Expanding the sense of the necessary and the possible

February 17, 2016
Liberty Tree Foundation
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“The major waves of teach-ins of the past 50 years have gone beyond the choir to inspire large numbers of people to expand their sense of the necessary and the possible.”
- Ben Manski, president, Liberty Tree on “The Teach-In Tradition” for The Next System Project


This Spring, take action to change the system by joining a coalition of inspired student, labor, faculty and community organizations for a first wave of Next System Teach-Ins from Earth Day on April 22 to May Day on May 1.
Liberty Tree’s Global Climate Convergence was launched with a successful Earth Day to May Day (ED2MD) Campaign in 2014, connecting the dots between social justice movements and uniting those working on climate democracy efforts with workers’ rights organizers and labor activists. 

The GCC’s first annual “10 Days to Change Course” during ED2MD 2014 was a call for celebrations, marches, film screenings, potlucks, protests, teach-ins and other creative community events illustrating the need for and proposing real system change, with over 200 actions across 50 cities. This year, we invite you to take part in ED2MD by participating in the Next System Teach-Ins! The time is now to sign up for a session near you or volunteer to host a teach-in.

Participate in the inaugural teach-ins
The New System Teach-Ins will host inaugural sessions in Madison, WI (March 3 - 6, 2016) and New York, NY(March 10 - 12, 2016) featuring engaging workshops, passionate speakers, creative events and more to kick-off the teach-in season. 

Click on the images below to find out more about the inaugural teach-ins and to register 

Madison, WI Inaugural Next System Teach-Ins New York, NY Inaugural Next System Teach-Ins

Participate in teach-ins April 22 - May 1, 2016
Find a Teach-In

Check out films available for screening 
There are four partner films available to screen at teach-ins nationwide that can provide a starting point for discussion. Each film contains brilliant analysis and examples of advocacy and action addressing the economic, political, cultural and climate crises affecting our lives.

Click here to watch the trailers and learn more

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything
Produced in conjunction with Naomi Klein’s bestselling book, this film directed by Avi Lewis explores the opportunity we are offered facing the greatest crisis that we have ever faced - climate change.
Shift Change

Shift Change 
This documentary by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin chronicles worker-owned enterprises, highlighting employee ownership as a tangible way to address growing inequity due to big business and big banks. 
The Next American Revolution

The Next American Revolution

This illustrated presentation featuring renowned political economist and historian Gar Alperovitz explains how bottom-up strategies can work to help democratize and empower communities using already existing examples to create a roadmap for building a new system. 

Boom Bust Boom
Boom Bust Boom

Monty Python’s Terry Jones offers a creative mix of animation, live action, puppetry and song to analyze and offer a solution to the ancient cycle of boom and bust.


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