Hi, I'm from the internet. At NEC, I do all the tech work. I also founded ActSecure.org for doing digital security trainings and support for social justice organizers in the Boston area, just became a co-executive director at SecuringChange.org, and I'm on the board at the Lucy Parsons... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
CEC Classroom 215-216 C

11:00am

Towards a People's Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico faces challenges on many fronts, most of which are exacerbated by the colonial relationship with the United States and the hurricanes that hit the country on 2017. Fortunately, organizers in Puerto Rico are proactively building their own anti-colonial projects, that seek to empower and heal Puerto Ricans through the process of challenging the colonial regime that has dominated for 120 years. Come hear from grassroots organizers building worker owned cooperatives and emancipatory education models speak about their current challenges and hopes for the future.

Speakers
avatar for JUSTO MENDEZ ARAMBURU

JUSTO MENDEZ ARAMBURU

GENERAL COORDINATOR, VAMOS PUERTO RICO
avatar for Carlos Figueroa-Robles

Carlos Figueroa-Robles

Campus Committee Member, Universidad sin Fronteras
I’m currently a grad student in management and development of cooperatives and community-based organizations at The University of Puerto Rico. Education Program Director at Harimau Conservation; and Project Coordinator in a workers cooperative for heritage interpreters at a natural... Read More →
avatar for Reynaldo Padilla

Reynaldo Padilla

Universidad Sin Fronteras
avatar for Nicolle Teresa Ramos

Nicolle Teresa Ramos

Campus coordinator, Universidad Sin Fronteras
I arrive from the archipielago of Puerto Rico. We are at this moment in a huge struggle for our sovereignty, our resources, schools, health, agriculture, and our economy. I am a puertorican single mom, organizer, worker, community doula, and many other things. An interdisciplinary... Read More →
avatar for Alejandra M. Alicea Ríos

Alejandra M. Alicea Ríos

Collabolator, UNSIF
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Ana Yris Guzman Torres

EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT, NUESTRA ESCUELA PUERTO RICO
Co founder and Executive President of Nuestra Escuela in Puerto Rico. Project based learning alternative school focused on development of entrepreneurship skills and social solidarity economy.


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
CEC Classroom 217-218 D

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday June 23, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Hall

2:30pm

Saturday Plenary: "Owning Local Power"
For Saturday's plenary, we'll hear a dope performance by Ill Dialects, followed by our final keynote panel on "Owning Local Power".

Keynote Panel: "Owning Local Power"
If we’re serious about achieving a new economy, all of us need to build and contest for power at the local level. Saturday’s keynote panel will bring three leaders -- Rebecca Kemble, Doria Robinson, and Jorge Ortiz -- in conversation with one another about different strategies and approaches to building local power. Drawing on their own varied experiences as community-organizers, the panel will grapple with the challenge of how to accelerate and scale solidarity economy organizing in place and for the long haul.

Speakers
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Eli Feghali

Communications Director, New Economy Coalition
Eli Feghali is Communications Director at the New Economy Coalition and Co-Editor of Beautiful Solutions. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Eli immigrated to the US with his parents when he was one-year-old to escape the civil war. Through NEC and Beautiful Solutions, Eli works to tell the... Read More →
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Rebecca Kemble

Alderperson, City of Madison, WI
Rebecca Kemble is a worker-owner at Union Cab Cooperative where she drives taxi on the weekend night shift. She is the past President of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and serves on the Executive Board of CICOPA worldwide. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the... Read More →
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Jorge Diaz Ortiz

Artistic Director, AgitArte
Jorge Díaz Ortiz is a cultural worker/popular educator, community organizer, mask/puppet maker and performer from Santurce, Puerto Rico. He is the Artistic Director of AgitArte, a working class artists' organization engaging with frontline communities in cultural solidarity projects... Read More →
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Doria Robinson

Steering Committee Member - Executive Director, Cooperation Richmond - Urban Tilth
Doria is 3rd generation resident of Richmond, California and the Executive Director of Urban Tilth, a community based organization rooted in Richmond dedicated to cultivating a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. Urban Tilth hire and train residents to cultivate agriculture... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
HGA Auditorium

4:00pm

Whose Streets? Film Screening
Limited Capacity seats available

HOW THE KILLING OF 18 YEAR OLD MIKE BROWN INSPIRED A COMMUNITY TO FIGHT BACK.


A PEOPLE'S DOCUMENTARY

The activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice bring you Whose Streets? - a documentary about the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and then left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. louis County. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. In the days that follow, artists, musicians, teachers and parents turn into freedom fighters, standing on the front lines to demand justice. As the national guard descends on Ferguson, a small suburb of St. Louis, with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new wave of resistance.For this generation, the battle is not for civil rights, but for the right to live.

Speakers
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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 June 23, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Emerson Theater Harris-Stowe State University, 3026 Laclede Ave St. Louis, MO 63103

4:00pm

Site Visit: Black Girl Heal
Limited Capacity seats available

The Black Girl Heal experience is a sacred space filled with dance, poetry and healing circles. Black Girl Heal will include a wide variety of mediators, activities, and tools to assist you on your journey to mastering self and obtaining balance.
What to expect :
  1. small groups / breakout sessions lead by women psychologists, healers, and counselors
  2. handouts / workbooks to aid in the journaling process
  3. community of sisterhood
  4. testimonials, storytelling
  5. proactive tools demonstrating how to obtain healing
  6. teas, herbs, and spices
Our goal is that you would leave refreshed and equipped with practical and effective methods to continue healing.
Please note: You must identify as a black woman to register for this site visit.

50% of ticket sales for this site visit will directly support Black Girl Heal.

We will provide shuttle transportation for all site visits that depart and return to the shuttle stop at Harris-Stowe State University. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your departure time to check in and board the bus.

Tickets are $20. Advanced ticket purchase is required at commonbound.eventbrite.com. Tickets may not be purchased on the bus.

Saturday June 23, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Shuttle Departure Point

4:00pm

Site Visit: North St. Louis County Workday
Limited Capacity seats available

The St. Louis Metropolitan Area includes St. Louis City and County. Locally, St. Louis County is divided by directions, known as South County, West County, and North County. Although St. Louis County is the second highest income-producing region in Missouri, economic disparity still exists within North County, which includes the Ferguson municipality. This tour will include a firsthand look at suburban decay and sprawl within North County and the many ways the local community is working on regional improvement and economic development.

This tour will be led by A Red Circle, an organization working to achieve racial equity, increase healthy food access, and promote economic activity within the north St. Louis County communities.

The tour also includes a short workday at United People Market, a locally-based not-for-profit, healthy food market located in Dellwood, Missouri, which is an economically stressed municipality in north St. Louis County. The market sells organic, produce, good for you meats, and locally sourced sauces and other food items at a fraction of the cost of traditional healthy food stores.

We will provide shuttle transportation for all site visits that depart and return to the shuttle stop at Harris-Stowe State University. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your departure time to check in and board the bus.

Tickets are $20. The cost of the tour will cover transportation, light refreshments, and service project materials. Advanced ticket purchase is required at commonbound.eventbrite.com. Tickets may not be purchased on the bus.

Saturday June 23, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Shuttle Departure Point

4:00pm

Site Visit: Pruitt-Igoe
Limited Capacity seats available

“In the early 1950s, Pruitt-Igoe, a vast public housing project, arose on 57 acres on the near north side of St. Louis. Barely 20 years after construction, the 33 eleven-story buildings that made up the complex were razed, and the vacant land that was once home to thousands of people was gradually reclaimed by a dense, neglected urban forest. What happened in-between is a story that tempts but also defies simple narratives. It is a story of interweaving and competing accounts, both then and now.” - from Images of America: Pruitt-Igoe
This tour will be led by St. Louis native, Bob Hansman, associate professor and a faculty fellow of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. In the early 1990s, he founded—and still directs, with his son Jovan—City Faces and the Jermaine Lamond Roberts Memorial Studio, in the Clinton-Peabody public housing project. Locally, he has received a Rosa Parks Award and a Dred Scott Freedom Award for his work.

For background on this tour, please watch the trailer for the documentary, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.
50% of ticket sales for this site visit will support City Faces and the Jermaine Lamond Roberts Memorial Studio.

 We will provide shuttle transportation for all site visits that depart and return to the shuttle stop at Harris-Stowe State University. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your departure time to check in and board the bus.

Tickets are $20. Advanced ticket purchase is required at commonbound.eventbrite.com. Tickets may not be purchased on the bus. 

Saturday June 23, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Shuttle Departure Point

4:00pm

Site Visit: The Griot Museum of Black History
Limited Capacity seats available

The Griot uses life-size wax figures, other art, artifacts, and memorabilia to interpret the stories of African Americans with a regional connection who have contributed to our country’s development. Visitors can “meet” and learn about Carter G. Woodson, Josephine Baker, Dred and Harriet Scott, Elizabeth Keckley, William Wells Brown, James Milton Turner, Clark Terry, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Earl. E. Nance Sr., Miles Davis, Madame C.J. Walker, York, Percy Green, Macler Shepard, Chief Sherman George, and others.

The Griot's interpretative program includes an authentic slave cabin, originally built on the Wright–Smith Plantation in Jonesburg, Missouri. Visitors can solve puzzles, view documentary videos, and “board” a scale model section of a ship that replicates those used to transport Africans to America during the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

50% of ticket sales for this site visit will directly support The Griot Museum.

 We will provide shuttle transportation for all site visits that depart and return to the shuttle stop at Harris-Stowe State University. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your departure time to check in and board the bus.

Tickets are $20. Advanced ticket purchase is required at commonbound.eventbrite.com. Tickets may not be purchased on the bus.

Saturday June 23, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Shuttle Departure Point

4:00pm

Site Visit: The Ville
Limited Capacity seats available

The United States is sprinkled with African-American communities that have endured segregation and discriminatory practices to become historical monuments of African-American culture. While we are familiar with popular names such as Harlem and Black Wallstreet, a lot of these communities still go unknown. St. Louis is home to one of those great cultural relics, the Ville. During the past century, the Ville stood as the cultural and academic epicenter of black St. Louis serving as home to internationally recognized institutions, educators, business and artists. Though the disparage of discriminatory practices have weighed heavily on the sustenance of the neighborhood, its greatest landmarks still remain reminding us of the legacy of the Ville. Join 4theVille as they take you on a tour of the Heat of the Ville, visiting landmarks and narrating the rich history of the community. The 4theVille tour combines historical narrative with testimony from residents that have lived through the rise and fall of the neighborhood. Tours are provided on foot and last roughly 60 minutes long. Tour attendees will also receive Ville heritage guides that will allow them to revisit and explore the neighborhood's relics in their own time.
This tour will be led by 4 the Ville, a partnership between Northside Community Housing and multi-generational Ville residents to celebrate and share the rich history of the Ville, a historic African American community in the heart of St. Louis, Missouri.

Tour followed by talkback.

50% of ticket sales for this site visit will directly support 4 the Ville.

 We will provide shuttle transportation for all site visits that depart and return to the shuttle stop at Harris-Stowe State University. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your departure time to check in and board the bus.

Tickets are $20. Advanced ticket purchase is required at commonbound.eventbrite.com. Tickets may not be purchased on the bus.

Saturday June 23, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Shuttle Departure Point

4:00pm

Site Visits/ Open Space
Saturday June 23, 2018 4:00pm - 7:30pm
TBA

5:30pm

#RadTalks
A series of "TedTalk" style presentations by some of the most dynamic and inspiring leaders in the new economy movement. Each talk will explore a different idea or big question that our movement needs to grapple with in this moment.

Speakers:

Amalya Livingston (Member, Cooperation Jackson) talking about the Community Production Initiative, a campaign to turn Jackson into an innovative hub of sustainable manufacturing and fabrication
Tishaura Jones (Treasurer, City of St. Louis) talking about municipal child savings programs, one of the recommended solutions in the Ferguson Commission Report 
Reg Flowers (Founder, Falconworks Theater Company) performing an excerpt of Black Conference, a play inspired Jessica Gordon Nehmbard’s book Collective Courage
Béatrice Alain (Director, Chantier de l'économie sociale) talking about the social solidarity economy in Québec, Canada
Priya Johnson (Political Coordinator, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance) talking about what a feminist economy looks like

Speakers
avatar for Béatrice Alain

Béatrice Alain

Director of Partnerships and Development, Chantier de l’économie sociale
Béatrice Alain is the Director of Partnerships and Development at the Chantier de l’économie sociale. The Chantier is an independent organisation that brings together actors and partners of the social economy in Quebec, in order to promote collective entrepreneurship and develop... Read More →
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Reg Flowers

Organizer, Falconworks Theater Company
Reg Flowers began their career as a theater artist, on and off- Broadway, with several guest starring television appearances. They are founder of Falconworks Theater Company a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that uses popular theater techniques to build capacities for civic engagement and... Read More →
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Priya Johnson

Political Coordinator, Grassroots Global Justice
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Tishaura Jones

Treasurer, Treasurer's Office, City of St. Louis
Tishaura O. Jones is the first woman to serve as Treasurer in the history of St. Louis. She is the city’s chief investment and cash management officer, and manages the city’s parking division. Treasurer Jones was recently elected to her second term. During her time in office... Read More →
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Amalya Livingston

Co-Anchor of the Community Production Center, Cooperation Jackson
Amalya Y. Livingston is a 21 years old native of Edwards, MS and a Honors/Distinction graduate of Pearl High School where she ranked 32nd out of 800+ peers.She is the second oldest of 5 children who are all Mississippi natives as well. When she is not occupied with being a full-time... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
HGA Auditorium

7:30pm

Dinner and Party
Join us for a time to connect, enjoying music, dancing, food, and fun! The Saturday Night Party will be held at Friends - A Meeting Place which is located at 716 N. Compton Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103 (a short 10 min walk/2 min drive north bound on Compton Ave from HSSU).

Entry to the party is free to all Commonbound registrants. 

Cash bar will be available. Live musical performances by Ryan Marquez Trio, Richie Kihlken, and Fresh Heir! The party starts at 7:30 PM. Don’t miss it!

Saturday June 23, 2018 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Friends - A Meeting Place 716 N. Compton Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
 
Sunday, June 24
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Sunday June 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Dining Hall

9:30am

Workshop Block 3 / Emergent Conversations C
Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
TBA

9:30am

A School and a Bus: Sharing Models for Just Recovery and Community Food Economies in Puerto Rico
The workshop focuses on two models for in Puerto Rico based on food sovereignty, community autonomy, and local economies: A public school that has avoided closure by adapting agroecology as a framework for education and resistance, and Fondo de Resiliencia de Puerto Rico, a 24-month action campaign with the ambitious goal of impacting 200 sustainable food projects. We will discuss how these projects support long-term resiliency through food and education, continue to build healthy local economies and challenge the existing food injustice in Puerto Rico throughout the process.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Rodríguez Besosa

Tara Rodríguez Besosa

El Departamento de la Comida, El Fondo de Resiliencia de Puerto Rico
Tara Rodríguez Besosa, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, 34 years of age. Tara is product of a colony that has been extracted, abused and made completely dependent on external resources. They are an architect building a world where agroecological concepts and queer practices are used... Read More →
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Carol Ramos

Graduate Student, Environmental Planning-University of Puerto Rico


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
CEC Classroom 217-218 D

9:30am

Asian American Solidarity Economies: Intersections and Possibilities
Asian Americans have been practicing mutual aid and cooperative economics since we first immigrated to the U.S. People lent money, shared resources, and provided mutual support when we were formally excluded from financial institutions, labor unions, and social protections. This is still true today. Our panel will explore the history of collective economic agency in Asian diasporic communities and connect it with contemporary examples and experiments in the United States.


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
HGA Classroom 206

9:30am

Better Living in Mutual Aid Networks
We will lead participants in a visioning exercise for how they would realize their dreams for their community through organizing fun and practical resource-sharing and -exchange activities in service to desired outcomes. We will then do a couple exercises - posh-terity budgeting and a Common Fund game - to show participants how they could apply their learning in a very practical way.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Kemble

Rebecca Kemble

Alderperson, City of Madison, WI
Rebecca Kemble is a worker-owner at Union Cab Cooperative where she drives taxi on the weekend night shift. She is the past President of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and serves on the Executive Board of CICOPA worldwide. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the... 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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Emanuel Taranu

Carpentry coach/ director of production, Citizen Carpentry


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
HGA Classroom 205

9:30am

Building Blocks for City Campaigns for a New Economy
While federal policy breakthroughs are rare, there have been a range of breakthroughs at the local level. On this panel, we will cover some of these emerging new economy policies, including victories in worker cooperatives, community land trusts, and local procurement policy‚ as well as identify some of the strategies and tactics can be employed to achieve those wins. This session will be highly interactive and will include small group breakouts.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Griego

Eric Griego

Consultant, UNM Center for Health Policy
Eric Griego is currently a strategic consultant working on local economic development issues for local governments, foundations and non-profit organizations. He was a former Assistant Secretary of Economic Development for the State of New Mexico, where he coordinated local and... Read More →
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Steve Dubb He/ Him

he/him, Nonprofit Quarterly
Steve Dubb is a senior editor at NPQ in Boston, Massachusetts, where he directs NPQ's economic justice program and writes, edits and curates discussions about economic democracy, co-ops, community wealth building, and the nonprofit sector. Steve has worked with cooperatives and nonprofits... Read More →
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Mike Sandmel

Campaign Organizer, New Economy Project
Mike Sandmel is an organizer with New Economy Project working to coordinate coalition efforts to advance cooperative economic development and economic democracy in New York City. He previously served for five years as Membership Director for the New Economy Coalition. Mike graduated... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
CEC Pro Dev 204

9:30am

Centering Love in Finance
How do we shift from investing in to being invested in the next economy? This training will explore relationship- and trust-based approaches to investing, including shifting power, personal anti-oppression work, and centering values in our financial work. We'll draw on the practices and tools developed by Be Invested, Regenerative Finance, and the Buen Vivir Fund to support participants in taking deeper shared risks while they're becoming invested in the next economy.

Speakers
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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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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 →
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Ari Sahagun

Be Invested Co-Founder; Network Weaver
Talk to me about being mixed heritage + embodying dualities, about network weaving and analysis, about redistributing power, about investing that centers love, reparations and decolonization
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Aaron Tanaka

Director, Center for Economic Democracy
Aaron Tanaka is a Boston-based community organizer, grantmaker, and impact investor. As the director of the Center for Economic Democracy, Aaron stewards funding and technical assistance to grassroots groups that build power and vision in low-income communities of color for a new... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
CEC Classroom 213-214 B

9:30am

Clean Power to the People! Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions
Energy Democracy‚ allowing for democratic decision-making over our energy system by energy users themselves, rather than by monopoly utilities and corporate fossil fuel companies‚ is key to a just, renewable energy transition. This collaborative session will examine case studies of programs and projects that have successfully incorporated principles of Energy Democracy.

Speakers
avatar for Shiva Patel

Shiva Patel

Renewable Energy Campaigner, Center for Biological Diversity
At the Center for Biological Diversity, Shiva co-leads the Population and Sustainability program’s renewable-energy work, with a focus on distributed community solar. Before joining the Center he worked on advocating, designing and building an equitable, inclusive community-owned... Read More →
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Charles Taylor

Strategic Consultant, One Voice
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Jessica Tovar

organizer, Local Clean Energy Alliance
Energy DemocracyCommunity Choice EnergyClean Energy SolutionsEnvironmental JusticeClimate Justice
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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 →


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
HGA Auditorium

9:30am

Creating Localized Farmland Commons
Come learn about innovative new models that evolve the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement to further and more holistically engage communities, strengthen farmland tenure security for local sustainable farms, create a long term structures to address soil and ecological stewardship, and bring forward a new relationship between money, soil, and humans for the benefit of community.

Speakers
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Ian McSweeney

Director, Agrarian Trust
Ian’s life work has focused on a passion for human connection to soil and food. In the first stage of his career as a Social Worker; working in school, residential, in-patient and community mental health settings, with a focus on developing and operationalizing several outdoor... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
HGA Classroom 214

9:30am

Creating Participatory Bylaws For Distributed Power and Equity
Organizational bylaws can be tools to create equitable, inclusive, and democratic spaces for collaboration. They can also be jargon-laden documents that give power to only the few people who understand them. In this workshop, we will deconstruct traditional legalistic approaches to bylaw drafting, and explore how to create participatory bylaws for cooperatives and nonprofits that democratize knowledge, build leadership within your organization, and protect our organizations from cooptation. (Bonus: there will be cartoons!)

Speakers
avatar for Simon Mont

Simon Mont

Catalyst, Harmonize: People, Power, Process
I help us build just, joyful, and effective organizations. I live in the space where governance, decision-making, healing, strategy, and liberation come to meet. I steward the Nonprofit Democracy Network, consult with directly with organizations, and offer community/personal healing... Read More →
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Chris Tittle

Director of Organizational Resilience, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Chris is a staff member at Sustainable Economies Law Center, a collective nonprofit in Oakland, CA. He co-leads the Law Center’s Housing, Worker Self-Directed Nonprofits, and Money & Finance Programs, and supports with grassroots fundraising, grant writing, and internal governance... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
HGA Classroom 204

9:30am

Fired Up & Burnt Out: Keeping It Together in Uncertain Times
How can we keep ourselves grounded as we participate in this movement moment? In our current political climate, we're seeing many new activists and increasing momentum but also increasing burnout and despair. This workshop shares strategies for how to collectively address burnout and make sure our movement work is sustainable. This hands-on workshop will use The Icarus Project resources, group exercises, and role plays to help activists get tools for sustainable resistance.

Speakers
avatar for Byul Yoon

Byul Yoon

Operations Director, The Icarus Project


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
HGA Classroom 219

9:30am

Health Equity for Workers
Health care is a vital need for all, and one of the biggest challenges for organizations. The U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives seeks to build partnerships to strengthen and share solutions to address the health of workers in the new economy movement as well as their families.

Speakers
avatar for Mo Manklang

Mo Manklang

Communications Director, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Mo Manklang is the Communications Director for the USFWC. She leads policy efforts at the federal level, as well as working with our membership on state and local initiatives, and heading up health benefits initiatives. She has been convening people in cooperatives and social impact... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
HGA Classroom 215 3026 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

9:30am

Making Art & Remaking Ourselves: A New Arts Economy for Justice
Artists are an important but often neglected part of the movement for a new economy. They are experimenting with new ways to meet their communities needs and express themselves in a time of great social turmoil. On this panel, we will discuss the movement for a new creative economy and strategize on how to harness the power of art for social change and in a time when art has become a tool in maintaining the status-quo.

Speakers
avatar for Reg Flowers

Reg Flowers

Organizer, Falconworks Theater Company
Reg Flowers began their career as a theater artist, on and off- Broadway, with several guest starring television appearances. They are founder of Falconworks Theater Company a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that uses popular theater techniques to build capacities for civic engagement and... Read More →
avatar for Adam Horowitz

Adam Horowitz

Chief Instigator, U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
Adam Horowitz is an artist, instigator, cultural organizer, and founder of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC). He’s also a co-convener of Nuns & Nones, bringing Women Religious and Millennials together in new communities of contemplation and social action. Adam wa... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Taiwo

Caroline Taiwo

Economic Opportunity Program Director, Springboard for the Arts
Caroline is the Economic Opportunity Program Director at Springboard for the Arts, a nationally recognized economic and community development organization based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Since joining Springboard in October 2017, Caroline has piloted the 20/20 Artist Fellowship program... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
CEC Classroom 215-216 C

9:30am

Move Your (or Your Organization's) Money
This workshop is for people and organizations who want to move their money out of corporate banks and into values aligned institutions and need help figuring out how to do so. The workshop will guide people through a template of items to consider, help them find better banking options, and work through the challenges that may arise.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Guttman-Slater

Emma Guttman-Slater

Policy Advocacy & Field Building Director, Beneficial State Foundation


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
HGA Classroom 203

9:30am

Sources of Community Capital
This workshop will use an analysis of sources and accumulations of surplus value to describe the mixed strategies of channeling capital back into the communities from which it was extracted.

Speakers

Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
CEC Classroom 211-212 A

9:30am

The Leap Manifesto: People's Platform as Organizing Tactic
The Leap Manifesto is a roadmap for how we can transition beyond fossil fuels in a way that creates a more just, fair, and caring world. The manifesto was initiated in the spring of 2015 at a two-day meeting attended by representatives from Canada's Indigenous rights, social and food justice, environmental, faith-based and labour movements. This experiential workshop presents some of the lessons from organizing the Leap Manifesto coalition, and what's happened since. We will also explore whether members of the NEC community see spaces and places around the country where a Leap-like process might be useful for ongoing work.

Speakers
avatar for Bianca Mugyenyi

Bianca Mugyenyi

Co Executive director, The leap
Bianca Mugyenyi is Co-Executive Director of The Leap, an organization that builds in the Leap Manifesto, a document that addresses and seeks solutions to the overlapping crises of climate change and inequality. She is an activist and author based in Montreal who has spent the past... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
HGA Classroom 218

11:15am

Workshop Block 4 / Emergent Conversations D
Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:15am

A Relationship Economy That Transforms The News
Relationships are sustainable power and capital that we know how to build, but when journalists form relationships only with institutions upholding capitalism, white supremacy, and other forms of oppression, our communities suffer. We can change that. In our session, I'll share what we've learned organizing for stronger voices in local news, and we'll talk through how to build deep relationships with newsrooms to build more power in our communities.

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Bell

Alicia Bell

Organizer, Free Press / Angelou House
Born, raised, and living in Charlotte, NC, Alicia Bell currently organizes with News Voices: North Carolina, a project of Free Press aimed at shifting the culture of community and journalist interaction and relationship. Outside of their work with Free Press, Alicia is apart of Angelou... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 205

11:15am

Building the Caring Majority
In the United States, someone turns 65 years old every 8 seconds, a demographic shift in the country that requires a new vision for our care infrastructure. In this workshop, we will examine the bold and creative campaigns taking shape in multiple states to build that new infrastructure in a way that supports those with long term care needs, as well as the family caregivers and home health workers who provide that care.

Speakers
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Maggie Ornstein

NY Caring Majority/ Caring Across Generations


Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 219

11:15am

Building the Tenant Movement with Rent Control
This is a workshop for organizers who want to build tenant power in their communities. We will talk about how to implement a local campaign to expand tenant protections through rent control and stabilize existing communities by linking permanent affordability to just-cause eviction and collective ownership. Participants will hear from tenant organizers around the country, develop shared messaging, and learn to develop a power analysis of the decision-makers in your city or state.

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Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 214

11:15am

Communities Over Commodities: People-Driven Alternatives to an Unjust Housing System
A brief Presentation and Discussion to highlight “Communities Over Commodities: People-Driven Alternatives to an Unjust Housing System,” a report recently released by the Homes for All Campaign of the Right to the City Alliance. A panel of housing justice activists will talk about the ways in which they are creating alternative and cooperative approaches to housing and land control out of local organizing.

Speakers
DC

Drea Chiriboga-Flor

Lead Housing Organizer, 9to5 Colorado
9to5 is a grassroots member based organization that works to lift up women in and outside of the workplace. I'm the Lead Housing Organizer and my role is mostly organizing mobile home owners and work on mobile home policy on a local and state level. I also work on renter's rights... Read More →
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Roberto Garcia-Ceballos

Cultural/CLT Organizer, East LA Community Corporation
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Chris Tittle

Director of Organizational Resilience, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Chris is a staff member at Sustainable Economies Law Center, a collective nonprofit in Oakland, CA. He co-leads the Law Center’s Housing, Worker Self-Directed Nonprofits, and Money & Finance Programs, and supports with grassroots fundraising, grant writing, and internal governance... Read More →



Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
HGA Auditorium

11:15am

Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment: Organizing and Advocacy for Economic Justice
Across the country, coalitions of community organizations are working to hold banks accountable and to increase investment in low-income communities and in communities of color. As a result of this advocacy, new bank branches have opened in low-income neighborhoods, new products have been designed to meet the needs of the community, and banks are signing community benefits agreements. This session will discuss the experiences of the coalition in St. Louis, and will present ways advocates can use these tools and methods in their own communities to work towards economic justice for all people.

Speakers
TB

Tia Byrd

MORE
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 →
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Elisabeth Risch

Assistant Director, Metro St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council
Elisabeth Risch is the Director of Research and Education at the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council. She is the Co-Chair of the St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance (SLEHCRA), where she works directly with banks to increase investment... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 218

11:15am

Fearless Cities - A Municipalist Take on Building Cooperative Power
In this panel and participatory discussion we will explore how Cooperation Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi, and Barcenlona en Comu in Barcelona, Spain, have brought social movements directly into elected office to expand the potential of democracy to be truly accountable to the needs of the people - and where we can go from here in our towns and cities.

Speakers
PB

Pablo Benson

Movement Netlab
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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 →
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Kelly Roache

Symbiosis
Kelly Roache is a community organizer with the NY Energy Democracy Alliance and Solstice, building locally-owned shared solar energy infrastructure and the movement to advance it statewide. She is a former diplomat turned municipalist, Steering Committee member of Fearless Cities... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
CEC Classroom 217-218 D

11:15am

Food is Medicine: An Indigenous Look at Food
We'll discuss Pawnee and other tribal seed sharing programs, work of Winona LaDuke's Native Harvest and water health. The presentation will lead to a discussion of resurrecting of traditional foods in our modern society.


Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
CEC Classroom 215-216 C

11:15am

Intentional Community as a New Economy Lever
This interactive training will ask the question: How can we strengthen the new economy movement by living communally and sharing resources? We will look at historical examples of communities that have served as economic refuges for activists, and at ways that poor people can organize for their most basic needs to be met cooperatively. We will also look at identity-based communities as a way to strengthen and provide safety zones for traditionally marginalized groups.

Speakers
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Yana Ludwig

Yana Ludwig Training and Consulting
Yana Ludwig is a cooperative culture pioneer, intentional communities advocate and anti-oppression activist. She serves on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Community and works as a local chapter coach for Showing Up for Racial Justice. Her latest book, Together Resilient... Read More →
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Sky-Blue

Fellowship for Intentional Community
Over the last 20 years, Sky Blue has been a member of Twin Oaks Community, a housing collective, a student housing cooperative, a cohousing community, and two small worker co-operative businesses. He current works as the Executive Director for the Fellowship for Intentional Community... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 215 3026 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

11:15am

Just Trade - Exploring the History and Present-Day Challenges of the Fair Trade Movement
Over the last 30 years, the Fair Trade movement, which was originally conceived of as a radical form of empowering those most marginalized in international supply chains, has been “greenwashed” and watered down. Fortunately, there are dedicated and innovative leaders in this field working to (re)establish authentic and liberatory forms of transnational trade. Come hear about some exciting models and learn how you can get involved.

Speakers
RD

Regina Dennis-Nana

Development Anthropologist
Regina R. Dennis-Nana has over 30 years of experience leading international development programs, including 20 years working as a career diplomat with the United States Agency for International Development-funded programs, when she retired in July 2014. She started her development... Read More →
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Frankie Pondolph

Organizer, Equal Exchange
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Jonathan Rosenthal

Executive Director, New Economy Coalition
I have spent over 30 years working to transform the power of business from a destructive force of accumulation into a healing force honoring the interconnectedness of all people and our earth. I am now working at the intersection of small is beautiful organizations and a growing movement... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
CEC Classroom 213-214 B

11:15am

Leveraging Policy to Reverse the Effects of Racism
The workshop will include the movie screening Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class and a short presentation on the importance of black citizens being civically involved.

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Erica Williams

Executive Director, A Red Circle
Erica R Williams is a current doctoral student at Walden University and holds an MBA from Maryville University. She is also active in the community and is deeply concerned about the economic health of north St. Louis County and particularly its black citizens. Through her academic... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
CEC Pro Dev 204

11:15am

Power of the Heart
We often act in response to our fears, anxieties and unconscious patterning. But, deeply liberating collaboration and transformative strategy really happen when we trust ourselves and each other enough to act from the true power of love and unity. This experiential workshop will help participants build awareness of how they are experiencing their power on a moment to moment basis, and how they can ground their actions in the true power of all people.

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Shilpa Jain

Executive Director, YES!
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Simon Mont

Catalyst, Harmonize: People, Power, Process
I help us build just, joyful, and effective organizations. I live in the space where governance, decision-making, healing, strategy, and liberation come to meet. I steward the Nonprofit Democracy Network, consult with directly with organizations, and offer community/personal healing... Read More →
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Hina Pendle

OD Consultant, Us Partners


Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 204

11:15am

Radical Design for Speculative Futures
Surrounded by our society's norms and structures, it can be difficult to imagine futures with radically different social systems. This workshop will share methods to loosen our expectations of the future and enable us to imagine alternatives, developed through the Radical Design course at Washington University. After a brief presentation about speculative design and futures studies, we will get creative, drawing imagined worlds and making artifacts that we might find within them.

Speakers
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Alix Gerber

Part-time Faculty, The New School
Alix Gerber is a design researcher who works with people to visualize the futures we imagine, provoking discussion around how our society could be more equitable and meaningful. She is Part-time Faculty at the New School. She recently moved back to New York after serving as a Visiting... Read More →


Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 206

11:15am

Shifting Capital to Our Communities: the Due Diligence Simulation Game
Shifting our capital to private businesses in our local communities is something many of us agree is critical, but few of us have had experience doing before. This simulation game will let you get your feet wet with how it feels to listen to a pitch, come up with questions, and make a decision of whether to invest or not. It's fun, builds teamwork, and is done with the safety of Monopoly money!

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Sunday June 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
HGA Classroom 203

12:30pm

Lunch (Outdoors)
Join us for an outdoor BBQ!

Sunday June 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Campus Quad

1:30pm