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Nonprofit Lunch & Learn


Thuesday, December 13th from 1:00-3:30 at the Lawrence Public Library Room A
Lunch Provided. RSVP to
About the Webinar:
If you want to rebuild the economy, it is hard to ignore the importance of the land. It is where we grow our food, build our homes, gather for recreation, and live our lives. Ownership of the land is also highly concentrated. Real estate in fact has been a key mechanism by which the nation’s vast economic and racial wealth gaps have been solidified. It must also be acknowledged that, except for the two percent of the US population who are Native American, we all live on what is ultimately stolen land.
Fortunately, nonprofit and movement activists in recent decades have been devising a growing range of strategies to counteract and reverse the trend towards further concentration of land ownership. To help you explore the practical range of options your organizations can consider, the second webinar in NPQ’s series, Remaking the Economy, will explore these issues. The 90-minute webinar will connect you with experts whose knowledge is grounded in the field to discuss the strengths and challenges inherent in pursuing various practical community-based democratic land ownership and stewardship strategies.
REMAKING THE ECONOMY: WHO WILL OWN THE LAND? begins with a brief interview of Nick Tilsen, who cofounded and directed for over a decade the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, based on Lakota land in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and who is now a cofounder and director of a new national organization, the NDN (Natives Defending/Developing/Decolonizing Natives) Collective. Following the interview, NPQ Senior Editor Steve Dubb will facilitate a panel with four expert speakers: Tamara Jones, executive director of SAFFON (Southeastern African American Farmers' Organic Network); Diane Linn, executive director of Proud Ground, a community land trust based in Portland, Oregon; Neil Thapor, Food and Farm Program lead for the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) in Oakland, California; and Neil’s colleague, Noni Session, who is executive director of East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (East Bay PREC).
This webinar will explore:
• What are core principles that can guide nonprofits in their approaches to the ownership and stewardship of land?
• How do key tools that promote democratic ownership of land, such as community land trusts and land cooperatives, work?
• What is required to decolonize wealth and ownership of the land?
• What are points of leverage available to nonprofits and movement leaders?
• What is the ecosystem that helps nonprofit land strategies to succeed?
• What shifts in thinking, practice, and culture are required?