2018 CONFERENCE: Convention for a New Social Contract
June 14-17


VIRTUAL BOOK STUDY: Growing a New Economy
February 13 – May 22

Convention for a New Social Contract
A Cooperative Charter for Economic Democracy
June 14-17 2018

If not now, then when? If not you, then who? – Hillel

Democracy is in deep trouble, with arguably the greatest polarization we’ve seen in the last hundred years. If we hope to reverse this trend, we’ll need to work together to create structures and systems that enable direct participation, personal and group engagement and commitment over time.

Protecting our shared resources demands that we engage effectively with elected officials but also that we build OUR organization as a democracy – one with both bottom-up and top-down pathways for decision-making.

For this, we need YOU. Join us in Philadelphia for a weekend of exploration, dialogue, and organization-building as we chart our pathway for the future.


Together we will:

  • Hone and sign a new kind of cooperative charter that establishes EDA’s organizational framework
  • Engage in a dynamic process that includes each of our voices
  • Explore possibilities for finding your best role to build our organization
  • Discuss how to take our education, research and advocacy work to new levels for the coming year and beyond
  • Visit Independence Hall to bear witness to the spot where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted and signed by representatives who overcame their differences to establish a foundation for these core values to take root
  • Take part in a ceremony to formally ratify our charter
  • have some fun!

    We will begin with registration from 5:30-6:30 pm on Thursday, June 14, followed by dinner. The convention will open after dinner and will continue all day Friday and Saturday, ending Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (after lunch).

    The convention will take place at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street. This is a green (eco-friendly) building, heated and cooled by thermal energy and solar-powered for electricity. The Center is within easy walking distance to our hotel and a short subway ride from the city’s historic district.

    We’ve arranged a discounted room block at the Hampton Inn (Philadelphia Center City-Convention Center location) on 1301 Race Street, a 6-minute walk from the Friends Center. Rooms are $164/night from June 14 through June 20 for those who wish to extend their visit. The room block will be available until May 4. To book a room, go to this link. Fill in the form at the top left, and click the red arrow “Add special rate codes”. Under “Group Code” enter EDA before checking rooms and rates. We recommend booking early as there are a limited number of rooms set aside for us.

    The Hampton Inn provides a free hot breakfast for its guests. Opening night dinner (Thursday, June 14) at the Friends Center is included in the registration fee. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday lunches (June 15-17) are also included, as are snacks and drinks during breaks. We will not be providing dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, but the city has a vast array of restaurants in nearby Chinatown and Old City for you to explore.

    If you plan to drive, keep in mind that overnight parking is extremely limited around the Friends Center. Parking is $30/day at the Hampton Inn. If flying, Philadelphia International Airport is your destination. Use 30th Street station, if traveling by train. Philadelphia’s rail system, SEPTA, also runs from the airport to 30th Street station, where you can pick up a subway to Suburban Station, which is just two blocks from the Friends Center or a 9-minute walk to the hotel. The hotel is a 4-minute walk from Race-Vine subway station. Super Shuttle, Uber, Lyft and taxis are also available.


    Early bird registration is $365 until March 31.
    Regular registration is $425 from April 1 until May 31.
    Late registration is $495 from June 1 onward.

    A 100% refund will be provided until March 31.
    A 50% refund will be provided from April 1 until May 31.
    No refunds will be provided after May 31.

    For inquiries, please contact us at conference@economicdemocracyadvocates.org


    We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

    Let’s Learn Together

    February 13th – May 22nd, 2018

    Economic democracy advocates value a world where everyone has equal rights, a fair share of the resources, and the opportunity to develop their potential.

    Yet, an increasing number of experts agree that today’s social, financial and environmental crises are jeopardizing our future.

    What are some of the proposed solutions to these dire challenges to our sustainability?

    And how can YOU be a part of them?

    Authors Roar Bjonnes and Caroline Hargreaves offer them up in a pioneering new book, “Growing a New Economy,” with frameworks for how to make the comprehensive changes needed to fix the web of debt, inequality, resource and environmental crises.

    REGISTER NOW for our FREE 8-session virtual book study of “Growing a New Economy,” beginning on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00 p.m. PT with following calls every two weeks.

    PURCHASE YOUR BOOK ASAP to avoid shipping delays.
    Details and a syllabus will follow.

    To become an economic democracy advocate, join our lively learning community committed to action. Your voice is needed.

    “See” you soon!

    We look forward to learning with you,
    Christine Silvey and Carrie Zivetz
    For the EDA Education Team