The second National Democracy Convention will be in Madison, WI from Aug. 7 to 11. There will be nine different democracy tracks.
It’s Our Economy and the Public Banking Institute put together the Economic Democracy Conference for the convention. Creating democratic economic institutions is a way for us to meet our basic needs and build thriving local/regional/national economies outside of the Wall Street Big Finance debt-based system. This conference will cover the bigger questions of what money is and what debt-based money creates and give you information and tools that you can take home to work on specific projects like public banks, cooperatives, municipal renewable energy systems, local investment in your community, complementary currencies, affordable housing and more. See the schedule below.
Registration for the conference is still open. Visit: DemocracyConvention.org.
Schedule Economic Democracy Conference
Wednesday, Aug. 7
Gar Alperovitz delivers keynote address in the evening
Thursday, Aug. 8
9 am – The Emerging Shape of the Next System by Gar Alperovitz of the Democracy Collaborative
11 am – Re-Imagining Now: Taking the Next Steps by Lillia Frantin and Herb Edwards of People for a New Society
2 pm – Nuts and Bolts of Co-operative Businesses: How to Empower Workers and Keep Wealth in the Community by John Conowall of the Madison Workers Cooperative
4 pm – Why Are We in Debt? What Are Our True Debts to One Another? by Thomas Gokey of Strike Debt
Evening plenary in which someone from each of the nine major conference tracks speaks
Friday, Aug. 9
9 am – Models for Permanently Affordable Housing: Community Land Trusts and Co-ops by Greg Rosenberg of the Madison Area Community Land Trust and Michael Carlson of the Madison Community Cooperative.
11 am – Sustainable Solutions for Local Economies by Nancie Koerber of Project REconomy
2 pm – Investing Locally: Moving Your Money From Wall Street to Main Street by Rebecca Ryan of the Madison/Dane County LION Group
4 pm – How to Stop the World’s Largest ‘Trade Agreement’ by David Newby of the WI Fair Trade Coalition, Josh Wise of the MN Fair Trade Coalition and Kevin Zeese and Margaret Fowers of the Flush the TPP campaign.
6 pm – Economic Democracy Plenary: The End of Big Finance, Creating the New Economy by Jacqui Dunne, Ellen Brown of the Public Banking Institute, Kevin Zeese and Rebecca Ryan (not confirmed)
8:30 pm – Economic Democracy Social Event – open to everyone. Meet the presenters.
Saturday, Aug. 10
9 am – Rethinking Money: The Quiet Evolution to a Diverse, Resilient and Sustainable Monetary System by Jacqui Dunne, co-author of Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity
11 am – Saving the People’s Post Office by Jim Sauber, Chief of Staff of the NALC
12:30 pm – March to Capital for a Rally to stop the TPP!
2 pm – Creating Publicly-Owned Renewable Energy (working title) by Alison Burchell of Clean Energy Action
4 pm – B Corporations: Bringing Public Benefit into the Corporate Structure by Jim Armstrong of Good For Business
Evening conference wide social event
Sunday, Aug. 11
9 am – Public Banking Around the World, Building Economic Democracy by Dr. Kurt Von Mettenheim of the Getulio Vargas Foundation São Paulo Business School
11 am – Essential Information for Starting a Public Bank by Marc Armstrong of the Public Banking Institute