Thomas Merton Center’s New Economy Working Group to Convene a Celebration of  Pittsburgh’s New Economy featuring Gar Alperovitz March 20-22, 2014

Photo courtesy of the New Economics Institute
Photo courtesy of the New Economics Institute

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Ron Gaydos, New Economy Working Group (NEWG) Events Chair

GREETINGS FROM THE NEW ECONOMY! – Learn what other people and organizations are doing to transform Pittsburgh’s economy into one where the rewards and benefits are equitably shared between business employees or employee-owners, stakeholders, and host communities; one that creates strong, nurturing social ties; and which replenishes nature.

Molly Rush, a co-founder of the Thomas Merton Center, observes, “I, like millions of others, have come to believe our current global corporate and financial system of control is unsustainable. We must keep working to resolve these issues everywhere: in the streets, in the courts and the statehouses. But we also need to be creating an alternative system, one that is locally based, owned and run by the people, environmentally sound, and just. That new economy is, in fact, emerging; we are just too involved in the fray of everyday life to step back and see what it looks like and how we all fit in.”

What is “The New Economy?” Definitions differ, but it is the economy of the future: one where economic success means fair and equitable benefits; one that uses of social, financial, and environmental resources efficiently; and where business activity replenishes our environment.

New economy projects, businesses, and community benefits will be featured, from around Pittsburgh and elsewhere. Most importantly, attendees will draft a plan of action that builds the new economy in line with their own missions. It’s about coordinating activity, not adding more to everyone’s responsibilities.

Why participants in Pittsburgh’s new economy will want to attend: Spend this time meeting other people who are helping to create the economy that works for the 99%, together, build new and stronger ties, and cultivate what is already working. Help set in motion an economy that creates shared value – for businesses, employees, owners or employee-owners, and host communities alike.

About Gar Alperovitz:

Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. He is currently the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.

He is the author of critically acclaimed books on the atomic bomb and atomic diplomacy and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, The Nation, and the Atlantic among other popular and academic publications.  He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Associated Press, People, UPI and Mother Jones and has been a guest on numerous network TV and cable news programs, including “Meet the Press,” “Larry King Live,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” “Cross Fire,” and “the O’Reilly Factor.”

In addition to his media appearances, his work has been featured in TV documentaries, including two BBC programs and an ABC Peter Jennings Special on the use of the atomic bomb. As a well known policy expert, he has testified before numerous Congressional committees and lectures widely around the country.

Alperovitz received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin; a masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley; and his Ph.D. in political economy as a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University. After completing his studies he served as a legislative director in both houses of Congress and as a special assistant in the State Department.

Among his many achievements is having been the architect of the first modern steel industry attempt at worker ownership in Youngstown, Ohio.  In addition, he was nominated to be a member of the Council of Economic Advisers by leading national consumer, labor, and environmental organizations.

He is also the president of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives and is a founding principal of the University of Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative, a research institution developing practical, policy-focused, and systematic paths towards ecologically sustainable, community-oriented change and the democratization of wealth.

He lives in Washington, DC.

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