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The Emerging New Economy
May 7, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The challenge is urgent: we need to build a more equitable & more sustainable world. And to do so, we need an economic system designed to work for the common good instead of a system designed to maximize corporate profits.
What most people don’t realize is that we already have a whole new set of tools to help meet this challenge—the building blocks of the beginnings of the new economy are all around us, waiting to be used.
Join us for an evening dedicated to exploring the shape of the new economy, and highlighting some specific developments—like B-corps, cooperatives, and the Genuine Progress Indicator—that point us in the right direction.
- Gar Alperovitz; Lionel R. Bauman professor of political economy at the University of Maryland, the author of America Beyond Capitalism, and the cofounder of the Democracy Collaborative, an innovative progressive think tank developing new models for sustainable, equitable and cooperative community development.
- State Senator Jamie Raskin; the sponsor of Maryland’s trailblazing legislation—the first in the US—which created the “benefit corporation” or B corp: a new form of incorporation that allows and encourages for-profit businesses to legally pursue social and environmental goals in a verifiable way. And
- Daphne Wysham; fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the founder of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN). Her current research explores how alternative metrics to GDP, such as Maryland’s “Genuine Progress Indicator”, can be used to build a more sustainable society.
Cosponsored by Red Emma’s and the Baltimore Higher Education Alliance for Real Democracy (B-HEARD).