Rethinking Economics and Embodying the Post-Capitalist Economy We Want Right Now

How could rethinking economics allow us to more clearly imagine a post-capitalist world?

What would happen if we enlivened economics so that it wasn’t so mechanical, quantitative, and lifeless? What if we could see how we enact and perform diverse economies every day and begin to find more agency and choice in which economies we want to leave behind and which we want to embolden and bring more to life? What are each of our own unique contributions to a just transition? In this workshop, Della will weave together poetry, practices, and collected wisdom to invite us to see the economy and our relationship to it with new eyes.

This event is FREE and Open to the Public.


Della Duncan is an alternative economist, teacher, and broadcast journalist interested in returning the field of economics to the realm of moral philosophy. She produces the Upstream Podcast, teaches courses about rethinking economics, and serves as a mentor and consultant for those individuals, local governments, and organizations committed to freeing themselves from the chokehold of capitalism and transitioning to more beautiful, sustainable, and just alternatives.

About the Imagining Post-Capitalism festival:

Confronting the oft-quoted cliché that we can imagine the end of the world more easily than we can imagine the end of capitalism, this festival invites us all to get out of our dead-end thinking and imagine how much better life can be. Produced by Pro Arts in collaboration with Shaping San Francisco, the Imagining Post-Capitalism hybrid festival/summit will take place from May 1 – 6, 2018 and will bring together activists, artists, and the general public to explore a future without capitalism. The festival/summit will take place in Oakland and San Francisco, CA. Scheduled activities include: lectures, community gatherings and salons, discussions, presentations, performances, workshops, screenings, art actions and interventions, podcasts and publications. Presentation topics include: social history of labor and labor organizing, universal basic income and alternative economies, debt abolition and jubilee, the end of work, what sustains racism and sexism beyond capitalism, revolutionary movements of the past, new social movements, ecological and social justice, urbanism and gentrification, technological innovations and techno-fetishism… and much more! What do you want to put on the table when it comes to imagining a post-capitalist life?

About the Festival Organizers:

Pro Arts is a non-profit art institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, social practice, public art, and education. Founded in 1973, Pro Arts is one of the few remaining institutions in Oakland that is artist-centered and that continues to function as a platform for experimentation, supporting the freedom to create challenging, non-commercial work in critical art context.

Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco. We are committed to defining a new kind of public space, specifically around a shared interest in our interrelated social histories.

OUR MEDIA PARTNERS: (A fiscally sponsored project of Tides Center) is a nonprofit media outlet and action network that empowers people to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. We inspire social change by publishing stories, analysis, and tools in collaboration with our global partners.


Upstream Podcast

Upstream is a radio documentary and interview series that invites you to unlearn everything you thought you knew about economics. Blurring the line between economics and storytelling, Upstream inspires listeners to imagine what a more just, sustainable, and beautiful economy might look like.