Remaking the Economy: Finding the Levers for System Change

Remaking The Economy (11.10.2021)

Remaking the Economy: Finding the Levers for System Change

Wednesday, November 10th, at 2:00pm EST*

How does social change happen? Join us to explore economic system change from multiple vantage points: including community-based economic development, electoral organizing, and group facilitation—with an eye to identifying unexpected intersections and areas of alignment. For this discussion, our panelists are:

Sendolo Diaminah is co-director of Carolina Federation, a statewide group that combines electoral work with base-building local grassroots community organizing. In 2020, the group organized its first campaigns in four North Carolina counties.

Lela Klein is co-executive director of Co-op Dayton, a nonprofit incubator of cooperatives. Klein was part of a team that engaged in a 6-year-long co-op organizing campaign that culminated in May 2021 opening of Gem City Market, a food co-op in West Dayton, a primarily Black neighborhood.

Tuesday Ryan-Hart is cofounder and system change strategist for The Outside, a social change consultancy that helps build infrastructure for equitable systems change and which works with a wide range of groups across the globe in areas such as employment policy, hunger alleviation, homelessness, and refugee assistance.

This webinar will explore:

  • What are leading barriers to changing economic systems, even at the local level? What are some effective techniques for overcoming those barriers?
  • How does one go about organizing a facilitated process to engage in equitable systems change? What are some key questions to ask going in?
  • What does base-building organizing involve in practice? How does it differ from traditional voter mobilization strategies?
  • What are the elements that enable a community to sustain a community economic development campaign over multiple years?
  • What factors go into the choice of tactics (e.g., inside v. outside strategies)?
  • What tools can people use to map the terrain and gain a better sense of where and how to act?
  • What are some examples where organizing has led to major economic changes? What are some of the factors that led to those successes?
  • What steps can nonprofits and philanthropy take to support economic systems change work?

Whether you’re a social movement activist, nonprofit leader, board member, or engaged in community-based organizing, this webinar will provide you with real-life examples and lessons learned that can inform your work in your own community.

The moderator for this webinar is NPQ senior editor and economic justice program director 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.  

You can send your questions to to have them answered during the web event.

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*The recording and slides of this webinar will be available on the NPQ website 2-3 days after the live event.