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Common Bound: New Economy Workshop | Call for Abstracts!


Boston College’s Juliet Schor is organizing a new economy- centric workshop on June 6th. Abstracts are due by May 15th. If your research investigates alternative ownership structures, sustainable food systems, clean energy, urban sustainability, or the solidarity economy (and just about all else under the new economy sun), consider presenting. Send submissions to:

CFP CommonBound Research Workshop

Displacement & Gentrification in Greater Boston Panel

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The panel will bring together activists, scholars and planners working on the front lines of the struggle to maintain and strengthen communities affected by gentrification and displacement in the greater Boston area. The panel is hosted by MIT’s Displacement Research & Action Network (DRAN), an international collaboration drawing attention to the global impact of development-induced displacement. As part of DRAN’s efforts to build new theory and evidence in a variety of world regions, this panel seeks to deepen the conversation on gentrification and evictions in American cities.

The event will be held Tuesday, April 15th from 5-7pm in 9-450A&B.

Questions? Email

Bringing Back the Ancient Ritual of Communal Lunch to MIT


Is a slow, shared lunch a radical act? In many corners of MIT, where 18 hour lab sessions are the norm, taking a lunch break is a sign of weakness…So, on March 21, a day before a spring “break” that many MIT students would spend hunched over computers in the library, members of NE @ MIT decided to have an open, slow, and very homemade lunch in Lobby 7, the grand entryway to this excellent, and overworked, institution.

The idea came from just wanting to share and connect. Part of what makes our economy whole is that people take the time [against all odds] to feed themselves and nurture connections.In our Slow lunch, borrowing ideas from the Slow Food movement, we wanted to try to do just that.

We decided to lunch in Lobby 7, where most of our community is looking up at the impressive dome, through to the next corridors where labs and projects await, and/or down at their phones. At slow lunch, we looked across… at each other to share a meal. Each person brought something to feed themselves and a little bit of extra to share. Sitting on a table-cloth, we dined on plates brought from home, where people brought salmon, pasta, broccoli salad, teff, beats, and bananas for desert: Yum! We also drank tea and invited passersby to join in the fun.

As we gathered mugs, table cloth, glasses, and silverware to head down to the lobby, we encountered several people perched on benches or the marble floor eating hastily out of sytro-foam packs, hunched over their meals alone. Lunching slowly in this lobby, in this time, as we think about how best to connect with one another, is truly a gift to share. We hope to continue to have slow lunches, perhaps adding games, music, or other things to make our lunches even more delicious. Slow lunch is open to all — bring a plate or dish, some food to share, or just yourself. and your friends.

— Allegra Fonda-Bonardi

Occupy Lunch?


The NE @ MIT Spring Series is Here: April 9th – May 7th


This five-week series builds on our student research presentations, invited speaker series, and student led workshops. It rolls all three programs into one “learning series.” Running from April 9- May 7 from 12:30 – 2 pm, with this series, we seek to strengthen our interdisciplinary student network; facilitate the sharing of research findings and skills throughout and beyond DUSP; provide a forum for student researchers to receive input and critique from a diverse audience; connect to the numerous relevant organizations in the Boston area and beyond; and, more generally, provide an open space for the exploration of new economic ideas.

We hope to see many of you there, over lunch.

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Visualizing Our Future Economy

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What do we think of when we hear “new economy?” At our February kickoff meeting we spent a portion of the time generating short answers to this question. Specifically, we asked ourselves: What does our ideal future economy look like? We then took our thirty or so responses (e.g. “even geography of opportunity”; “inclusive of the ‘multitude'”), and plugged them into this word cloud generator, yielding the following results.

Any way you look at it, it represents our conversation and priorities pretty well:

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Fossil Free MIT Climate Change Speaker Series


Fossil Free MIT has an impressive lineup of scientists and policy-makers speaking this semester.

For our inaugural event, we are delighted to welcome MIT Professor of Atmospheric Science, Kerry Emanuel. Emanuel is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on the climate science of tropical cyclones. He was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2006 and is the author of Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes and of What We Know About Climate Change.

Emanuel will be speaking on February 26th, 6 pm – 7:30 in 4-237.

World famous former NASA scientist James Hansen will be speaking on April 15th.

Check out their website for more updates.


February 27th: Bhaskar Sunkara, Editor of Jacobin Magazine

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New Economy @ MIT is pleased to sponsor a talk by Bhaskar Sunkara, founding editor of Jacobin Magazine, on February 27th at 6 pm in Long Lounge (room 7-429) MIT.

Jacobin is a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture. The print magazine is released quarterly and reaches over 5,000 subscribers, in addition to a web audience of 300,000 a month.


And they have amazing graphic design to boot! Check out their latest issue, or read an interview with Sunkara.

Please feel free to circulate the event flier (below)!


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