Movement NetLab's Old Money New System Retreat for Resource Mobilization in Social Movements
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.


Cost: (Includes program, all meals, and shared room)
Funders, High Net Worth Donors, Impact Investors: $1200
Movement Building Practitioners and Consultants: $750
Activists: Scaling scale, scholarships

Location: The Watershed Center, Millerton, NY
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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.

We ask that you pay according to your means and practice resource sharing if you are able to donate to support the housing and meals for activists to attend and contribute to our shared learning.

Please fill out the form below to participate in the retreat on November 12-15, 2018 at The Watershed Center in Millerton, NY. This application closes on Friday, October 26.

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To make the retreat accessible for frontline activist and organizer participants involved in resource mobilization for their movements for whom the retreat cost is a hardship, we need your support as funders, impact investors, and resource mobilizers!

Please donate to the scholarship fund if you have the means in order to sponsor an activist or organizer to attend the retreat. We have had many more activists and organizers apply than we have scholarships available. Please practice redistribution of wealth here! The donations will cover the housing, food, and programming of attendees.

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