Teaching And Learning A New Economics
As centers of academic innovation and experimentation, and community engagement, universities and colleges have a critical role to play in building strong intellectual and practical foundations for the new economy movement. Yet economics education remains largely stuck in the 20th century and achieving change requires knowing exactly what’s wrong and what we can do to fix it.
During this 90 minute roundtable discussion, panelists and audience members alike will have an opportunity to share their insights on the shortcomings of economics education, and discuss strategies for moving economics curricula, departments and pedagogy in a new-economy direction.
Keith Harrington (moderator) is the former Maryland and Washington D.C. Field Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. During his four years at CCAN, Keith organized grassroots activists across Maryland and D.C. to push for aggressive policy responses to the climate crisis. Keith’s appreciation of the need for systemic economic change led him join the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy as its Climate and Energy Specialist in 2010, and thereafter to join the board of the New Economy Network before its merger with the New Economics Institute. Keith is currently pursuing a master’s degree in economics and leading NEI's Campus Network affiliate group at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. He also recently launched Shoestring Videos for Nonprofits - a discount video-production and graphic-design service for progressive advocacy groups, and is a contributing writer on climate, energy and the new-economy at several publications including Truthout, Grist.org, Alternet, and the Huffington Post.
Olivia Geiger is a PhD student in the UMass Amherst Department of Economics, where she is active in the Center for Popular Economics, the Community Economies Collective, and UMACEC, an academic community partnership that has created a worker coop economics curriculum and coop internship program. She is also a member of SolidarityNYC and collaborating with other organizers and practitioners in NYC’s alternative economy to facilitate participatory action research exploring cross-sector strategies for building economic and political power.
Renaud Gignac is a Master's candidate in Economics at Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) and the vice-president of academic affairs at UQAM's association of graduate students in economics. He is also the co-founder of the student newspaper Horizons Economiques, which aims at maintaining a space for discussion and debate within the economics department.
Brian Kelly organizes with the Post-Growth Institute and the US Society for Ecological Economics. He received his BS in Economics from UPenn, with a concentration in Local Development in a Globalized Society. In rural Guatemala, Brian was inspired by community-driven action led by returned refugees to govern their community. The question arose: What does economic development look like when there is limited infrastructure, limited state involvement, and a limited cash economy? Upon returning to Philadelphia, he began work on the community planning and organizing project known as Shared Prosperity, which takes an asset-based community development approach to ensure just and equitable development that is simultaneously people- and place-based. The limitations of community development work, inside the context of a structurally unjust society, moved him in the direction of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont where he completed a MS in the Community Development and Applied Economics program. His primary research focused on just distribution of economic rents associated with natural resources, specifically looking at development of the Vermont Common Assets Trust. Additional interests include how the structure of the monetary system corresponds to persistence of economic growth doctrine and how social justice memes spread through society. Most recently, Brian coordinate the US Society for Ecological Economics biannual conference in Burlington,VT.