Better Together: A Convergence of Social Movements

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“When the forms of an old culture are dying, the new one is created by a few people who are not afraid to be insecure.” ~ Rudolf Bahro 

The current groundswell of social movements — from #Blacklivesmatter to the September 2014 People’s Climate March, to worker walk-outs and the upsurge of Localism as an economic development strategy — share at their root a steadfast longing for a more democratic economy.

September's People's Climate March focused not so much on environmental policy change as on pointing out the flaws in our underlying, Wall Street-financed, economic system. #BlackLivesMatter has made the link from systemic racism to an economic system that maintains inequality. In the past few years, we’ve seen an explosion of national attention on workers’ rights, and on “local first” as a path to more opportunity and wealth for more people. The call to action of this coalescence of movements is to shift away from big corporate control to democratic control of our communities and our lives.

We must re-center our focus from scarcity and greed to abundance and generosity. From profits to people. From money to life. Not only is it alright to care for each other, it’s the cure to most of what ails us. Join some of the most visionary leaders at the forefront of these movements in a discussion on the importance of convergence to forge the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

 

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