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Getting Through Economic Downturns Together–

Circle and Workshops


CIRCLE: What is an economic downturn, and how have our people responded? What can we learn from their stories of resisting and building that apply to us in this moment? Join solidarity economy historians and organizers to get grounded in the ways our ancestors built and resisted, and begin to strategize how mutualism and cooperation might apply in our communities during times of economic crisis and pandemic.


PeoplesHub Circle gathers together to hear from guests Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, George Lakey, and Anne E. Price about their own work and case studies of how movements have responded to economic downturns through history. Then stay on for a participatory clinic to build relationships and connect to each of our communities.

After the Circle we will go deeper with four workshops. This workshop series is open to both longtime and new solidarity economy organizers. We’ll break out into groups based on experience so that all can participate! 


Workshop #1 – Thursday, May 28th from 10am-12pm PST/ 12-2pm CST/ 1-3pm EST


We will begin by exploring our own experiences of the current economy, and build an analysis of the distinctions between the capitalist economy and the solidarity economy. This first workshop will focus on the key themes of reparations, participatory governance, and the commons. Join organizers from across the U.S. to discuss how we can meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities arising in our communities.


Workshop #2 – Thursday, June 4th from 10am-12pm PST/ 12-2pm CST/ 1-3pm EST


In this session we will explore the causes of economic downturns in a capitalist economy, and how racial disaster capitalism shows up in response to crisis. Drawing from the case studies from the Circle, we will identify historical themes related to the current COVID moment.


Workshop # 3 –  Thursday, June 11th from 10am-12pm PST/ 12-2pm CST/ 1-3pm EST


What if we had interconnected local, robust, economic systems where all needs were met? This session will focus on deepening our understanding of how things are connected through value chains. How can we move together, build power, and how does federation create opportunities to de-silo our work?


Workshop # 4 – Thursday, June 18th from 10am-12pm PST/ 12-2pm CST/ 1-3pm EST


Our final session will focus on applying these principles in action. Each participant will create a project plan with action steps based on their context. How can you move this work forward in community? What role do you want to play?  We will discuss how we can stay connected locally, regionally, and globally. 

Workshop Facilitators:


Riahl O’Malley, Elandria Williams and Cheyenna Layne Weber



Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard

George Lakey

Anne E. Price

Length and Type:


2 hours


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Workshop #1 – Thursday, May 28th from 10am-12pm PDT/ 12-2pm CDT/ 1-3pm EDT

Workshop #2 – Thursday, June 4th from 10am-12pm PDT/ 12-2pm CDT/ 1-3pm EDT

Workshop #3 – Thursday, June 11th from 10am-12pm PDT/ 12-2pm CDT/ 1-3pm EDT

Workshop #4 – Thursday, June 18th from 10am-12pm PDT/ 12-2pm CDT/ 1-3pm EDT

This training is ideal for:


CIRCLE: This training is ideal for people who want to learn about the economics behind recessions and downturns.


WORKSHOPS: These trainings are ideal for people who are already engaged in building solidarity economies or who want to begin workshopping ways to meet their community’s needs.



CIRCLE: Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how capitalism operates, what to expect in an economic downturn or crisis, and what solidarity strategies people have used to meet material needs in these moments.


*A recording of the Circle will be sent to participants.



Paritcipants will leave with a deeper understanding of how Covid-19 is disrupting the dominant economy, how fellow organizers are naming challenges and opportunities, and ideas for how individuals and organizations can cooperate nationally and regionally to build stronger solidarity economies that meet our people’s needs during and after the pandemic.


Participants leave with clear ideas for how to link their work to others, whether for political resistance or for economic and social resilience.

What do you do to prepare?


Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to share and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, with video and headphones.


*A recording of the Circle will be sent to participants.



CIRCLE: Free or by donation!


WORKSHOPS: Choose what to pay, starting at $80. The true cost of these four workshops is $200/person, which allows us to continue offering programs like this one and pay trainers a fair wage for their time and expertise. Like you, our trainers work hard for change in their communities and have often developed the knowledge, skill and gifts that they are offering through many unpaid hours — let’s support them to be sustainable in their work and craft!

Ready to sign up?

Made possible by our co-sponsors:

Circle Host and Workshop Facilitator:

Elandria Williams

Elandria Williams is the Executive Director at PeoplesHub. She also provides development support to cooperatives, mostly in the Southern United States, and is a co-editor of Beautiful Solutions, a project that is gathering some of the most promising and contagious stories, solutions, strategies and big questions for building a more just, democratic, and resilient world. Beautiful Solutions has a web platform, trainings and a book soon to be released. For the last eleven years Elandria worked at the Highlander Research and Education Center, first as the youth/intergenerational programs director and then helping co-coordinate Economics and Governance programs such as the Mapping Our Futures Curriculum and the Southern Grassroots Economies Project. She served on the board of the Southern Reparations Loan Fund (SRLF), and currently serves on the boards of the US Solidarity Economy Network, Appalachian Studies Association and the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table, and is one of the Co-Moderators of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Workshop Facilitator: Riahl O’Malley 

Riahl is dedicated to creating a world that’s full of transformative learning opportunities, where people find purpose through critical reflection and action for a more just world. He believes that well-designed trainings can catalyze change within ourselves, our relationships, and our organizations. For more than a decade he’s supported talented teams to imagine and implement ambitious education programs that expand what’s possible in our work for social justice. His work in education has reached thousands of people in community, labor, and faith organizations; colleges, student groups, and state and local governments. As National Education Director at United for a Fair Economy, Riahl designs and facilitates training programs in Spanish and English for community leaders and nonprofit professionals across the U.S.


Circle Host and Workshop Facilitator:

Cheyenna Layne Weber

Cheyenna Layne Weber (she/her) is a queer and disabled community organizer and writer who envisions, creates, and coordinates strategies to elevate the needs of human and non-human communities over the priorities of capital and profit. She is a co-founder of Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City, a membership organization of over 120 solidarity economy groups in the five boroughs;  SolidarityNYC, where she led the creation of the first online interactive map of New York City’s solidarity economy; New Economy Coalition; and the Manna-hatta Fund. She grew up in rural West Virginia (Osage and Adena territory) –where economic, ecological, physical, and emotional violence shaped her political and spiritual commitment to utilize love in response to oppression. For over 20 years she has worked with social justice, environmental, and community organizations in every capacity from volunteer to executive director. She currently lives in Brooklyn (Lenni Lenape territory).

Circle Guest:

Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard

Author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice and 2016 inductee into the U.S. Cooperative Hall of Fame, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ph.D., is Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, and Director of the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at John Jay College, City University of New York.  She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Environmental Psychology Ph.D. Program (CUNY Graduate Center), and the Economics Masters Program (John Jay); as well as Faculty Fellow and Mentor with the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, and an affiliate scholar with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (University of Saskatchewan, Canada). Recipient of the 2019 African Diaspora Celebration Citation for contributions to the NYC African Diaspora community (from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the New York City Commission on Human Rights); 2017 recipient of the CASC Merit Award for exemplary contributions to the field of co-operative studies from the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation; and the 2015 winner of the ONI Award from the International Black Women’s Congress; Professor Gordon-Nembhard is a political economist specializing in Solidarity Economics, cooperative economics, Black Political Economy, and popular economic literacy. Her research and numerous publications explore problematics and alternative solutions in community economic development, worker ownership, racial wealth inequality, community-based asset building, and community-based approaches to justice. She is currently a member of the Council of Cooperative Economists of the National Cooperative Business Association/CLUSA; and the International Cooperative Alliance Research Committee; as well as a member of the board of directors of: Green Worker Cooperatives, the Association of Cooperative Educators, Grassroots Economic Organizing Newsletter, Southern Reparations Loan Funds, and Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC. She is also a past President and former Treasurer of the National Economic Association. She is the proud mother of Susan and Stephen, and the grandmother fo Stephon, Hugo, and Ismaél Nembhard.

Circle Guest: George Lakey

George Lakey recently retired from Swarthmore College where he was Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change. He created and managed the Global Nonviolent Action Database research project ( that includes over 1100 campaigns from nearly 200 countries.    


Lakey has also held teaching posts at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania.  He has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents, co-founding and for fifteen years directing Training for Change.  In  2010 he was named “Peace Educator of the Year” and published his authoritative text on adult education, Facilitating Group Learning  (Jossey-Bass). Each of his ten books has been about change and how to get it, including Viking Economics  (Melville House, 2016) and his most recent, How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning  (Melville House, 2018).


He has supported a number of movements, co-leading a sailing ship with medical aid to Vietnam in defiance of the U.S. war, working with unions in the U.S. and Canada, campaigning with ACT-UP and others in the LGBTQ community, organizing Men Against Patriarchy, and leading a cross-race, cross-class coalition to fight back against Reagan. 


His first arrest was for a nonviolent civil rights sit-in, he has served as an unarmed bodyguard for human rights defenders in Sri Lanka, and recently walked 200 miles in a successful Quaker direct action campaign against mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. In March 2018 he was arrested in a campaign demanding that a utility Power Local Green Jobs.


He received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Award, the Paul Robeson Social Justice Award, the Ashley Montague International Conflict Resolution Award, and the Giraffe Award for “Sticking his Neck out for the Common Good.”

Circle Guest: Anne E. Price

Anne E. Price is the first woman President of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. She previously served as Director of the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative at Insight from 2011 to 2016. Anne is an experienced researcher, advocate and trainer. She has spent 25 years in the public sector working on a wide range of issues including child welfare, hunger, welfare reform, workforce development, community development and higher education. Prior to joining the Insight Center, Anne served as Project Director for California Tomorrow’s Community College Access and Equity Initiative. Anne also spent several years at Seattle’s Human Services Department where she served as the Community Development Block Grant Administrator and Strategic Advisor to the Director.