Please join us for interactive workshops that explore strategies for building a just economy in New York City neighborhoods and beyond. The five-part series is open to community organizing and advocacy groups only.
New Economy Curriculum: A Tool for Community Organizing and Engagement (2 sessions)
This double workshop will introduce participants to our brand-new curriculum, Make It Happen: A People’s Guide to Building the New Economy. Designed as a tool for community organizing and advocacy, our two-part curriculum engages participants in developing a shared narrative about our current economy and a vision for a just economy that works for all. Join this workshop to see how your group can use the curriculum to engage members and staff in thinking critically about our economic system, and how local economies and neighborhoods are created. Come away with practical ideas for building a new, just economy. Participants will walk through curriculum modules, including:
Part 1, Our Current Economy: Unjust and Unsustainable (Aug. 10) – This session engages participants in understanding our economy and how we got here. We will draw from the curriculum to define ‘economy,’ working towards a shared understanding of our current economy in the context of participants’ lived experiences in NYC neighborhoods. Participants will learn about the role of banks and other financial institutions in perpetuating inequality, and name the values and systems that drive and uphold our current economy.
Part 2, A New Economy: What Is Possible? (Aug. 17) – This session builds on Part 1, and focuses on cooperative economics strategies for building a just economy that works for all. We will explore concrete and proven models that community groups can pursue to ensure community-led cooperative workplaces, housing, financial institutions, and land use. Participants will see how the curriculum module will support community-led efforts to create and sustain worker and financial co-ops, community land trusts, and other vehicles that promote cooperation and community control.