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Thrive East Bay | Dreaming The Next Economy

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First Congregational Church of Oakland

2501 Harrison Street

Oakland, CA 94612

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Join Thrive East Bay on Sunday, June 4th as we explore Dreaming The Next Economy with guest speaker and new economy visionary Nwamaka Agbo, guest artist I.M.1 (a.k.a. Gino Pastori-Ng) and the Root Work Crew, and the soul-stirring Thrive East Bay Choir. As our current economic system continues to break down, how do we make a just transition to a new economy based on the principles of interconnectedness, abundance, and regeneration? Gather with us as we dream into the next economy and work to build its foundation in our lives and communities today.

What: Thrive East Bay Sunday events are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a just and flourishing world for all.

When: Sunday, June 4th from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)
Food & Connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland (walkable from 19th Street Bart station)
2501 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

Theme: Dreaming The Next Economy

Co-Hosts: Aryeh Shell & Rajiv Khanna

Music: the Thrive East Bay Choir (directed by Kyle Lemle)

Guest Speaker: Nwamaka Agbo is the New Economy Innovatoin Fellow for Movement Strategy Center where she brings over 10 years of experience working on social and economic justice campaigns that support the sustainable and equitable development of thriving communities. Through a strategic partnership with Movement Strategy Center, Nwamaka serves as the Program Manager for Restore Oakland - a joint initiative of the Ella Baker Center and Restaurant Opportunity Centers United. Most recently, as the Director of Programs at EcoDistricts, Nwamaka was responsible for leading Target Cities - a pilot program designed to support 11 innovative neighborhoods in 9 cities across North America in applying the EcoDistricts Global Protocol to help accelerate and achieve their district-scale sustainability goals. During her time as the Director of Programs at Transform Finance, Nwamaka helped to design and launch the inaugural Transform Finance Institute for Social Justice leaders. The Institute was created to educate and train social justice community leaders about how to best leverage impact investments to deepen their social impact for transformative social change. Prior to that, Nwamaka worked at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights for over six years in a range of positions spanning from Policy Director, to Campaign Director and Deputy Director. During her tenure at the Ella Baker Center, Nwamaka helped to support the launch of the Oakland Green Jobs Corp and later went on to develop the organization's Oakland-based Soul of the City civic engagement campaign.

Guest Artist: I.M.1 (InstruMental One) a.k.a. Gino Pastori-Ng, was born and raised in Oakland, California, and his first love was Hip-Hop music. He was initiated in the late 90's through endless freestyle ciphers huddled over park benches and crammed in parked cars. His music is an offering of gratitude for the ancestors, and strives to connect unique, individual experience to universal Truth. On a typical day, Gino can be found at Youth Impact Hub Oakland where he has spent most of the last 8 years supporting Bay Area youth to launch their own social enterprises to bring about an equitable, local economy. The Root Work Crew is a collaborative, music making family that calls for the resilience and wisdom of ALL our ancestors to guide humanity towards liberation.

Cost: No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There is a suggested sliding scale contribution of $10 - $20 to help us cover our costs. You are invited to contribute what you are called to and able to.

RSVP on Eventbrite. Please feel free to invite your family, friends, and neighbors, keeping in mind that we are building an intentionally diverse community of people from many races & ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, income ranges, and ages. You can invite people on the Facebook event here.

Food: Please bring a tasty vegan snack or treat to share with others during the social hour following the program.

Childcare: Please bring your little ones to participate in our children's program or childcare offered for free during the event. Reservations are required so we can plan accordingly. If you would like a spot for your child or children, please let us know at team@thriveeastbay.org.

Volunteers: We are seeking volunteers to help with the set-up and break-down of this event. If you are available to arrive early or stay late, please let us know at team@thriveeastbay.org.

We look forward to seeing you!

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the Thrive East Bay Team
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