Sponsored by MIT Community Innovators Lab (MIT CoLab) in partnership with 13 New York City and State legislators representing the Bronx and Central Brooklyn, the Hearing on Economic Democracy will showcase the transformative potential of economic democracy to build a more just and sustainable city and state for New Yorkers of color. Diverse stakeholders from across the five boroughs will testify on the strategic collaborations and grassroots initiatives advancing economic democracy that are positioning New York as a national and global leader in innovative and equitable urban development.



November 20, 2018

6:00 - 9:00pm


6:00 - 6:15

Welcome and Overview

MIT CoLab will frame economic democracy as a transnational strategy communities of color throughout the Americas are using to build equitable and sustainable economies. For the past year, the Mel King Community Fellows have deeply studied several examples of Economic Democracy at scale, and their potential impact if applied in NYC. This will provide context to the central question of the Hearing:

How do we build an economy that works for New Yorkers of color?


6:15 - 7:00

Presentation from Mel King Fellows

The Mel King Fellows will share key learnings from visits to Mondragon, Spain and other conversations during their year with the MIT Community Innovators Lab Mel King Fellowship.


7:00 - 8:40

Stakeholder Testimonies

  1. Transformative Ideas from the Grassroots | Innovation From The Margins
    Community members and neighborhood-based practitioners will connect their on-the-ground economic democracy work to larger transformative visions for an economy that works for New Yorkers of color.

  2. New York’s Underutilized Assets | Asset-Based Economic Development
    Government and other key representatives will present major assets within NY that can be more strategically leveraged to build an economy that works for NY’ers of color.

  3. Opportunities for Collaboration | Transformative Partnerships
    Stakeholders representatives will propose opportunities for cross-sectoral collaboration to strengthen the movement for equitable economic development and build economic democracy at scale in NYC.


Summary and Closing

8:40 - 9:00