Featured Speakers

Ellen Brown is the president of the Public Banking Institute and an attorney who is the author of 12 books. These include The Web of Debt and it's sequel The Public Bank Solution.  She has written about banking in other countries such as Costa Rica and Ireland and is also interested in the TPP and global food dominance. 



Gustavo Esteva was born in Mexico City in 1936. He is the founder of the Universidad de la Tierra in Oaxaca and has been an advisor to the Zapatista Army for National Liberation in Chiapas. He describes himself as a "deprofessionalized intellectual." He has worked in the private sector for IBM and was an important official in the government of President Echeverria. He has written several books including Inflation and Democracy, Economy and Alienation, and articles including Towards A Just World Peace. He has a deep attachment to the indigenous peoples of Mexico and is an advocate of radical pluralism.

Margaret Flowers is a pediatrician, and Kevin Zeese is a lawyer.  Both have been active in Occupy Wall Street and other social movements.  They are members of the Green Party Shadow Cabinet.  They host the weekly radio interview show “Clearing the Fog” ( http://clearingthefogradio.org/ )and publish frequently on Truthout.org  as well as on their websites IT'S OUR ECONOMY and POPULAR RESISTANCE.

Camila Piñeiro Harnecker is a professor and researcher in the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana.  She is editor of Cooperatives and Socialism: A View from Cuba (Palgrave, 2012) and author of Rethinking Cuban Socialism: Proposals for a Democratic and Cooperative Economy (Ruth Casa Editorial, 2013). She has been a consultant to the Union of Local Industry (UNIL), a group of state enterprises in Havana, the Office of the Havana City Historian and the Ministry of Light Industry. She is member of the editorial board of Otra Economía (RILESS) and Observatorio Iberoamericano del Desarrollo Local y la Economía Social (OIDLES), and WorkingUSA.

Rabbi Michael Lerner is the founder and editor of the magazine, Tikkun, a bimonthly Jewish critique of politics, culture and society.  He grew up in Newark, New Jersey, in the same neighborhood as the novelist Philip Roth and graduated from the same high school.  He then attended Columbia University, where he earned his B.A.  He went on to receive two Ph.D. degrees  and taught at Trinity College before returning to California.    Among his several books are: Surplus Powerlessness, Socialism of Fools,  Politics of Meaning, and The Left Hand of God.

Ana Maldonado, former Vice Ministry of the Communal Economy in Venezuela

David Schweickart is the author of both Against Capitalism and After Capitalism.  He previously published Market Socialism.  He has delivered lectures in Cuba, Spain, Italy and El Salvador among other countries.  He was born in Cleveland and grew up in Columbus, Ohio, going on to earn Ph.D.s in both mathematics and philosophy.  He is currently a professor of philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago, where he was named faculty member of the year in 1999.


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