Opening Keynote: The Next Economy—Will Broader, Inclusive Ownership Go Mainstream?

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We’re seeing real signs that the next economy could be different. In August, 181 of America’s most powerful CEOs issued a statement expanding the purpose of a C-corporation to consider stakeholders beyond just company shareholders. Leading politicians on both sides of the aisle are making proposals for more public, more cooperative forms of ownership. They’re also looking for new ways to govern major corporations. All of this is happening in a U.S. economy burdened by rising inequality, stagnant wages and a deepening racial wealth gap. During this keynote, the Roosevelt Institute’s Felicia Wong will discuss what’s gone wrong with “market fundamentalism,” then focus on solutions, putting the cooperative business model in the context of other ideas for strengthening our economy through broader and more inclusive frameworks.

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