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Introducing Next Systems

Winter 2022 L4E Speaker Series

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Introducing Next Systems
Introducing Next Systems

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Jan 07, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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7 January 2022 1:00-2:30pm eastern

In early 2015, The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) launched the Next System Project, a research and development lab for political economic alternatives, motivated by the view that systemic problems require systemic solutions. The Next System Project combined research and strategic thinking with on-the-ground organizing and development experience to explore new visions, thinking and models that would enable next systems to emerge. Its call to action was to clear a pathway for alternatives that could lift us out of the failed systems of the past and present, and deliver superior social, economic, and ecological outcomes.

Six years later, TDC and others have amassed compelling evidence that deep change is not only necessary but possible. Now TDC has embarked on a new project to take all that has been learned and embed next system thinking and acting within higher education. Next System Studies works closely with the academy to provide partnership, content, and support for “next system” teachers, scholars, students, and external actors who want to build a new framework for political economy that centers ecological systems and the wellbeing of people and communities.

Following TDC’s recent publication of The New Systems Reader: Alternatives to a Failed Economy (Routledge), the Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) program, through its Ecozoic Policy Project (EPP), is pleased to offer our community of researchers and activists the opportunity to engage with Next System Studies.

This session will explore Next System Studies and the community of practice needed to realize multiple alternatives. Please join for this discussion hosted by Matthew Burke, L4E Postdoctoral Fellow and EPP Coordinator, and including Leslie Harroun, Senior Fellow for Strategic Initiatives at The Democracy Collaborative, and Dr. Ben Manski, Assistant Professor of Sociology at George Mason University, who recently helped launch the first Next System Studies program at GMU for next system teaching and research.

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