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Remaking the Economy: Envisioning a Restorative Future of Work

Remaking the Economy: Envisioning a Restorative Future of Work2pm - 3pm Eastern Time

For good reason, the world of work is rarely seen as a liberatory space, but can it become so? NPQ’s latest webinar in our Remaking the Economy series looks at the workplace of today while exploring how our work lives might be transformed to support health and wellbeing, promote restorative justice, and provide not just “jobs” but livelihoods.

This webinar features three observers approaching this question from the standpoints of research; solidarity economy organizing; and on-the-ground reporting.

Leading this discussion are our three expert panelists:

Jessica Gordon Nembhard is a professor in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and is author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.

Emily Kawano is a cofounder of the US Solidarity Economic Network; codirector of Wellspring Cooperative in Springfield, Massachusetts; and a member of NPQ’s economic justice advisory committee.

Alissa Quart is executive director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, based in New York City, and is the author of six books, including Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America.

This webinar will explore:

  • How should one understand the scope of “work”? What are key elements that go missing in conventional definitions?
  • How is the nature of the workplace relationship between employer and employee changing? How has the rise of the gig economy altered the job market?
  • What lessons have we learned from the treatment of “essential workers” that we have witnessed during COVID-19?
  • What would work in a solidarity economy look like—and how would it differ from what is experienced in today’s capitalist economy? How would a solidarity economy deal with contemporary challenges, such as automation?
  • What is meant by the phrase “livelihood” and how does that phrase differ from “work” as conventionally understood?
  • How do labor practices from the system of incarceration affect the broader world of work? How might worker co-ops be used to begin to disrupt those pattens?
  • What would a restorative future of work look like?
  • What can nonprofits and philanthropy do to support workers and help create the restorative future of work we desire?

Whether you’re a nonprofit leader, board member, or engaged in community-based organizing, this webinar will provide you with real-life examples and lessons learned that can inform your work in your own community.

Register to learn how nonprofits and movement activists are advancing strategies to address the economic and social inequalities of our time!

Register for Remaking the Economy: Envisioning a Restorative Future of Work

The moderator for this webinar is NPQ Economic Justice Program Director Steve Dubb. Steve has worked with cooperatives and nonprofits for over two decades and has been both a student and practitioner in the field of community economic development. You can send your questions to to have them answered during the web event.

Pivot on Purpose: Reimagining business models to solve social problems

Banner text: "Pivot on Purpose: Reimagining business models to solve social problems"Pivot on Purpose is a biennial celebration and conference that recognizes and nurtures Canadian social enterprises and social entrepreneurs. This two-day event offers opportunities for connection, learning and celebration. This year's event will be held on November 18 & 20, 2021. 

On Day 1, join a full day of exciting speakers to discuss and explore the best practices and latest innovations in social enterprise. In the evening, the awards gala will celebrate social enterprises and social entrepreneurs in various stages of growth and impact. Watch ten ventures live pitch to claim top honours in The Trico Foundation’s What’s Next YYC Award. Applaud the top Canadian social enterprise demonstrating outstanding impact and innovation as they receive recognition from The Trico Foundation’s Social EnterPrize Award. New in 2021, the NU Student Social Entrepreneurship Awards will recognize student social entrepreneurs.

On Day 2, support youth as they pitch their ideas on how to apply business models to social issues. The student case competition is open to teams with at least one student registered at a post-secondary institution, the rest of the team may include recent graduates.

Learn more and register

2021 ACE Institute: Risk & Rebuilding in Co-operation

Image of flowers growing through crack in concrete with text: "Resilience through recovery. Risk rebuilding in cooperation."This year, the Association of Cooperative Educators is hosting an interactive, virtual ACE Institute for Co-op Educators, Managers and Developers across North America. This conference will bring together co-operators in English, French and Spanish speaking nations, to look at the steps involved in rebuilding, educating and co-operating in a post-pandemic world.

Who's invited?

If you are a co-op educator, manager or developer this is the conference for you. We will have plenty of exciting panels, networking opportunities, and social events planned over three days, in English, French and Spanish.

Students & Young Professionals! You are welcome to join this event in a special track that will highlight networking opportunities tailored to your needs.

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Pathways for Inclusive and Sustainable Recoveries - CANSEE 2021

Logo of Inclusive and Sustainable RecoveriesThe COVID-19 pandemic has clearly exposed systemic vulnerabilities in our current economic systems. These vulnerabilities have exacerbated social inequalities, health, and the climate crisis, and exposed how deeply intertwined our social, environmental, and economic systems are. It is with this realization that we must reimagine the structures that failed us with increased intensity, urgency and creativity, if we are to catalyze solutions for a sustainable recovery. Governments, NGOs, and civil society will each play critical roles in shaping this transition. This conference uses an ecological economics lens to engage with these various actors to inform workable, effective, and inclusive public policy solutions that address the ecological challenges our society faces. We recognize that these solutions are inherently complex, like the system they work in. We encourage presenters to discuss transformative policies that address social and ecological inequalities across regions and between generations.

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Community Wealth Building Wednesdays — Social Procurement Webinar Series

Banner with text: "Community Wealth Building Wednesdays - SOCIAL PROCUREMENT Webinar Series. May 6. June 2. June 9. June 16. June 23. Exploring Community Wealth Building Through Social Procurement in Ontario. This series is brought to you by Buy Social Canada in partnership with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, Canadian CED Network, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and AnchorTO."

What If We Strengthened the Social Procurement Ecosystem in Ontario?
Community wealth and community capital is being created throughout Ontario via Social Procurement. Buy Social Canada in partnership with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, Canadian CED Network, Ontario Trillium Foundation and AnchorTO invite you to a webinar series designed to strengthen and connect the social procurement and social enterprise ecosystems across Ontario.

The intention of this series is to enhance organizational and individual capacity, strengthen awareness, share public policy models, and identify and explore the future of social procurement ecosystem opportunities.

The series includes four Webinars and a Wrap Up Dialogue. Sessions will take place weekly, on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:30 pm EDT, starting on May 26.

May 26: Building Supply Side through Social Enterprises

June 2: Building Demand Side through Purchasing of Goods and Services

June 9: Building Demand Side through Construction Projects

June 16: Building Community Wealth and Community Capital

June 23: Wrap Up Dialogue

Learn more and register


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