Workshop Session Descriptions
New Economy 101
Discuss what is wrong with our current economy and learn about an emerging system of values, practices, institutions, policies and laws that support an economy designed to maximize current well-being and social justice without sacrificing the natural world or the resources available to future generations.
Transforming Money, Alternative Banking Practices
This workshop will attempt to define the potential game or system changing role of public banks, describe potential partnerships with community banks and CDFIs. The five main benefits of a state, municipal, or regional public bank will be discussed, particularly how such a bank would expand credit, redirect current banking system profits to social needs, stimulate local economies and create local jobs, save debt service costs and democratize finance. Alternative public bank models will be presented along with some clarification of what bankers mean when they use the word “capital.”
Food and Environmental Justice
Learn about the environmental hazards that tend to burden low-income neighborhoods and what is being done about them. We will also discuss ways to increase access to fresh, healthy, affordable food for those who are most food-insecure.
Buying Local, The Importance of a Thriving Local Economy
Gain a greater understanding on why supporting local, independent business is important to build the economic strength locally and regionally. Learn about local Worcester initiatives aimed to enhance the vitality of our city.
Alternative Business Ownership and Model for a New Economy
What are the core business values of the new economy? What does it take to start a socially responsible business? Stuart Valentine, founder of Centerpoint Investment Strategies, will discuss different pathways to business success in this workshop.
The Art of Documentary Filmmaking*
*This session follows the closing note speaker and attendees will be able to attend this session or proceed to the tea & social hour.*
Explores the art of documentary filmmaking by two experienced filmmakers. Micha Peled has documented labor conditions in a jeans factory in China in the film China Blue, and globalization's effects on Indian farmers using genetically modified crops in Bitter Seeds. Also speaking will be Worcester's Matt Feinstein, whose 2010 award-winning debut film Ciclovida: Lifecycle documented Brazilian farmers' voyage across South America in search of natural seeds.