May 18, 2020
Watch the Virtual Townhall on Post-Covid Economy hosted by New York Assemblyman Ron Kim with guests Riane Eisler of the Center for Partnership Studies, R. Trebor Scholz, Director, Platform Cooperativism Consortium & Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New School, and Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at the City University of New York, Queens College.
The Facebook conversation centers around how we can re-humanize our failing economic system in this volatile time. Ron Kim asks, “What should a post-COVID economy look like? Can we move away from concentrated wealth to a more equitable circulation of resources”?
“Changing the values that animate economic systems is the first step”. – Riane Eisler
Eisler commented: “We need to move to an economic system that takes into account the enormous economic value of caring for people, starting in early childhood, and caring for nature. Changing the values that animate economic systems is the first step—changing our consciousness”.
Doug Rushkoff questions the impact of an outdated economic system, inquiring, “How did we get to this point of desensitization? Why do we continue to dehumanize each other”? Trebor Scholz discusses viable immediate steps: “How do we overcome our ‘Too Big to Fail’ culture and move toward a ‘small is beautiful’ and worker-led economy”?
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