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Ed Whitfield: "The Other Side of the Door"

Making the New Economy Work for Everyone

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December 12, 2014
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[Editor's note: In the opening speech from this year's CommonBound conference, Ed Whitfield, co-managing director of the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC), discusses the necessary conditions for creating an economy that provides not only the knowledge, but also the means, for economic security to everyone on an equal basis.  He discusses the intersection of economic and environmental justice, the inherent biases of  our standard narratives, and how a focus on reclaiming the commons, democratizing wealth, and "thinking together" can help "open the door" for just economic development.  Whitfield offers a critique of the current economic system--and of many of our standard ways of thinking about and confronting its many ills--with his characteristic insight and humor.]


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