PeoplesHub Workshop – Connect online as an individual

Labor and Ownership: What’s Capitalism and What’s Not?

As part of the Mapping Our Futures series, a dive into understanding the solidarity economy, we will dig deeper into understanding what’s fundamental to the capitalist economy. Through the lens of our own experiences with work and ownership, we will develop a shared analysis of the relationship between owners and workers in a capitalist economy, especially in relationship to resource distribution and decision-making. Then, we will apply a definition of capitalism in order to make visible and notice existing non-capitalist activities. We’ll then apply our deeper understandings of capitalism to explore alternate structures.




David Ferris is the current steward of Highlander’s work in economic justice and social solidarity economies.


Elandria Williams is PeoplesHub Training Director and worked with the Highlander Center and other partners to design the Mapping Our Futures curriculum.

Training Length and Type:


120 minutes


Monday, May 6


From 9am-11am PT/ 11am-1pm CT/ 12pm-2pm ET


Connect as an individual

Workshop Offered: 


Monday, May 6


From 9am-11am PT/ 11am-1pm CT/ 12pm-2pm ET


This training is ideal for:


Activists, organizers, community change makers, and people interested in learning more about the solidarity economy and how to apply it within the local community.

Training Outcomes


You will:


  • Recognize who owns and controls work and labor in our communities
  • Understand what’s fundamental to capitalism
  • Reflect upon and share experiences of work and ownership
  • Analyze relationships between owners and workers, especially resource distribution and decision-making
  • Imagine structures beyond of capitalism


What do you do to prepare?


Our workshops are participatory. We do not offer workshop participants recordings because of the intimate nature of our online workshop style. Your participation is an important part of the community learning process, so please join us for the live workshop.


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





This workshop series is donation based. Please pay it forward as you are able to support poor and working class people to participate in future trainings offered by PeoplesHub.

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David Ferris (left)

David Ferris is the current steward of Highlander’s work in economic justice and social solidarity economies. They lead workshops in economics and governance, and participate in regional, national and international formations working to transform society to a solidarity economy and support local movement and efforts to build more just, democratic, and sustainable communities. They first became involved with Highlander in 2010 and have been incorporating popular education methods and tools ever since to organize communities, develop leaders, and take action.


Elandria Williams (right)

Director of Training at PeoplesHub, Elandria 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. 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.