Building Bridges For a Just, Equitable & Sustainable Economy in the Tompkins County Region November 15 and 16, 2011 Goal: • A Socially Just and Sustainable Local Economy in the Tompkins County Region A Socially Just and Sustainable Local Economy in the Tompkins County Region • Creating and maintaining a community and economy that works for everyone and preserves our physical environment • Reducing our carbon footprint by 20% by 2020. – (that gives us 8 years) • Ensuring full economic human rights to everyone who lives or works in the county. – Full economic and civic participation of economically marginalized communities and individuals. Ensuring full economic rights and economic participation of marginalized communities and individuals means: • Eliminating structural poverty • Eliminating structural racism (and all of the other “isms”) that have plagued our economic and social relationships This means: Everyone who lives here has: • enough good food to eat • a safe place to live with heat in the winter • access to affordable health care Everyone who works here is making a livable wage People in economically marginalized communities own things (i.e. businesses and homes). Goals for the next two days: • When we leave here tomorrow we will have: – A shared vision of what this looks like, a shared analysis of our situation and a narrative that we can share with others – A shared set of strategies for achieving our vision that all (or most of us) believe have a good chance of working – Stronger relationships and a shared commitment to take the specific actions that will make those strategies successful Personal Introductions Discussion Questions • Name • Affiliation – (areas of interest/organization/role) • What inspired you to be here? • What you hope to gain personally and for your community? Working Agreements • What will you need from each other and from facilitators in order to participate fully? Working Agreements • Participate fully • Listen for understanding • Share the “air” time: – Don’t speak twice until others have spoken once – Avoid repetition • Check Assumptions/Ask for clarification • Take some risks • Support risk takers • Honor privacy and confidentiality • Stay focused • Take care of yourself • High trust/low fear climate • Start and end on time Waking Up—Saying “No! Human Rights/Economic Rights Stories Discussion questions: • Are human and economic rights fully realized and protected here in Tompkins County? • What are some examples of economic injustice that you have either experienced yourself, or witnessed here in Tompkins County? • How do these examples affect you personally (feelings, assumptions, behaviors) • What would you like to see instead? What’s Our Vision?Saying “Yes! Vision of a just and sustainable local economy in Tompkins County • What are the elements of a just and sustainable local economy? • What would it look like? • What would be happening? • What wouldn’t be happening? • How would it feel? • What people be doing? Getting Grounded What it will take: • A shared vision, shared analysis, common public narrative and establishing the necessary political will. • Build and repairing relationships across the barriers of race, class and place. • A clear and shared commitment to a new local investment strategy. • Building capacity in several areas. Who lives in the county? • Between 2000 and 2010 county population grew about 8% to about 103K • City population grew about 2.5% to about 30K County 80% White 8.6% Asian 4.2% Latino or Hispanic 4% Black 3.2% 2 or more .4% Native American City 66.7% White 16.2% Asian 6.9% Latino or Hispanic 6.6% Black 4.3% 2 or more .4%Native American Some interesting economic data: County City Federal spending-$948.6million Per capita income is $24,409 18.8 %Persons below poverty level -6.9% Families (13-14 hundred) -63.6% of single mothers with children under 5 9665 firms in 2007 .9% Black owned 5.3%Asian owned Latino owned? Per capita income is $16,041 44.4% Persons below poverty level -11.1%Families (325 families) -87.1% of single mothers with children under 5 2935 firms in 2007 Black owned ? Asian owned? Latino owned? Median Family Income by Census Block, 2000 Percent in Poverty by Census Block, 2000 Some Key Points For A Public Narrative: • There will be a tremendous investment in a “green” economy over the next 10-20 years in the Tompkins County Region. • We would be wise to make as much of that investment with local money as possible. • Currently, capital invested in economically marginalized communities does not produce wealth. Instead, money flows into and out of these communities very quickly. • If funds are invested the way they have been in the past, it will reproduce the current inequities. Some Key Points For A Public Narrative: • If we want to create a just, sustainable economy, we have to invest more locally and • We have to invest in economically marginalized communities in different ways. • This means: – Investors have to be willing to get a slower return on their investment (Slow Money) and understand how to “get in” and “stay in.” – We need to identify assets in marginalized communities and think about how to capitalize those assets so they produce wealth in those communities. Some Capacities We Must Develop • Job readiness (especially in marginalized communities) • Cultural competency of employers and employees • How to identify and cultivate local markets for new ideas, products and services • How to identify and capitalize the assets of marginalized communities and individuals • How to identify and support entrepreneurs in marginalized communities • Networking-(linking job ready, job seekers to local employers) • How to create new products for local green investing Some Assets We Might Pay Attention to: • • • • Youth Creativity and ideas Cultural assets Potential Workforce Interdependent New Systems Tompkins County Sustainable Economy System POLICY Education, Training, Workforce Development Skilled Workforce Business Support Services Financing Triple Bottom Line Enterprises and Job Creation Market Demand For Sustainable Products & Services Consumer Education Tompkins County Sustainable Economy System POLICY Financing Workforce Development Rebuilding the Wall, FL ReUse Center, Retrofitting/Green Energy Jobs TC3 Green Collar Curriculum, Groundswell, Workforce Tompkins, NYSERDA, Labor unions Skilled Workforce Public: TCAD, IURA, STREDC, NYSERDA, DOL, USDA Private: AFCU, local banks, Park P-R-I, BR Microcapital, Slow Money CNY, ST’s LION, FL Climate Fund Triple Bottom Line Enterprises and Job Creation Energy/Climate Plans Green Purchasing Directives, Regional Econ Dev Strategy, Green Jobs, Green NY Market Demand For Sustainable Products & Services Employer Hiring Business Expansion Entrepreneurship Worker Cooperatives Business Support Services Business Cents, eLab, SEEN, Worker Coop Incubator, TC Chamber of Commerce Consumer Education Whole Community Project, Get Your Green Back Tompkins, Local First Ithaca, Green Resource Hub, Finger Lakes Energy Challenge, Ithaca Green Building Alliance, CCE-TC, TC Solid Waste, TCCPI Building a Just, Equitable & Sustainable Economy in the Tompkins County Region Thematic Areas & Regional Projects—Interdependent Systems Clean Environment & Green Energy Affordable Goods & Services for a Sustainable Lifestyle Local Green Investment Socially Just Green Businesses Jobs & Livable Income Educ./Prep, 21st C. Skills & Training Fresh Affordable Food Building Demand for Affordable Sustainable Lifestyle Goods & Services Just, Sustainable Food System — Fresh, Affordable Food Workforce Prep, Training & Access to Sustainable Jobs Local Green Investment Green Energy Jobs Entrepreneurship & Incubating Small Businesses Whole Community Project and Partners Themes: Just and Sustainable Food System Fingerlakes ReUse Center Entrepreneurship and Incubating Small Businesses Get Your Green Back Green Energy Jobs Workforce Preparation, Training, and Support Building Demand for A Just and Sustainable Life Style Rebuilding the Wall Local Green Investing Retrofitting Housing and Businesses E-LAB Incubating Entrepreneurship & Small Businesses Open Space Possible purposes of the open space time: • Networking • Planning next steps with others • Getting more information from people • Checking in with other people about how you’re feeling and what you’re noticing-especially if you have an organizational, action group or affinity group in the workshop Habits to Break—Habits to Cultivate Discussion Questions for Breakout Session Two-Thematic Areas: In order to build, repair and maintain the relationships, and develop the capacities needed to be successful in this thematic area, what will we need to think and do differently? • What habits of mind and behavior are in the way? – What habits do we need to break? – What will we have to stop doing? • What’s needed instead? • What habits do we need to cultivate? – What do we need to start doing, continue doing or do more of? • What will make it hard to do these things? • What support will you need? Examples of habits to break: • People with resources and decision-making authority: – Making decisions without getting input from people who will be affected by those decisions – Planning activities and events and including other people as an afterthought – Not listening when people tell you things you don’t particularly want to hear because the information if used would disrupt your plans • People with fewer resources and decision-making authority: – Assuming that your voice doesn’t make a difference – Assuming that you don’t have any power or influence – Pulling each other down, in-fighting, bad-mouthing each other Examples of habits to cultivate: • People with resources and decision-making authority – Establishing relationships outside your comfort zone – Listening carefully – Including people who have been marginalized in the decision-making conversations and at least letting them know the conversations are taking place • People with fewer resources and decision-making authority – Keep yourself informed about what is going on – Show up – Support each other Open Space Discussion Questions (optional): • Opportunities; what seems possible and what seems exciting? • Specific next steps we are each interested in taking to make a difference in the thematic areas &/or to support one of the case samples • Support we will need from others • Next steps we should take together (e.g. next meetings) • What support is needed from the planning group? Roundtable Discussion Questions: • Specific next steps we are each willing to take to make a difference in this area, to support one of the projects • Support we will need from others • Any next steps we should take together (e.g. next meetings) • Set up individual meetings to explore possible partnerships/alliances? • What support will be needed from the planning group? Check-in on our goals for the past two days: • Do we have: – A shared vision of what a just and sustainable local economy looks like? – A shared analysis of our situation and a narrative that we can share with others? – A shared set of strategies for achieving our vision that all (or most of us) believe have a good chance of working? – Stronger relationships and a shared commitment to take the specific actions that will make those strategies successful?