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Bioneers: Why we need a next system and how we build it

Environment & Energy

Saturday October 20, 2018
San Rafael, CA

Join Next System Project co-chair Gar Alperovitz for a special keynote address and follow-up panel at this year’s Bioneers conference, exploring the intersections of ecological action and systemic economic change.

In his keynote address, “Why We Need a Next System,” Gar will show how we can begin to build together for the systemic change we need to save both democracy and the planet—as ecological and economic justice movements hit the same hard limits of possibility, being realistic in our time in history means getting serious about what might have formerly been seen as impossible: actually replacing our broken corporate capitalist system. As a political economist, author, former legislative director in the House and Senate, nonprofit innovator and scholar, Gar will share breakthrough models for community-based political-economic development and new institutions of community wealth ownership. He’ll highlight local, state and national policy approaches to community stability in the era of globalization that really work and can spread widely.

Then, following the panel, a panel of leading local innovators convened and moderated by Gar will explore the question of “How to Build an Alternative to Our Current System,” exploring the connections between environmental action and the democratic economy. How can local efforts at different scales—the workplace, the community, the city, state, and beyond—be knitted together into a powerful movement to build towards a truly systemic national and global alternative? Joining Gar will be:

  • Kali Akuno, co-founder and Co-Director, Cooperation Jackson (Jackson, Mississippi); 
  • Niki Okuk, founder of Rco Tires, one of California’s largest sustainability enterprises; 
  • Aaron Tanaka, Director of the Center for Economic Democracy; 
  • Ellen Brown, founder of the Public Banking Institute, author of Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution.

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