Special Series!


Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 2:00 pm EDT 

Nonprofits are often formed to address problems that have deep economic roots and if the economic and social structure as a whole is decaying, the problems being addressed by nonprofits playing this gap filling role may only worsen. But there are ways to affect the economy from the most local to the most national levels – ways to stop what may appear to be inexorable trends towards greater inequality. To help you explore the practical range of options your organizations can consider, NPQ is launching a new series, called Building a More Democratic Economy. From now through June, NPQ will be hosting a series of 90-minute webinars to probe the different facets of this question with those with grounded knowledge in the field.

The kickoff webinar for this series—REMAKING THE ECONOMY—will take place on Thursday, November 8th, from 2 to 3:30 pm eastern time. This webinar will include a brief interview of Gar Alperovitz, a political economist who is a Co-Founder of the Democracy Collaborative. Following the interview, NPQ Senior Editor Steve Dubb will facilitate a panel with three expert speakers: Edgar Villanueva, Vice President of Programs at the Schott Foundation and Chair of Native Americans in Philanthropy; Maliki Kenyatta Yakini, executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network; and Deborah Frieze, founder of Boston Impact Initiative.

This webinar will explore:

  • What are core principles that can guide efforts to build a more democratic economy
  • What role nonprofits can play in addressing income and wealth inequality
  • How nonprofits can actively work to decolonize wealth by addressing intersecting forms of hierarchy and inequality
  • What it means to take an “ecosystem approach” to building alternative structures and institutions
  • What are points of leverage that enable nonprofits and movement leaders to begin to change systems and foster viable alternatives

Register to learn how nonprofits and movement activists are advancing strategies to address the economic and social inequalities of our time!

The moderator for this series will be NPQ Senior Editor Steve Dubb. Steve has worked with cooperatives and nonprofits for over two decades and has been both a student and practitioner in the field of community economic development.  Steve will help leaders think through critical questions as they advance their groundbreaking work. 

You can send your questions to editorinchief@npqmag.org to have them answered during the web event.