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Old Money New System Annual Retreat

November 12-15th at the Watershed Center, Millerton, NY

Healing and transformation through coordinated and collective disruption

This is an invitation for resource mobilizers who are disrupting and transforming philanthropy, who believe philanthropy is reparations—not just charity—and who recognize that the structures that make private fortunes and philanthropy possible are by nature extractive and unjust. Join us for our third annual Old Money New System Retreat on November 12-15, 2018 at the beautiful Watershed Center in upstate New York where we will gather to build community and culture; learn and strategize to embody a vision in progress for radical change in philanthropy; explore tools, practices and tactics for disrupting the status quo in our work; and mobilize towards a radically equitable and liberatory way of resourcing social movements.

 We are living in a time where we are witnessing an unprecedented upsurgence of white nationalism, xenophobic policies, displacement of poor communities, expansion of the prison industrial complex, continued erosion of civil liberties, and the privatization of natural resources—all of which are necessary for the continued capitalist accumulation of wealth and power by high net worth donors and investors that sustains the existence of philanthropy. This is a truth we will—and must—grapple with in order to disrupt philanthropy, a disruption that is necessary for liberation. We are inviting people to a community of practice. We must act collectively to build community and heal from the trauma of white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism through practicing our values and principles. We need people to shift practice to fund equitably. That disruption needs to be coordinated because when disruptive actions are not coordinated it leads to individualism and isolation, a duplication of actions, and waste of resources which then replicates the very system we want to transform. Co-conspire with us to disrupt philanthropy and transfer both power and resources—both monetary and non-monetary—in radically equitable ways to social movements.

Who might attend:

  • You are a donor, program officer, board member of a foundation, trustee, someone working in socially responsible investing, a loan officer at a community loan fund, co-op developer, or someone in the philanthropy field and you are working on alternative grantmaking strategies such as participatory, decentralized, and democratized grantmaking; subverting capitalism through collaborative ways of moving capital; and/or exploring creative ways to spend down endowments.

  • You are someone open to thinking through how to reorganize our economy and redistribute wealth to serve all people, challenging us to see how we view sustainability, moderation, success and wealth in new ways that transcend current capitalistic alternatives and focus holistically on human needs.  

  • You are someone who is working on radically changing the tools and perspectives which inform philanthropy’s priorities in decision making in order to support, rather than limit, the ability for new ways of existing to flourish.

  • You may also be someone in movements for liberation and land reclamation and be interested in thinking through philanthropy’s role in reparations.

  • You are willing to cultivate networks of healing and transformation through embodied practices in relationship building, reciprocity, abundance, and cooperative economics in order to fund from a ecosystem approach that will allow movements and communities to thrive.

  • You are willing to continue engaging with the community of practice after this implementation

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but space is limited and we have had a waitlist in previous years. We recommend you apply as soon as possible to reserve your spot! Once you receive your acceptance, you will be prompted then to pay your registration fee.

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