Past Event

Mutualism: Building the Next Economy from the Ground Up

November 30, 2022
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Buell Hall, 515 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 East Gallery


This event will be recorded and livestreamed here.

Sara Horowitz joins Bernard Harcourt for a discussion of her book, Mutualism: Building the Next Economy from the Ground Up. A labor lawyer, former chair of the board of the New York Federal Reserve, and MacArthur “genius” Sara Horowitz brings us a solution to the current crisis of work that’s rooted in the best of American traditions, which she calls mutualism. Horowitz shows how the future of our economic safety net rests on this approach and demonstrates how mutualist organizations have helped us solve common problems in the past and are now quietly driving rural and urban economies alike all over the world, inspired not by for-profit corporations but by labor unions and trade associations, religious organizations and mutual aid societies, and vital social movements from women’s suffrage to civil rights.  Mutualism is for anyone who feels that the system is not working for them, and is looking for a new way to build collaboratively, create the new American social contract, and prosper in the twenty-first century.

Sara Horowitz is a practicing mutualist. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Eugene V. Debs Award for her pioneering work supporting the needs of part time, independent, and freelance workers. In 1995 she founded Working Today, the nonprofit that became the Freelancers Union. Sara also served as the Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She has been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe EconomistWiredThe AtlanticFast Company, and National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” and “All Things Considered.”

This conversation is presented in the 13/13 Series on Utopia organized by Bernard Harcourt and the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought.

Contact Information

Clara Wilhelm