Innovate the Economy! Festival Chicago


Chicago! Interested in building businesses that make their local communities stronger? In creating enterprises that treat their employees like people and not commodities? In hatching solutions that combine environmental health AND justice? 


Let's build a sustainable economy together.  

Join us at the INNOVATE the ECONOMY! Festival, coming to Chicago this May. We'll be joined by local food businesses, community-serving nonprofits, worker-owned businesses, cooperative developers, policy experts, radical lawyers, and several others. To support the Innovate the Economy! Festival, donate below!

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Innovate the Economy! Festival Calendar


Festival Opening Ceremonies [Happy Hour]

Saturday April 30, 2016, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W. Randolph St.
What is Sustainable Economies Law Center and what is the Innovate the Economy! Festival? What better way to find out than over drinks, food and games. 


"Do You Want to Build a [Worker-Owned Business]?"

Thursday May 5, 2016, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Where: University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E. 60th St., Room 3
Cosponsored by: University of Chicago Institute for Justice Clinic
Students of the Chicago Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and their clients discuss their experiences in working together to build cooperatively-owned and managed businesses.  


"What's Law Got To Do With It?"

Monday May 9, 2016, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Justice Entrepreneurs Project, 208 S. Jefferson St., Suite 204
Cosponsored by: Chicago Bar Foundation Justice Entrepreneurs Project
Speakers Dennis Kelleher of the Center for Workplace Democracy, and Clifford Helm of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, will address the legal challenges facing clients wanting to incorporate democratic principles into their businesses, and options for lawyers to creatively address these challenges. 


"Farm to [S]table: Building a Resilient Local Food System"

Thursday May 26, 2016, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Daystar Center/Overflow Coffee, 1550 S. State St., Suite 119
Jose Oliva of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and Rebecca Osland of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance will host a conversation on what it will take to build a resilient local food system. 


Festival Closing Ceremonies [Happy Hour]

Friday May 27, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Sully's House, 1501 N. Dayton St. 
A celebration of the end of the work week and the end of the Innovate the Economy! Festival - join us for Happy Hour! 

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