Systems Change & the Next Economy

Systems Change & the Next Economy: Regenerative Design for People and the Planet

Join us for a series of four weekend workshops exploring economics for a thriving, just, and regenerative world. The four workshops, which can be taken as individual workshops or as an entire course series, bring together instructors from a variety of backgrounds, each critically examining aspects of our economic, financial, and money systems and offering inspiring alternative models, systems, and examples.

Each workshop takes place over the course of one weekend in Santa Cruz County. Additional details sent upon registration. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will be able to:

  • Examine how permaculture design can support the development of regenerative economies

  • Explain the core function and purpose of “economics”

  • Illustrate the inextricable relationship between economics, ecology, and people

  • Explore various alternative economic systems, including Buddhist economics, gift economies, and doughnut economics

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the money and banking system in the U.S.

  • Examine how finance and investing can align with your values and support a local, resilient economy

  • Assess alternative economic tools and business models, including complementary currencies, timebanks, land trusts, and cooperatives

  • Challenge the assumptions and connotations of “economics” common in U.S. society

  • Define Right Livelihood

  • Reflect on one’s personal Right Livelihood and identify ways to move toward it

  • Apply the reflective process of the Spiral of the Work That Reconnects to one’s role in The Great Turning

Course Dates 2018

  • June 23-24: Economics as if People and the Planet Mattered: Reclaiming the “dismal science” to build more equitable, sustainable, and just alternatives with Della Duncan

  • July 14-15: Essential Knowledge for Transition: Understanding the economy, money and investing and how to transform them for a regenerative world with Marco Vangelisti

  • August 25-26: Restorative Economics: Strategies for Just Transition to a more Sustainable, Equitable and Just Economy with Nwamaka Agbo

  • September 29-30: Designing the Regenerative Economy: Next Economy design principles and strategies for vocation and regenerative enterprise design with Kevin Bayuk and Erin Axelrod

Della Duncan

June 23-24 with Della Duncan

Economics as if People and the Planet Mattered

Reclaiming the “dismal science” to build more equitable, sustainable, and just alternatives

Economics, often referred to as the “dismal science,” often brings up feelings of confusion and frustration. And yet, the need to respond to the harm that the economy is causing people and the planet has never been greater. We need to reclaim economics from those politicians and economists that have told us that growth is good, things like inequality, gentrification, and the exploitation of nature are inevitable and even necessary, and that there are no alternatives. In this workshop Della Duncan, a storyteller, teacher, and leading alternative economist, will weave insights from economies around the world with poetry, games, and practices to empower us to see the economy and our relationship to it with new eyes and find ways that we can contribute to the more equitable, sustainable, and just economy we want right now.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the core function and purpose of “economics”

  • Illustrate the inextricable relationship between economics, ecology, and people

  • Explore alternative economic theories, tools, and business models, including Human Scale Development, Doughnut Economics, complementary currencies, timebanks, land trusts, and cooperatives

  • Challenge the assumptions and connotations of “economics” common in U.S. society

  • Define Right Livelihood

  • Reflect on one’s personal Right Livelihood and identify ways to move toward it

Marco

July 14-15 with Marco Vangelisti

Essential Knowledge for Transition

Understanding the economy, money and investing and how to transform them for a regenerative world 

Few of us realized the extent to which the design of the money system, the economic system and the financial system constraints our choices and frustrates our desire to bring forth a more healthy and compassionate world. Regular people feel intimidated by the language used by experts and confused by jargon. The purpose of the weekend course is to provide an accessible understanding of money, the economy and investing. We will identify the design flaws of those systems and find out how we can participate in their transformation. In the first section “Breaking the money taboo” we will talk about the money system, alternative currencies and ways to redesign money so that it works for all members of society and in balance with a healthy environment. In the section “Beyond Capitalism” we will explore the economy and healthier alternatives to capitalism. Finally in the section “Investing for the World we Want” we will look at the role finance and investing can play in such transformation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the core function and purpose of “economics”

  • Illustrate the inextricable relationship between economics, ecology, and people

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the money and banking system in the U.S.

  • Explore how current economic institutions can be repurposed for a regenerative economy

  • Explain the current economic system and explore alternatives

  • Assess alternative economic tools and business models, including complementary currencies, timebanks, land trusts, and cooperatives

  • Explore ways of structuring a social enterprise in a way to protect its mission in perpetuity

  • Examine how finance and investing can align with your values and support a local, resilient economy

Nwamaka

August 25-26 with Nwamaka Agbo

Restorative Economics

Strategies for Just Transition to a more Sustainable, Equitable and Just Economy 

At a time of growing economic inequality, ecological degradation and social unrest we need to understand the root causes that created the problems before us in order to identify real solutions for a just transition to an equitable economy. Restorative Economics is a strategy that takes a restorative justice approach that restores and reinvests in low-income communities of color by establishing community-owned and community-governed projects for self-determination and shared prosperity. The weekend session will take a deep look at the historical, political and social context of the US economy, with a critical eye towards the personal transformation and systemic shifts necessary to create a truly just economy. Through storytelling, case study analysis, group discussion, and personal reflection participants will end the weekend with an understanding of their role and responsibility towards transforming their local economy and how to do it in an inclusive and equitable way.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the role of healing and reparations in building an equitable economy

  • Provide an overview of the policies and practices that uphold economic inequality and how to transform them

  • Study governance structures and ownership models and their role in creating self-determination and shared prosperity

Kevin
Erin

September 29-30 with Kevin Bayuk and Erin Axelrod

Designing the Regenerative Economy

Next Economy design principles and strategies for vocation and regenerative enterprise design

In this session, we’ll collectively explore the possibility of how we can redesign the economy to create regenerative outcomes of security, prosperity and a stable climate rather than outcomes of exploitation and inequity. By gaining an understanding of the design constraints of the business as usual economy we will chart a pathway of transformation, using permaculture design principles, methods and ethics, to an economy that works or the benefit of all life. Through small exercises, group discussion and case studies we will explore how to design enterprises and organizations that provide needed goods and services in ways that enhance and restore environmental and social prosperity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine how permaculture design can support the development of regenerative economies

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the money and banking system in the U.S.

  • Examine how finance and investing can align with your values and support a local, resilient economy

  • Assess alternative economic tools and business models, including complementary currencies, timebanks, land trusts, and cooperatives

  • Explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in creating a next economy enterprise

Registration

  • 1 weekend: $300

  • 2 weekends: $550

  • 3 weekends $750

  • 4 weekends $900

  • Please Inquire about Payment Plans, Low-income and Youth POC Discounts


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Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by “systems change” and “the next economy”?

Throughout human history we have moved through a wide range of governance and economic systems. In all likelihood we will continue to change, and we can expect that the economic structures of tomorrow will be different than today (i.e. we won’t have capitalism or communism or socialism but instead some other system). We do not know what the next economy will look like, but we know there will be one. As a permaculture focused educational organization, Santa Cruz Permaculture is focused on systems change. This shows up in ecological, socio-political, economic, and spiritual ways. This Systems Change & the Next Economy course offers a deeper dive into this “high leverage” subject. People have said for decades that we want to change the system – but how? Let’s explore together.

Are there readings, videos, and other materials to supplement our time together?

Yes. We provide a very comprehensive online course reader for free.

What time does class start and end?

Class meets Saturday from 10:00am – 6:00pm with a lunch break, and Sunday from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

How do I register?

Please use the PayPal link above. Registration includes access to course sessions you sign up for, an online course reader, and on-site camping. While a kitchen is provided, we do not provide food. There is a PayPal Handing Fee included in the price. You do not need a PayPal account to register. Clicking on the Pay Now button will take you to the PayPal site, and then once you make your payment please fill out the additional form to complete registration.

What is the refund policy?

Cancellations up to two weeks before the course begins will be refunded, excluding a $150 processing fee. No refunds are given after that date.