Making Money Make Change 2019!
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THIS FOUR-DAY CONFERENCE AIMS TO GENERATE VISIONS OF A FUTURE IN WHICH WEALTH, LAND, AND POWER ARE EQUITABLY SHARED.
MMMC is an intimate space that uses workshops, storytelling, and skill building to create a space for young people with class privilege and wealth to explore questions of identity and responsibility in a supportive environment. MMMC programming is dynamic and specific to young people with wealth who are interested in social justice. Whether you have been grappling with what it means to have class privilege and value social change for some time or are new to thinking about these topics, we invite you to attend and explore these topics in community.
THROUGHOUT THE CONFERENCE, PARTICIPANTS WILL SUPPORT, CHALLENGE, AND INSPIRE EACH OTHER TO ALIGN RESOURCES AND ACCESS TO WEALTH WITH THEIR VALUES.
This work is deeply personal; it’s also about connecting the individual to the collective and working towards societal transformation in community. The days are full of interactive workshops, panels, facilitated small groups, and group conversations.
MMMC is always a multi-class space. The programming is designed for young people (18-35) with wealth and partners of young people with wealth. However, social justice movement leaders, Resource Generation staff, and other presenters from various class backgrounds are present and a vital part of MMMC. It’s a great opportunity to practice healthy cross-class dynamics and to lovingly self-reflect on how class privilege manifests.
THROUGH LOCAL CHAPTERS, RESOURCE GENERATION PROVIDES YEAR-ROUND COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTS LOCAL ORGANIZING CAMPAIGNS AND ONGOING LEARNING.
MMMC is an excellent way to become involved in RG or to refill your cup if you’ve been working locally and want to connect nationally.
WHO ATTENDS MMMC?
A whole range of people come to MMMC! Participants are individuals ages 18-35, who have access to current, future, family, or earned wealth. Their wealth comes from a variety of sources and circumstances. Young people of color with wealth are encouraged to attend and partners of young people with wealth are welcome to attend. MMMC builds a community of peers who support each other in making creative and informed choices about their resources.
For more information about how we conceptualize “wealth,” click here.
WHAT DO WE DO AT THE CONFERENCE?
- Workshops: MMMC has daily workshops on topics such as Reparations as a lens on giving, Resourcing and Supporting Climate Justice, Fundraising Your Friends and Family, Shifting Power in Decision-Making and more! There will be a total of 9 workshops to choose from over the weekend. Read last year’s workshop descriptions here.
- Plenaries: Daily plenaries address topics including the history of racism and wealth accumulation in the U.S., stories of how Resource Generation members have leveraged their class privilege and wealth for social change, and what we call money stories — telling stories of our class backgrounds and wealth in a group setting.
- Fun: Nightly activities like a bonfire, an open mic, and a dance party!
Tentative schedule for MMMC 2019
Thursday Nov 14th
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 pm Opening Plenary
2:45-4:00 pm Pod #1
4:00-4:30 Break w Snacks
4:30 – 6 pm Addressing the Racial Wealth Divide
6:15 – 7:15 pm Race Caucuses
7:30 – 8:30 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Bonfire/Games
Friday, Nov 15th
8:30 – 9:30 am Breakfast
10:00 – 12:00 pm Workshop
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 4:00 pm Money Survey and Leveraging Privilege Panel
4:00 – 4:30 pm Break w snacks
4:30-6:30 pm Pod #2
6:30 – 8 pm Dinner (Shabbat Dinner)
8:30 pm Open Mic
Saturday, Nov 16th
8:30 – 9:30 am Breakfast
10:00 – 12:00 pm Organizing Panel
12:15-1:30 pm Pod #3
1:30 – 3:00 pm Lunch
3:00 – 4:30 pm Free time
6:30 – 8 pm Dinner
8 – 9:30 pm Optional Group Conversations
10:00 pm Party
Sunday, Nov 17th
9:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast
Family Philanthropy Meet-Up
10:00 – 12:00 pm Workshop Session 3
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm Pod #4
2:15 – 4:00 pm Closing Plenary
IS THIS GATHERING FOR ME?
MMMC offers a confidential environment to uncover your personal relationship to wealth and be inspired by different ways to take action that are aligned with your values and communities.
- Do you have, or expect to come into, inherited wealth? Do you have earned wealth? Or are you the partner of someone with wealth? Not sure, but want to figure it out?
- Do you want to work with others to create a more just and equitable society?
- Do you want to explore how different aspects of identity affect your relationship and access to wealth, such as race, gender, sexuality, and ability?
- Are you seeking a supportive community of peers and allies with whom to be engaged with these questions over the long term?
- Do you want to amplify your impact by working collectively with other young people with wealth towards an equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power?
- Are you ready to stop trying to hide your class privilege and start leveraging it for economic, racial, and social justice?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then MMMC is for you! Conference organizers and workshop presenters from various class backgrounds participate in the retreat; however, this is not a gathering designed for those who deal with these issues solely from a professional viewpoint or who work with young donors in a financial or fundraising capacity.
MMMC AND ACCESSIBILITY
Making Money Make Change strives to be an accessible conference and has many growth edges to fully become so. The conference is held at retreat centers that are wheelchair friendly with accessible bathrooms and lodging. Assistive listening systems and a motorized scooter can be arranged through the retreat center if needed. There will be a designated quiet space for stimulation decompression at the conference as well as healers on site to support participants and presenters. Towards making the conference for more accessible, all MMMC attendees are asked to use scent free personal products and to avoid wearing colognes, perfumes, or essential oils to allow participants with scent sensitivities to be in the space. If you have any questions about accessibility and if your needs can be met at the conference, please contact Etta M. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DO YOU IDENTIFY AS A YOUNG PERSON OF COLOR WITH WEALTH?
People of color with wealth sit at a unique and powerful intersection of identities. There is so much potential to organize together for racial and economic justice. The retreat will host participants from an array of racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as experiences with philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and movements for change. This is a great space for first-time MMMC participants who are people of color to build community with other people of color and to ground in this intersection of identities. Though participants’ stories and experiences are unique and varied, there is a common interest in using resources in support of progressive social change.
DO YOU IDENTIFY AS A PARTNER OF A YOUNG PERSON WITH WEALTH?
MMMC welcomes partners of people with wealth who were raised poor, working-class, or middle-class. Through their relationships, partners often find themselves as class straddlers with increasing access to wealth through relationship and family. Partners have a powerful and important role to play in working for wealth redistribution and social change. Partners will be placed in a small group (pod) together throughout the retreat that meets daily for relationship building and mutual support. In terms of content, MMMC is most appropriate and relevant for partners who currently or in the future expect to have interdependent finances and thus some level of access to wealth, or influence over financial decisions. Chosen family members who are involved in financial decision making or business partners may also be appropriate to attend. Partners of people with wealth are welcome to attend MMMC on their own or with their wealthy partner.
CAUCUSES AND PODS, OH MY!
Caucuses are a gathering of people with a shared life experience getting together to talk about how that identity has impacted their lives. At MMMC, we’ll caucus around lived experience as it relates to larger systems of privilege or oppression. These spaces are a way for people with a marginalized identity to find and support one another and for people with a dominant identity to reflect and learn with one another. Caucuses can include conversations around disability, race, religion, gender, and more. Pods are small assigned groups based on class background that meet regularly over the course of Making Money Make Change. Pods provide a space to build relationships, process and reflect on workshops and plenaries, and have enriching and candid conversations about personal experiences with wealth, class, and giving. Pods are designed to make sure no one is isolated at the conference and that there is somewhere for #AllTheFeelings.
REGISTER FOR MMMC BELOW
You will be emailed a confirmation and additional details leading up to the conference.