PeoplesHub Workshop – Connect online as an individual

Wealth, Ownership and Control: History and Today


As part of the Mapping Our Futures series, journey through history in order to better understand our current economic and governance systems and how they inform our current communities. Beginning with story circles, we will share our community histories of crisis and resistance. Then we will explore the history of empire, capitalism, and social movements in order to place our individual community histories into a collective, socio-political and historical context. We will gain a better understanding of wealth, ownership and control in our society, and the policies and practices that maintain them. We will use this knowledge to form new community stories about our past, present, and future.



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:

2 Hours

Connect as an individual

Workshop Offered: 

Monday, September 16

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:


  • Dive into the history, events and decisions that have led to our current economic and political moment
  • Understand empire and the role of liberalism
  • Examine historical social movements
  • Understand the historical context for wealth, ownership and control
  • Examine the role that policies and practices have in either upholding the status quo or supporting transformation
  • Analyze our community histories and reclaim and develop narratives that inspire a future of transformation


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.