Social Wealth Seminar
Together, the coronavirus crisis and mass uprisings against racist police violence have foregrounded questions of public finance and social service provision. Decades of austerity for schools, hospitals, and public benefits have coincided with growing investment in mechanisms of social control, aggravating inequality, precarization, and environmental degradation. To counteract these trends, we need a historically informed research and policy agenda that joins technical expertise around monetary policy, municipal budgeting, and the management of public assets to the pursuit of racial, social, and ecological goals.
JFI’s Social Wealth Seminar is a diverse, interdisciplinary space to foster collaboration at the point where public finance meets social protection. We learn from scholars, policy officials, and advocates whose work speaks to questions including:
- Municipal finance, public wealth, and racial inequality
- Shared equity ownership and wider disbursement of returns to capital
- Investment, divestment, and the democratic management of public assets
- Capitalization and investment strategies for social wealth funds at the national and subnational levels
- Basic income, baby bonds, savings accounts and other cash/asset transfers
- Public data ownership and the construction of a digital commons
- Financial mechanisms to overcome fossil fuel dependency
- Scaling cooperativism and collectivism, especially in the public sector
Sessions are held on Tuesdays, typically at 6pm ET, and run about an hour. Suggested readings and short bibliographies are circulated ahead of most meetings. Come with questions; we reserve much of our time for discussion.
The seminar is open to the public by RSVP. To join our mailing list (roughly one email per week), contact email@example.com.
Those interested in presenting should contact Paul Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artwork: Gold Mining, Cripple Creek, by Ernest Lawson.
In This Series
Social Wealth Seminar: Naomi Zewde
Social Wealth Seminar: Yakov Feygin
Social Wealth Seminar: Amanda Kass
Social Wealth Seminar: Carla Santos Skandier
Social Wealth Seminar: Rahul Basu
Social Wealth Seminar: Marcelo Medeiros
Social Wealth Seminar: Jonathan Calenzani
Social Wealth Seminar: Aja Brown
Social Wealth Seminar: Steve Randy Waldman
Social Wealth Seminar: Philip Rocco
Social Wealth Seminar: Sarah Quinn
Social Wealth Seminar: Saule Omarova
Social Wealth Seminar: Jason Windawi
Social Wealth Seminar: Paul Williams and Zachary Marks
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