Online Panel Series


Monday, November 9
2:30PM - Using the "C-Word": Will the New Economy Be Capitalism, or Something Else?
3:30PM - Cooperative Strategies For an Inclusive 21st Century Economy

Tuesday, November 10
2:00PM - Reparations: What It Looks Like and How We Get There

Wednesday, November 11
12:00PM - A Democracy for the 99 Percent: Millennial Movements Taking Power

Thursday, November 12
2:00PM - What is Energy Democracy and Why Does It Matter?


Monday, November 6, 2015 @ 2:30PM - 3:45PM EST

Does building a truly just, democratic and sustainable economy mean creating an entirely new system beyond capitalism—or can we reform capitalism to operate according to those values? To shed light on this often murky issue, an expert panel will discuss varying views of capitalism from the perspective of theory and practice.

Brought to you by YES! Magazine and the New Economy Coalition

Gar Alperovitz, Democracy Collaborative & Next System Project
Sohnie Black, Fund for Democratic Communities
John Fullerton, Capital Institute
Julie Matthaei, Professor of Economics at Wellesley College

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Monday, November 6, 2015 @ 3:30PM - 4:30PM EST

We live in a moment of both incredible connectivity and deeply entrenched inequality. Two exciting conferences, both being held the weekend of November 13-14, seek to explore innovative ways that cooperative business structures offer a new, more just, way forward in our connected age. This conversation, featuring organizers from both gatherings, will look at why the co-operative model offers so much potential in our current moment as well as the promise and pitfalls of (re)introducing cooperativism into the internet and the labor movement.

Aaron Tanaka, Center for Economic Democracy / Boston Impact Initiative / New Economy Coalition (moderator)
Nathan Schneider, Platform Cooperativism
Carmen Huertas-Noble, CUNY School of Law / 1worker1vote
Kristen Barker, Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative / 1worker1vote

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015 @ 2:00PM EST

Last May, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Atlantic article “The Case for Reparations” threw a national spotlight on a debate and a movement that have been ongoing, though largely under the radar, for over 150 years. Reparations was suddenly a topic of national debate, which tended to focus on the merits of the idea itself and minimized questions of what reparations for African-Americans could actually look like.

In his work with the Fund for Democratic Communities, the Southern Grassroots Economies Project, and the Southern Reparations Loan Fund, Ed Whitfield has been at the forefront of not just envisioning, but actively building a new economy grounded in justice, democracy, and sustainability. Join the New Economy Coalition for a conversation with Ed in which we will discuss reparations and building an economy where #BlackLivesMatter.

Ed Whitfield, Fund for Democratic Commiunities / Southern Grassroots Economies Project / Southern Reparations Loan Fund Anand Jahi, New Economy Coalition (moderator)

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 @ 12:00PM EST

The years since the financial crisis have seen an explosion in popular movements worldwide. From DREAMers to the Occupy movement to those against the Keystone XL pipeline and for Black Life, people—particularly millennials—have stepped in to fill what many are calling a “Democracy Deficit.”

Our online panel for Day 3 of #NewEconomy Week, Democracy vs. the 1%, will bring together Millennial Movement leaders to discuss how to add politics to protest, and create a multi-racial democracy capable of tackling climate change and this country’s myriad and deeply-rooted inequalities.

Dante Barry, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice
Yong Jung Cho,
Varshini Prakash, Divestment Student Network
Alexandra Flores-Quilty, United States Student Association
Austin Thompson, SEIU (moderator)

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Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ 2:00PM - 3:30PM EST

As the climate crisis heats up, and its impacts on the economy and people’s lives become more pronounced, concerned people everywhere are looking for new alternatives. Energy democracy seeks to replace the current corporate fossil-fuel economy with one that puts racial, social, and economic justice at the forefront of the transition to a 100% renewable energy future.

This panel discussion will focus on ways to build strategies to advance community-based energy that intersect with the broader movement toward resilient communities and a regenerative economy. Our panelists will discuss how issues such as land use, food justice, housing, public safety, and clean energy jobs are critical to the fight for energy democracy.

Brought to you by The Energy Democracy Project, Next System Project, and the New Economy Coalition

Janet Redman, Institute for Policy Studies (moderator)
Denise Fairchild, Emerald Cities Collaborative
Meghan Zaldivar, PUSH Buffalo
Miya Yoshitani, Asian Pacific Environmental Network

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