Monday, May 21, 2012

Progressive Opportunities Conference:
Selected Session Videos

Mon, May 21, 2012 at 3:31 PM

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State and national small business policy and opportunities discussion
Changing public policy through advocacy in Sacramento and Washington is essential for building a robust and sustainable economy. David Brodwin will describe their increasingly successful work to mobilize business leaders and create a counter-force in the media, supporting forward-looking policies to restore American competitiveness and promote sustainable and socially-responsible growth.
Speakers - David Brodwin, American Sustainable Business Council(Clip below)
Scott Hauge, President, Small Business California and Cal-Insure;(NOT filmed)


Sustainable communities - advancing clean energy, water efficiency, and smart growth in the East Bay
Join key public officials in a conversation about the opportunities for the East Bay to thrive with a sustainable economy and environment. The crisis of climate change calls for resilient local action - hear what our representatives are doing to increase clean energy and energy efficiency at the state and local levels. The East Bay and the city of Oakland is facing a crossroads, with the elimination of redevelopment agencies, but with opportunities for an urban renaissance - how can cities move forward and encourage livable communities and sustainable transportation?
Speakers - Andy Katz, Director, East Bay Municipal Utility District; Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, Representing the 14th District, State of California


Unions and the new economy
Those who advocate new economic forms speak a language of ethical treatment of all. Yet, visions of a new economy often neglect to consider effects on workers, especially workers who perform more repetitive jobs. At the same time, the historic form of protections for workers - unions - has had a focus on community and protection of all since their inception. Yet, unions have had difficulties adapting to changes in the old economy and have not fully entered the conversation about a new economy. What is the role of unions in a new economy? How should new economy advocates think about this? How can these groups work together? This session will explore these rich and perplexing questions.
Speakers - Carl Hall, Media Workers; John Logan, Director of Labor and Employment Studies, San Francisco State University; Cindy Chavez, South Bay Labor Council (invited); Andreas Cluver, Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County; Keiranne Steele, Associate, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld; Jay Youngdahl, President, East Bay Express and Partner, Youngdahl & Citti, P.C.


Visualizing a sharing economy - a cartoon guide to the policies and practices that are paving or blocking the way
Sharing is a key ingredient in the transition to a more sustainable world. Car sharing, shared housing, barter networks, gift circles, shared food gardens, meal sharing, community energy projects, cooperatives, community-supported enterprises - these are just some examples of ways that sharing is becoming an essential part of our economy and livelihoods. With the help of somewhat goofy cartoon slides, Janelle will discuss practical ideas and tools, ways of overcoming barriers to sharing, and exciting new developments in the realm of sharing economies.
Speaker - Janelle Orsi, Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center and Law Office of Janelle Orsi
Speaker presented by - Marissa LaMagna, Executive Director, Bay Area Green Tours



Why Occupy changes everything and how to join with Occupy to build powerful coalitions for change
A discussion on how citizen action has altered the regional and national discussion on our economy, prompted individual and collective change, and has the potential to further promote our transformation to a new more just and sustainable economy.
Speakers - Sara Mizner, Occupy Oakland; Phoebe Sorgen, Occupy Berkeley; Maria Gastelumendi, Rising Loafer Cafe & Bakery; Scott Rossi, Occupy San Francisco
Speakers presented by - Susie Cagle, Freelance Journalist


Worker cooperatives - sustainable economic development
This session will focus on how worker cooperatives (workplaces owned and controlled by their workers) are an integral part of sustainable, local economic development. Areas discussed will include the basics of worker cooperatives, the impact of worker cooperatives on local communities/economies, successful models of worker cooperative development (start-ups), and barriers to growing the worker cooperative economy. Resources will also be available for participants interested in working in/starting a worker cooperative or wanting to support workplace democracy in the Bay Area.
Speakers - Dave Karoly, Staff, NoBAWC; Kasper Koczab, Staff, NoBAWC and East Bay Express; Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital; Paul Knowles, Rainbow Grocery


A reminder that if there was a session you do not see listed here please go to Progressive Opportunities Conference 2012: Audio to search for the audio recording.

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