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New Economy Roundup: $$ for CLTs, PB Goes Global and Int’l Cooperation

Oct 17, 2019 | New Economy Roundup

This week we’re talking about new Community Land Trust funding, an international cooperative conference, and a global hub for participatory budgeting. PLUS the first podcast section of the Roundup! Image credit: NEC Member Organization, CEANYC.

Stories From the Field

Buffalo CLT Gets a Boost: Founded in 2017 with support from NEC member organizations, Open Buffalo and PUSH Buffalo, The Fruit Belt Community Land Trust was just awarded $800,000 from New York State. 2018 NEC Movement Voices Fellow, India Walton, is now Executive Director of the FB Community Land Trust. Read more about how the land trust plans to create and preserve affordable housing and resist gentrification in Buffalo.

Immigrants, Collaboration, and Co-ops Revive a Maine Town: Over the past few years, Somali immigrants and cooperative thinkers in Lewistown, ME have transformed their town into hub for co-ops of all kinds — from housing to agriculture, child-care, and herbal medicine. This transformation was truly a community-led effort, with support from NEC member organizations, the Cooperative Development Institute and the Democracy At Work InstituteRead more about the cooperative-led revival of Lewistown. 

Solidarity Economies Abroad

Youth Climate Leaders

Repaired Nations Cooperative Conference Ghana: Organizers from NEC member organizations, Cooperation RichmondCooperation Jackson, and the Sustainable Economies Law Center traveled to Accra, Ghana this week to participate in a cultural exchange trip between African American and African co-op leaders. The “unconference” was envisioned to create pathways for African Americans to re-invest in Ghana regeneratively, without perpetuating the problems capitalism creates. Learn more about the Repaired Nations Conference.

Co-operation Recognised in Not the Nobel Competition: This year’s Not The Nobel Prize was awarded to Mariana Mazzucato, a London professor of Economics, “for reimagining the role of the state and value in economics.” Political economist, Jessica Gordon Nembhard, was also amongst the finalist, for her work on co-op economics, worker ownership, and more. Read more about the Not the Nobel Prize winner and finalists.

Global Participatory Budgeting Hub

Get Up Rise Up Direct Action Fund

Looking for Participatory Budgeting (PB) resources? Look no further. Last week, NEC member organization, the Participatory Budgeting Project, launched the Global PB Hub. The Hub aims to improve and expand participatory budgeting around the world by addressing common challenges and opportunities. It coordinates research, shares learning, and develops resources, building on the expertise of the PB community.

Movement News

Sounds of the New Economy

Welcome to the new section of the Roundup! Over the past year it has become clear that Podcasts are blossoming in our network. No better way to kick off this new section than by featuring a member collaboration!

In episode 38 of The Next System Podcast, “Democratizing power in rural America through electric co-ops,” Adam Simpson and Johanna Bozuwa of the Democracy Collaborative, talk to Nikita Perumal from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and Chris Woolery from the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development about their recent collaboration on NEC’s latest toolkit on rural electric cooperatives. Be sure to check it out!

NEC on The Gram

Jeremy Train Trip

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Job Board
Co-op Business Developer, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance – Deadline Oct 25
Democratic Entrepreneurship Director, Center for Community Wealth Building – Denver, CO – Deadline Nov 8
Development Director, The Root Social Justice Center – Rolling – Vermont/Remote
Executive Director, La Colmena – Staten Island, NY
Network Organizer, Power Shift Network – Remote – Deadline Nov 3 
Operations Manager, Democracy at Work Institute – October 25th – Oakland/Remote 
Program Lead, BALLE – October 18th – Multiple Locations
President, New Media Ventures – Oakland, CA
Various Positions, Action Center on Race and the Economy – Location is flexible
Various Positions, Color of Change – New York, Washington D.C., Oakland, Los Angeles
Various Positions, Democracy Collaborative – Washington, DC
Various Positions, Groundswell
Various Positions, Groundwork Collaborative
Various Positions, Institute for Policy Studies 
Various Positions, Opportunity Finance Network
Various Positions, Project Equity – Multiple Locations
Various Positions, The Laura Flanders Show – New York, NY
Various Positions, Sunrise Movement – Multiple Locations 

Upcoming Events

COCAP 2019 Nourishing Community Wealth
This year’s conference will bring together over 200 local and national innovative cross-sector professionals to engage in conversation and highlight community wealth building innovations that are working toward leveling the playing field. (Oct 20-22 – Oakland/San Francisco, CA)

2019 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners (BUGs) National Conference
Through engaging and participatory workshops, panel discussions and social events, we will explore the roots of Black Agriculture and its connections and influence on today’s movements for Black food sovereignty, urban agriculture & food systems. (Oct 25-27 – New York, NY)

39th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures – Actionable Responses to Climate Change
Greg Watson and Sallie Calhoun will deliver the 39th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures at Saint James Place at 352 Main Street, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (Oct 27 – Great Barrington, MA)

Rural Electric Coop Reform Virtual Summit
We Own It's first national online summit for member-owners of electric co-ops and folks working with member-owners on electric co-op reform. The meeting will include opportunities for connecting with others in the national REC Reform Movement, sharing experiences and knowledge, hearing success stories, learning, and more! (Oct 28 – Virtual/Online)

Creating Just, Regenerative, and Democratic Economies with Aaron Tanaka & Local Leaders
Join People’s Economy Lab at this unique opportunity to hear from Aaron Tanaka to learn about what communities are doing right now to change the equation on who and what counts in our economy. Aaron will be joined by a panel of local leaders actively creating this economy in Seattle, through community land trusts; worker, owned businesses; and shifting major institution’s resources and money toward community control. (Oct 29 – Seattle, WA)

It’s Time For A New Social Contract! Naomi Klein, Kendra Brooks
Come join celebrated author Naomi Klein, the head of the Working Families Party Maurice (Moe) Mitchell, author Todd Wolfson, and the Executive Director of Rights and Democracy James Haslam in conversation with Philadelphia community leaders on how we can all build a new social contract and our best possible future. (Oct 29 – Philadelphia, PA)

How to Practice Trauma-informed Leadership Development
Join CoFED for a webinar about trauma-informed leadership development. This webinar is for any group interested in interrogating traditional tropes of “leadership” and supporting all people to heal and lead with love. Register by Oct 23rd. (Oct 29 – Online/Virtual)

2019 PACA Co-op Summit & Annual Meeting
PACA annually convenes its co-op membership, cooperators, and the general public together for a look at our region's co-op economy and to envision how to make it stronger. In 2019, we'll continue this tradition and welcome you to join us! (Nov 1 – Philadelphia, PA)

CoopCon 2019
The Cooperative Conference (CoopCon) will build momentum for current and future cooperative leaders to start and actively participate in localized, grassroot cooperatives by providing a foundational, energizing and hands-on education about cooperatives.  (Nov 1 & 2 – Stevens Point, WI)

NASCO Institute 2019
Cooperatives have long embodied self-help and mutual aid. This year’s theme, Cooperate Locally, will encourage us to take a look at how we have built cooperatives with and for our whole community. This theme will delve into the hard work of grassroots organizing as well as the mindfulness it takes to co-create with existing neighborhoods when starting a new cooperative. (Nov 8 – 10 – Austin, TX)

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