Increasingly, economic inequality has become a central issue in American society. Since the 1970s, wealth and income inequalities have grown rapidly, affecting the work of almost all nonprofit organizations. But how should nonprofits conceptualize the economy and solve the many economic problems that affect the people we serve, especially today, when more than 20 million Americans have lost their jobs?
This panel was presented to Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference 2020, Sponsored by Power non-profit organizations and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, on April 14, 2020, and is republished with their kind and generous permission.
In this hour-long webinar, the panelists, who are all members of NPQof the Advisory Committee on Economic Justice, aim to provide basic tools to reflect on and respond to the economic challenges that affect us all.
The participants in the discussion are:
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- Gar Alperovitz, co-founder, The Democracy Collaborative, Washington DC
- Emily Kawano, co-director, Wellspring Cooperative, Springfield, Massachusetts and co-founder, American Solidarity Economy Network
- Repa Mehka, President and CEO, Nexus Community Partners, Saint-Paul, Minnesota
- Steve Dubb, Editor and Director, Economic Justice Program, Quarterly non-profit, Boston, MA (moderator)
This webinar explores:
- How a financial intermediary adopted an economic justice framework and adjusted it to meet the needs of the communities of color it serves.
- Three key steps for funders wishing to deploy the subsidization of economic justice.
- How different types of economic systems have been deployed and how they relate to each other.
- What are the central components of an economy based on the principles of solidarity?
- Examples of where we can find elements of a solidarity economy today.
- How to think about the change of the economic system as a whole.
- How to pursue economic justice in the current pandemic emergency.
Gar Alperovitz, co-founder, Democracy Collaborative
Emily Kawano, Co-Director, Wellspring Cooperative
Repa Mehka, President and CEO, Nexus Community Partners