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Mapping Our Futures - Highlander Economics and Governance One-day Workshop!

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University Of Illinois At Chicago

1200 West Harrison Street

Chicago, IL 60607

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We are very excited to share Highlander's one-day Economics and Governance Curriculum with Chicago-area social justice groups.

This is a very participatory curriculum that helps communities demystify the economic and governance systems we live under. We analyze our communities' economic and governance systems to show how they interconnect and to encourage people to see solutions or alternatives that can shift power and resources back into the hands of our communities.

At the heart of the curriculum is a community research and mapping process, along with analyzing the system we are in with a racial justice, class and patriarchy lens. Other components include family histories, learning more about capitalism, exploring democracy and policy making, and explore Beautiful Solutions, stepping stones to a new economy.

Highlander is working with New Economy Coalition and others on Beautiful Solutions: a book, website and training program to share strategies that exist around the world, and ones we are currently imagining that can inspire action from local to global communities. This is an just introductory day long workshop which is a smaller part of our economics and governance curriculum. People and communities can adapt, change, create and build from this process. These curriculum is for everybody and we hope that we all have "blow your mind moments" and learn from each other.

This training is taking place as part of New Economy Coalition's national member gathering but we've reserved 15 slots for Chicago-area organizers from outside the NEC network. We encourage people to come as teams, so you can plan how this might be useful in your home community or group.

If you are interested in this event, please register to show your interest. Registration is in on a "pay-what-you-can" basis.

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The Highlander Research and Education Center serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the U.S. South. Through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work, we help to create spaces — at Highlander and in local communities — where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible.

Highlander is a place where leaders, networks, and movement strands come together to interact, build friendships, craft joint strategy and develop the tools and mechanisms needed to advance a multi-racial, inter-generational movement for social and economic justice in our region. Highlander is also a source of political continuity, across both geography and history, linking current movement efforts to movements across the globe and to the history of movements across multiple generations. Highlander’s work – convening workshops; scouting for emerging leadership and political action; ‘relationship-building’; connecting across difference; documentation; cultural engagement – marks, shapes and forms the trajectory of political action by helping to create a common understanding of the work to be done by supporting and connecting actual and potential doers of that work.

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