NC Convergence Retreat

are a group of young North Carolinians from across the state who are dedicated to envisioning and creating a just and sustainable economy that works for all people.

We are students, youth, adult and elder allies from a wide array of freedom struggles (economic justice, environmental justice, anti-racist, feminist, indigenous, queer, anti-imperialism, immigration, and more) who believe it is important to come together to share our stories and educate ourselves about new economic pathways that meet our needs in a sustainable way.

We believe that foremost among the needs the new economy must address, and thus foremost among our priorities in coming together, is the need for structural, interpersonal, and internal healing from the dynamics of privilege and oppression required to support the current economy.

On Friday, April 5th from 2:00 til 4:00 p.m. in the Table Rock Room of the Appalachian State Plemmons Student Union

we will host a 2-hour panel discussion and Q&A that will provide some historical context and an overview of some of the ways that “new economics” is relevant to different systems, including food, enterprise, finance, and governance. This session is intended to lay the groundwork and establish the beginnings of a common set of ideas for Saturday’s work.

On Saturday April 6th from 9:00 a.m. til Noon in the Great Hall of the Living Learning Center (LLC)

we will host a 3-hour visioning session for the that will use open space technology to allow us to formulate the basic foundations of a statewide coalition (e.g., goals and organizational structure), identify tools for communication post-conference (including some kind of online presence), and develop the basic outline of a large, statewide fall conference (including dates/location).