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The Next System Project at Left Forum 2015

Fighting for a new systemic vision

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

Publication date: 2015-08-03

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