Program

Schedule at a glance  – link to schedule grid
Workshops & Activities  – link to 60+ workshops & descriptions
Presenter/Facilitator Bios

Thursday, April 7, 2016 – Pre-conference Tours and Activities

Donations suggested for offsite tours

12:00-12:15   Welcome from Will Copeland (US SEN and EMEAC) – “Why Detroit, Why Now?”

Tours

  • “From Growing Our Economies to Growing Our Souls” Tour (Rich Feldman – Boggs Center) – 12:30-3 (bus pick-up at 12:15)
  • Detroit History Tour “Five Miles of Freedom” (Jamon Jordan – Black Scroll Network) – 130-3 (bus pick-up at 1:15) The tour deals with 200 years of the African American Fight for Freedom and Justice in the city of Detroit. In the course of this ongoing struggle, a community was born, and it is that community that is under attack today. Learning this history will not only make us more more informed, but will also give us the encouragement and motivation to continue the march against injustice.
  • Incite Focus Fab Lab Tours – 1230-3 (on-site)

3:15-4:00 Light meal

4:00-5:00   Special presentation by Blair Evans – Incite Focus

5:30-6:30   Detroit Visionaries – panel discussion with Blair Evans, Halima Cassells, Taji Ali, and Kim Sherobbi moderated by Shea Howell

6:45-8:15     Film screening – American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs – light refreshments

Friday April 8, 2016

8:30-10:30    Welcome, Cultural Sharing
Plenary: Building the Movement for a Social Solidarity Economy
Host: Laura Flanders, Laura Flanders Show

10:30-11:00   Reflections/Synthesis/Break

11:00-12:30   Workshops

12:30-1:30     Lunch

1:30-3:00       Workshops

3:00-3:15        Break

3:15-4:45         Workshops

4:45-6:00        Free time

6:00-7:30        Dinner

7:30-9:00         Cultural event

Saturday, April 9, 2016

8:30-10:30    Cultural Sharing
Plenary: De-colonizing the Solidarity Economy
Moderators: Jessica Gordon Nembhard and Elandria Williams

  • LaKeisha Wolf, Ujamaa Collective Pittsburgh,  (Women’s Manufacturing Coop)
  • Jackson Koeppel, Soulardarity- Energy Coop- struggles for inclusivity
  • Athabascan (Alaska) health coop
  • Chicago Educational Coop- struggling in gentrification

10:30-11:00   Reflections/Synthesis/Break

11:00-12:30   Workshops

12:30-1:30     Lunch

1:30-3:00       Workshops

3:00-3:15        Break

3:15-4:45         Workshops

4:45-5:00        Break

5:00-6:00        Dinner

6:00-7:30         Plenary: Achieving Recognition and Support for the Social and Solidarity Economy

  • Beatrice Alain, Global Social Economy Forum – Overview  of the types and examples of policies to support the SSE (framework legislations,  institutional arrangements, sectoral policies, procurement,  etc.)
  • Rym Lamrani,  Chantier de l’economie Sociale and member of the Forum youth committee – Quebec framework legislation to support the social economy which includes sectoral measures, financing, and purchasing. How this was achieved and challenges.
  • NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives – Sectoral policy:  NYC City Council allocates over $3 million for worker cooperative development. (invited)
  • Maureen Taylor, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization – policies to ensure clean accessible water for all as a public right rather than a marketable commodity.  Public vs community managed services.

7:30-9:00         Cultural event

Sunday, April 10, 2016

8:30-10:30     Cultural Sharing
Plenary: SSE from Latin America/Caribbean to North America

  • Marcos Arruda – the reality of the SSE in Latin America
  • Juan  Manuel Martinez Louvier, Ibero Americana de Puebla – Mexican solidarity economy
  • Esme Baltazar, Highlander Research and Education Center – SSE’s potential to address the push factors driving migration and creating avenues of surviving and thriving as migrants.

10:30-12:30   People’s Movement Assembly/Strategizing

12:30-1:30     Lunch

1:30-3:00       People’s Movement Assembly/Strategizing & Commitments

3:00-3:30       Closing