A Challenging Discussion on our Principles, Priorities, and Possibilities

Join us on Thursday, May 5 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Williamson Theatre between noon and 4:00pm for “Is Another Better World Possible?”

U.S. academia tends to argue that our socio-political and economic system is as good a system as we humans can create. Is this true? Is it reasonable to challenge contemporary wisdom to ask, “Would a cooperative system based on the principle of equality, rather than our present system based on competition and inequality work better?” Consequently, we will ask, “What would education, work, and our social and ecological environment potentially look like under a cooperative system, as opposed to our present competitive system?  Is our present competitive world a threat to our ecological survival through global warming or nuclear war? Are more direct democracy mechanisms possible today given the potential of open source computing?”

These are just a few of the questions we will discuss and consider at this teach-in.  However, we will expect a competitive round of answers, in the spirit of cooperation.

Therefore, join us for our next Zeitgeist NYC – Democracy@Work – Next System Project Teach-in to consider our future.  Bring your class or allow students an extra credit opportunity.

Speakers will include:

-Harry Cason, CSI Adjunct Lecturer Political Science, Zeitgeist Supporter, and Next System Project Participant

-Shane Smith, Democracy@Work

-Athanasios Koutavas, CSI Associate Professor in Engineering Science and Physics

-John Lawrence, CSI Professor of Psychology

This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Global Affairs (CSI), Vasilios Petratos, Chair; Department of Economics (CSI); and Democracy@Work, Zeitgeist NYC, Next System Project.