Future 500 | Finding common ground between uncommon allies

Sacramento – Why are theatres packed to see the documentary about activist Dolores Huerta?  Her story, a film festival circuit winner, hits home with many in our state and our country asking themselves, “Can we make a difference?” Dolores, one of the featured keynotes, will answer that question, “Si, se puede.”


In the works for only a few short months, a collaboration between the The Shift Network, California Endowment, Compassionate Capitol Region and nearly 20 local, regional and statewide organizations brings to the Sacramento Convention Center the California Vision 2020 conference – a three-day convening of over 30 of the state’s leading legislators, grassroots activists, socially-conscious entrepreneurs, movement makers and cultural artists. Dates are set for September 21-23, 2017.


“In a time of national political breakdowns, California has the opportunity to create the innovative breakthroughs we need to design a society that is healthy, sustainable, just, and prosperous.  California Vision 2020 will showcase visionary pathfinders who are lighting the path to a brighter tomorrow, not only for our state but for our country and ultimately our world.”

Stephen Dinan, founder of the Shift Network and 2020 conference.


Partial List of Presenters include:


Julie Chavez Rodriguez – State Director, Senator Kamala Harris

Joan Blades – Co-founder of Move-On, Moms Rising and Living Room Conversations

Jennifer Siebel Newsom – Founder, CEO of The Representation Project

Bill Shireman – President and CEO of Future 500

Stacey Lawson – Executive Vice Chairman, Ygrene,

Carl Anthony – Co-founder of Breakthrough Communities Project

Nancy Kirschner-Rodriguez – ED, CA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

Sen. Nancy Skinner – California State Senator


This conference is part of a larger campaign of community events and trainings that launched on July 4 in Sacramento with InterDependence Day at Southside Park. Hundreds of residents came out to be informed and inspired by our city’s diversity and desire to improve the equity and inclusion of everyone in our region. News coverage video: https://youtu.be/lhlsTuCuAK8


Organizers expect 500 attendees from around the state to spend the three days in Sacramento building a stronger network that supports positive social action that can accelerate progress over the next few years. Program agenda includes topics such as:

  • “California MoonShot” to green our economy completely in 10 years
  • Latest breakthroughs for creating empowered communities
  • California public bank that can fund a better future… and return profits to the people
  • Transpartisan living room conversations that can dissolve our political gridlock
  • Strategies for empowering women’s leadership in order to achieve economic, environmental, and social justice
  • Racial justice and healing discussion
  • Socially-integrative solution to homelessness that can be replicated at a state level
  • Innovative social and emotional intelligence programs for children

“Sacramento is uniquely-positioned to be the convening point for this campaign. With Sacramento City Council passing the resolution last month for Sacramento to be an official City of Compassion, the opening of the Unity Center and the community growing interest in neighborhood activism, the ground is fertile here for building a strong statewide movement.”

Laura Hansen, Executive Producer California Vision 2020 and CoFounder Compassionate Capitol Region


About California Campaign 2020

The Interdependence Day events and September conference will serve as the launch of a longer-term campaign that focuses on culminating on Sept. 21st, 2020 with concerts and celebrations that showcase California’s successes in the last three years and our vision for a peaceful and prosperous future in advance of the next Presidential elections. This will aim to influence candidates and policy platforms and offer a progressive vision of our future.

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