NEXT SYSTEM PROJECT
Workshop at Harvard University
9:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday, December 12, 2013
This webpage contains links to the downloadable background materials for the Next System Project workshop to be held at Harvard University on Thursday, December 12, 2013, convened by Co-Chairs Gar Alperovitz and Gus Speth. If you have questions or require any additional information please contact Joe Guinan, Executive Director of the Next System Project, at firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you would prefer to receive these materials directly via email, Joe will be happy to oblige.
We will kick off the meeting with an informal dinner at 7:00pm on Wednesday, December 11 to be held in a private room at:
8 Holyoke Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
We hope you are able to join us. If you have not done so already and would like to attend the dinner, please RSVP to Joe Guinan no later than Monday, December 9, specifying if you have any dietary restrictions.
The meeting itself will be held at the Ash Center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, which has kindly made a conference room available to us. The address for the Ash Center is:
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Harvard Kennedy School
124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North
Cambridge, MA 02138
A Note on Logistics, including hotel recommendations and parking, can be found here: NSP Workshop Logistics
The purpose of the meeting is to help set the terms of reference, goals and initial strategy for the first year of the Next System Project. A Welcome Note from Gar Alperovitz and Gus Speth can be found here: NSP Welcome
The meeting will run from 9:00am until 4:30pm, and the Agenda can be found here: NSP Agenda
A list of participants can be found here: NSP Participants
Short biographies of participants can be found here: NSP Participant Biographies
An overview of the Next System Project can be found here: NSP Overview
A background paper for the workshop, including some strategic questions for discussion, can be found here: NSP Background Paper
Optional Additional Reading:
- Gus Speth, "Growth Fetish: Five Reasons Why Prioritizing Growth Is Bad Policy"
- Gus Speth, "America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part I"
- Gar Alperovitz, "The Possibility of a Pluralist Commonwealth and a Community Sustaining Political-Economic System"
- Gar Alperovitz and Thomas Hanna, "Mondragón and the System Problem"
- John Cavanagh and Robin Broad, "It's the New Economy, Stupid"
- David Coats, ed., Exiting from the crisis: towards a model of more equitable and sustainable growth
- Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, Community Rights
- John Fullerton, "Regenerative Capitalism"
- Paul Adler, "The Hidden Abode"
If you think of any other short papers or articles that would be useful as background reading for the workshop, please feel free to send them to Joe Guinan who will arrange for the articles to be posted to this webpage.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you in Cambridge on December 11th and 12th. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
With all good wishes, and our thanks for your interest and help,
Gar Alperovitz and Gus Speth
The Next System Project