NOTE: We’ve updated our schedule and added workshop descriptions! See below for changes! 

WHEN: Saturday, April 20th 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 21st 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

WHERE: Ithaca College Park School of Business.

Programming Starts Promptly at 9:30 AM on Saturday and 9:00 AM on Sunday. On Site Registration/Check In: 8:00 AM on Saturday the Park School of Business on the First Floor Atrium. Register in Advance Here (Help us estimate food and space needs!) Check back in for workshop and training details as we finalize our Schedule!




Day 1: Saturday April 20th

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast 

Block 1: Putting Justice at the Center

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome Session! We’ll welcome everyone into the conference space, run down logistics for the weekend.

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM What does it mean to put put “Justice at the center” of our work?! We’ll introduce our framework of “Re-Centering” our work.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Keynotes. Juliet Schor, Lilian Molina, and Esteban Kelly will ground the weekend in the ideas at the forefront of the transition from a consumer culture to a solidarity economy founded in environmental justice.

LUNCH: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Block 2: Envisioning a Just and Sustainable Future, Transforming Vision into Action Three sessions of Interactive Trainings, Panels and Lectures! 

Round One: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

New Economics 101 w/ Juliet Schor (Lecture) Rm: BUS 111

Banking and Finance for Community Well-Being (Panel) Rm: BUS 103

Divestment/Reinvestment (Panel) Rm: BUS 104

Public Narrative – Story of Self, Us and Now (Interactive Training) Rm: Friends 201

Roles of Social Change (Interactive Training) Rm: Friends 203

Small Step Solutions (Interactive Training) Rm: Friends 205

Round Two: 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Environmental Justice w/ Lilian Molina (Interactive Training) Rm: BUS 111

Cooperative Business (Panel) Rm: BUS 103

Food Justice (Panel) Rm: BUS 104

Mutual Aid & Free Skools (Interactive Training) Rm: Friends 201

Coalition Building (Interactive Training) Rm: Friends 203

Creating Campaigns for Social Change (Interactive Training) Rm: Friends 205

Round Three: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Anti-Oppression Organizing w/ Eteban Kelly (Interactive Training) Rm: BUS 111

Campus-Community Collaboration (Panel) Rm: BUS 103

Revitalizing the Commons (Panel) Rm: BUS 104

Young Elected Officials (Lecture) Rm: Friends 201

Teams and Process (Interactive Training) Rm: Friends 203

Negotiating with Power (Interactive Training) Rm: Friends 205

Social Media (Interactive Training) Rm: Friends 207

Closing Session: 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM In our closing session, we’ll debrief the day and map out topics and goals for Sunday’s sessions.

Caucuses and Autonomous Spaces 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (Space is available until 9:30 PM)


Day 2: Sunday April 21st 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast

Block 4: Transforming Action into Community

Sunday will be dedicated entirely to creating a space for dialogue and discussion on how to take action to build a more just and sustainable community in our region. The morning will be organized as a facilitated workshop led by social movement trainers.

9:00 AM – 11:00 PM Facilitated Group Workshop. Check in for details as we approach the event!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Sunday Closing Session

12:00 PM – 2:30 PM Action! Details coming soon!

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Optional Screening of’s “Do the Math”


Round One: 1:00-2:00pm

New Economics 101 (Lecture)

Location: BUS 111

Speaker: Juliet Schor (Professor at Boston College; Author of Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth)

Description: New Economics combines a number of approaches within economics to form a coherent, new paradigm. In this workshop we will discuss three key aspects of the new economics paradigm, setting them against “old economics” thinking. They are: the debate about growth and the natural environment; bottom-up versus top-down economic approaches; and approaches to consumption.

Banking and Finance for Community Well-Being (Panel Discussion)

Location: BUS 103

Panelists: Tristam Coffin (CEO, Alternatives Federal Credit Union), Kirby Edmonds (Dorothy Cotton Institute; Managing Partner TFC Associates)

Description: This discussion would work to inform about methods of banking and finance that work to promote economic opportunity for systematically underserved people and contribute to the well-being of the community.

Divestment and Reinvestment (Panel Discussion)

Location: BUS 104

Panelists: Dan Apfel (Responsible Endowments Coalition), KC Alvey ( and the Green Umbrella)

Description: From a climate justice perspective, demanding institutional divestment from fossil fuel companies has become a powerful tool in demonstrating a commitment to a clean energy future.  This workshop will recognize the power of divestment campaigning and discuss powerful ways to reinvest in projects that support community development and a clean energy future.

Public Narrative – Storytelling as Leadership (Interactive Training)

Location: Friends 201

Trainer: Reed Steberger (Green Umbrella – State Coordinator)

Description: Our stories communicate who we are: our values, our experiences, why we do what we do. When we tell our stories as public narrative, we transform those values into community action and engage in the discursive process by which individuals, communities, and nations construct identity, formulate choices, and motivate action. In the training we’ll learn about storytelling how to tell our own public stories.

What Type of Leader are You? (Interactive Training)

Location: Friends 203

Trainer: Allison Currier (Environmental Leadership and Actions Network)

Description: Are you a warrior, a nurturer, a researcher?  We all have something important to offer and this workshop will help you find your place in a movement.  We will unite on the basis of our similarities and differences and learn how to embrace our unique leadership skills to create a powerful movement together.  Who’s with me?

Small Steps, BIG Solutions (Interactive Training)

Location: Friends 205

Trainers: Karim Beers (Get Your Green Back) and Caroline Burchell (Get Your Green Back)

Description: Learn how young people around Tompkins County are organizing campaigns around local food, transportation alternatives, waste reduction and energy efficiency. Explore how the community-wide Get Your GreenBack Tompkins campaign can support your interests, and leave the workshop with your own plan for change

Round Two: 2:15-3:15pm

Environmental Justice (Interactive Training)

Location: BUS 111

Trainer: Lilian Molina (Environmental Justice Advocate, Community Organizer and Organizing Coach)

Description: Let’s get it clear, Environmental Justice is not about achieving justice for the environment; it’s about ending Environmental Racism. The fight to end Environmental Racism is understood by a few, but embodied by many. Come explore the meaning, the history and the victories of the least funded social movement in the US. Environmental Justice is the robust movement led by people of color, indigenous peoples and low-income people to ensure the human right to live life free of environmental burdens and hazards.

Cooperative Business (Panel Discussion)

Location: BUS 103

Panelists: Bob Proehl (Buffalo Street Books), Brandon Kane (GreenStar Cooperative Market) 12th Moon (GreenStar Cooperative Market)

Description: Representatives of cooperative businesses in our community will come discuss how cooperative modeling works and the role of cooperative business in promoting community social, economic, and cultural well-being.

Food Justice (Panel Discussion)

Location: BUS 104

Panelists: Aaron Snow (Brooktondale), Larisa Comacho (Gardens for Humanity), Ann Piombino (Youth Farm Project), Esteban Kelly (Food Justice & Anti-Racism)

Description: This workshop will examine the value of developing locally based food systems in which sustainable production, distribution, and consumption contribute to the environmental, social, and economic health of the community.  This will be examined within a broader food justice framework that ensures food security and freedom from hunger.

Mutual Aid for Social Movements (Lecture)

Location: Friends 201

Trainer: Ryan Clover-Owens

Description: Using both historical and current examples, this workshop is a how-to guide to social movement organizing. With principles of unity, affinity groups, and mutual support, a movement is adaptable, diverse, and most of all effective.

Coalition Building (Interactive Training)

Location: Friends 203

Trainer: Ren Ostry (Environmental Leadership and Actions Network)

Description: The greatest resource we’ve got is each other! This training will get you thinking of tools and skills you don’t even know you have and how to harness them to run and win campaigns.

What is a Campaign? (Interactive Training)

Location: Friends 205

Trainers: Dennis Fox (KyotoNOW!, Cornell University), Allison Currier (Environmental Leadership and Actions Network, Ithaca College)

Description: A campaign is a strategic and motivational way to organize our activities. Campaigns help us organize the way we use our time–one of our most valuable resources–to achieve social change. This workshop will talk about how to organize campaigns by setting goals, picking targets, choosing tactics to create the change we need!

Round Three: 3:30-4:30pm

Anti-Oppression Fundamentals: Understanding Power, Privilege, and Systems of Oppression (Interactive Training)

Location: BUS 111

Trainer: Esteban Kelly (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance)

Description: In this interactive workshop we will learn how systems of oppression operate interpersonally, institutionally, and culturally. After building a shared analysis we’ll also have space to unpack how these systems relate to economic justice and the new economy we want to build. We all need to challenge behaviors and practices rooted in oppressive systems in order to improve our relationships and our communities and work toward collective liberation.

Campus-Community Collaboration (Panel Discussion)

Location: BUS 103

Panelists: Peter Bardaglio (Second Nature and the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative) and Sara Brylinsky (Second Nature; Ithaca College Alum)

Description: This workshop will investigate ways in which the economic power of universities can be harnessed to support community wealth building and ways that students can demand institutional responsibility and accountability.

Revitalizing the Commons (Panel Discussion)

Location: BUS 104

Panelists: Evan Williams (Downtown Ithaca Alliance), Jan Rhodes Norman (Local First Ithaca), Bob Rossi (Sustainable Enterprise & Entrepreneur Network)

Description: The Commons has traditionally been the economic heart of Ithaca, though globalized economic pressures led to the development a large chain mall two miles away in the late 1990s. These national and multinational retailers have recognizably harmed the strength of the Commons.  This panel discussion will focus on methods to restore the vitality of the Commons and recognizing how support for local businesses contributes to the community and the local economic multiplier.

Young Elected Officials (Interactive Training)

Location: Friends Hall 201

Trainer: Dominic Frongillo (Town Councilor and Deputy Town Supervisor of Caroline, NY)

Description: Learn about the opportunities to create change as a young elected official.

Teams and Process (Interactive Training)

Location: Friends Hall 203

Trainer: KC Alvey ( and the Green Umbrella)

Description: As organizers, we win campaigns and create successful projects by building empowered and interdependent teams! The workshop will cover team building models, the elusive art of meeting facilitation and agenda setting, and using consensus decision making to empower action.

Negotiating with Power (Interactive Training)

Location: Friends 205

Trainer: Dan Apfel (Responsible Endowments Coalition)

Description: Time to win? Learn how to figure out who has the power to make the decision you’re looking for and how to use your power to get the best results from your meetings with them.

Social Media (Interactive Training)

Location: Friends Hall 207

Trainer: Zack Malitz (Credo Action)

Description: Using social media for social change: the why and how of social media.  This workshop will focus on integrating online and offline tactics, choosing the right online toolset, and creating good online content.


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