PeoplesHub Workshop – Connect online as an individual
Mapping Our Futures: Economics and Governance Series
This participatory, popular education series will help participants understand the fundamental forces of the current economic and governance systems, envision a democratic, just, and sustainable future, and strategize toward building the new solidarity economy we all deserve. This series provides an introduction to Highlander’s Mapping Our Futures curriculum and lifts up innovative strategies from across the globe that are advancing new economies and shifting the ways groups organize themselves, govern their work together, resist capitalism’s structurally designed inequities, and transform people’s lives and conditions. This curriculum is designed for community groups to build analysis and strategy and we hope that people can take this home and share these processes locally.
We will explore how economics and governance apply to our families and communities. We will deepen our understanding of a capitalist economy through the lens of our individual and collective experiences. We will focus on the seeds of solutions transpiring in our communities and around the world and nurture these seeds as we cultivate a foundation for a more democratic, just and sustainable system and so much more.
Our partner for this workshop series, the Highlander Research and Education Center primarily exists to support organizers in the US South and Appalachia. If you are living and organizing in the US South, Appalachia, or the Global South please contact us at email@example.com if you need a scholarship in order to attend. We will be offering needs-based scholarships on a case by case basis.
David Ferris is the current steward of Highlander’s work in economic justice and social solidarity economies.
Elandria Williams is the Executive Director of PeoplesHub and worked with the Highlander Center and other partners to design the Mapping Our Futures curriculum.
Rachel Plattus is Co-Creator of Beautiful Solutions.
Training Length and Type:
Two Hours per session
Connect as an individual
Full Workshop Series Offered (all 7 sessions):
Mondays, August 12, 19, 26, September 9, 16, October 7 and 14
From 3:30-5:30pm PT/ 5:30-7:30pm CT/ 6:30-8:30pm ET
Foundational Workshop Series Offered (first 3 sessions):
Mondays, August 12, 19, 26
From 3:30-5:30pm PT/ 5:30-7:30pm CT/ 6:30-8:30pm 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 local community.
You’ll come away with:
- A deeper understanding of the fundamental forces of current economic and governance systems
- A clearer vision of the “Solidarity Economy” as the democratic, just, and sustainable future we deserve
- Deepened awareness of existing examples of Solidarity Economy
- A deeper analysis of our community and potential solutions for community transformation
- Strategies and tools to begin building the new solidarity economy we all deserve
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.
There will be homework between the sessions to deepen the understanding of how to apply changes in your community.
Full Series: Choose what to pay, starting at $140. The true cost of this workshop series is $350/person.
Foundational Series: Choose what to pay, starting at $60. The true cost of this workshop series is $150/person.
Our pricing guideline allows us to continue to offer programs like these 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?
Our partner for this workshop series, the Highlander Research and Education Center primarily exists to support organizers in the US South and Appalachia. If you are living and organizing in the US South, Appalachia, or the Global South please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
Made possible by our partners:
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)
Executive Director of 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.
Rachel Berliner Plattus (right)
Rachel Berliner Plattus is from New Haven, CT and currently lives in Boston, MA. She is Co-Creator of Beautiful Solutions, a storytelling and popular education project supporting people to imagine and create community-controlled solutions to the problems they face. Rachel also works with a national network of women religious and spiritually diverse millennials through Nuns and Nones, and with Jewish organizers and spiritual leaders through Taproot. She is a graphic artist, a street medic, and a trainer with PeoplesHub. She likes to explore how to make meaning and support healing on big paper, in the dance studio, in the kitchen, in wild places, and in spaces that bring us into conversation, connection, and collective action with one another.