The New Economy Law and Policy Forum is a global educational platform for ideas about system change. Our aim is to deepen public understanding and provide action items for those interested in long-term change to the political economy to make it more sustainable, just, and democratic. The sessions are free and open to the public, at Vermont Law School and online.

Do more than resist. Make a change.

Energize the local economy.

Grow quality of life.

Transform politics.

Today’s political economic system is misaligned to meet the imperatives to rapidly reduce greenhouse gases and to share wealth more equitably at home and abroad. The new economy movement has emerged to provide an alternative system where ecological integrity, social justice, and vibrant democracy are central.

Session One

The New Economy and the Quietly Emerging Next System

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.

featuring Gar Alperovitz, moderated by James Gustave “Gus” Speth

Oct. 5, 2017 @ 5:15 p.m.

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Session Two

Localize It: What Resilience Looks Like

A two-day solutions conference focused gathering for leaders and community members engaged in accelerating a localizing movement in our region. We are working on systemic renewal in an age of climate crisis, economic injustice, and frayed democratic systems. BALE (Building A Local Economy) is leading this session.

featuring Frances Moore Lappe, Jonathan Rosenthal, Helena Norberg Hodge, Sherri Mitchell, and more

Oct. 21 and 22, 2017
Sat from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Session Three

Energize Democracy: How to Run for Office

Whether you’re thinking of the U.S. Senate or a local school board, come learn the basics of running for elected office: Motivation, Message, Money, and Mechanics. This workshop is nonpartisan, free, and open to the public.

featuring Kathleen Falk, former Gov. Madeleine Kunin, and more

Nov. 11, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Session Four

Transform Politics: Reform Campaign Finance

Foreign money and corporate money in American politics have long threatened American democracy, but in recent years, the threat has become overwhelming. Citizens United, the Supreme Court case that redefined corruption, has had a massive impact on our politics in just 7 years. Is Donald Trump taking foreign money in direct violation of the Constitution?

featuring Zephyr Teachout, moderated by Melissa Scanlan

Nov. 20, 2017 @ 5:15 p.m.

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All events will be on the VLS campus and available on Live Stream