• May 6, 2020
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In these uncertain times there are many pressing questions being posed to ourselves and society about our individual and collective futures. Now more than ever, it has become apparent to many of us that the economy is not something external to ourselves, but something we participate in, and co-create every day. This great pause can be a time for reflection and visioning. What world do we really want? What economic futures are possible now that weren’t before?

This could be the time for people and the planet to matter more in economics, but a paradigm shift and solidarity in our actions are still necessary. What is our relationship with the planet, and how does that relate to economics? Is this crisis an opportunity to cultivate new habits and skills, to build a sharing economy, and decouple productivity from money?

Join regenerative economics expert Della Z Duncan and social justice activist Gopal Dayaneni for a conversation that explores these and many other deeply relevant questions. Della and Gopal offer an exploration of the layers of this moment and the profound connections between our economies and ourselves—from impacts on our social and spiritual lives to the cultural and environmental implications.

Please note that this talk will be hosted live online. Instructions on how to join the webinar will be included in your event confirmation email. If you need additional assistance finding or joining the event, please email publicprograms@ciis.edu.


Della Z Duncan

Della Z Duncan hosts opportunities for personal and systemic transition to a more equitable, sustainable, and enlivened world. She is the host of the Upstream Podcast, a Right Livelihood coach, an Atlantic Fellow of Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics, a Gross National Happiness master trainer, a Work that Reconnects facilitator, and a regenerative economics consultant. She is currently studying with James Baraz and Dr. Ha Vinh Tho to be an Engaged Buddhist Dharma teacher. She holds a MA in Economics for Transition with Distinction from Schumacher College, a BA in International Relations and Sociology with highest honors from the University of California, Davis, a graduate certificate in Authentic Leadership from Naropa University, and has completed Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects Intensive Program. 

Gopal Dayaneni
Gopal Dayaneni has been involved in fighting for social, economic, environmental and racial justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, speaking and direct action since the late 1980’s. He is a co-founder of Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project, which inspires and engages in transformative action towards the liberation and restoration of land, labor, and culture. MG is rooted in vibrant social movements led by low-income communities and communities of color committed to a Just Transition away from profit and pollution and towards healthy, resilient and life-affirming local economies. MG is a founding member of the Climate Justice Alliance. He has served on the staff-collective and is now a member of the Planning Committee.

Currently, Gopal supports movement building through his work with organizations including The Climate Justice Alliance, ETCgroup, and the Center for Story-based Strategy. He is also a Fellow with the Center for Economic Democracy. Gopal teaches in the Masters of Arts in Urban Sustainability program where he teaches Ecological Systems Thinking, in the undergraduate program at Antioch University in Los Angeles; and at San Francisco State University in the Race and Resistance Studies program.

Gopal is a trainer with the The Ruckus Society and serves on the boards of The Center for Story-based StrategyThe Working World, and Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. He is also on the advisory boards of the Catalyst Project and The Sustainable Economies Law Center. Gopal works at the intersection of ecology, economy and empire.

Gopal has been a campaigner for Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition on human rights and environmental justice in the high-tech industry and the Oil Campaigner for Project Underground, a human and environmental rights organization that supported communities resisting oil and mining exploitation around the world. He has been active in many people powered direct action movements, including the Global Justice/Anti-Globalization Movement, Direct Action to Stop the War, the Climate Justice movement, Take Back the Land, Occupy and as an ally with Black Lives Matter and Indigenous solidarity struggles.

Gopal was an elementary and early childhood educator, working formerly as a teacher and also as the co-director of the Tenderloin Childcare Center, a community based childcare center supporting children and families forced into homelessness. He has worked in teacher education and education organizing in the US and in India.

Most importantly, Gopal is the parent of two amazing young rabble-rouser. He lives in Oakland in an intentional, multi-generational social justice community of nine adults, eight children and a bunch of chickens.

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