When: July 8-10, 2016
Where: Buffalo, NY
Cost: Sliding scale with meals included
CommonBound will bring together hundreds of leaders and organizations from across North America for an international conference on visionary strategies for achieving deep systemic change. Participants will share insights and stories, build relationships, highlight achievements, and chart a shared path toward a society that puts people and planet first. Participants will include a cross-section of community leaders, thinkers, and practitioners from around the world, including the New Economy Coalition’s 140-plus member organizations from throughout the US and Canada.
The conference will feature more than 20 workshop tracks and day-long gatherings exploring a range of topics, including:
- Democratizing energy systems in the face of accelerating climate change
- Racial justice, and building an economy where black lives and liberation matter
- Game-changing pushes for policy and state power to achieve structural change
- Developing vibrant local economies without displacing communities
- Hacking emergent technologies in service of redistributive ends
- Worker ownership and community enterprise as vehicles for democratizing the economy
- ...and much more!
CommonBound is taking place July 8-10 in Buffalo, NY, a city that is itself an important hub of the New Economy story. Faced with the same disinvestment that has torn through countless towns and cities along America’s Rust Belt, residents working across issues--from affordable housing, to refugee rights to community-owned renewable power--have been at the forefront of visionary organizing and institution-building. That’s why we’re partnering with the Crossroad Collective, comprised of 8 Buffalo-based community groups, to plan CommonBound, and ensure it both adds fuel to local organizers’ efforts and grounds visitors in the critical work happening in Western New York.
This spirit of collaboration extends to our programming, too. Inspired by the Allied Media Conference, CommonBound is using a decentralized planning model to engage movement leaders across the country. Over sixty volunteer coordinators have been involved in some of our earliest planning, shaping conference programming so that it reflects the organizations and communities leading the movement. In a small way, CommonBound aims to mirror the democratic world we are working toward.
Join the New Economy Coalition this July in Buffalo. Together, we can make CommonBound a conference that propels our movements forward.
- PUSH Buffalo
- Open Buffalo
- Partnership for the Public Good
- Massachusetts Avenue Project
- The Wash Project, Coalition for Economic Justice
- Public Accountability Initiative
- Ujima Company
CommonBound was the first time I felt like I had found a community of people who got it; people who understood that our economic problems were deep rooted and based on hundreds of years of oppression, and were yet also pragmatic, creative, and hopeful in their varied efforts to bring forth a new economic model. ~ Evan Seitz
How do we articulate a compelling economic vision to sustain us through the unimaginable, to unite us as things fall apart? How do we experience our beauty and humanity in every condition? ~ Adrienne Maree Brown