EC Oakland Sponsors ‘Living the Next Economy Convergence,’ Local & National ECC Staff Among Presenters
Billed as the premier economic justice event of 2016 and inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Living the Next Economy 2016 Convergence to be held October 21-23 at Oakstop in the heart of uptown Oakland will include presentations by EC Oakland Director Tara Marchant and ECC Vice President of Investment Services Kevin Warner. In addition, EC Oakland is among the organizations and companies sponsoring the event.
The event is hosted by the Living the Next Economy Bay Area Collaborative, a broad coalition of community leaders and social entrepreneurs committed to advancing radically inclusive economic, racial and environmental justice solutions in Oakland. Among the nationally and internationally known speakers are human rights activist, poet, educator and former Black Panther Erica Higgins and #BlackLivesMatter Co-Founder and National Domestic Workers Alliance Special Projects Director Alicia Garza.
The Bay Area Collaborative says that in addition to Black Lives Matter, the event is also inspired by the widespread “call to overcome systemic racism that to this day deprives Black Americans, indigenous peoples and others of their inherent dignity and fair share of Oakland’s economic prosperity.”
The collaborative adds that the event will feature interactive, participatory activities that “will shine the light on what’s working, what’s not and what more we can do to build the inclusive, vibrant Oakland of our dreams.” These activities include two days of workshops, panels with local leaders, keynote addresses and self-organized open space sessions, followed by a day-long series of "Activation Sessions" for groups seeking mentorship and support in their policy campaigns, movement initiatives or social enterprises.
Warner is part of a panel on the New Energy Economy: Capital & Community that will explore innovative finance models to propel community-controlled and community-owned renewable energy.
During the closing plenary session’s Climate Action Panel entitled, It’s getting Hot in Here! Preserving our Children’s Future & Our Only Home, Marchant and two other women described as “anchors and beacons for resilient communities" will engage in “an adult conversation about climate change.” They will share visions that “reframe the current discourse on how we plan to live on our quickly changing planet.”