Remaking the Economy: The Critical Role of Advocacy


In this series, we have explored a range of practices that have been pioneered by social movement activists and nonprofits to build wealth in communities through community ownership of land, business, and finance. But public policy is not always amendable to community-based forms of ownership.

What can and should be done to make public policy more conducive to a more democratic economy? That is the central question of this webinar, which will lift up stories from practitioner-experts who have helped create and implement policy to support new forms of community-based economic development at the local, state, and federal levels.

Remaking the Economy: The Critical Role of Advocacy begins with a brief interview with Esteban Kelly, executive director of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, who will talk about the role of policy in supporting worker co-op development in New York City; Madison, Wisconsin; and elsewhere.

Following the interview, NPQ Senior Editor Steve Dubb will facilitate a panel with three expert speakers: Yassi Eskandari-Qajar, policy director at the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland, California; Anthony Flaccavento, a candidate for Congress in 2018 from Abingdon, Virginia, and author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Ground Up, which focuses on policy in rural communities; and Evette Roots, who is a social enterprise specialist at the Office of Community Wealth Building in Richmond, Virginia.