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, soci-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 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 13

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

Connect as an individual

Workshop Offered: 

Monday, May 13

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:


  • 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.





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.