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People and Planet First Agenda

September 19, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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NEM May 2nd event logoJoin us for a day of celebration and exploration of the new economy. There will be interactive workshops that will explore core elements of the New Economy movement. Each session will connect local, national, and global issues. We will learn together about the compelling conceptual framework that unites all of these various pieces and get ideas for creative constructive action.

The evening event, People and Planet First: A Multi­generational dialogue on Maryland’s Future, will feature Greenpeace USA Director and Story of Stuff founder Annie Leonard, in a multi­generational dialogue on Maryland’s Future. Also featured will be the Democracy Collaborative’s Gar Alperovitz, Progressive Maryland’s Larry Stafford, and Climate Change MD Coordinator Larissa Johnson, moderated by Institute for Policy Studies Director John Cavanagh. Through dialogue among these leaders and with the audience, the panel will chart futures for Maryland that are good for workers, climate, and democracy.


1:30 – 3:15 pm — Workshop Series 1

A Just Transition in Maryland: Building from the Baltimore Anti-Incinerator Fight

How can we create a just transition from Maryland’s fossil fuel old economy to one rooted in community needs, in democratic ownership, in sync with people and the planet? This workshop will start with the fight against the proposed incinerator in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood and look at what the campaign to divest from dirty energy has won so far, and the community’s visions for human rights-oriented development. Panelists will connect local struggles to broader just transition principles and strategies, and will look at how movements are working to transform our ‘dig, dump, burn’ economy to one that is good for people and the planet.

Janet RedmanAnnie LeonardJordan EstevaoCharles GrahamGreg SawtellDestiny Watford

How emerging Business Models are Building the New Economy

A wide variety of new business models are being tried as we seek to build a New Economy that better serves all our people and protects our planet. In this session we will explore a variety of approaches and seek to learn together what themes unite. We will also openly discuss differing perspectives and what models have potential to bring about the changes we desire.

  • Larry Stafford (moderator), New Economy Maryland Fellow, Executive Director of Progressive Maryland
  • Kate Khatib, co-founder, Red Emma’s, a worker coop building the New Economy in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Keane Bhatt, Senior Associate for Policy and Strategy, Democracy Collaborative, and lead author of the new report, “Educate and Empower: Tools for Building Community Wealth”
  • Brenda Platt, recycling expert and composting advocate, co-director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs ILSR’s Composting Makes $en$e project
Larry StaffordKate KhatibKeane BhattBrenda Platt

3:15 – 3:30 pm — Break

3:30 – 5:15 pm — Workshop Series 2

From Farm to Fork We Shape the Future – New Economy Food Systems *WORKSHOP FULL*

Half of our nation’s fruit and a quarter of our vegetables are grown in California, a state that is due to run out of water in the next year due to drought and unsustainable draining of underground reserves. Our industrial, chemical-dependent food system depletes the soil, poisons our bodies, and treats working people and animals as disposable tools in a giant machine. This workshop will explore the dynamics of the industrial food economy in Maryland, and imagine what a New Economy for food could look like in our state.

  • Jon Berger (moderator), Real Food Challenge
  • Aleya Fraser, Black Dirt Farm, Seedkeepers Collective, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON)
  • Dennis Olson, Senior Research Associate, Food & Agricultural Policy at United Food & Commercial Workers International Union
  • Julie Gouldener, Organizer for Food & Water Watch and Vice-Chair of The Baltimore BNote
  • Kate Khatib, co-founder, Red Emma’s, a worker coop building the New Economy in Baltimore, Maryland
Jon BergerAleya FraserDennis OlsonJulie GouldenerKate Khatib

How the New Economy is Taking Shape in Baltimore and Beyond

Maryland is a key incubator for the New Economy. Through our creative action we provide models of what can work and how to overcome structural challenges. We are coming to see that we are part of an emerging global movement much bigger than ourselves with the power to change the world. If we are to successfully navigate the challenges before us, we must embrace big system change and scale our responses to the scope of the problem.

Larry StaffordMichael ScottJamal JonesGar AlperovitzDorcas Gilmore

5:15 – 6:45 pm — Dinner Break-outs

6:45 pm — Plenary

People and Planet First: A Multi­generational dialogue on Maryland’s Future

Through dialogue among these leaders and with the audience, the panel will chart futures for Maryland that are good for workers, climate, and democracy.

John CavanaghAnnie LeonardGar AlperovitzLarry StaffordLarissa Johnson

Lead Sponsors

Story of Stuff


Baltimore Ecowomen
Baltimore Green Currency Association
Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council
Equity Matters
New Economy Coalition
Social Work Community Outreach Service
Town Creek Foundation
Baltimore Community Foundation
GWIPL Green Leaders
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
Baltimore Algebra Project
Howard County Climate Change
Progressive Maryland Education Fund
MICA Social Design LOGO
Labor Network for Sustainability
YES Magazine
Democracy Collaborative
Sierra Club
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Popular Resistance


September 19, 2015
1:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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University of Baltimore
21 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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