2013 SAGE Conference: Place, Politics & Potential
November 9th,10  2013.

Join activists, organizers, educators, community leaders, non-profits and other individuals and organizations who are committed to forging more equitable and sustainable ways of organizing our economies and communities.
As the increasing efforts across the state around sustainable, cooperative and alternative economics attest, another economy is possible. In order to embrace and support the growing movement, this year’s conference will take place over the course of 3 days. Sessions, workshops, and discussions will help to plan and enact solidarity economy initiatives and relationships, launch new and support existing campaigns, and discuss the possibilities of a statewide solidarity economy initiative.


We understand the green solidarity economy to be a movement to create a new world that puts people and the environment before profit. In our view, true ecological and social sustainability can only be achieved through a movement that effectively responds to the harms caused by the present economy as we use the principles of solidarity to build new social and economic foundations. Thus, we propose a green solidarity economy that effectively addresses social inequality and climate change requires action in three areas:

  1. Alternative economics-initiatives, enterprises, trade and finance that privilege community and ecological well being over individual gain (e.g. worker cooperatives, community ownership, fair trade, time-banking, credit unions, community land trusts and commons management, and so on).
  2. Resistance and reform- working against environmental degradation, social inequality, and poverty by improving policies around existing system (e.g. living wage ordinances, union contracts, immigration reform, energy policy, progressive taxation, environmental regulation, social welfare programs, and so on).
  3. Social Inclusion- efforts to end racism, sexism and other forms of oppression and exclusion (affirmative action and hiring policies, popular education and workshops, and so on).

    Workshop Descriptions Here!
    Registration Here
    Housing Info Here
    Ride Board Here

About the performers:

Project 401 is a collective of Hip Hop artists based in Rhode Island who use Hip Hop culture to engage with communities and relay positive social messages to youth. The group hosts free weakly dance sessions, perform for community events, coordinate Hip Hop youth programs with NGO’s, and also organize community events that bring the positive art of Hip Hop to communities throughout Rhode Island and greater New England.

Evan Greer is a radical queer singer/songwriter, community organizer and popular educator based in Boston. Evan writes and performs high energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance!

2 Comments

  • Bob Bailey says:

    Has the conference date of Aug 23-24 been changed to Nov 9?

    • admin says:

      Hi Bob!
      Yes, the conference has been changed to Nov 9. Registration is open and proposals are being accepted. We hope to see you there! Here is the latest and please let us know if you have any more questions:
      PROPOSALS DUE OCTOBER 31ST, 5PM FOR:
      · Panel and Workshop Proposals
      · Individually Submitted Proposals
      · Skill Sharing Proposals
      · Creative Performance Proposals

      Do you believe there are alternatives to corporate greed? That we can
      live with harmony with our community and our planet? That we can
      create new economic and social relations that challenge oppression and
      create justice?

      SAGE is currently accepting ideas and content proposals for:

      1. Whole conference discussions or activities that focus on
      collective solution-making and can engage almost anyone interested in
      the Green Solidarity Economy.
      2. Break-out sessions that address a more specific or regional issue,
      that can bring back next steps or a call to action to the larger
      group.

      3. Musicians, Artists, Story-tellers, and Performers of all types
      whose work is relevant to the conference, especially performances that
      engage or energize the audience.

      For session presenters:

      This conference is organized in the hope of generating a cohesive conversation around ideas, strategies and relationships that can help us create another world. The plenary session will characterize our current cultural, political, ecological and economic situation and how the principles of the green solidarity economy might address the many challenges we face.

      We understand the green solidarity economy to be a movement to create a new world that puts people and the environment before profit. In our view, true ecological and social sustainability can only be achieved through a movement that effectively responds to the harms caused by the present economy as we use the principles of solidarity to build new social and economic foundations. Thus, we propose a green solidarity economy that effectively addresses social inequality and climate change requires action in three areas:

      Alternative economics-initiatives, enterprises, trade and finance that privilege community and ecological well being over individual gain (e.g. worker cooperatives, community ownership, fair trade, time-banking, credit unions, community land trusts and commons management, and so on).
      Resistance and reform- working against environmental degradation, social inequality, and poverty by improving policies around existing system (e.g. living wage ordinances, union contracts, immigration reform, energy policy, progressive taxation, environmental regulation, social welfare programs, and so on).
      Social Inclusion- efforts to end racism, sexism and other forms of oppression and exclusion (affirmative action and hiring policies, popular education and workshops, and so on).

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