Marjorie Kelly speaks and occasionally teaches classes on emerging social architectures for a new economy. She speaks to the general public, progressive audiences, business audiences, and at business schools. Topics have included: “Creating an Economy That Works For All,” “Can the Earth Survive Capitalism?”, “Designing the Living Company: Principles of Generative Design,” and “Finding Your Calling in a Transforming World.”
Selected Videos, Transcripts and Radio Interviews
SVC/ASBC Panel , Transforming Ownership for Social Equity
April 20, 2021
Marjorie, Hilary Abell, and Phil Thompson to speak.
Study after study documents the powerful advances made by employee owned enterprises for workers (often BIPOC) in terms of additional income benefits and retirement savings as well as improved workplace conditions. Local communities, of course, are also direct beneficiaries of such NEXT Economy initiatives, and especially so, during a pandemic when many small and medium sized businesses are threatened with bankruptcy. This interactive session will provide new, detailed information on:
1. The leading role New York City has played in developing policies to support this transformation for community well being, and why conversion plans are spreading to cities across the nation.
2. How converting businesses to employee ownership can meaningfully increase racial equity in the workplace and beyond.
3. Strategies for impact investors seeking participation in intermediary funds that can play a critical role in advancing this process of ESOPERATION (democratic ESOPS and cooperatives).
Learn how you can participate in this emerging capital transfer paradigm.
The ESOP Podcast
April 12, 2021
Episode 146: Social Capital Partners & Taylor Guitars Financing
On January 11, 2021, in a video for employees, Taylor Guitars announced that it had transitioned to 100 percent employee ownership. An agreement that could be called the NAFTA of employee ownership, it is majority funded by Canada’s Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, with additional capital from Social Capital Partners, and establishes the first US-based Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for Mexican workers.
SVC and ASBC hosted Wednesday, March 3 at 1pm ET Transforming Ownership for Social Justice featuring speakers Marjorie Kelly (50×50; The Democracy Collaborative); Rebecca Kemble (Three term Alder, City of Madison, WI.); Todd Leverette (Apis & Heritage Capital Partners; Democracy at Work Institute).
Study after study documents the powerful benefits achieved by employee owned enterprises for workers in terms of additional income and retirement savings as well as improved workplace conditions. Local communities, of course, are also direct beneficiaries of such NEXT Economy initiatives, and especially so, during a pandemic when many small and medium sized businesses are threatened with bankruptcy.
This session spotlighted:
- How conversions of existing businesses to employee ownership can catalyze increased racial equity
- Why a growing number of city governments are developing policies to support this transformation for community well being; and
- How impact investment funds can play a critical role in advancing this process of “ESOPERATION” (democratic ESOPS and cooperatives).
- Attendees learned how you can participate in this emerging capital transfer paradigm.
R3.0 Conference, Keynote Speaker
Laura Flanders Show: How to Make a Democratic Economy
October 11, 2020
EcoCiv Dialogues: The Next Economy
April 30, 2020
As the socio-economic effects of coronavirus worsen, the deep failures of our global economic order are being revealed. Is this the end of the neoliberal era? What will the economy look like after COVID-19? Can our next economy promote the overall well-being of people and the planet? Join us as we bring together experts from around the world. Featured panelists include: -Kate Raworth (Doughnut Economics) -Stewart Wallis (Wellbeing Economy Alliance) -Marjorie Kelly (The Democracy Collaborative)\ -David Korten (Living Economies Forum) -Gunna Jung (Economic Advisor to Seoul Metropolitan Government) Moderated by Wm. Andrew Schwartz, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President of EcoCiv
- Changing the World, One Dinner Party at a Time
October 31, 2014
As part of the 2014 Operation Bon Appetit project, a dinner table talk by Marjorie Kelly was videotaped by Jan Roberts. Her project is a culinary-driven movement designed to help people effect positive change while enjoying great food, drink and conversation in a convivial atmosphere. Jan encourages viewers to host an Operation Bon Appetit dinner, share your favorite food and drink, watch a video, and enjoy conversations with family and friends. Marjorie’s talk on ownership design is one of several dozen stories. View an introductory story here and view Marjorie’s talk here.
- Owning Our Future: Building a Sustainable, Inclusive Local Economy
November 15, 2014, Greenfield, MA
View the Powerpoint presentation from Marjorie’s keynote address at the Creating a Bold New Economy forum held at Greenfield Community College. Also an article from The Recorder about the event.
- Who Owns Vermont?
October 15, 2014, Montpelier, VT
Read notes from Marjorie’s keynote address and the panel discussion she chaired. Also a story from Vermont Digger about the event, which was part of New Economy Week in Vermont.
- Journeys to the Generative Economy
October 11, 2012, Seattle, WA
Read the transcript of her talk, given at the Common Good Café of University Temple, a United Methodist Church, or view the video recording.
- From the Fringe to the Leading Edge: Generative Design Goes to ScaleMay 2012, Grand Rapids, MI
Read the transcript of her opening keynote for the conference of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies in 2012, or view a video.
- Radio Interview on Mind over Matters with Diane Horn
September 8, 2012 Seattle, WA
KEXP Radio 90.3FM – Marjorie Kelly is interviewed about her book, “Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution,” on the Sustainability Segment of the Mind over Matters program.
- Radio Interview on Real Food Empire with Stephanie Georgieff
August 5, 2012 Loma Linda, CA
KCCA Radio 1050AM – Hear Marjorie speak about her new book, the John Lewis Partnership, Organic Valley, and more on the interview podcast (Marjorie is on halfway through the program).
- Radio Interview by Maria Armoudian
July 8th, 2012
Insighters & Scholars’ Circle radio program.
- From the Fringe to the Leading Edge: Generative Design Goes to Scale
May 17, 2012, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Keynote talk at BALLE. Read the transcript of Marjorie Kelly’s keynote at BALLE, or watch the video which includes David Korten’s introduction.
She delivered keynote addresses for Business Alliance for Local Living Economies; the New Economics Foundation in London; the Annual FEASTA Lecture in Dublin, Ireland, for the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability; and the Green Party of Sweden. Other keynotes have included the University of Wisconsin Business and Human Rights Series, the Net Impact Annual Spring Forum at the University of Washington, the Alliance for Democracy Convention, the Hope in Action Conference, the Society for Business Ethics, the Sustainable Business Symposium at the University of Oregon, the Hamline Dialogues at Hamline University, the Association for Moral Education, the Midwest Progressive Elected Officials Network, and others.
Classes and Lectures
Kelly has delivered presentations at universities like Cornell University, the University of North Carolina, Harvard, Macalester College, Scripps College, Boston College, Colorado State University, Hawaii Pacific University, and many others. With Peter Barnes she taught a course at Schumacher College in England entitled, “Can the Earth Survive Capitalism? Exploring Sustainable Economic Models.” With Fritjof Capra she taught a four-day residential program at Schumacher called “Business and Sustainability: From Complexity to Responsibility,” looking at systems thinking and its lessons for creating organizations that mirror life’s adaptability and creativity.
Kelly served as Visiting Scholar at Ohio Wesleyan University, and was the Jean Kohr Visiting Lecturer at Hood College, among other university engagements. At Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis, Kelly taught classes on “A Zen Approach to Building a Just Economy” and “Dogen and Right Livelihood.”