The first event took place tonight in the Cabot Building, where participants watched a series of short films covering various strategies to achieve democratic decision-making and cooperative business structures, as well as new ways of thinking about resource distribution and economics in general. On the docket were the following films:
- How We Live: A Journey Toward a Just Transition by Edge Funders Alliance
- The Fish Parable by Ed Whitfield from the Fund for Democratic Communities
- Our Beginnings by the CERO Cooperative (Cooperative Energy, Recycling, and Organics)
- Real Money, Real Power by the Participatory Budgeting Project
- Occupy the Farm (Trailer) by Todd Darling, Steve Brown, Carl Grether and Blake Hodges
- Our Power by the Black Mesa Water Coalition and the Climate Justice Alliance
The films were followed by a more in-depth discussion of participants experience with cooperatives and ways to become more active in striving for alternatives to a dominant neoliberal economic system.
The teach-in will continue until Wednesday, with tomorrow’s event showcasing some UEP thesis work researching participatory budgeting, cooperative finance, and community land trusts.
Finally, the teach-in will culminate in a UEP Colloquium featuring GDAE’s Neva Goodwin, Carlos Espinoza-Toro, formerly of the Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition, and Alice Maggio from the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. More information can be found on the event flyer above.