Building Belonging Economies

Belonging means having the opportunity to co-create the structures, institutions, and norms that shape our lives in order to build a world based on inclusion, fairness, justice, and care for the Earth. By definition, this includes the right to co-create the economic systems that shape our lives, non-human life, and the Earth itself.

What would economies built on belonging look like? If we are to build Belonging Economies, what about our economic systems—as well as our political, social, and cultural arrangements—might need to be re-envisioned and reorganized, including addressing the harms of racial capitalism, colonialism, and slavery? What are the challenges to building Belonging Economies, and what efforts and successes can we look to for guidance?

This panel will address these questions and their stakes while also exploring the role of repair in Belonging Economies. Panelists are drawn from work across local and global networks and movements—including work in Land Back and reparations—that strive to generate community wealth, produce governance structures that benefit the whole, and build community power for economies that are rooted in belonging. 


  • Nwamaka Agbo, President, Kataly Foundation; Restorative Economies Fund
  • Jovan Scott Lewis, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley
  • Nick Tilsen (Oglala Lakota), President NDN Collective
  • Moderator: Wendy Ake, Othering & Belonging Institute

Curated by Eli Moore, Cecilie Surasky, Elsadig Elsheikh, Hossein Ayazi, Wendy Ake

Friday, April 26, 2024