We Appear to Have a Problem…
Our generation is in the process of inheriting a world in unprecedented systemic crisis. Inequality, poverty, climate change, corporate control of our democracy—these are symptoms of interconnected economic, political and ecological system failures. The overarching trends are so grim that some have already thrown in the towel, dismissively labeling the current cadre of folks under forty "Generation Screwed.
We're Not Buying It
In communities and on campuses, young people are refusing to succumb to fatalism. We're voicing our discontent. We're saying "no" to outdated thinking, ecological destruction and structural violence. We're getting organized, but we're also innovating, finding new ways to understand our situation, meet our collective needs, express our creativity, and uphold our values.
This summer, we want to bring those leaders together.
On July 19-21, the New Economics Institute is hosting a convergence in New York City called reRoute: Building Youth and Student Power for a New Economy. The idea is to bring together a diverse new generation of practitioners and organizers from across the US and Canada to share strategies, tools, and stories about our work creating a solidarity economy from the ground up in our communities and on our campuses. The event is sliding scale and scholarships for housing and travel are available. Space is limited so buy your ticket today!
- Pathways to a New Economy with David Wood, Institute for Responsible Investment; Maliha Safri, US Solidarity Economy Network; Alexa Bradley, On the Commons; Ed Whitfield, Fund for Democratic Communities, moderated by Atlee McFellin, Symcenter
- Making a Living in the New Economy with Elandria Williams, Highlander Center; Farah Tanis, Black Women's Blueprint; Jessie Reilly, TimebanksNYC; Juliet Schor, Boston College, moderated by Joshua Stephens, NYC-based co-op developer
- Financing a New Economy with Deyanira del Rio, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project; Steve Wong, the Working World; Rose Espinola, Responsible Endowments Coalition, moderated by Kenneth Edusei, SolidarityNYC
- Teaching and Learning a New Economics with Renaud Girac, University of Quebec; Brian Kelly, US Society for Ecological Economics; Olivia Geiger, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, moderated by Keith Harrington, New School
- Stories from the New Economics Institute Campus Network with Marcie Hawkins-Smith, North Carolina Student New Economy Coalition; Joel Williams, the Oak Tree Spokane; David Porinchok, Northern Arizona University Action Research Program
- Fossil Fuel Divestment and Beyond– Responsible Endowments Coalition
- Possibilities For Participatory Budgeting – Participatory Budgeting Greensboro
- Food Justice and The New Economy – CoFED and Mariposa Food Co-op
- Building Political Power for a New Economy– SolidarityNYC/Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance
- Can The Economics Curriculum Be Reformed? Lessons From Activists In France and Quebec – PEPS / Horizons Economiques
- The Real Food Challenge: Uniting Students For A Just and Sustainable Food System – Real Food Challenge
- Mapping The New Economy – Shareable/Data Commons Project/Solidarity NYC
- How To Start A Worker Co-op – Cooperative Development Institute
- Non-hierarchical Staffing Structures – North American Students Of Cooperation
- Bringing Solidarity Home: creating alternative housing economies through cooperative living – NASCO
- Timebanks From New York to California – Timebanks NYC/Bay Area Community Exchange
- Democratic and Cooperative Leadership–AORTA
We'll also be offering solidarity economy tours of Brooklyn on Friday.