Baltimore Economic Democracy Conference

Baltimore Economic Democracy Conference

Baltimore Economic Democracy Conference

May 16th – 17th

(Friday – Saturday)

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Check out the live stream of Friday night’s town hall and Saturday’s plenary sessions right here!


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**There is no charge for attending these events but registration is necessary. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here as space is limited. Please indicate which days you will be attending and which tracks/sessions you would like to sit in on in the comments field.**

Friday, May 16th: 7:00 PM – 9 PM @ the Town Hall space at The Real News Network, 235 Holliday St., Baltimore, MD 21202 (two blocks from City Hall)
Saturday, May 17th: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM @ the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, 525 West Redwood St., Baltimore, MD 21201

All over the country people are fed up with living crisis to crisis. They are learning how to make a new economy – one that is designed to build wealth for our communities and families.

How are they doing it? Join us at the Baltimore Economic Democracy Conference, Building Our Economy Together on May 16th & 17th 2014 and find out how the movement for economic democracy gives people and communities the power to take control over the forces that shape their lives.

The topics that will be covered include:

  • Remaking money so it serves us, rather than the Wall Street banks and developing participatory budgeting processes where the people decide how to spend public dollars in their community.
  • Creating businesses where the workers are owners and decision-makers; and where profits are shared equitably.
  • Creating affordable housing ownership and rentals with community land trusts so property is protected from real estate bubbles.
  • Building a green economy that reduces pollution and provides sustainable energy for healthy neighborhoods.
  • Creating food security in our communities through urban gardening, cooperative food networks and sharing food so that none is wasted.

The conference will have two parts.  On Friday night, May 16th there will be a panel at the Town Hall space at The Real News Network, 235 Holliday St., Baltimore, MD 21202 (two blocks from City Hall). The evening will bring together top national experts on reframing our political situation with the folks in Baltimore who are already working on these issues. This session will be held from 7 to 9 PM, with doors opening at 6:30 PM and a reception following. Speakers will include (order TBD):

On Saturday, May 17th, we will be conducting working sessions on each topic at the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, 525 West Redwood St., Baltimore, MD 21201. These sessions will go in depth into how we can put these programs in place in Baltimore. It’s going to be a packed day! Keep checking back here to see how 5/17 is shaping up:

8:30 am: Doors open for registration, coffee and light fare, tabling

9:00 – 10:00 am:

10:10 am – 12:10 pm: Separate for individual tracks – Morning working sessions

 1.)   Cooperatives (Sessions A & B run parallel)

A. Basic introduction to co-ops, collectives, B-corps. Led by Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo, GEO – 2 hrs

B. Overcoming challenges and strengthening our cooperatives. Led by Jim Johnson, DAWN – 2 hrs

2.)   Affordable housing: Discussion of shared-equity housing models and how they challenge mainstream assumptions about housing development, the  market, and home ownership.  – 2 hrs. Panel discussion featuring (order TBD):

3.)   Rethinking money: Introduction to money, debt, and organizing to strengthen our communities. Remaking money to serve us, not the big banks – 2 hrs. Panel discussion featuring:

4.)   Renewable energy: A discussion of the structural aspects of environmental injustice that skews unevenly along lines of race and income. First steps we can take to work together to reduce energy usage and organize a move to renewables. Panel discussion – 2 hrs, moderated by Jacqui Patterson:

5.)   Food security: Building sustainable food supply chains as though workers mattered:  the Cincinnati Our Harvest Union Co-op model. Led by Dennis Olson of Our Harvest – 2 hrs.

12:10 pm – 12:40 pm: Lunch/networking break. 

12:40 pm – 2:40 pm: Separate for individual tracks – Afternoon working sessions

1.)   Cooperatives: Three different models of worker co-ops – 2 hrs, moderated by Kevin Zeese.

2.)   Affordable housing: Technical session for groups interested in learning about community land trusts and how they could be relevant for Baltimore. Developing a plan to sustain collaboration/communication – 2 hrs. Discussion led by:

3.)   Rethinking money (Sessions A & B run parallel – 2 hrs each):

A. Participatory Budgeting: what it is and how to get started. Led by Josh Lerner of the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) and Aaron Tanaka of the Boston Workers Alliance and the PBP.

B. Localizing and democratizing our finances.

4.)   Renewable energy: How communities are working together to create local renewable energy – 2 hrs. Panel discussion featuring (order TBD):

5.)   Food security: Food mapping and meeting needs – 2 hrs.

2:45 pm – 4pm: Closing plenary. Where do we go from here? What sort of policy and financial infrastructure needs to be put in place to move these projects forward and build a supportive local “ecosystem” for economic democracy? Panel discussion featuring:

We seek to bring together concerned citizens, community activists, philanthropists, and policy makers. The focus will be on building knowledge and gaining resources to make a new economy a reality here in Baltimore.  The Saturday sessions are open primarily to community residents with some spaces for those from outside the community.

**There is no charge for attending these events but registration is necessary. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here as space is limited. Please indicate which days you will be attending and which tracks/sessions you would like to sit in on in the comments field.**

Parking: On Friday, there will be street parking available, especially on Holliday St. and beneath the 83 overpass (please be mindful of signs and limitations – there will be a flat rate beneath the overpass after 6pm). There are also some garages near the studio in the event street parking fills up.

On Saturday, we recommend parking at the Baltimore Grand Garage at 5 N. Paca Street Baltimore, Md. 21201. We advise you NOT to park in the garage across the street from the school. Besides another garage near Lexington Market (located between Paca and Greene Streets), there is street parking available but please remember to be mindful of the signs and restrictions. These spots typically have time limits.

Registration

Registrations are closed for this event.

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