NEXT ECONOMY

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Purpose

MSC’s Next Economy program supports the transition to an economy based on interdependence, abundance and regeneration.   Next Economy program focuses on discovering, building, and supporting what is feasible, scalable and replicable, while staying rooted in the needs and interests of  local communities.

Our current global economic system is based on exploitation and profit maximization that sacrifice our most vulnerable communities as well as the natural world.  We know that today, our communities face the worst of climate catastrophe and epic dislocation, the symptoms of a system in its last, most destructive phase.  The current unsustainable system is melting down. Let’s put something strong in it’s place.

Lead

Nwamaka Agbo

Goals

In its first phase, the Next Economy program will produce strategy tools and maps that support, strengthen and grow the present Next Economy movement.  MSC will develop these tools and maps guided by these questions:

  • What are the tools that need to be created or adjusted to support social, racial and economic justice leaders and organizations in transitioning to a Next Economy within their work?
  • What type of technical assistance and capacity building is needed to assist others towards a transition to a Next Economy?
  • What new forms of capital or financial mechanisms and instruments need to be created to support Next Economy economic models?
  • What leaders and organizations are at the forefront of exploring and testing new ideas and models towards a just transition?

Recent Work

  • Restore Oakland – MSC is the project manager for Restore Oakland –  a joint initiative of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Restaurant Opportunities Centers. Restore Oakland is designed to co-locate restorative economic programs and incubate cooperative food enterprises alongside restorative justice healing circles and programs in East Oakland as an equitable development and community stabilization project.  As the project manager, MSC provides support on strategic advising, consultant and stakeholder manager, fundraising strategy, and  event planning and management.
  • Causa Justa::Just Cause – MSC is working with CJJC to design innovative strategies to support community preservation and stabilization within Oakland.  This work involves identifying existing initiatives that can be leveraged as exemplar models of equitable development, researching and codifying indicators of vulnerability to displacement and successes in community resilience, and lifting up the organizing and policy advocacy strategies to secure perpetually affordable housing and local jobs for long-time residents.

Partners

  1. Restore Oakland
  2. Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
  3. Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
  4. Causa Justa::Just Cause
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