How is an economy built in which ownership is truly shared and in which we all co-own the future? To addresses this question and many others, four authors from NPQ’s summer 2022 economic justice magazine issue on “Owning Our Economy, Owning Our Future,” build on the articles they wrote and challenge viewers to rethink the future of our economy—touching on a range of themes from restructuring ownership in business, at the level of culture, in the nonprofit sector, and at the workplace.

The panelists participating in this wide-ranging conversation are:

  • Kamuela Enos, who 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, 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.

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Among the many questions explored in this webinar are the following:

  • What is ownership? How must ownership rights be restructured to create a more equitable economy?
  • What does the future of economic justice look like?
  • What are concrete action steps that people can take to advance a democratic economic vision?
  • 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 you decolonize the economy?
  • 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?


Steve Dubb and Emily Kawano, “Beyond Capitalism: Owning Our Economy, Owning Our Future,” NPQ, July 13, 2022.

Kamuela Enos and Miwa Tamanaha, Ownership as Kinship: Restoring the Abundance of Our Ancestors, NPQ September 7, 2022.

Rodney Foxworth, “Building Community Institutions of Our Own,” NPQ, July 20, 2022.

Melissa Hoover and Esteban Kelly, “Future Horizons: Visions toward Democratizing Our Economy,” NPQ, July 27, 2022.


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