PeoplesHub Workshop – Connect online as an individual

Mapping Our Futures:

The Way Forward


This culminating working session from the Mapping Our Futures Economics and Governance Seres moves participants from a new understanding of the solidarity economy towards application. We will think critically and plan strategically for community change. We will ask deep questions about policy and practice. Through an examination of the different levels of governance and decision-making, we will consider the role of organizing in shifting injustice in our community. We will reflect on the Foundational Solidarity Economy sessions, including our multi-layered community maps, in order to plan concrete projects to build and actualize the world we wish for our communities.



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:

120 minutes

Monday, October 7

From 3:30-5:30pm PT/ 5:30-7:30pm CT/ 6:30-8:30pm ET

Connect as an individual

Workshop Offered: 

Monday, October 14

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 the local community.

Training Outcomes


You will:


  • Create a vision for change and learn from others about their community visions
  • Examine the relationship between laws, policy and practice and explore how to influence and change them in our efforts towards community transformation
  • Develop projects or campaigns and explore how to integrate Mapping Our Futures learning in your community


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.





Choose what to pay, starting at $20. The true cost of this workshop is $50/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!

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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)

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.