The New Economy Summit to be held on Friday November 18th at Worcester State University will convene social entrepreneurs, social change practitioners, educational institutions, students, the business community, and others who share the goal of creating a just, equitable, and sustainable world.
This day-long event will serve as a powerful forum for making and strengthening connections, as well as building ongoing collaboration. Participants will engage in various interactive activities designed to establish a regional network and support transformation related to social enterprise, social business, cooperatives, and enterprise-oriented nonprofit organizations. Attendees will identify common challenges faced by local start-ups and brainstorm opportunities and next steps to resolve these and other challenges.
Keynote speakers, a World Café discussion, musicians, panelists and participants from across New England will inspire and motivate people to remain active and connected beyond the Summit, especially in the uncertain aftermath of the 2016 general elections.
Keynote address by Emily Kawano, an economist and the co-director of Wellspring Cooperative, a non-profit working to build a network of worker co-operatives in low income communities of Springfield, MA. She is also the coordinator of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and a Board member of RIPESS (Intercontinental Social Solidarity Economy Network).
Opening remarks by Barry Maloney, President of Worcester State University.
Performace by the Eastern Medicine Singers (Native American Drumming).