The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating.
The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination. – John Schaar

We don’t have to look too far to witness the growing social inequality and extreme weather in our communities. Our natural systems are straining under the intensity of climate change and the sheer volume of human demand for declining resources like food, water and energy. People are increasingly unsure what to do about these problems. Rather than focus on protests and resisting, EDA believes that the surest way to democratic change is through new laws generated by people advocating their elected officials for legislative action, particularly at the local level.

EDA’s groundbreaking research into resource sustainability, combined with an advocacy training program is designed to provide a new set of tools to enable the public to become agents of change. Together, we can build a viable future.

Together we will:
  • Examine where we are politically, economically and culturally to learn how society arrived at its current impasse
  • Observe what’s blocking us from realizing economic democracy and ecological resilience
  • Explore EDA’s primary research into resource sustainability (focused on the San Francisco Bay Watershed)
  • Experience how this research, along with other tools, can be applied to impact the legislation of local elected officials for systemic change
  • Discover how to grow our organization and create partnerships with like-minded groups and organizations
  • Hear from our Next Generation team as they share their own vision and plans
  • and… have some fun!

    Friday, October 4: Discover Resource Democracy FREE TO THE PUBLIC
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Appetizers and no-host bar for registrants and all attendees
    Mingle and meet others who care about preserving our planet’s resources through economic justice.
    Event: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    This evening we’ll answer these questions: What is economic democracy and how does a focus on resources highlight the need to produce a more equitable and sustainable future? And how can local people engage in big-picture solutions? TONIGHT is our primer for an intensive and empowering weekend that will change your life.

    Saturday, October 5: Take the Advocacy Intensive 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
    Snacks, lunch, non-alcoholic drinks included. Dinner at your leisure
    EDA’s Advocacy Training Program has been designed specifically to deepen your understanding and incentives for engaging in resource equality and economic democracy. It’s the perfect tool to empower you to speak with your elected officials on vital issues that will make a huge difference in your community.

    Sunday, October 6: Mapping Our Future Together 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    Snacks, lunch, non-alcoholic drinks included. Dinner at 6:30 pm
    Research, education and advocacy are the three pillars of EDA. Today, we explore how these different departments of EDA are integrated to support Advocacy — and how we can all work together towards a society where jobs, food, water and energy are available to all.

    Monday, October 7: Make a Legislative Ask – Lobbying Day for Local Constituents
    Details for this optional lobbying day will be shared at the conference
    This is where the rubber meets the road. Today, we’ll be utilizing our advocacy skills and meet with two local representatives (and/or staff), Senator Nancy Skinner, CA Senate (District 9) and US Congressional Representative Barbara Lee, at their Oakland offices. We’ll discuss Assembly Bill 933 which calls for the improvement of watershed management across California’s bioregions.

    If you have not made your flight reservation, we suggest that you fly into Oakland International Airport (OAK). The Executive Inn and Suites is 7 miles away and provides a limited capacity free shuttle. Taxis, UBER and LYFT are also available. If you prefer flying into San Francisco International (SFO), you can take the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit system). With transfers, it will take about an hour from (SFO) airport to (OAK) airport. Please use the Bart Trip Planner for schedules. Parking at the hotel is free if you’re driving.

    Executive Inn and Suites, 1755 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94606
    Telephone: (510) 536-6633 • Fax: (510) 890-4920

    Shuttle to/from Oakland Airport (The shuttles are small but they run frequently)
    Shuttle to/from Jack London Square

    Check-in: after 3:00 pm
    Check out: 11:00 am

    If you would like a roommate please contact us


    Registration fee $425


    Every effort has been made to provide choices for those who are gluten intolerant, vegetarian and vegan. If you have any special needs beyond those listed, please let us know. Our caterers want you to enjoy the food that they are preparing for you as well as your time in Oakland.

    Breakfast: The Executive Inn and Suites provides a free hot breakfast for guests just steps away from our meeting room.

    Friday, October 4, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Our caterers will be serving hot and cold hors d’oeuvres created from fresh, local and savory ingredients. No-host bar.

    Saturday, October 5, 8:30am to 6:00pm
    Snacks during breaks, lunch and non-alcoholic drinks are included.
    Dinner is at your leisure. You will find an array of restaurants nearby in Jack London Square.

    Sunday, October 6, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    Snacks during breaks, lunch and non-alcoholic drinks are included.
    Our caterers will be preparing a special Sunday dinner for you at 6:30 pm.

    Monday, October 7
    All meals are at your leisure.

    Executive Inn and Suites is wonderfully situated on the Oakland Estuary with the San Francisco skyline in the background. Locations just minutes away are Oakland’s historic Business District, Convention Center, Chinatown and the famed Jack London Square. Check out the location map

    The front desk will help you with transportation and directions to Jack London Square which is 2 miles away by car but a little difficult to walk due to the traffic. Named after the author Jack London and owned by the Port of Oakland, it is home to many fabulous restaurants, hotels, stores, a San Francisco Bay Ferry, Oakland Ferry Terminal, and historic Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, the (re-located) cabin where Jack London lived in the Klondike and a movie theater. The former presidential yacht USS Potomac is moored there. A perfect spot to explore and have dinner Saturday night. Check ahead as reservations might be needed.

    Click for more information about Jack London Square

    Oakland in October is generally lovely, warm and sunny with an average temperature of 65-72°F.

    A 50% refund will be provided from July 16 until August 31
    No refunds will be provided after September 1

    Our scholarship deadline has passed. Meet our six scholarship recipients at EDA’s 3rd Annual Conference.

    For inquiries, click to contact us


    We look forward to seeing you in Oakland!
    This is your future. Take control now.


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