Esteban Kelly is the Executive Director of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and has offered visionary leadership and creative strategy in solidarity economy and co-op movements since 1999. A Jamaican, raised in New York, Esteban grew up organizing in multi-racial, multilingual, and cross class contexts. He is a co-founder and worker owner of AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op that builds capacity for social justice movements and projects through intersectional training and consulting. Esteban inspires organizers by drawing on science fiction, social theory, and collective liberation. Esteban received a B.S. in Political Ecology and Global Development from the University of California, Berkeley, during which time he also studied in the Brazilian states of Pará and São Paulo. He took courses at both NYU and the University of Pennsylvania, but ultimately earned a Masters degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the City University of New York as a student of Marxist Geographers.
As an advocate for economic development Esteban was the co-founder and first Board President of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), and previously worked at the New Economy Coalition as Development Director and then Staff Director. Esteban is a mayoral appointee to the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, which he now co-chairs after co-founding both its Zero–Waste and its Workforce and Economic Development subcommittees. He spent eight years as a manager and worker-owner at Mariposa Food Co-op, institutionalizing its staff collective and expanding food access in West Philadelphia. Esteban won a Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Public Policy in 2018 and was inducted in NASCO’s Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2013. Esteban’s work has deepened connections between the US co-op movement with allies in Canada, the UK, Cuba, South America, Spain, Belgium, and Japan. From 2009-2011, Esteban served as Vice President of the USFWC, and a board member of the Democracy At Work Institute (DAWI) and the US Solidarity Economy Network. He is also a previous Director of Education & Training and Board President of the bi-national 50 year old co-op association, NASCO (North American Students for Cooperation) where he was inducted into their Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2011. Esteban sees language justice as a key component of international solidarity. He speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese fluently, and continues to develop his proficiency in Italian and French.
Dr. MacGregor is one of a small number of scholars in the UK specialising in the interdisciplinary field of gender and environmental politics. Her research explores themes of environmental (un)sustainability, gender (in)equality, and theories and practices of citizenship. This research is animated by critical questions about power relations, environmental and social justice, the gendered divisions of labour and responsibility, and strategies for eco-political transformation in affluent societies. MacGregor’s research has been published in a range of journals including British Politics, Sociological Review, Hypatia, Local Environment, Energy Policy, Geoforum, Social Movement Studies, and International Journal of the Commons. Recent books include the two volume anthology Environmental Movements around the World: Shades of Green in Politics and Culture (co-edited with Timothy Doyle; 2014) and the fourth edition of Environment and Politics (co-authored by Timothy Doyle and Doug McEachern; 2015). She is the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment (2017) and co-editor (with Nicole Seymour) of ‘Men and Natuure: Hegemonic Masculinities and Environmental Change’, a special issue of the open access digital journal published by the Rachel Carson Center (LMU Munich) RCC Perpsectives: Transformations in Environment and Society (2017).
Aaron Tanaka is a Boston-based community organizer, philanthropic advisor, and impact investor. As the co-founder and director of the Center for Economic Democracy, Aaron stewards resources to social movement collaboratives that advance alternatives to capitalist economics in the US. CED is best known for its role in incubating the Boston Ujima Project, an emerging national model for the democratization of local finance capital. Prior to CED, Aaron served as the startup manager for the Boston Impact Initiative, the city’s first place-based impact investment fund, and was the founding executive director of the Boston Workers Alliance (BWA). A graduate of Harvard College, Aaron is former fellow with Common Future (formerly BALLE), Echoing Green and Tufts Dept. of Urban Planning, and serves on multiple boards including the Neighborhood Funders Group and the New Economy Coalition. *Please note that unfortunately Aaron Tanaka is no longer available to speak at this year’s SCORAI Conference*
Anna Coote is Principal Fellow at New Economics Foundation (NEF). A leading analyst and advocate in the field of social policy, Anna has written widely on inequalities, welfare reform, gender, sustainable development, democratic dialogue, reduced working hours and the commons. She was commissioner for health with the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000-9) and was appointed to the London Sustainable Development Commission in 2017.
Dr. Emily Kawano is a founder and Board member of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and served for 8 years on the Board of RIPESS (the Intercontinental Network for the Social Solidarity Economy). She is the co-director of Wellspring Cooperative, which is developing a network of worker cooperatives in inner city Springfield, MA. She received her Ph.D in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and served as the director of the Center for Popular Economics, a collective of progressive economists that help activists understand how the economy works (or doesn’t). She taught economics at Smith College and worked as the National Economic Justice Representative for the American Friends Service Committee. While working in N. Ireland, she founded a popular economics program with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, served on the N.I. Social Economy Network Working Group and worked with two Belfast Community Development Agencies to develop and deliver a social economy training program for community groups seeking to start up social enterprises.
Dr. Tukker is Professor of Industrial Ecology and Director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University. Formerly, he was Business line manager Societal Innovation and Economy at TNO, a large not for profit research organization in the Netherlands, where he retains a 30% position as senior researcher. Arnold set up prominent EU projects in the field of sustainable product design (SusProNet) and sustainable consumption and production (SCORE!) and was core member of the 10 Million Euro Dutch Knowledge Network on Sustainable System Innovations. He currently co-ordinates a string of major programs of some 15 million Euro with some 20 key European research institutes in the field of resource-efficiency, a.o. constructing the world’s most ambitious and detailed global energy/resource/economic input-output databases and models (EXIOBASE). He authored 6 books, 47 refereed papers and 7 special issues on sustainability research. He has been engaged with work of the UN on the Green Economy Initiative, the Resources Panel, the Ten Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production, and Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr. Barbara Muraca studied philosophy in Turin, Italy, and Greifswald, Germany. She is a Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. Her current work focuses on the role of concrete utopias and social experiments for a social ecological transformation. In particular, the Southern European ‘Degrowth’ movement and discourse. The main challenge is to imagine an equal, just, and participatory society that does no longer rely on economic growth for its own stabilization. Dr. Muraca’s publications also explore society-nature relations and how the understanding of our relation to what we call nature shapes our self-understanding as individuals and as communities.
Dr. Victor is an economist who has worked on environmental issues for over 40 years as a consultant, public servant and academic. He is a Professor in Environmental Studies at York University. By extending input-output analysis, Dr. Victor was the first economist to apply the physical law of the conservation of matter to the empirical analysis of a national economy. His most recent book is Managing without Growth. Slower by Design, not Disaster. (Edward Elgar, 2008). Dr. Victor was the founding president of the Canadian Society of Ecological Economics, and in 2011 was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize in the Social Sciences.