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Saturday, October 20 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
How to Build an Alternative to Our Current System
Drawing on the experience of organizers working across the country to create the institutions of the next system, this panel, hosted by Gar Alperovitz, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of its Next System Project, will explore 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? With: 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.

Keynote Speakers
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Gar Alperovitz

Co-Founder The Democracy Collaborative
Gar Alperovitz, Ph.D., President of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of the Next System Project, has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, professor, scholar, activist, policy... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Kali Akuno

Kali Akuno, co-founder and Co-Director of Cooperation Jackson, served as the Director of Special Projects in the administration of the late, renowned progressive Jackson, Mississippi Mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, focusing on the development of eco-friendly and human rights-enhancing policies... Read More →
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Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown, an attorney and leading public banking advocate, founder of the Public Banking Institute and Senior Fellow of the Democracy Collaborative, is the author of hundreds of articles and 12+ books, including the best-selling Web of Debt, The Public Bank Solution and the upcoming... Read More →
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Niki Okuk

Niki Okuk, MBA, is the founder of Rco Tires, which has recycled more than 300 million pounds of rubber, diverting 70 million gallons of oil from landfills, making it one of California's largest sustainability plants (it’s also one of its most progressive firms in its hiring and... Read More →
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Aaron Tanaka

Aaron Tanaka, founder and Director of the Boston-based Center for Economic Democracy, is a community organizer, grant-maker, impact investor, and a founding organizer of the Boston Ujima Project, which brings together neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create a new... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Showcase Theater