Decolonizing Economics Summit: The 3rd Annual Post-Capitalism Conference

Dates: Thursday April 21 – Saturday April 23, 2022

Location: Virtual

Times: The conference will feature 90-minute sessions from 9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST

Conference Description

Anchored by the Wiyot Tribe, Cooperation Humboldt, Cal Poly Humboldt faculty, and a growing network of partners, this 3-day virtual conference serves as a space to exchange experiences and information, strengthen alliances and networks, devise strategies to decenter colonial systems, and bolster real solutions to heal the land and people.

What is decolonizing economics all about?

Decolonizing economics is an explicit challenge to ourselves and participants to center Indigenous wisdom, perspective, and knowledge. Decolonization is not a metaphor, it is the path towards just social, political, and economic institutions. A call to decolonize economics acknowledges that in order to build the movement for reparative justice, we need to first understand the extent to which colonialism has influenced/continues to influence our modern economy. Our summit aims to demonstrate real solutions to heal the land and people, through educating attendees about our economic system, the failings of putting profit over people, and the ways in which groups around the world are working towards economic and social justice.

Conference Goals

  • Educate about decolonizing economics in purpose and practice.
  • Devise strategies to create an explicitly post-capitalist society using the “Solidarity Economy” framework: 
    • Solidarity, cooperation, and mutualism
    • Equity in all dimensions–race/ethnicity/nationality/class/gender/sexual orientation/(dis)ability
    • Participatory democracy
    • Sustainability
  • Strengthen existing organizations, especially those doing solidarity economy work.
  • Create a space for organizations to share best practices and collaborate across issues and constituencies toward collective liberation.
  • Co-create concrete “next steps” for how we can implement cooperative economic practices in our community.

This conference will feature panels, presentations, performances, and skill-shops which address the various perspectives and approaches of grassroots organizations, community activists, educators, students, and others committed to social and environmental justice.

Sponsoring the Summit

Please see visit our support page to make a donation.

Supporting sponsor: We ask for a contribution of $100-$500. These are the individuals/groups supporting the conference. We will ensure that you are identified in the program and all promotional materials. You agree to help promote the conference to your lists and networks.

Summit attendance is on a sliding scale, which means you can pay what you can. If you are able to do so, we request a contribution of $25-100 so that we can pay a living wage to organizers, and provide a stipend to presenters. (NOTE: We have made a commitment to prioritize stipends to BIPOC presenters).

Please visit out support page for more info. Contributions will be overseen by Cooperation Humboldt.