In October 2013, Demos hosted a high-level convening at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in northern Italy as part of the Foundation's and Demos' joint interests in exploring new economic paradigms.
Spurred by a growing need to extend and deepen the public debate about our economic challenges and possibilities—and guided by the principles of equitable growth, shared prosperity, inclusive democracy, and ecological resilience—this convening marked the beginning of a serious effort to develop and promote new thinking about the purpose and features of our economic system.
On December 3rd, at the Rubin Museum of Art, Demos hosted this half-day forum exploring the key themes that emerged from the Bellagio convening and explored the larger "new economy" discussion among stakeholders working at the intersection of economic and environmental challenges.
Through the early sixties, marches, protests, sit-ins, and voter registration drives—conducted at great risk—galvanized African-Americans and awakened the country. The March on Washington 50 years ago, and the subsequent passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were high water marks for the movement. The later sixties saw disappointments, assassinations, fissures and increasing radicalism which, along with government harassment, changed and challenged the movement.