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Demos and ILSR Co-Host a Convening on Building a Policy Movement for New Economy Transformation

| Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 29, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Image: Convening CoverIn September, ILSR partnered with Dēmos to co-host a convening on New Economy Transformation: Building a Policy Movement. The event, held in New York City, brought together about 30 leading thinkers and organizers to begin forging a new phase of policy development and campaigning with the aim of fundamentally reorganizing economic power to be rooted in and serve communities.

ILSR and Dēmos collaborated with the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and its Local Economy Fellowship Program in designing meeting.  The fellows helped orient the discussion, in part, around the potentially significant role of local business leaders in achieving an equitable and sustainable future.

Over the course of two days, participants developed a shared vision for a new economy; discussed substantive challenges for growing this movement, particularly around worker justice, racial equity, and job creation at scale; assessed and prioritized high-impact policy ideas; and began identifying strategies for coordinated policy campaigns in multiple states and cities.

We hope and anticipate that the conversation begun at this convening will be the starting point for building a long-term movement to transform public policy.  Stay tuned for more details from the convening and next steps.


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About Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy. More

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