The Next System Project at Left Forum 2015
We are in an era when systemic critique of the economic and political institutions of the United States is poised on the edge of mainstream consciousness: the realities of a changing climate, an irrationally destructive financialized economic system, a long and steady historical trajectory concentrating political power along with wealth, and a monstrous apparatus of prisons and policing are becoming impossible to ignore. How can we consciously come together around this opportunity to offer a coherent vision of what a “next system” might look like? How can such a vision work to orient and inspire concrete actions to begin building the world we want to see?
- Gar Alperovitz, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, co-chair of The Next System Project
- Maya Schenwar, editor-in-chief of Truthout, author of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better”
- Emily Kawano, Director of the Center for Popular Economics and the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network, co-director of the Wellspring Collaborative
- Ed Whitfield, co-Managing Director of the Fund for Democratic Communities
Moderator: Keane Bhatt, The Next System Project