The Living the New Economy Oakland Collaborative is excited to announce the Living the New Economy Convergence 2016, to be held at Mills College, in Oakland, CA, from Oct. 21-23. We’re a broad coalition of community leaders and social entrepreneurs committed to advancing inclusive economic, racial, and environmental justice solutions in Oakland.
Community leaders and organizations are coming together for a next level dialogue about the state of our economy — and innovative models that are addressing inequity, displacement, and other issues related to the well being of our communities.
Through interactive, participatory activities, we will shine a light on what’s working, what’s not, and what more we can do to build the inclusive, vibrant Oakland of our dreams. Included are three days of workshops, panels with local leaders, presentations, and self-organized open space sessions, followed by a day-long series of “Activation Sessions” for groups seeking mentorship and support in their policy campaigns, movement initiatives, or social enterprises.
This will be the second time this event has taken place following the initial success had in 2014, when over 250 people came together for the first Living the New Economy Convergence in Oakland, to create a vision for an economy in service of people and the planet.
To provide opportunities for our community to surface the issues of greatest concern to them, a majority of our talks and workshop content will be community driven. We are inviting community members to submit proposals (Deadline: May 30) for session topics that they are interested in coordinating for the conference.
The theme for this year’s convergence is inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement and others’ call to overcome systemic racism that to this day deprives Black Americans, indigenous peoples, and others of their inherent dignity and fair share of Oakland’s economic prosperity.
We’ll offer three days of engaging, interactive sessions, addressing issues of critical concern to the Oakland community.
Our goals are to:
Provide opportunities for participants to deeply engage on issues of greatest concern to them.
Provide a space for people to meet other people around shared goals and opportunities.
Create opportunities for new projects and initiatives to come out of the convergence and for participants and the broader community to engage with those projects and initiatives after the convergence.
Shareable is proud to be a coalition member and sponsor of this event.
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