IMPACT Track: Inclusive Economy

A major theme of IMPACT 2017 will be how co-ops contribute to a more inclusive economy. Leading institutions and thinkers have made clear that an economy that excludes many facets of society is not only inequitable, but also threatens national economic growth. More of these leaders are pointing toward the need for a more inclusive economy—“one in which there is expanded opportunity for more broadly shared prosperity, especially for those facing the greatest barriers to advancing their well-being,” as defined by the Rockefeller Foundation.

The cooperative community understands that co-ops are one of the most effective strategies to empower people in their businesses and in their communities. This panel will feature voices from partners that are leading the work on inclusive economic growth.


Alyson Wise
Associate Director of Jobs and Economic Opportunities, The Rockefeller Foundation 

Maureen Conway
Vice President for Policy Programs, Aspen Institute 

Matt Liddle
Outdoor Programs and Outreach Mid-Atlantic Manager, REI 

Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Associate Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, Department of Africana Studies, John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY)  

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