The New Economy and the Quietly Emerging Next System
October 5, 2017, 5:15-6:30pm, Vermont Law School
What is the new economy? Just beneath the surface of media reporting, a new economy is quietly emerging. It includes cooperatives, public banks, new clean energy strategies, successful campaigns to turn polluting utilities into ecologically sustainable municipal systems, along with an explosion of related developments at different levels of scale. Simultaneously—and even as national politics is in disarray—an expanding intellectual and political movement involving leading writers and activists has begun to suggest the larger systemic directions to which the building momentum points.
Gar Alperovitz, former Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, is Co-Chair of The Next System Project (with James Gustav Speth) and Co-Founder of The Democracy Collaborative, an organization devoted to developing community wealth-building approaches to local and national democratic reconstruction.
A former Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge University, and a founding Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard, he has served as a Legislative Director in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and as a Special Assistant working on United Nations matters in the Department of State. He was Chief Economic Adviser to a coalition of 135 Members of Congress led by Rep. Richard Ottinger. He has also served as President of the Center for Community Economic Development, and of the Center for the Study of Public Policy.
Oct. 5, 2017, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in Chase Community Center at Vermont Law School. The lecture, which will open with a light reception, is free and open to the public and press, and will be streamed live at vermontlaw.edu/live.