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Gar Alperovitz is author of “America Beyond Capitalism” and “Unjust Deserts: How The Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back“, with Lew Daly. Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, College Park Department of Government and Politics. He is a former Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge; a founding Fellow of Harvard’s Institute of Politics; a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies; a founding principal of The Democracy Collaborative, and a member of the board of directors for the New Economics Institute. Focuses on cooperatives and new institutions of community wealth ownership.
Ellen Hodgson Brown is an American lawyer and author who since 2008 has become a well-known monetary reformer, mostly because of her book The Web of Debt. She is currently chairperson and president of the Public Banking Institute. In her book, she analyzes the Federal Reserve and the private money cartel. One of the solutions she sees for USA, and also for other countries, is a public bank system such as The Bank of North Dakota. She has also written several books about alternative medicine.
A lawyer and political activist, David Cobb is National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited. His legal career is dedicated to challenging illegitimate corporate power and to creating democracy. He has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount. He serves on the Sierra Club’s national Corporate Accountability Committee. He is a Fellow with the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, and is a Principal with Program on Corporations Law and Democracy. David Cobb is currently leading the Move to Amend the Constitution Coalition to repeal corporate rights.
Professor in the Department of Life Science Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a documentary film producer, Patty Loew is the award-winning author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal and Native People of Wisconsin, a social studies text for elementary school children. She has produced several documentaries, including “Way of the Warrior” for PBS. Patty Loew was a producer for Wisconsin Public Television and host of “In Wisconsin” until May 2011. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, she brings an indigenous perspective to the dialogue on Economic Democracy.
Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine, John Nichols is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. Author of many books, his most recent are Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street and The ‘S’ Word: A Short History of an American Tradition…Socialism. With Robert W. McChesney, Nichols helped found Free Press, the nation’s media-reform network. John Nichols is a pioneering political blogger, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues.
http://www.thenation.com/authors/john-nichols | http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/column/john_nichols/ | http://www.citylightspodcast.com/john-nichols-reads-from-uprising-how-wisconsin-renewed-the-politics-of-protest-from-madison-to-wall-street/ | http://www.freepress.net/
Stephanie Rearick is founder and Director of the Dane County TimeBank and Project Coordinator of Time For the World/Build For the World. In addition to her work in timebanking, Rearick is co-owner of Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse. Rearick worked for Greenpeace for six years of young adulthood, helped launch Madison Hours local currency in 1995 and served for several years on the steering committee of independent local political party Progressive Dane. Rearick also works as a musician. http://stephanierearick.com/
Jason Schreiner is President of the PROUT Institute, a non-profit organization based in Eugene, Oregon (USA) that provides people and communities with empowering resources to envision and enact sustainable and equitable solutions to social, economic, and ecological challenges. He is also an Instructor for the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon and a Faculty Consultant for the University of Oregon Teaching Effectiveness Program. He has worked previously in the agrifood sector as a farmer, non-profit professional, and award-winning social entrepreneur. http://www.proutinstitute.org | http://tlc.uoregon.edu/staff/jschreiner.html
Joel Magnuson, Ph.D. is an independent economist based in Portland, Oregon, USA. He is a visiting fellow at the Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, serves as an international advisor to Anglia’s journal Interconnections, and is on the faculty at the East West Sanctuary in Nagykovácsi, Hungary. He is the author of Mindful Economics: How the US Economy Works, Why It Matters, and How It Could Be Different (Seven Stories Press, 2008) as well numerous articles in journals and anthologies in the US, Europe, and Japan. His newest book, The Approaching Great Transformation: Creating a New Commonwealth for the End of the Oil Age, is forthcoming by Seven Stories Press.