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The New Economy: A Panel of Activists and Innovators

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 07:00 PM until 08:30 PM
Arlington High School, Arlington High School

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“People are aware that they cannot continue in the same old way but are immobilized because they cannot imagine an alternative.” —Grace Lee Boggs, American activist and author

Imagine an economy where we can find work that meets our needs, enhances our quality of life, and allows us to live in balance with nature. Despite major changes in Washington, there is evidence of positive change in the current system as people experiment with new forms of business, governance, and culture. And much of this work is being done right here. The movement known as the “New Economy,” takes a variety of solutions, ranging from worker-owned cooperative businesses, to local investment and local food production, to time-banks and skill shares, and more. If you feel there is something wrong with our current economy, but don’t know what to do about it, this lively panel discussion of area activists and innovators will offer tangible evidence of real change as well as ways in which you can get involved now. Panelists will review basics of the “New Economy,” along with examples of what people are doing here and across the country. Then we’ll break into small groups to identify and discuss ways to create sustainable economic opportunities in our area. This event is co-sponsored by Sustainable Arlington and moderated by Amos Meeks. Other panelists may include representatives of local co-housing and worker-owned co-ops and members of the Time Trade Circle, which helps neighbors exchange services such as childcare and elder care. $10 at the door.


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