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Decolonizing the Economy from the Ground Up: Case Study Boston Ujima Project

August 2016

The video : 46min34

What will an anti-imperialist, economy look like? What will it take to decolonize economic structures in pursuit of liberation? After introducing frameworks for building a movement for sustainable business, community and worker ownership, workplace democracy, and thriving family businesses, we’ll go local. We’ll hear lessons from Boston, where grassroots organizations, small businesses and investors are working together to model an alternative to the capitalist economy at a local level. Participants will learn from leaders of the Boston Ujima Project about their efforts to fight poverty and displacement through the formation of a community capital fund, a Good Business Certification, and an alternative local currency. Participants will learn about Boston’s unique new economy project and engage in the opportunities and limits of this community development strategy.

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Nia K. Evans (Boston NAACP)

Deborah Frieze (Boston Impact Initiative)

Maya Gaul (CERO Co-op)

Esteban Kelly (US Federation of Worker Cooperatives)

Lisa Owens (City Life Vida Urbana)

Aaron Tanaka (Center for Economic Democracy)

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CommonBound is a project of the New Economy Coalition (NEC), a network of 150-plus organizations including PeoplesAction,, and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. NEC partnered on the conference with the Buffalo-based Crossroads Collective.

Filmed at CommonBound 2016 in Buffalo, NY. Videography by the Extraenvironmentalists ( ).