Many people are currently working on components of a New Economy, but too often their efforts remain fragmented and outside the mainstream of public discourse. Out of these hundreds of efforts, a movement is emerging. At this year’s Living the New Economy Convergence, Oakland will join 18 other cities around the country in bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, activists, non-profits, producers, and makers to inspire new ideas and produce tangible projects that move us closer to a New Economy.
The event focuses on transformative solutions and opportunities within six intersectional tracks: Alternative Money & Finance, New Business Models, New Justice, Housing & Neighborhoods, Food Land & Water, and Local Manufacturing. It aims to convene and support all those who might contribute to an economy that is restorative to people, place, and planet, and that operates according to principles of democracy, justice and appropriate scale.
Although we are lining up exciting speakers, you won't just be listening to talks. You'll be meeting and collaborating with other participants and launching project ideas. The first two days of the Convergence will resemble a traditional conference, with presentations, discussions, and workshops facilitated by New Economy thought-leaders from various sectors. The second two days will consist of a “New Economy Challenge” or hackathon, during which you'll collaborate with a team to develop a business idea, program, art project, or anything that supports the transition to a New Economy in the Bay Area. On the final day of the Convergence, four of the most promising projects will be selected for incubation with the Uptima Business Bootcamp cooperative, an innovative member-owned business accelerator program.