Remaking the Economy: Owning Our Future

Wednesday, September 14th, at 2:00-3:00 pm ET 


How do we create an economy in which ownership is truly shared and in which we all co-own the future? To addresses this question, four authors from NPQ’s summer economic justice magazine will challenge us to rethink how to structure ownership at the level of culture, the nonprofit sector, and the workplace. Our panelists are:

  • Kamuela Enos is director of the Office of Indigenous Innovation at the University of Hawai’i, of mixed-race Hawaiian heritage, and a longtime activist in the Indigenous rights movement in Hawai’i.
  • Rodney Foxworth is CEO of Common Future, an organization that supports a network of leaders who are building a more equitable economy in over 100 low-income communities and communities of color across the country.
  • Emily Kawano is codirector of the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation, based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and is a cofounder of the US Solidarity Economic Network.
  • Esteban Kelly is executive director of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, which represents the nation’s estimated 1,000 worker co-ops, and is a longtime leader in the solidarity economy and co-op movements.

This webinar will explore:

  • What is ownership? How does its present structure reinforce inequality?
  • How does the present system of ownership facilitate resource extraction?
  • What ownership rights presently accrue to the owners of capital? What rights do the public and local communities retain?
  • How must ownership rights be restructured to create a more equitable economy?
  • How can nonprofits and community groups leverage their own economic activity to promote a more equitable and democratic economy?
  • How can a kinship-based model of ownership support the revival of Indigenous communities and promote equitable regeneration?
  • How do worker co-ops democratize ownership? What role can policy play?
  • What does a broader vision of democratic ownership that sustains us—at work, on the land, in communities, and at home—look, taste, and feel like?

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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