2009 Summer Institute; After the Economic Meltdown: Building a Solidarity Economy

Starting Date: 07-12-2009
Ending Date: 07-17-2009
Address

World Fellowship Center
Conway, New Hampshire 03818
United States
413-545-0743
Description
CPE’s Summer Institute is a week-long intensive training in economics for activists, educators, and anyone who wants a better understanding of economics. We focus on how economic systems impact our lives and work every day. Our trainings are highly participatory and build on the knowledge and experience of our participants.
No background in economics is required.

At the heart of the Summer Institute program are two core courses, one on the U.S. Economy, one on the International Economy. All participants must choose one core course. The core classes meet each day in the mornings. Below is a sample of topics.

U.S. Economy

* Economy, race, class and gender
* Personal to global economic histories
* Labor and the workplace
* Roots of the Economic Meltdown & policy solutions (eg. fiscal & monetary)
* An intro. to international economics
* Economic alternatives

International Economy

* Brief history of the global economy
* International trade
* International production
* International finance, roots of the Economic Meltdown and solutions
* Creating a new world economy
Afternoon and evening events: In addition to the core courses is a rich selection of workshops, panels and discussion groups. We are also planning a special field trip to Bretton Woods where global economic structures such as the IMF, World Bank, and global trade agreements were hammered out after WWII. There will also be time for relaxation, recreation and networking.

Special Track: After the Economic Meltdown:
Each year, we choose an issue area that we focus on in the workshops and panels as well as in the core classrooms. Given the global economic crisis the clear choice was to focus on not only understanding the roots of the crisis, but how to get beyond it for the long term. This year’s special track will look at:
• How did we get into this economic mess? Was it individual greed or the way the system is rigged?
• What drives these booms and busts? Why do they happen on a regular basis?
• Could the economic crisis have been avoided?
• Is there a better way - one that puts people and planet front and center?
• What is the solidarity economy all about?

Afternoon and evening events: In addition to the core courses is a rich selection of workshops, panels and discussion groups. We are also planning a special field trip to Bretton Woods where global economic structures such as the IMF, World Bank, and global trade agreements were hammered out after WWII. There will also be time for relaxation, recreation and networking.

Special Track: After the Economic Meltdown:
Each year, we choose an issue area that we focus on in the workshops and panels as well as in the core classrooms. Given the global economic crisis the clear choice was to focus on not only understanding the roots of the crisis, but how to get beyond it for the long term. This year’s special track will look at:
• How did we get into this economic mess? Was it individual greed or the way the system is rigged?
• What drives these booms and busts? Why do they happen on a regular basis?
• Could the economic crisis have been avoided?
• Is there a better way - one that puts people and planet front and center?
• What is the solidarity economy all about?
Geographical Scope: International
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