Marjorie Kelly speaks and occasionally teaches classes on emerging social architectures for a new economy.  She speaks to the general public, progressive audiences, business audiences, and at business schools. Topics have included: “Creating an Economy That Works For All,” “Can the Earth Survive Capitalism?”, “Designing the Living Company: Principles of Generative Design,” and “Finding Your Calling in a Transforming World.”

Selected Videos, Transcripts and Radio Interviews


Marjorie Kelly at BALLE Conference 2010

Keynotes Delivered

She delivered keynote addresses for Business Alliance for Local Living Economies; the New Economics Foundation in London; the Annual FEASTA Lecture in Dublin, Ireland, for the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability; and the Green Party of Sweden. Other keynotes have included the University of Wisconsin Business and Human Rights Series, the Net Impact Annual Spring Forum at the University of Washington, the Alliance for Democracy Convention, the Hope in Action Conference, the Society for Business Ethics, the Sustainable Business Symposium at the University of Oregon, the Hamline Dialogues at Hamline University, the Association for Moral Education, the Midwest Progressive Elected Officials Network, and others.

Classes and Lectures

Kelly has delivered presentations at universities like Cornell University, the University of North Carolina, Harvard, Macalester College, Scripps College, Boston College, Colorado State University, Hawaii Pacific University, and many others.  With Peter Barnes she taught a course at Schumacher College in England entitled, “Can the Earth Survive Capitalism? Exploring Sustainable Economic Models.” With Fritjof Capra she taught a four-day residential program at Schumacher called “Business and Sustainability: From Complexity to Responsibility,” looking at systems thinking and its lessons for creating organizations that mirror life’s adaptability and creativity.

Kelly served as Visiting Scholar at Ohio Wesleyan University, and was the Jean Kohr Visiting Lecturer at Hood College, among other university engagements. At Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis, Kelly taught classes on “A Zen Approach to Building a Just Economy” and “Dogen and Right Livelihood.”

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Upcoming events

Money Talk - Financial Literacy Conference

October 15, 2016, Roxbury Crossing, MA

Marjorie Kelly joins John Barros (Director of Economic Development for Boston), Melvin Miller (Publisher Bay State Banner), and other experts to discuss building community wealth. Specifically, the panel will focus on concrete strategies for Black families to build wealth in Massachusetts.

Vermont Employee Ownership 2017 Conference

June 2, 2017, Burlington, VT

Marjorie Kelly will keynote the annual conference held by the Vermont Employee Ownership Center. Check back soon for more details.

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Selected past events
  • Intermountain West Funder Network 2016 Convening

  • April 27-29, 2016, Ft. Collins, CO

    Marjorie Kelly gave the keynote address at this convening hosted by the New Belguim Family Foundation and the Gates Family Foundation.

  • Workers to Owners 1-Day Seminar
  • April 11, 2016, Minneapolis, MN

    Marjorie Kelly gave the concluding remarks at this one-day event hosted by Workers to Owners "to move the needle forward on an exciting trend in sustainable economic development: converting existing businesses to worker ownership."

  • Cities Building Community Wealth
  • January 29, 2016, CUNY School of Law, New York, NY

    Marjorie Kelly gave the opening remarks at this event, co-hosted by The Democracy Collaborative and CUNY Law's Community and Economic Development Clinic and supported by the Surdna Foundation, which brought together key stakeholders to discuss emerging policy frameworks for creating more inclusive cities.

  • Economic Growth and Environmental Constraints: Investing in a Sustainable Future
  • April 26, 2014, Cambridge, MA

    Marjorie Kelly participated in a panel discussion at the Economic Growth and Environmental Constraints: Investing in a Sustainable Future conference, co-sponsored by the MIT student chapter of the New Economy Coalition and the Center for Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). Kelly spoke on the importance of ownership structures for determining the direction of the new economy.

  • Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution

  • May 28, 2013, Boston, MA

    Marjorie Kelly discussed her book on the emerging ownership revolution at the CHAT & CHOWDA Author Series event at the Downtown Harvard Club, hosted by WorldBoston.

  • Slow Money National Gathering 2013

  • April 29-30, 2013, Boulder, CO

    Marjorie Kelly gave a special address on April 29, and was part of a Meet the Authors book signing on April 30 at 4:00 pm. Details of the conference here.

    Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution
    April 18, 2013, Minneapolis, MN

    CoMinnesota hosted a discussion on the emerging revolution of community owned businesses with Marjorie Kelly. 

    Book Salon on Owning Our Future
    March 18, 2013, New York, NY

    A book salon on Marjorie Kelly's new book hosted by Aspen Institute Business and Society Program in New York City.

    Building the Generative Economy
    March 6, 2013, Boston, MA

    Marjorie Kelly spoke on a panel at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NSEA) Building Energy 13 conference.

    Building an Economy That Works For All
    October 11, 2012, Seattle, WA

    A conversation with Marjorie Kelly and David Korten, leading thinkers in today’s New Economy movement, at the Common Good Cafe.

    From the 99% Problem to an Economy That Works For All: A Conversation With Marjorie Kelly & Chuck Collins”
    October 9, 2012, Boston, MA

    An evening of conversation with Marjorie Kelly and Chuck Collins, leading thinkers in today’s New Economy movement, whose research, insights and activism are providing us with the tools we need to reverse our country’s slide into inequality and lopsided deference to the corporate sector.

    New Economics Institute Conference
    June 8-10, 2012, Bard College, NY

    “Creating an Ownership Shift: Strategies for Large-Scale Change,” Sunday 10 a.m. Also Corporation 20/20 reception Saturday 6 p.m.

    Slow Living Summit
    May 30 - June 1, 2012, Brattleboro, VT

    Three workshops: “Why Slow Living Is Not Only Individual But Collective”; “Building to Last: Ownership and Governance for Sustainability”; and “Media for Change.”.

    May 17, 2012, Grand Rapids, MI

    Marjorie Kelly delivered the opening keynote speech and participated in panels at the 10th annual conference of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.

    May 22, 2010, Charleston, SC

    David Korten and Kelly shared the stage to deliver the opening keynote, "Lighting the Path to a New Economy," at the annual conference of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.

    Aspen Institute
    June 9 – 11, 2010, Aspen,CO

    Kelly helped lead dialogue at a small gathering on "Design for Mission," looking at solutions to short-termism in areas such as governance, capital and ownership design, and culture.

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