Affordable Housing in the Bay Area: Activists, like Janelle Orsi of NEC member organization The Sustainable Economies Law Center, want to redefine the meaning of land ownership away from profits and toward long-term stewardship. They hope to lock in affordability by crafting “justice easements” that designate housing as the only appropriate land use in an area. Read more about their efforts to thwart cutthroat real estate capitalism.
Solidarity Economies Abroad
Global Uprisings Continue: Massive protests against austerity and neoliberal capitalism continue across the world — from Chile to Lebanon, Iraq, Haiti, Spain, Hong Kong, and Ecuador. Jack Shenker writes that the protests have been led by “children of the 2008 financial crisis,” who have come of age “after the collapse of a broken economic and political orthodoxy, and before its replacement has emerged." Read more about the protesters demanding bold alternatives to capitalism.
Our Joint Future – Lessons from Africa: Members of the Club of Rome will convene in Cape Town on November 5 & 6 to discuss climate solutions and the reframing and reclaiming of economics in Africa. Speakers include David Korten, founder of NEC member organization Living Economies Forum. Learn more about the summit.
New Economics Zine in the UK: The New Economics Foundation has just released “Let’s Change the Rules” — the first issue of their New Economics Zine. Covering topics from decolonizing economics to coastal climate resilience, the zine offers practical solutions and frameworks on how to build an economy that works for everyone. Read the full zine here.
A coalition of groups in Central Appalachia, including NEC Member Organization Appalachian Voices, issued its second report today identifying innovative projects that would clean up abandoned coal mine lands in four states and give them new life as sustainable agriculture businesses, renewable energy sites or other economic ventures. The report, A New Horizon: Innovative Reclamation for a Just Transition, profiles 19 projects, which can be adapted and replicated across the region.
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)
Food Solutions Forum In collaboration with NEC Member organizations, The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, The National Family Farm Coalition, The American Sustainable Business Council and ally The Climate Justice Alliance – the Food Solutions Forum will connect farmers, fishermen, food workers, small business owners and the public with presidential candidates as we discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our local food producers. (Nov 5 – Durham, NH)
Who Owns the World? The State of Platform Cooperativism Fire the Bosses, Democratize the Internet, and Own the Future. Who Owns the World? convenes 150 speakers from over 30 countries to meet each other, co-design, and learn about topics such as worker power in the platform economy, antitrust, misogyny and racism in co-ops, ecological sustainability, and more. (Nov 7-9, New York, NY)
Transforming Community Development through Arts and Culture Come explore an evolving era in community development that infuses art and cultural practice to help residents reclaim community identity, strengthen cultural resilience, and build power to shape neighborhood planning and creative placemaking—all key components of achieving equitable community development outcomes. (Nov 13 – San Francisco, CA)
Artists Working in Community Training This training is designed for artists of all disciplines working at the intersection of art, culture, and community development to learn how to drive community change through creative placemaking and asset-based community organizing – while maintaining your artistic integrity and practice. (Nov 13-15 – Lincoln, NE)
Rootskills Workshop The Grassroots Fund's RootSkills workshops are day-long gatherings where grassroots organizers, colleagues and supporters convene to network, share stories and dig into both issue- and process-based skill-building sessions. (Nov 15 – Providence, RI)
Southern Movement Assembly (SMA8) We come together to build connections, break isolation, analyze the situations we are facing, and create visions and strategies for liberation. We are excited to be anchored in Mississippi by Alternate ROOTS, Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative, Sipp Culture Center, and partners across the Deep South. (Nov 15-17 – Hazelhurst, MI)
3rd Annual Anti-Displacement Summit There will be intersectional workshops throughout the day on various parts of our nine point plan, including: Education and Transportation; Frontline Arts and Climate Justice; Immigration, Policing, and Housing; Indigenous Sovereignty and Black Power. (Nov 16 – Buffalo, NY)