The Next Systems Teach-in

Next System Seattle Teach-In

Join us to explore solutions @ The Next System Teach-in

April 25, 2016 
Walker Ames Room,  Kane Hall, UW Seattle

The realities of growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption just scratch the surface of global issues we face today.  It is clear that the current system doesn’t work for the vast majority of people on the planet, and we need to work toward something better.

At the same time new ideas and movements are challenging long held boundaries of what’s politically possible, illustrated by the success of Bernie Sanders, the resonance of #BlackLivesMatter, and campaigns to block the fossil fuel economy.

In order to build a world that puts people, communities and the planet first, we need to imagine what’s possible. We invite you to help us build a learning community for realignment of the economy, environment, and democracy so that all three systems work better for people and the planet.


1:00pmPanel & Discussion 1 – How can the economy be equitable and environmentally sustainable?

Lance Bennett, Director Center for Communication and Civic Engagement

Jill Mangaliman, Executive Director of Got Green

Nathaniel Matthews-Trigg, Student Leader of Radical Public Health

2:00pm: Panel & Discussion 2 – What local solutions can become models in a global system?

Karen Litfin, Author of “Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community” and Melissa Young, Producer of the Films “Shift Change” and “WEconomics”

3:00pm: Panel & Discussion 3 – What would real democracy look like?

Nick Licata, Former Seattle City Councilmember & author of “Becoming a Citizen Activist”

Michael McCann, Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Edgar Franks, Farmworker Advocate & Coordinator at Community to Community Development

4:00pm: Panel & Discussion 4 – Can capitalism be fixed?

John de Graaf, Author of “Affluenza” and “What’s Economy for, Anyway?”

Sarra Tekola, Climate Justice Activist from Women of Color Speak Out

Gillian Locascio, State Coordinator of Washington Fair Trade Coalition

5:30pm-6:30pm:  Networking Hour

6:30pm-8:00pmRethinking Prosperity: How can we move beyond “Economy vs. Environment” and “Democracy for the Few”?

Jeff Johnson, President, Washington State Labor Council

Stephen Bezruchka, Thought Leader in Public Health and Inequality

Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Councilmember

Audience Discussion

The Next System Teach-In was attended by hundreds of voices united in their common cause of creating a more equitable, democratic, and sustainable world. After listening to the panelists, the audience participants got a chance to discuss the issues in small roundtable discussions where they could record any key insights from their discussions on sticky notes, which were then incorporated into the graphic art recording of the event. You can read a summary of the audience discussion in the post “Next System Teach-In Participants call for real democracy, equitable and green economy.”

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What’s the Teach-in all about?  Read the Next Systems Systems Change Guide and be ready to join in the discussion!


Center for Communication and Civic Engagement



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