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On Friday, April 25, 2014 the Bridges Center will convene Working Democracy, a conference discussing labor's response to growing inequality and the contemporary crisis of democracy.
Anticipating the conference, we are launching a new website for updates on the event, reading lists on the conference themes, commentary from Bridges Chair George Lovell, and more.
Bringing together activists, scholars, labor and community leaders, the April conference seeks to build the capacity of our political institutions to provide meaningfully democratic response to the growing inequalities in income, wealth, and opportunity.
The thematic focus of the conference is on the impact of growing economic, social, and political inequality on American democracy, with particular attention to how widespread financial insecurity and the changing nature of work create barriers to collective action in the workplace and politics. In addition to documenting some of history and problems of rising inequality and changing conditions of work, the conference will consider possible solutions, with particular attention to the ways novel ways of organizing around issues of work can complement/replace conventional political strategies.