Event: OUR ECONOMY! Economic Democracy and System Change (4/12)

Fri, April 12, 2019
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
25 W 43rd Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Can the economy be democratized? How can we transform it into a more socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable system? How can we combat the growing concentrations of power and wealth? What current practices point toward a participatory democracy and resilient next system?

Our current political economy is unjust, anti-democratic, and ecologically unsustainable. This reality has led to a host of efforts to transform our political economy. This conference will bring together leading academics, researchers, advocates, and practitioners for a day of discussion on how we can achieve systemic transformation and make a political economy that is equitable, democratic, and sustainable.


J. Phillip Thompson, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, City of New York

PLENARY SPEAKERS: (list in formation)

Sheila Foster, Professor of Law and Public Policy, Georgetown University

Roger Green, Co-Founder, Society for Effective Economic Democracy; Co-Chair of the Coalition to Transform Interfaith

Sean Sweeney, Director, International Program for Labor, Climate and the Environment, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies; Coordinator, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy

Panel topics will include:

  • Energy democracy and the Green New Deal
  • Building the infrastructure for economic democracy
  • Creating a healthy cooperative ecosystem
  • Co-ops and immigrant workers
  • Opportunities and challenges of land use policy and community land trusts
  • Municipalism and workers’ rights
  • Food co-ops and food systems
  • Public ownership and the state